South African Internet of Things (IoT) network operator SqwidNet has announced the launch of its entrepreneurship programme, (IoT)E, aimed at entrepreneurs looking to develop their skills in the IoT space.
SqwidNet said there was “massive untapped potential” for IoT in Africa, and that the (IoT)E programme would ensure startups have the necessary skills and knowledge to operate in this industry.
“The next wave of entrepreneurship and innovation for Africa must come from within the continent itself. Over the years we have seen our continent’s engineers and entrepreneurs have great ideas, but often lack the means and sometimes even the tools to convert these ideas into viable businesses,” said Reshaad Sha, chief executive officer (CEO) of SqwidNet.
“Our programme is designed to not only provide the necessary tools, but also give guidance to enable these brilliant minds to take their products to market.”
The (IoT)E programme will focus on three key development areas during a three-day workshop, namely Device Development, Software and Analytics, and Business Skills. The workshop will be followed by a weekly webinar over a period of six weeks where participants will be afforded the opportunity to interact with and learn from experts in device development, platform development and entrepreneurship.
Potential participants should submit their motivations on Twitter using the hashtag #iotep or tagging @sqwidnet in their tweet. Alternatively, they can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 25 individuals will be selected as the first round of participants, and will start their programme in January 2018.