Press Releases | October 8, 2017

Mutzig and GEN SL form partnership to encourage a new breed of entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone

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Mutzig and Global Entrepreneurs Network Sierra Leone have formed a partnership to support the new breed of entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone through monthly event called “Freetown Pitch Night”

The Freetown Pitch Night is a platform that builds, nurtures and provides opportunities to a new breed of entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone.  The partnership will therefore ensure that the benefits of this platform is communicated to a wider audience locally and internationally.

The partnership will also help to expand Freetown Pitch Night beyond Freetown. 
The brand Mutzig will be an essential part and a collaborative partner of this platform; a platform that will showcase amazing and innovative ideas with global potential. Mutzig – “a Taste of Success neatly fits into such a platform”

As a result of this partnership, Freetown Pitch Night's’ activities will be strengthened and therefore the empowerment of a new breed of entrepreneurship in Sierra Leone will be enhanced.

Background
Freetown Pitch Night was initiated and started by SOBA. SOBA is a market systems development programme that aims to reduce poverty in Sierra Leone. To do this, SOBA provides targeted technical and financial investment in business practice innovations that grow businesses and improve farmer and small-scale entrepreneur performance and market position concurrently. As part of SOBA iLab, the team has launched a series of platforms to weave networks, showcase high performs, and to improve the perception of entrepreneurship – including: Pitch Night- a monthly event.
 
At the first Pitch Night in March of 2017, about 40 people attended. The following month, April , the numbers doubled. In May it reached a 100 and in June, 120 and in July 140 people attended. This is not only a testament to the popularity of the event, but also to its crucial role in cultivating an entrepreneurial culture among Sierra Leoneans.
 
 
The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) provides a year-round platform of programs and initiatives aimed at creating one global entrepreneurial ecosystem. GEN helps people in 170 countries unleash their ideas and turn them into promising new ventures—creating jobs, accelerating innovation and strengthening economic stability around the world.
 
Ranging from efforts to inspire and educate nascent entrepreneurs to advancing research and connecting global leaders in person, GEN operates in all types of economies and cultures.
 
GEN Sierra Leone’s mission is to galvanize, organize, support and energize a vibrant ecosystem that will support the growth of entrepreneurship in Sierra Leone. GEN aims to give every potential entrepreneur in Sierra Leone the opportunity to start a business, and to help established entrepreneurs realize their dreams.
 
Innovation SL Limited is the affiliate of GEN Global  in Sierra Leone and has full responsibility and authority for all of GEN Sierra Leone programs and activities.
 
Our  competitive advantages include:
World-Class Resources - An affiliation with GEN Global affords access to programs and partners, and best-in-class resources. GEN Global has a decade of performance building global entrepreneurship communities;
Advanced Concepts - Access to the Kauffman Foundation and the Global Entrepreneurship
Research Network’s knowledge base, which affords access to advanced concepts, evaluation methods for measuring progress and assessing results, and the latest perspectives on entrepreneurship ecosystem development.
GEN has been a SOBA partner for the Freetown Pitch Night from its inception.  
From September of 2017, GEN will take the lead role in managing and organizing Freetown Pitch Night as the SOBA program will cease.

Current: Acting MD GEN Sierra Leone/ CEO Innovation Sierra Leone:

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