UPDATE: Due to high demand, we have added an additional event in the evening, from 18:00-20:30. Sign up for this session –>> HERE.
This Thursday, 23 March, the Launchpad Angola coworking space will host a workshop for potential applicants to the Anzisha Prize. This is the first time the Anzisha Prize is coming to Angola and Luanda.
The Anzisha Prize seeks to award young entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or started successful businesses within their communities. 15 finalists from across Africa will win a placement in a fellowship to help accelerate their path to entrepreneurship success. The first step in this journey is an all-expenses paid trip to South Africa to be part of a ten-day long entrepreneurship workshop and conference at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg.
The Grand Prize winners, selected from these finalists, will share in prizes worth $100,000. Read more at www.anzishaprize.org.
The sessions will be presented in English. RSVP on the Eventbrite links below is mandatory. Successful Applicants will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite.
- Morning session (09:00 – 12:00): FULL
- Afternoon Session (13:30 – 16:30): sign up HERE
- **NEW** Evening session (18:00 – 20:30): sign up HERE
In case you cannot make the event it is still possible to apply. Please make use of the following links and resources below:
Application Guide Download
Application form to complete (Portuguese)
Application form to complete (English)
This piece from the Financial Times in London gives a clue as to where coworking is going…
“…turned his attention to the co-working trend that has emerged in the past 10 years. Estimates of the global number of shared office spaces vary, but what’s certain is that growth has been dramatic.”
This week the IMF released its latest outlook for the world economy. We noted the following projections for Angola:
“The largest economies in S Sahara Africa are experiencing sharp slowdowns as lower commodity prices interact with difficult domestic political and economic conditions.”
“Angola is similarly adjusting to a sharp drop in oil export receipts. It is not expected to grow this year and will experience only feeble growth next year.”
Real GDP predictions (% change):
- 2015: 3.0
- 2016: 0.0
- 2017: 1.5
- 2021: 3.5
Consumer Prices (% change):
- 2015: 10.3
- 2016: 33.7
- 2017: 38.3
- 2021: 17.8
Current account balance (% of GDP):
- 2015: -8.5
- 2016: -5.4
- 2017: -5.4
- 2021: -2.5
Finweek is one of South Africa’s largest business magazines. This week includes a piece around “The Rise of Communal Workspace”. The article refers: “The concept of co-working spaces is taking riot in South Africa and it offers to unlock tremendous potential for innovation and growth”.
The piece covers some large transactions in collaborative working underway in South Africa with both OPEN and Redefine Properties.
The Launchpad in Angola itself is featured in the piece, with reference to three major advantages of coworking that we are bringing to Luanda:
- Lower costs
- Not having to worry about administration, utilities and employment of office staff
- A supportive community
Last month we were featured by our web designers the Yellow Door Collective in their “featured clients” section. The post gives some insight into the story behind how we came about and our mission to make investing in Angola that much easier. See it HERE!