Mission & Ambition
Our mission is to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Zimbabwe to catalyse economic development and fight unemployment.
Our ambition is to become a centre of excellence in entrepreneurship training recognised throughout Southern Africa.
What ACT is about
ACT in Africa is a holistic entrepreneurship development program that encompasses entrepreneurial training, mentorship, acceleration, and access to seed capital.
The ACT Entrepreneurship Program was launched in 2014. The curriculum was developed over a 2-year period in collaboration with MBA students from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Zimbabwe, and Africa University. It integrates global best practices in entrepreneurship training and local experience to provide a unique Entrepreneurship Program relevant to aspiring entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe.
Our Training Program
Have you ever wondered how to be an entrepreneur? Do you think you have what it takes? The ACT Entrepreneurship Training Program will answer these questions. This rigorous 3-week program will take you through the process of business creation from conception to implementation. The backbone of ACT’s Training program is centred around Design Thinking, a developmental approach pioneered by the Stanford Design School and IDEO, a globally-renowned design and innovation consulting firm. The Design Thinking method has successfully been applied by companies such as Google, eBay, Ikea, General Electric, and the BiIl and Melinda Gates Foundation.
If you are successful in your application to join the training program, and have paid the USD 5.00 fee, you will be invited to join the ACT 2017 cohort. Classes will run in Harare for 3 weeks in July 2017, including Saturdays! On your first day of the training program you will be provided with your schedule, study materials, and a note book. During the first week you will learn what design thinking is, and how to apply the method to real life situations. During the second week, you and your teammates will develop a business idea using the design thinking process. You will continue developing that idea for the remainder of the course. During the final week we will give you all the tools you need to develop a business plan, and create a rigorous pitch. The topics covered during this part of the program include communication, basic financial modelling, marketing, and strategy. On the last day of the training program, you and your team will present the idea you have developed during the program to local investors and business professionals.
But that’s only the beginning.
How ACT works
ACT is a holistic entrepreneurship development program designed to teach specific skills, but also provide support to those who demonstrate their commitment to being an entrepreneur.
Once the training program is over, you will have a two month window to send us your own business pitch. If the pitch you send us reflects what you have learned during the training program, we will assign you a mentor. And if, after a mentorship period of 6 months, your mentor believes that you and your team have what it takes to become real entrepreneurs, ACT will facilitate access to seed capital to grow your business
We do not review proposals from individuals who have not previously participated in the ACT Entrepreneurship Training Program. Please note that participation in the ACT Entrepreneurship Training Program does not guarantee that you will obtain funding.
A three-week intensive course focusing on all stages of business development.
You will be matched to a mentor that will guide you as you refine your business plan.
You will iterate your product or service and gain traction in the market.
Seed funding will be provided to the most promising start-ups, but there are no guarantees.
What are our alumni up to?
Some of our alumni have been working on interesting start up ideas and projects. Take a look at the alumni below and what their working on. Maybe you can get inspiration to start solving problems too!
Thinking of applying for the ACT program?