Business Growth Program
Please note the 2020 program is only open to those who have a small business that has been running for at least a year and is generating revenue.
If your company is successful in its application to join the Business Growth Program, and your company has paid the USD 150.00 fee, your team will be invited to join the ACT 2020 cohort. The program is made up of a series of boot camps during which your team will conduct some fieldwork, design prototypes, and use a lot of sticky notes! During the course of the program, each company or entrepreneur will also be allocated an HCD researcher to support them with market research and product/service development.
The first bootcamp, starting on July 7th and lasting 5 days, will focus on design thinking, business assumptions, and financial literacy.
The second bootcamp, starting on July 29th and lasting 3 days, will focus on developing your company's value proposition and prototyping.
The third bootcamp, which starts on September 29th and lasts 4 days, will focus on refining your company's product or service, developing a business strategy, project planning, and customer pitching, just to name a few.
Finally, the forth bootcamp will focus on sharing the key learnings of the past months.
Business Growth Program Process
ACT in partnership with BDO Zimbabwe, will be facilitating a 2-day workshop focused on finance for entrepreneurs.
21 October - 22 October 2020
The bootcamp will provide an introduction to design thinking, business assumptions, and financial literacy. You will also be paired with an HCD researcher to help you on your ACT journey.
10 November - 12 November 2020
This will give you an opportunity to experiment and apply what you learnt in Bootcamp 1 in preparation for the main HCD Research activity. This activity will mainly be conducted by your HCD researcher(s).
16 November - 27 November 2020
This bootcamp will focus on the initial insights from the first round of fieldwork, reviewing the value proposition and product development.
1 December - 4 December 2020
Research Period (Fieldwork)
Each company, supported by their HCD researcher will carry out a research plan to better understand its end users.
7 December 2020 - 29 January 2021
This bootcamp will focus on refining your company's product or service, developing a business strategy, project planning, and customer pitching, just to name a few.
2 February - 5 February 2021
This will be focused on sharing the key learnings of the past months.
20 April - 22 April 2021
Do you think you are ready to take your business to the next level?
Consider applying for the 2020 intake starting in October. Please whatsapp Munya on +263 714 745 849 for more info.