IFC’s CASA Initiative in Sierra Leone

GEW 2018, News, Pitch Night
WHAT IS THE CASA INITIATIVE? IFC’s CASA Initiative, launched in 2008, is helping design and implement integrated strategies specially targeted to support economic recovery in conflict-affected countries. The Initiative is supported by Ireland, the Netherlands, and Norway, while Denmark and Sweden provide additional support in South Sudan and Liberia respectively. The CASA Initiative focuses on: • Improving the business environment through regulatory reform • Strengthening small and medium sized businesses and support institutions, such as chambers of commerce • Rebuilding financial markets, banks, and other financial institutions • Increasing private sector involvement in providing and rebuilding infrastructure such as roads, ports, schools, and power stations CASA’s Support IFC’s CASA Initiative is helping strengthen smaller businesses in Sierra Leone and is working with the government and private sector partners to introduce…
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Freetown Pitch Night Report Theme: Mayor’s Pitch Night Special

Pitch Night
With a focus on managing waste in Freetown, the “Mayor’s Pitch Night Special” held on 1st August, 2018 was an outstanding example of how Freetown’s business community can generate solutions to some of our most pressing problems. The event was opened by the Chairman of GEN Sierra Leone, Mr. Sheka Forna. He reiterated why Freetown Pitch Night decided to hold the “Mayor Special Pitch Night”. Under the right conditions, entrepreneurs can have incredible power. They can help regions prosper economically and, as they help engineer innovative solutions to problems and challenges, they can also serve society. Yvonne Aki-Sawyer OBE, Freetown’s new Mayor, won a comprehensive mandate from the  voters of Freetown. This mandate includes job creation for the city’s young people and better waste management. As new and growing businesses…
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Agtech:Freetown Pitch Night, May 16th, Venue, 232 Complex, Lumly Beach

Agtech:Freetown Pitch Night, May 16th, Venue, 232 Complex, Lumly Beach

Pitch Night
The technological revolution has brought great changes to our lives – and agriculture is no exception. Today, it’s increasingly common to see sensors or drones as essential tools in the agronomical engineer or farmer’s toolkit.This movement has a name – agriculture technology, or AgTech. The number of startups around the world that have created tech products with the purpose of making agriculture more efficient, precise and productive have increased exponencially since 2013. The values of investment in the sector have increased significantly as well. Productivity and efficiency in Agriculture is ripe for improvment in Sierra Leone.Such improvement will bring immense benefit to the economy of Sierra Leone.It’s increasingly common to see sensors or drones as essential tools in the agronomical engineer or farmer’s toolkit. Disruptive techologies in robotics and those…
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Apply to Pitch-Freetown Pitch Night- April 2018

News, Pitch Night
"Disruptive innovation is transforming Africa’s economic potential, creating new target markets and unprecedented consumer choice. Capitalising on these potential opportunities demands a complete rethink of customer engagement and business development strategies". Pwc Is your start up or company tapping into this huge and still largely untapped commercial potential. Are you doing any of these- 1.Driving efficiency in business and public service? 2.Strengthening trust and combatting corruption using blockchain? 3. Improving market access and ease of doing business? 4.Healthcare and crisis prevention-using disruptive technology to overcome the traditional barriers of distance and limited access to healthcare 5.Education, innovation and job creation 6.Bringing the informal sector into the mainstream economy Would you like to pitch at the Freetown Pitch Night in April 2018? Please send a message to mail@freetownpitchnight.com The technologies that…
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Report: Freetown Pitch Night- December 6th 2017 Venue: 232, Lumley Beach.

Report: Freetown Pitch Night- December 6th 2017 Venue: 232, Lumley Beach.

GEN, News, Pitch Night
The theme for the December 6th  Freetown Pitch Night was “Design for Development ”. For the very first time, the Freetown Pitch Night had 5 students to pitch their business ideas. The students were from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. All five will be graduating in 2019. Four of the students were from the faculty of Architecture and Design and one from the Faculty of Communication Media and Broadcasting. (more…)
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