WASHINGTON, DC – Led by young entrepreneurs who have launched an array of tech startups, Botswana is undergoing an economic transformation – and startup champion Mooketsi Bennedict-Tekere feels at home with this entrepreneurial community. The ed-tech firm he founded, Ngwana Enterprises, has been developing innovative healthcare financing solutions for government and multinational organizations since 2011.
After building the firm, he turned his entrepreneur’s perspective to forming collaborative relationships among regional organizations – such as the Africa Business Angels Network, Empretec Mauritius, Smart Africa,the Tony Elumelu Foundation, TEF Hub Rwanda, UNCTAD and the World Bank- to coordinate the development of new entrepreneur-support programming.
“It is our vision to propel Botswana into a developed economy by establishing platforms that accelerate entrepreneurial skills by providing 21st century skills and expertise.” said Bennedict-Tekere. “We are bringing best practices from global digital tech hubs and supporting linkages to local entrepreneurs, startups and established tech companies through training and mentoring. We are also strengthening our ecosystem with partnerships on research and innovation. We are diversifying our digital trade beyond the core economic drivers of agriculture, ICT, mining and tourism.”
Bennedict-Tekere is now leading the development of the new Global Entrepreneurship Network affiliate in Botswana as its acting managing director to engage the ecosystems’ key stakeholders, facilitate communication across startup sectors, foster increased coordination and generate commitment for new collaborative initiatives.
“The establishment of a cohesive entrepreneurial ecosystem in Botswana is a key part of the future diversification of the economy,” he said. “Botswana’s entrepreneurial ecosystem will be led by corporate innovation partnerships and recognition of entrepreneurial talent and high impact entrepreneurs. The country is now transitioning from ecosystem thinking to ecosystem action but needs to be supported by regional and global experience."
Appointed by GEN Global in February 2018, Bennedict-Tekere is currently laying the foundation for a Botswana Business Angel Network, and coordinating efforts to produce high-quality entrepreneurship research studies so that policymakers and program directors can design better, evidenced-based initiatives.
At the global level, GEN operates in more than 170 countries worldwide, propelling start and scale ecosystems by fostering cross-border collaboration, cutting-edge research studies, and initiatives that engage entrepreneurs and ecosystem stakeholders across sectors and locations.
In recognition of his strong record of accomplishment, Bennedict-Tekere has won local, regional and international awards for his work as an entrepreneur – and as an ecosystem enabler, innovator and disruptor.