Creative Entrepreneurship Programme

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Present your business ideas

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, application for the Creative Entrepreneurship Programme by the Goethe-Institut Namibia in partnership with GIZ is extended until 17th April 2020, 14:00 GMT. Additional funding from GIZ for the project is available and as such, successful applicants are to receive a stipend for its duration.

The Goethe-Institut Namibia in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) are offering an opportunity for entrepreneurs in Namibia’s creative industry to identify business opportunities, develop the business ideas and create economic growth. The Creative Entrepreneurship Programme (CEP) is open to creatives in Namibia. The CEP is designed for but not limited to the Fashion, Design, Advertising, Jewelry, Beauty, Upholstery and Gaming industries in Namibia. Groups – maximum of six persons - are preferred over single persons. Only one registration of one business plan per team will be accepted.

The creative industry has been identified as one with great potential to create employment but very often, creatives cannot sustain themselves with their products or services alone. The CEP will be delivered through the following components from May to November 2020

  • Business training, mentoring and networking sessions covering the areas of business development, entrepreneurial self-understanding, design thinking, marketing and customer research and personas, branding, sales, establishing partnerships, legal issues and insurances, finance management, health and pitching.
  • 1-2 day workshops over weekends in the said aspects of a creative business
  • Mentoring programme: expert advice delivered by persons with local and international experience in the relevant industries. The use of technology to get Namibian entrepreneurs in touch with persons abroad will be applied.
  • Peer to Peer development: bringing the 12 identified entrepreneurs together with a business coach will provide them access to critical thinking and advice on the development of their creative business ideas. Emphasis is on peer-to-peer communication.
  • Success and Failure: Established entrepreneurs in Namibia will hold regular meetings to present and discuss the best practices to achieve the desired outcomes. These will be geared towards inspiration and motivation. A few failures will also be presented and discussed for the 12 entrepreneurs to understand how the business ideas have failed.  
An 80% participation is required. The CEP is an incubator service for up to 12 entrepreneurs that is supported by the GIZ Startup programme.
To register your business idea for the CEP before 17 April 2020, first read through the guidelines in the document below before submitting your electronic application.
  The application process HERE should take about 30 minutes and will require the following:
  • Contact details of all members
  • A business pitch
  • Prior experiences
  • Preferably first business sketches 
The registration allows for data uploads in PDF, JPG and/or PNG format. Double or incomplete applications will not be considered.
The electronic application can be paused and resumed later. Be advised to use the same computer or information saved in an application will be lost if cookies are deleted. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their business ideas in person.
Contact Michelle Namases for more information.