For entrepreneurship & innovation to play the crucial role that they can in creating jobs & growing our economy, Namibia needs to develop a new breed of disruptors – entrepreneurs who can radically bring value & growth to their community. These entrepreneurs – if they are to create value, jobs & ultimately economic growth – need an entrepreneurial ecosystem to thrive. Entrepreneurial ecosystems facilitate the creation of environments conducive to growth, networking & collaboration. They further encourage innovation.
PURPOSE & SIGNIFICANCE:
This is why Pitch Night is so crucial. It is a key networking asset of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Namibia. Networking assets are defined as ‘community-building & skill-training events, collaborative spaces and networking of mentors, which co-exist to sustain these communities’.
Increases desirability & confidence in pursuing entrepreneurship; Provides pitch-practice to entrepreneur; Entrepreneur becomes a Role-model. Opportunities for entrepreneurs to become success stories, inspirations & role models; Links to markets, investors, partners, customers, suppliers, business support services and capacity developers through PN.