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Heartland Incubation Hub, a venture of Oluaka Institute has partnered with Slush Global Impact Accelerator. Slush Global Impact Accelerator is an international program designed for entrepreneurs from selected emerging markets in partnership with the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and multiple partners globally.

The purpose is to support impact-driven startups and showcase exciting business opportunities in emerging markets, which are also vital for implementing the Agenda 2030 and solving complex challenges. In addition, the program focuses on strengthening the networks between the impact actors, engaging the Nordic community with the global impact entrepreneurs, and enhancing the mobilization of capital towards impactful businesses.

Over the past three years, the Global Impact Accelerator program has allowed Slush to establish a solid platform to integrate impact-driven businesses into its activities. As seen in 2017, Slush has shifted more and more towards solving the biggest problems of the world.

Slush is taking a strategic approach this year, through its partnership with Heartland Incubation Hub selected entrepreneurs will go through a 4-week local accelerator program after which finalist will be selected to attend the bootcamp in Helsinki, which will culminate in Slush.

Finalist from the local accelerator program will be selected from a pitch competition and will have access to the global event which covers air tickets and accommodation.

In 2018, we are looking for impact Startups that:

Have the vision to solve pressing challenges globally

Have a business idea that has gained some traction, but is still in early phase

Have a solution that supports the sustainable development goals (SDGs)

Have potential to scale

Have skills and drive to succeed

Have at least one working prototype

Timeline

May 7-31: Call for Application

June 28: Shortlisted startups will be contacted

August 1 – September 6: Local Accelerator Program

September 7: Pitching Day

Nov 26 – Dec 5: Slush GIA bootcamp in Helsinki for Finalist

Note: All startups shortlisted must attend the Accelerator Program at Heartland Hub (Accommodation Subsidy will be provided)

Application link >> here <<

Read more at >> this link << or >> here <<

About Heartland Incubation Hub

Heartland Incubation Hub is established to solve the problem of the inadequate support structure, mentorship system for incubating, or developing business ideas by young people in southeast Nigeria. We host monthly tech meetup tagged #imostartupfriday to actively engage and grow the tech ecosystem in the south East. Heartland Incubation Hub is located in Owerri, Imo State.

About Slush

Slush is a technology conference for start-ups and tech talents to meet top-tier international investors, executives and the media. The impact accelerator is designed to help next generation of entrepreneurs accelerate their businesses through skill workshops, networking opportunities, meeting investors and potential partners.

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