Frequently Asked Questions


General Questions

Are the Design Thinking 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 researcher training is to train you on how to conduct human centered 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 35 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.

What is Design Thinking?

Design Thinking is a creative problem solving approach pioneered by the Stanford School of Engineering that uses empathy at the heart of its process. The approach empowers an individual or team to design tailor-made products, services, systems, and experiences that address real end-users needs.

Who can apply for the Design Thinking Training Program?

Anyone between the ages of 20 and 35 years can apply. A background in qualitative research is a plus.

When will the Design Thinking Training Program take place?

The training will take place during weekdays from Wednesday the 24th of April until Wednesday the 15th of May.

 

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

You can only apply as an individual for the Design Thinking Research Training.

How do I apply for the Design Thinking Training Program?

Applying for the DesigN Thinking Research Training Program is very simple. All you need to do is visit the following link.

The application consists of 4 sections:

SECTION A: Personal information

SECTION B: Three short essay questions.

SECTION C: A time thirty minute quiz. This quiz will test your numerical, logical and verbal personality test.

You have the ability to save and resume your application before the 15th April Deadline.

Is there a cost associated with the Design Thinking Training Program?

Once accepted into the program, you will have to pay $100 USD 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 hello@actinafrica.com.

The FCA (Foreign Currency Account number is:

BANK: ECOBANK

ACCOUNT NAME: ACT IN AFRICA

BRANCH NAME: BORROWDALE

ACCOUNT NUMBER:

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

ACT will provide 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.

Where will the Design Thinking Training Program take place?

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

Will I receive a certificate or diploma upon completion of the Design Thinking 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.

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

Any idea, product, or business model that is developed during the 3 week training program belongs to everyone (Open IP environment).

When will the ACT Business Growth Program take place?

The Growth Program will consist of a series of bootcamps, coaching, fieldwork, and a pitch day over a 7 month period. Please note that the fieldwork does not require you to be onsite and you are able to go back to your businesses during this time.

 

DescriptionDates
Business Growth Program (Accelerator)
Welcome CocktailAn opportunity to meet and connect with the other businesses, coaches and facilitators. 16 May (1730 – 2000)
Bootcamp 1 (Onsite) This bootcamp will be an introduction to design thinking, HCD research, business model review and exploring pathways to growth.17 May – 19 May
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. 20 May – 26 May
Bootcamp 2  (Onsite) This bootcamp will focus on the initial insights from the first round of fieldwork, branding, value proposition, competition analysis, storytelling etc25 May – 27 May
HCD Research Period (Fieldwork)Each business will have a research plan to implement to better understand their end users. 3 Jun  – 22 July
Bootcamp 3 (Onsite) This bootcamp with focus more on reviewing insights from the fieldwork period,  preparing an implementation plan, strategy, establishing the numbers, marketing etc. 5 Aug – 9 Aug
Individual Support / Mentorship (Offsite) This is a period of implementation with customized support for each business. 12 Aug – 12 Nov
Endline Pitch and Review (Onsite) Final pitch to assess growthFirst week or last week of Nov

How do I apply for the Business Growth Program?

Applying for the Business Growth Program is very simple. The application consists of 4 sections:

SECTION A: Personal information and Business Information

SECTION B: Five short essay questions.

SECTION C: A time thirty minute quiz. This quiz will test your numerical, logical and verbal personality test.

 

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

 

Who can apply for the Business Growth Program?

Anyone between the ages of 20 and 35 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 (Bond).

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

Once accepted into the program, you will have to pay $100 USD 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 hello@actinafrica.com.

The FCA (Foreign Currency Account) number is:

BANK: ECOBANK

ACCOUNT NAME: ACT IN AFRICA

BRANCH NAME: BORROWDALE

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 1199304538

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.

Any company that participates in the Business Growth Program will share 7% of its equity with ACT. 

 

What is equity?

Equity represents an ownership interest in a company.

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

ACT will provide 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.

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.

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.

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

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