4iR Startups in Kampala
This post originally appeared on blog.up.co
This time round we are raising startups in Kampala who are evolving around the merging technologies, there is no way Africa and all its business are going to be left behind with the way we are going to adopt 4iR in our startups.
StartUp Weekend Kampala
54hr 4iR Hackathon 1.0
Date: January, 31st 2019
Venue: Ujamaa Tribe
About Techstars Startup Weekend.
Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide a platform for aspiring 4iR entrepreneurs in Uganda.
Beginning with thursday night pitches ,brainstorming, business modelling , and prototyping.
Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Saturday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.
Hackathon Theme: "Mobile First Business"
With about 2 billion mobile devices in the world today, it isn't merely a trend, niche or something in the future. Mobile is the present.
The theme of this Hackathon is "Mobile First Business".
Prototype/MVP:Lets see what you can build for "Mobile First" as an iOS app, Android app or Mobile Web App.
Business Model:Mobile First business strategy/mobile first company.
Team:Mobile tools for your philosophy, team management, CIOs and digital leadership
Join the hackathon as an individual meet co-founder(s) leave with a 4iR Tech company.
Ambitious experienced industry experts,designers,developers and business people leave their places of work and freelance jobs and come for the StartUp weekend in Kampala, Uganda.
Why? Because starting a startup is the highest impact thing you can do with your life and innovative products and services are true legacy.
Our mind approach
We turn creative experienced industry experts,designers,developers and business people in our community into innovators, entrepreneurs and Leaders who harness both existing and emerging technologies for the economic development of Africa.
Come as an Individual, meet a cofounder and leave with a company.
We are exploring the possibility of building a 4iR focused, high performance companies in Kampala, Uganda that are focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and Leadership.
Opportunities for the 4iR Entrepreneurs
The potential opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators in Uganda and the region in the 4iR economy are clear and valuable; both for delivering personal idea solutions to users, and early stage, agile and lean startups. However, to date these opportunities have been difficult to realize because there is no real place where state of the art startups can be created.Developers in Africa only freelance and work for government (maintain legacy systems created from abroad).
We believe as the base of 4iR grows across the country and the region, the opportunities expand accordingly as we enable more startup creation.
We will be scoring the hackathon based on tenets that we are looking for from the investors.
Business Process Model(BPM)(30%)
Business model and methodology(30%)
Strategic Leadership,Team and Business Philosophy(10%)
Use of Design Patterns
Top Three make it to the one year pearl valley fellowship
Free website .co domain
300 dollars worth of cloud services from google
Cash prizes might or might not be given because people only work to get money share it and stop there.
The following will be provided to the contestants
lunch and sports drinks
Hackathon Terms and Conditions
Contestants must have their own laptop
In order to attend, contestants must pay and submit a registration that will be reviewed
You must register for the hack-a-thon as an individual Competing will be as a team. We suggest team sizes between 2 to 4 members. We will match up individuals to others with complementary skills.
You will be building a "Mobile First Business".We are purposefully leaving this open-ended to make room for your creativity. We are interested in you as an individual - what you create gives us perspective on who you are.
· All entry code must be publicly submitted to GitHub
· Entries must be published with an OSI-approved open source license.
· Entries must include a mobile component (iOS, Android or mobile-Web)
· Any OSI-approved open source licensed libraries and or frameworks may be used.
· All entries must be developed during the event (not before).
1. Who are you? (Your war cry / slogan – single short sentence)
2. What is your business name? (Why you chose that name)
3. What is your project about? i.e. product purpose & why you’re doing it with business process model.
4. Impact (how is your project going to change Uganda and the World)
5. How your innovation works. Key features and explain the user experience.
6. What is your target market? Who (description), where (location i.e. local/global)
7. What is your Business model /Revenue model?
8. Scaling (your plans to grow the startup and capture a bigger market)
9. Unveil the team with your philosophy.
Execution & Design
○ What feedback have you gotten to inspire your Minimum Viable Product?
○ Did you build a prototype (paper or powerpoint is ok)?
○ How effective is your "Minimal Viable Product" for the weekend (be it software, hardware, etc.)?
○ How functional is your technical demo?
○ How easy is it for the user to navigate and use your product?
○ Were you able to incorporate customer feedback into the solution?
Business Model (is this business feasible)
○ Is it a big/unique idea?
○ What is your key value proposition?
○ How do you plan on making this a successful business?
○ Have you thought about competition, how to scale, acquiring customers, revenue model etc.?
○ Have you identified a specific target market?
○ How will they acquire their first 100 customers?
NB:You have 10 minutes to make your presentation
Criteria To Join Hackathon
The 3 types of founders we look for.
Technical Edge: Individuals who have worked extensively with a specific technology, including PhD or postdoc graduates.
Domain Edge: Individuals who have extensive experience in specific industries, holding deep insights and networks to tap on.
Product Edge: Individuals who have strong engineering skills or growth & product mindsets, including PMs, founders, engineers & generalists.
Jury and criteria
Well, the criteria for the selection will be guided by these factors:
Problem and Customer Segments What customer pain are you solving? Is it a problem worth solving? What specific customer segments are affected? What is the addressable market size?
The solution how are you solving the customer’s stated problem? what are the top features of your solution that specifically address the customer problem. What validates that the solution resonates with the customer’s problem
Revenue Streams Envisaged How you will make money by providing the solution given the current nature of the marketplace
The Technological Advantage Why is the technological solution and revenue model expected to work? What unique technological approaches or platforms have you considered?
Analysis of Competitive Landscape What are the existing alternatives to your solution? Do you know who your competitors / collaborators are? What differentiates you from the competition? What can be done through existing alternatives that your solution cannot do? What can your solution do that your competition cannot do?
Customer Acquisition & Channels Who are the early adopters, what customer segments are you prioritizing, what is your path to the customers? What channels are you using to reach the customer segments? How will you achieve customer activation? (first instance of gratifying experience)
Team Composition & Commitment Level Team composition is very important. Team composition and complementarity of skills, suitability of team structure to deliver on business goals, sense of commitment to the startup by team members is vital. Show the skills & experience that the team members have?
Business Model Canvas It is a visual chart with elements describing a firm's or product's value proposition, infrastructure, customers, and finances. Teams are expected to produce this during their final presentation.
Business process modeling (BPM) in systems engineering is the activity of representing processes of an enterprise, so that the current process may be analysed, improved, and automated. BPM is typically performed by business analysts, who provide expertise in the modeling discipline; by subject matter experts, who have specialized knowledge of the processes being modelled; or more commonly by a team comprising both.