The Barclays-BOOST Business Incubation curtain finally culminated in a colorful final pitch session held at Meikles Hotel on Friday the 7th of December 2017. The pitch event marked the end of an exciting 18 month program of capacity strengthening for young people who are between the ages of 18 and 35 with business ventures which are at least 6 months in operation. Having launched in May 2016, the program was a result of a partnership between The BOOST Fellowship and Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe aimed at supporting youth entrepreneurship through capacity building, mentoring, training and networking. This program was designed to help them strengthen their businesses and nurture growth.

The program trained 513 young people from Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru and Masvingo. Training was conducted by leading entrepreneurs and business men using a specially designed curriculum that triggers business growth and development. The young business owners were also mentored by captains in industry. Through the Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Pay It Forward campaign the young entrepreneurs were engaged through thought leadership sessions with top business executives. The campaign enabled the participants to engage with mentors such as Angeline Vere, CEO of Telecel and Pamela Chiromo Country Director of International Youth Foundation.

The guest of honor at the final pitch was Barclays in Zimbabwe acting Managing Director Mr. Samuel Matsekete. Samuelle Dimaihro, a 27 year old businessman inspired the young business owners with a motivational testimonial of how he established and scaled up his business. Mrs Angeline Vere CEO of Telecel Zimbabwe gave the entrepreneurs practical advice on how to run their businesses and the required attitude, skills and mindset that will lead to success. The eleven pitch finalists exhibited their products and business potential through exhibition trade booths and presentation before a panel of five judges made up of top executives from Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe and top Managers from privately owned companies. The young business owners gave some convincing pitches, and it came down to the touch decision of the final three as follows:

      First Prize: Unique Innovations

Unique Innovations (Private) Limited, incorporated in Harare in 2013. It is a Manufacturing and Distribution Company which turns exciting ideas into successful businesses. The Company specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of the amazing TEMP-BAG, a thermal retention bag which has a triple function of Cooker, Warmer and Cooler-what has been coined the COWACO triple function. Tinashe owns all intellectual property rights to the TEMP-BAG products in Zimbabwe and respective countries in the ARIPO region. The core cause for the establishment of the company was to champion innovation in the promotion of wellbeing, environmental and energy sustainability, jobs creation and economic growth.


Second Prize: Med Tours Africa

Cheu launched MedTours Africa in 2015 which is a medical tourism facilitating company. The AIM as MedTours Africa? To provide medical tourists in the sub-Saharan region a one-stop shop for all their medical travel services and logistics.

The GOAL? To lessen the burden on care-givers by giving them the much needed assistance of taking care of all travel and medical treatment logistics for their loved ones. Giving them time and space to be with their loved ones without having to worry about the technicalities of getting them from point A to Point B to get the medical attention they require.

The MISSION? To facilitate for safe, comfortable, reasonably priced medical tourism packages for our clients by offering packages that are suitable for different income levels but that do not compromise on the quality of medical treatment sought.



     Third Prize: Dome Media

In December 2013, Josephine spearheaded the launch of DOME MEDIA in Zimbabwe, a media management and publishing company, and subsequently, the launch of DOME MEDIA’s 1st print publication – Divas INC Magazine. She is currently Founding Editor of Divas INC Magazine and Managing Director of DOME MEDIA.

For sustainability, the program provides continued support through SME mentoring, incubation opportunities as well as access to financing and investment which are vital for business growth and development.

Barclays BOOST Business Pitch Photos

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