Following the success of its maiden YES boot camp in Lagos in 2017, Nigeria-based business development firm Hybrid Group HYBR has announced the application for the second edition of its Young Enterprise Scale up (YES) Bootcamp.
The 2018 Bootcamps are scheduled to take place in four cities across Africa namely: Lagos, Nairobi, Johannesburg and Cape Town. The Bootcamp will support a total of 120 scale-ups across the selected cities.
What the Bootcamp intends to achieve
This year’s edition is in partnership with Netherland-based leadership programme THNK. The Bootcamp is a two-day intensive workshop to educate SME founders on how they can design their businesses for scale. All applicants will receive a free e-book on scaling business with a target to educate more than 600 entrepreneurs directly in the next five years
According to the CEO of HYBR, Charles Ojei, the boot camp was conceived with the intention to create more scale-ups in Africa.
“In our bold pursuit to help create more scale-ups in Africa, we have designed YES Programme in partnership with THNK School of Creative Leadership. Since June 2016, we have been piloting our services to ventures to validate what works and what does not work in our local environment.”
The Bootcamp focuses on the scale-up category of young businesses –defining them as those “designed to scale from the very start.”
The Bootcamp will also help early-stage entrepreneurs to design their businesses for scale by teaching practical skills, exploring tech industry trends, and hearing presentations from successful entrepreneurs.
Participants will be exposed to skills on
How to Design for Scale
Participants will be taught the THNK Venture Design elements to identify scale-up areas that each participating company will focus on.
Industry Technology Showcase
The Industry Technology sessions bring experts to discuss the dynamics of their industries and how best Bootcamp participants can navigate and win in these industries.
Chat with an entrepreneur who successfully scaled his/her business from scratch. Participants will be free to ask any questions on their minds, especially about the struggles they face day-to-day and how to overcome them.
Eligibility for the Bootcamp
- Entrepreneurs with the ambition to grow their businesses into a successful company but sometimes struggle with the issues of scaling such business.
- Entrepreneurs that want to attract and retain good people to help you grow their businesses.
- Entrepreneurs that want to attract funding to help scale.
Candidate selection is based on an outside-in assessment of industry fit, development stage, scale-up potential and the qualities of the founders and management team. The deadline for application is March 30, 2018.