PIVOT East partners with Tech hubs for 2014 startups competition

By Sheilah Birgen
  Published 07 Mar 2014
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PIVOT East partners with Tech hubs for 2014 startups competition

Organizers of PIVOT East, one of the most prestigious mobile startups competition and conference in the region are happy to announce a partnership with Tech Hubs across the region for 2014. The hubs include: Outbox (Uganda), Hive Colab (Uganda), Kinu (Tanzania), Buni (Tanzania), kLab (Rwanda), iceaddis (Ethiopia), iBiz Africa (Kenya) and C4DLab (Kenya).

The partnership with the tech hubs will go a long way in ensuring that the best entrepreneurs and developers in different countries in the region take part in the PIVOT East 2014 competition. “Competitions such as PIVOT are important for the start-up community in Tanzania for two major reasons. Our start-up community is growing and the opportunity to compete on a regional (and international) stage provides crucial experience and learning for young business owners. The ensuing opportunities, access to wider networks and incubation (and not to mention the cash prizes) are beneficial and play a critical role in helping young start-ups successfully grow and scale their business”. This is according to Catherinerose from Kinu Hub. The hubs will play a key role  in mobilizing and supporting entrepreneurs and developers in the competition throughout the whole process.

According to Markos Lemma from iceaddis hub Ethiopia “Iceaddis, Ethiopian technology innovation hub and a home for Ethiopian entrepreneurs and techies is glad to participate in PIVOT East 2014. This is a unique opportunity for our community and beyond to participate for the first time from Ethiopia. We hope that PIVOT East 2014 will help publicize Ethiopian developers  to the East African community”

The new partnership is built on the successful role and contribution of OutBox hub in the 2013 edition of the finalists pitching conference which was held in Kampala - Uganda. PIVOT East activities in 2014, will culminate in a finalists conference in Nairobi - Kenya on 24th June where the top 25 startups will pitch to a rich audience of investors and industry players.

PIVOT East is East Africa’s premier mobile startups pitching competition and conference organized by m:lab East Africa annually since 2011. The goal of PIVOT East is to catalyze growth of mobile start-ups, with an aim to amplify and consolidate the gains of East Africa’s Mobile developer and entrepreneurship ecosystem. The key objective for this year’s event is “to facilitate discovery of the next wave of high potential mobile startups in the region”.

"Pivot East provides the best consistent and inclusive platform for startup engagement within the East African region. The opportunities it presents can be experienced by each and every participant, enabling everyone to benefit in one way or another." this is according to Richard Zulu, Program manager Outbox Hub Uganda.

PIVOT East has officially opened the call for applications for 2014. Entries to the competition are to be submitted through the startups information platform on startups.pivoteast.com.

The deadline for submission of applications is on 11th April 2014. More details on the eligibility criteria and how to enter the competition can be found HERE.
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