Call for Applications: Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Dear YALI Network members,

As a nation we are faced with many challenges, but we as youth are a strong force in creating a better Zimbabwe. It is our responsibility to create businesses and enterprises that not only generate revenue but help address a social problem, whether it be addressing energy poverty, health issues, access to education, women empowerment, environmental issues, food insecurity amongst many issues.  We can work towards a Zimbabwe where we play an active role in creating solutions to address the social challenges based on entrepreneurial principles.
Well guess what? “Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems.” That’s according to Bill Drayton, the founder of Ashoka. He also said social entrepreneurs “are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.”   Does that sound like you? If so, 
you should apply to Zimbabwe’s second edition of the Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp.
The Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is an initiative to promote and support young Zimbabweans who, consumed by passion, have been driven to action around a sustainable enterprise. A collaboration between a Mandela Washington Fellow and the U.S. Embassy in Harare, this bootcamp seeks to give you access to tools that can help you build a sustainable social enterprise by providing business expertise, international networks and mentorship. Join the movement and 
apply today.

While each applicant is unique and will be different, successful candidates will be those who can demonstrate:
  • An unwavering commitment to a social issue;
  • An ability to solve problems independently;
  • A positive track record of leadership;
  • A proven track record of entrepreneurship and are
  • Zimbabweans aged between 25 - 35 years
Submissions are accepted until the 7th of April 23:59. If you are shortlisted you will be called in for an interview and will be notified of the final selection around the 23rd of April.
The Bootcamp workshops will include mandatory in person meetups/site visits over 2-3 selected day each month from May through October. These sessions will include workshops with 6 visiting U.S. based facilitators touching around topics of business modelling, finances and tools/techniques to grow your enterprise or startup. The sessions will also include workshops around intellectual property and how to better manage your finances with local experts.

The application will take you approximately one hour to complete.  It can be accessed via the website or you can go directly to the application portal on

What is expected of applicants if they are selected?
If you are selected to participate in the bootcamp, we expect that you will:
  • Attend all workshops;
  • Complete all assignments in a timely fashion;
  • Read the provided course or training materials;
  • Participate in peer reviews;
  • Commit to sustaining your project after the bootcamp ends; and
  • If selected you will be required to pay a $50 refundable deposit which will be returned to you on completion of the program.
Provisional Program Outline (exact times to be confirmed):
  • 11 - 13 May 2016              
  • 9 - 11 June 2016
  • 28 - 30 July 2016
  • 18 - 20 August 2016
  • 29 September - 1 October  2016
  • 6- 8 October 2016
To learn more about this bootcamp and to start your application today, here’s that link again:
Good luck and hope to see you in May!