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    Open Call for ZW9 Media Accelerator Programme

    Munyaradzi Dodo / December 1, 2017 / Media, ZW9 Accelerator

    Are you a young Zimbabwean (18-35), creative, innovative, ambitious and passionate small-team in the media industry? Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial side and transform your passion into a viable business? Then this call is for you. If selected, your team will be integrated into a young creative entrepreneur acceleration lab – a progressive acceleration programme seeking to empower young creative people. As part of the programme, you will receive excellent business resources, mentorship and networking opportunities, as well as seed funding which wouldn’t hurt either!

    About ZW9 Accelerator

    Moto Republik is Zimbabwe’s first creative hub and the home of the ZW9 Accelerator. Moto Republik is rolling out its second acceleration programme as an entrepreneurship development incubator for the creative sector, leveraging on strategic partnerships. The objective behind this pilot incubator process, is to enhance the growth of venture enterprises for employment creation and income generation for young creative entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe.

    Over the past couple of years new video platforms have emerged such as Kwese TV, DSTV’s  Zambezi Magic Channel,  Nhaka TV and more. Furthermore the fact that 84% of broadband in Africa is accessed via smartphones and tablets, mobile devices are the logical place to also present Zimbabweans with video.  There is an opportunity to empower young people with the skills and business acumen to launch Audio/Visual projects that meet the demands of the ever evolving media landscape and get those projects  to market. The ZW9 creative business accelerator will work with and incubate small groups of young professionals. The accelerator aims to bring together young people who work in media, design and technology in order to bridge the gaps between these gaps and harness the potential of these key emerging trends amongst African youth. We seek to empower the youth with skills and business acumen in how to launch media projects online and through existing partnerships with regional and global media platforms. We are looking for creative, youth-driven media projects that aim for youth engagement and social impact.

    What Does The Programme Include?

    The ZW9 Creative Enterprise Accelerator Includes:

    • Foundation course & 14 weeks accompaniment process
    • Mentoring services from Sector Specialists
    • Business development and entrepreneurial skills support
    • Linking products to markets
    • Networking Opportunity
    • Desk Space at Moto Republik Creative Hub
    • Catalytic seed Support
    • Google Digital Skills training
    • WordPress MeetUps
    • Lean Startup Masterclasses
    • Financial Literacy Workshops
    • Preparing startups for investment

    Who Can Apply?

    The programme is open to creative enterprise in new media, film, television and audio-visual sector. We are looking to accelerate teams with projects currently in development or up to mid-production. Participants must be full time workers and willing to commit 3 months to the program.

    How to apply and what should you submit?

    1. Prepare a pitch deck (Find information on preparing a pitch deck here)
    2. Submit a completed application form 

    Selection Criteria

    A maximum of 2 teams will be selected from the lot of applicants. The selection of participating teams will be based on a set of criteria, as follow:

    • Youth-driven or youth-focused team (18-35)
    • With creative and innovative projects
    • Be designed with a community and social impact
    • Have a strong focus on citizen engagement and social justice
    • Full time availability for the acceleration programme

    Application Deadline

    17 January 2018

    Contact Details

    Submit all application documents to the following contact persons, with the title “ZW9 – We Create”

    Loch   (loch@motorepublik.co)

    Munya  (munya@magambanetwork.com)

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