28-30 June 2018 with 30+ sessions Windhoek, Namibia

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One event with top speakers & trending topics. The Second Edition of the Start-up Festival will kick-off on 28 June with an Entrepreneurship Symposium followed by two jam-packed Festival days from 29-30 June with local and international heroes set to take the stage.

28-30 June 2018 with 30+ sessions Windhoek, Namibia

What was the first Start-up event like?


In 2017 the local start-up eco-system players joined forces to launch the first festival of its kind in Namibia. This year we plan to take things to the next level!


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Statistics Start-up Festival 2017


Over 100 start-ups attended the first festival with just under 400 attendees, 12 local speakers and 11 international experts taking the stage.

In 2018 we are expecting an event full of local heroes, international investors, inspirational doers and the acclaimed #addventure #pitchnightnam highlight with some awesome prizes up for grabs for the most creative pitch and top business idea. The winner will stand the chance of representing Namibia at Slush, Europe’s hottest start-up event held in Helsinki, Finland.

Event Schedule

Opening Performance

9:30am - 9:45am
A creative explosion of sound ready to take the stage and open the festival with #slickartie

Keynote Address

09:50am - 10:15am
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Innovation by Africans for Africa

10:20am - 10:45am
“Why we must invest in homegrown innovations and inclusive innovation ecosystems” Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl


10:45am - 11:15am
Opening of the exhibitor market: grab a coffee or tea

How we built the 'Gondwana Collection' and our impact investment along the way

11:15am - 11:45am
Get to know the story behind one of Namibia’s most successful and caring lodge collections making change today.

Building innovative communities

11:45am - 12:15pm
“The power of open-source information and sharing ideas” Jonathan Minchin

Social Entrepreneurship

12:15pm - 12:30pm
A quickfire session with passionate UNFPA representative Dennia Gayle on “How to make a business with social impact”

Social Innovation solving problems

12:30pm - 13:00pm
“Lessons from the Hive Residency and Climb accelerator programme” with David Erhun

Navigating trade barriers to success

13:00pm - 13h30pm
CEO of the Trade Forum will discuss how “the bigger markets like South Africa should be part of any Start-ups expansion vision”


13:30pm - 14:15pm
Explore the exhibitor market and use your coupon (included in the ticket) to grab some delectable lunch offerings from our local food trucks!

Branding and Marketing

14:45pm - 15h15
“Dominate your industry with the right branding and marketing” with Lazarus Jacobs

Creativity is Key

15:15pm - 15:30pm
Chairman of the National Arts Council, Patrick Sam, will explain the value and importance that is “Human creativity is the most vital resource”

My story sessions

15:30pm - 15:45pm
Kicking-off the ‘My story sessions” local entrepreneur showcase is Marianne Akwenye | Founder of Nomad Spa

My story sessions

15:45pm - 16:00pm
Second to take the stage for the local entrepreneur feature is Ujama Mushimba | Founder of local foodie haven, Wing it Diner

My story sessions

16:00pm - 16:15pm
Local entrepreneur Sandra Mwiihangele is the founder of the phenomenal cosmetics line Kiyomisandz, get ready to hear some insight into how she established her start-up!

My story sessions

16:15pm - 16h30pm
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My story sessions

16:30pm - 16h45pm
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My story sessions

16:45pm - 17:00pm
Ingo Shanyenge, local menswear fashion designer will take the stage and share his story as an entrepreneur in Namibia…

Panel Discussion

17:00pm - 17:30pm
Join the leading ladies to discuss FEMALE POWER IN THE INDUSTRY, a discussion on the creative industries and how to be a business women in the artistic fields

Making music that matters

17:30pm - 17:50pm
Kenyan Muso, FENA GITU will be taking the stage to share with us her journey as a musical entrepreneur and afterwards, she is set to give us a show stopping performance as the end of Day 1 ***

Closing Performance for Day 1

17:50pm - 18:20pm
Fena Gitu – all the way from Nairobi Kenya will take the stage to close day 1 with some local talent joining her

Local products, delicious food and music

End of day 1, stalls and marketplace closes at 20:30pm!

Keynote Address: Impact investment in African Start-ups

10:15am - 10:45am
Kicking-off the final day of the Festival with the inspirational CEO of Eikyo VC

One of Japans most promising Start-ups

10:20am - 10:50am
Get inside information about one the hottest tech start-ups out of Japan!

Demystifying the mobile app

10:50am - 11:20
iOS Developer and Silicon Valley veteran Alex Zavatone will talk about tech start-ups and making mobile apps that make millions.

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“To be an entrepreneur in Namibia, You need to be a special kind of crazy” 

Founder of PEBL, Vincent van Wyk