Zambia to host gathering of startups, founders, others in Q3


The Ministry of Technology and Science, through the National Technology Business Centre (NTBC), has been awarded a licence to host a Slush Event in Lusaka Zambia in Quarter 3 of 2023 dubbed “Lusaka Slush’D”.

The main “Slush” event is a single gathering held in Helsinki, Finland that brings together founders and investors and ecosystem “enablers” from across the globe for a week’s event.

Slush started in 2008 in Helsinki with a one-day affair made up of around 250 people.

Over the years, the size of Slush event has grown by leaps and bounds with the goal that is premised on: focus on how best to serve startup ecosystems across the world.

At its core, Slush looks at how to connect founders with what and whom they need while building a new, inclusive, and more purposeful culture of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Slush, therefore to actualize this ethos, has taken the concept of Slush globally through “Slush’D”.

Slush’D is a community-driven movement that empowers teams across the globe to create events for their local ecosystems–all in the spirit of Slush’s mission “to create and help founders that change the world”.

Slush’D helps propel nascent startup ecosystems globally with events tackling bottlenecks that hinder local startups from reaching their full potential.

The National Technology Business Centre (NTBC) through its Innovation Promotion Programs, will host an event dubbed “Lusaka Slush’D” under a sublicence from Slush Oy, Finland in Quarter 3 2023.

Lusaka Slush’D is being envisioned to ride on NTBC’s mandate of Innovation Promotion and will bring together key partners and stakeholders in Zambia’s Startup and innovation ecosystem that include public and private sectors such as Founders, Startup’s, investors and ecosystem “enablers” in one place for a 2-3 days event.

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NTBC in its quest to achieve an inclusive and connected innovation ecosystem will forge partnerships with Start up and Innovation ecosystem partners to host Lusaka Slush’D as an “Ecosystem centered and ecosystem driven event”.

Minister of Technology and Science, Felix Mutati, the Finnish Ambassador to Zambia Saana Helinen and NTBC Director Dr. Chitundu Kasase recently held a meeting to discuss the hosting of the Lusaka Slush’D.

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