Yesterday, we featured a bootcamp well-suited for high school students. Project iSWEST, run by Nsesa Foundation, has been a 3-week program, to teach participants programming and its tools, and give them a primer into entrepreneurship. Tomorrow marks the end of the program.
As communicated in the earlier post, the project ends with a demo day, one they have named “The Pitch Day”. At the ceremony, the participating teams at this year’s iSWEST will present their products and receive feedback, helping them to decide whether or not to pursue the idea. Their ideas will be pitched to a panel of judges comprising High School officials, venture capitalists, policy makers and other dignitaries.
Since the project started 4 years ago, it has yielded great results, at least in the alumni it has produced. After training more than 60 participants over that period, two companies have emerged. One alumnus worth mentioning is Jude Asiedu, who led the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School (PRESEC) Team that won the MTN Apps Challenge High School Competition in 2017 with their app, Red Button. Red Button, was a Project iSWEST final project in 2015. There’s even more the team has done within these 3-4 years.
This year’s pitches will be held at the premises of Impact Hub Accra, on Saturday, 25th August, from 4pm to 7pm. Especially for high school students, it will be great motivation to watch your fellows pitch their ideas and receive feedback. If you’re interested in seeing folks pitch, sign up for the pitch day via the registration link at bit.ly/thepitchday.
Best of luck to all participating teams; a great start for young students, and kudos to the organisers, Nsesa Foundation. Next year’s program will definitely be one to look forward to.