AMPION delegation showcases support for African entrepreneurial talents at DEMO Africa, timeline for West African buses revised
Dear friends and followers of AMPION,
DEMO Africa, the leading venue for the most innovative African startups to pitch directly to leading investors is just 3 more weeks away. As strategic partner, AMPION is honored to be part of this great event in Lagos, Nigeria. Our delegation will showcase the work AMPION is doing for entrepreneurship and innovation in Africa to this illustrious audience. And we are keen to use the event to reconfirm our commitment to the dynamic markets of West Africa.
With our presence in Lagos, we look forward to meeting many inspiring individuals from Nigeria, West Africa and beyond. Come, find us, and let’s explore what AMPION has in store for you and what more we can do together!
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West Africa’s business hub Lagos will see our high-profile AMPION delegation drop-in for DEMO Africa - and will soon also host two eagerly awaited AMPION Venture Buses with 40 entrepreneurial talents from the region and around the world, each.
We are closely following the situation in West Africa, and the administrative measures taken by various governments on our route (Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria) as well as their neighboring countries. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the families and communities affected by Ebola. It is our sincere hope that this crisis will soon be overcome. At AMPION we are eager to be part of bringing again the positive news of the ingenuity, resourcefulness and courage of West Africa to the attention of the world.
At this stage, we have revised the timeline for the AMPION Venture Buses in West Africa. With more exhaustive border controls and entry restrictions that are likely to affect quite a few of the great candidates we hope to bring on board, the AMPION Venture Bus experience would be strongly affected. We therefore support the precautions of regional governments, and are now looking to run the AMPION Venture Bus with the route from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire to Nigeria in early 2015.
All other AMPION Venture Busses will take place as scheduled.
If you have applied to the first AMPION Venture Bus in West Africa, we will automatically assume your application is valid for the second Venture Bus in West Africa departing the 27th of october and contact you shortly. If you have any questions in regards to this decision or the applications please contact us on email@example.com
Hope to see you in West Africa, and around the continent, soon!
You can still apply for all the upcoming Venture Busses 2014 and be part of Africa’s first driving incubator. Info on www.ampion.org
The application deadline for all Venture Busses is the 15th October 2014.
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”We want to create a global network of AMPION Ambassadors who will help us to spread the word about AMPION in their respective countries.”
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AMPION aims to reach entrepreneurial talents in Africa to support their ideas with training, mentorship and networking. With 5 busses running across Africa we will be reaching out to 5 million Entrepreneurs in Africa and global via social media. Another 5,000 will be met physically through our events during the AMPION Venture Bus trips when we meet local incubators, acceleration hubs and conferences.
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How to become an #Ampioneer!
- most intense: a 5-day-hackathon on wheels
- 5 busses, running 4 routes through 16 countries
- 40 international entrepreneurs on each bus
- designers, coders and business experts working together to create change-making start ups
- we empower women and aim to ensure 50% of our seats to female applicants
- meet fantastic mentors, partners and possible future sponsors for YOUR startup idea
- the possibility to pitch in front of 200 investors at DEMO Africa
We love it and we know you will, too!
Applying for the AMPION Venture Bus is easy: simply fill out our online application form. We will carefully read all applications to identify the best of the best to join one of the 40 seats on each bus.
Please be aware of our application deadlines:
- West Africa (1) - driving from 20.09.2014 - 25.09.2014
ECOWAS pass holders (no visa needed to travel to Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast): 05.09.2014
Other passholders: Applications have been closed
- West Africa (2) - driving from 27.10.2014 - 01.11.2014
ECOWAS pass holders (no visa needed to travel to Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast): 10.10.2014
Other passholders: 30.08.2014
- East Africa - driving in october 2014
East African pass holders (no visa needed for Tanzania, kenya, Uganda, Rwanda): 30.09.2014
Other passholders: 01.09.2014
- Southern Africa - driving 07.11.2014 - 13.11.2014
all pass holders: 01.11.2014
- North Africa - driving in december 2014
Northern African passholders (no visa required for Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia): 01.12.2014
Other pass holders: 01.11.2014
Apply now, tell your friend and take the opportunity to be part of AMPION’s Venture Bus 2014!
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AMPION @ DEMO Africa
AMPION Venture Bus 2014 will run in partnership with the major tech conference DEMO Africa.
Now in its third year, DEMO Africa is hosting a huge event in Lagos, Nigeria, from 25 September 2014. As AMPION is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in emerging markets, DEMO Africa is a fantastic place to boost the exciting new businesses AMPION creates. It’s win-win!
The AMPION Venture Bus running to DEMO Africa will set off on 19 September 2014 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
Over the next five days Ampioneers will be taking a whistlestop tour through some very cool West African cities:
- Takoradi, Ghana
- Lomé, Togo
- Accra, Ghana
- Cotonou, Benin
- Lagos, Nigeria
The Venture Bus will stop at innovation centres in each of these cities, interacting with local investors and entrepreneurs.
The best startup team that emerges from this bus will be invited to pitch during the opening session of DEMO Africa 2014.
AMPION will also take a speaking slot as well as a info-booth throughout the event. An AMPION Venture Bus will be parked at the entrance to the event, allowing attendees access to Ampioneers and to AMPION staff members.
DEMO Africa is one of the most successful tech events in Africa. An estimated US$10 million of investment and business value has been featured in previous iterations of the conference, with over 40 products to be launched during this year’s Lagos conference.
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