Fifteen Hand-picked Start-ups from across Sierra Leone Gather with Top Mentors for Five Days
Freetown, Sierra Leone – 28 October 2016 – On Monday 14 November, 15 top start-ups from across Sierra Leone will gather at the Sensi Hub in Freetown for five days alongside seasoned mentors who will help them to critically analyse their businesses and to define new growth opportunities.
They will gather for Unreasonable Labs: Sierra Leone’s first Business Model Validation Lab, a five-day intensive training programme preparing them to secure customers, build prototypes, identify key cost drivers of their businesses, build strategic plans and much more.
“These entrepreneurs are something special. They have the kind of creativity and zeal that it takes to tackle big problems and to create jobs with innovative business solutions,” explains Unreasonable Lab Sierra Leone’s Business Model Validation Lab director Kim Beevers. "This is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to participate and to foster an emerging ecosystem and to connect with other new and experienced entrepreneurs and investors that will help to drive growth in Sierra Leone.”
In those five days, as well as receiving guidance in testing the core assumptions of their businesses, participating entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to engage with other like-minded business people and receive valuable advice from experienced mentors. To date, mentors include leaders in the fields of business advisory, marketing, energy, social enterprise, and technology.
“It’s the responsibility of entrepreneurs with some experience like me to mentor new companies and emerging leaders that can change the country’s future, helping it grow and making an impact with a commercial imperative. That’s our mission over the five days,” says Brendan Sullivan, lab mentor and head of regional expansion for Impact Water, a social enterprise that provides clean water for 500,000+ students across Africa.
On the last day of the lab, the participants will present their week’s work to a team of judges. A first-place prize of USD 3,000 and a second-place prize of USD 1,500 will be awarded to the entrepreneurs that best articulate a strong pathway to business growth.
“Sierra Leone has never hosted a lab of such nature. I look forward to interacting with the entrepreneurs and learning how their business ideas will impact the wider community. I’m also excited about the mentor-mentee interaction,” said Christopher Kebbie, Unreasonable Lab team member.
Unreasonable Lab Sierra Leone will take place from 14 to 18 November at the Sensi Tech Hub located at 67 Sir Samuel Lewis Road, Aberdeen, Freetown. For more information about the lab, or to become a mentor, please visit: http://unreasonableinstitute.org/accelerator/sierra-leone-2016/