The Embassy of United States of America recently spoke on how their government is helping the young and upcoming technology entrepreneurs, popularly known as technoprenuers in Zimbabwe, during a one day career guidance and exhibition event held at Harare institute of technology.
Speaking to thousands of students who had gathered for the official launch of [email protected] event, Nicole Finnemann the US embassy public affairs officer spoke on many programs that are being channeled to Zimbabwe for the upliftment of young entrepreneurs.
Nicole spoke on her previous experience on various five continents and Zimbabwe being her eighth country; she commended and singled it out for its outstanding commitment and response to various programs they are running.
Through their International program, Young African Leaders Initiative Network, Established by the President Barack Obama in April 2014.
YALI Network provides virtual resources and vibrant physical spaces to equip young African leaders with the skills and connections they need to foster change in their communities and their countries.
Nicole said that 60 Zimbabweans will be selected for the United States tour and educational program and they will also have 60 fellows joining as well from Kenya and South Africa.
The Network already includes almost 150,000 members. Using yali.state.gov and social media, the United States provides online courses and materials, and connects members with global leaders in their fields to help members develop leadership skills.
“Because this is President Obama’s true belief that Africans need to be coming together and talk to each other well over 130 000 Africans at the time and 1000 participated in the same program but the white house wanted to expand the hall since the hall was going to be small, white house wanted 1000 entrepreneurs and investors from all around the world, 159 countries.
The US Embassy also drives the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) network which has helped more than 5 000 startups around the world and provided more than $8 million startups capital.
In Harare they have also helped in funding the first technology Hub in Zimbabwe, called Hypercube Hub, this is a core working space for young entrepreneurs to share and develop various technological solutions.
The Public affairs officer also spoke on the recently helped innovation Baraza, a challenge that identified young and upcoming techies in Zimbabwe to come and pitch up their various ideas and project prototypes to receive support and connections to their next business funder or partner.
Nicole also said that at their city site at EastGate, they are offering free study centers and internet access to provide students with resources to enhance their study and research delaying daily free of charge.
This she cemented on how they are committed to the development of technoprenuers worldwide and particularly Zimbabwe was encouraging due to its commitment and enthusiasm to join various developmental programs.
She also praised Zimbabweans for being keen to learn and entrepreneurial spirit seeing the nation submitting the highest number in the past year.
“Zimbabwe is consistently a cut above the rest, they consistently turn heads recently had the most entrepreneurs invited to the summit, they were doing amazing things in those three days in Nairobi and were more organized than any other group at the summit.”
The US Embassy has been hosting many events, both regionally and internationally which are seeing thousands of Zimbabweans getting world class exposure to trending technologies and closer opportunities to engage our young and upcoming entrepreneurs to renowned industry players.
For all the Zimbabweans that want to apply here is the link for you to apply and the deadline is 11 November 2015
You can watch the full video speech here