Frequently Asked Questions


Business Growth Program

Is participating in the Human Centred Design Training Program a prerequisite for applying the Business Growth Program?

No, it is not a prerequisite. However it will give you an added advantage as you will obtain a deeper understanding of how to develop a product or service prior to the Business Growth Program.

What if I develop intellectual property during the Business Growth Program?

Any IP that is developed by an individual or a team during the business growth program belongs to that team.

Will I receive a certificate or diploma upon completion of the Business Growth Program?

You will receive a certificate of participation after completion of the program but the training program is not an accredited educational program, and therefore will not earn any university credits.

Where will the Business Growth Program training take place?

The training will be conducted in Harare. The exact venue will be confirmed closer to the time of the program.

Does ACT provide room and board during the Business Growth Program?

ACT will provide a light lunch on each day of the program, but will not provide dinner nor lodging. However, we will recommend a lodge or hostel which is close to the training venue, and where ACT has secured preferential rates.

Is there a cost associated participating in the Business Growth Program?

Once accepted into the program, you will have to pay $150 USD or ZWL equivalent, to cover admin fees and training materials. This can be paid in cash or deposited into the ACT FCA account.  If you have any challenges, please contact Irene on irene@actinafrica.com.

The FCA (Foreign Currency Account) number is:

BANK: ECOBANK

ACCOUNT NAME: ACT IN AFRICA

BRANCH NAME: BORROWDALE

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 5783600017431

Please note that ACT has invested a huge amount of capital into the program. As a company taking part in the growth program, you will get access to networks, capital and markets.

 

Who can apply for the Business Growth Program?

Anyone between the ages of 20 and 45 years can apply. You can apply as a business as long as you have been operating for a minimum of a year and have a minimum revenue of $10000 ZWL.

How do I apply for the Business Growth Program?

Applying for the Business Growth Program is very simple. The application process is conducted online. The application consists of a series of steps that cover the following:

  • Personal information and Business Information
  • Three short essay questions.
  • A time forty minute quiz. This quiz will test your numerical, logical, situational and verbal reasoning.

You have the ability to save and resume your application before the application deadline.

 

When will the ACT Business Growth Program take place?

The Growth Program will consist of a series of bootcamps, coaching and fieldwork over a 5 month period. Please note that the fieldwork does not require you to be onsite and you are able to attend to your businesses during this time.

 

Description Dates
Business Growth Program
Welcome Cocktail An opportunity to meet and connect with the other businesses, coaches and facilitators. 6 Jul 2020
Bootcamp 1 (Onsite) This bootcamp will be an introduction to design thinking, HCD research, business model review and exploring pathways to growth. 7 Jul – 9 Jul 2020
Baby HCD (Fieldwork) This will give you an opportunity to experiment and apply what you learnt in Bootcamp 1 in preparation for the main HCD activity. This will mainly be conducted by your assigned HCD researcher. 13 Jul – 24 Jul 2020
Financial Literacy Workshop ACT in partnership with BDO Zimbabwe, an accounting and auditing firm will conduct a 2 day finance workshop. 27 – 28 Jul 2020
Bootcamp 2  (Onsite) This bootcamp will focus on the initial insights from the first round of fieldwork, value proposition, competitor analysis and product/service development. 29 Jul – 31 Jul 2020
HCD Research Period (Fieldwork) Each business will have a research plan to implement to better understand their end users. This will primarily be conducted by your HCD researcher with limited support from the entrepreneur or company.  3 Aug – 25 Sep 2020
Bootcamp 3 (Onsite) This bootcamp with focus more on reviewing insights from the fieldwork period,  preparing a strategy, establishing the numbers, marketing etc. 29 Sept – 1 Oct 2020
Bootcamp 4 (Onsite) This will focus on establishing an implementation plan and an official wrap-up of the the program. 1 Dec – 2 Dec 2020

Design Thinking Training Program

What if I develop intellectual property during the Human Centred Design Training Program?

Any idea, product, or business model that is developed during the first two weeks of the training program belongs to everyone (Open IP environment). However, any IP developed during the corporate hack belongs to the corporate companies.

Will I receive a certificate or diploma upon completion of the Human Centred Design Training Program?

You will receive a certificate of participation after completion of the program but the training program is not an accredited educational program, and therefore will not earn any university credits.

Where will the Human Centred Design Training Program take place?

The training will be conducted in Harare. The exact venue will be confirmed closer to the time of the program.

Does ACT provide room and board during the Human Centred Design Training Program?

ACT will provide a light lunch on each day of the program, but will not provide dinner nor lodging. However, we will recommend a lodge or hostel which is close to the teaching venue, and where ACT has secured preferential rates.

Is there a cost associated with the Human Centred Design Training Program?

Once accepted into the program, you will have to pay $50 USD or ZWL equivalent, to cover admin fees and training materials. This can be paid in cash or deposited into the ACT FCA account.  If you have any challenges, please contact Irene on irene@actinafrica.com.

The FCA (Foreign Currency Account number is:

BANK: ECOBANK

ACCOUNT NAME: ACT IN AFRICA

BRANCH NAME: BORROWDALE

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 5783600017431

How do I apply for the Human Centred Design Training Program?

Applying for the Human Centred Design Training Program is very simple. All you need to do is visit the following link to the online application portal.

The application consists of a series of steps that cover the following:

  • Personal information 
  • Three short essay questions.
  • A forty minute timed quiz. This quiz will test your numerical, logical, situational and verbal reasoning.

You have the ability to save and resume your application before the April 30th deadline.

Can I apply as individual or registered company for the Human Centred Design Training Program?

You can only apply as an individual for the Human Centred Design Training Program.

When will the Human Centred Design Training Program take place?

The training will take place during weekdays from Monday the 15th of June until Friday the 10th of July.

 

Who can apply for the Human Centred Design Training Program?

Anyone between the ages of 20 and 45 years can apply. A background in qualitative research is a plus.

Are the Human Centred Design Training Program and the ACT Business Growth Program the same?

No the two programs are not the same. These are two independent but closely related programs. The objective of the HCD training program is to train you on how to conduct human centred design research, which includes establishing a research plan, collecting data, and processing and analysing data. These skills will be extremely useful to you whether you work or wish to work in strategy, marketing, research, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Business Growth Program is targeted at people aged between 20 and 45 who have a business that has:

  1. Been operational for a minimum of one year
  2. Revenue of $10000 (Bond)

It is focused on helping business grow leveraging both HCD and business tools.