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Sierra Leone Opportunities for Business Action (SOBA)
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SOBA is a private sector market development programme in Sierra Leone.
SOBA is a private sector market development programme in Sierra Leone.

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SOBA is looking for a sharp, creative and experienced Business Professional to join our market systems development programme and to contribute to the ongoing development of SOBA’s Business Innovation Hub and iLab.

The role will take a hands-on approach to intervention design, delivery and management of innovative business solutions that accelerate the adoption of innovative business practices among Sierra Leone businesses and launch the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Learn more and apply today! http://www.sobasl.org/join-team/business-innovation-lab-lead
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Read about ASI’s approach to adaptive management including SOBA’s example of adaptive management trails in the poultry sector: https://beamexchange.org/community/blogs/2017/1/5/structured-experimentation-getting-core-adaptive-management/
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1st Unreasonable Labs Sierra Leone concludes. Congratulations to all the #entrepreneurs who participated in the lab: http://disrupt-africa.com/2016/11/1st-unreasonable-labs-sierra-leone-concludes/



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Exciting #news: Sierra Leone News: First household solar pilot kits launched in Sierra Leone. The household #solar pilot will enable 1000 families to affordably purchase clean and safe home solar units with help from the Sierra Leone financial sector build a better understanding of the business opportunities presented by the emerging solar market. #sierraleone #sierraleoneopportunitiesforbusinessaction #freetown #solarpower http://awoko.org/2016/12/06/sierra-leone-news-first-household-solar-pilot-kits-launched-in-sierra-leone/
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Google Will Reach 100% Renewable Energy for All Their Operations in 2017
The present renewed interest for renewable resources like wind and solar have made it less expensive than standard grid power, helping people to save money and environment going forward. The technology giant, Google made a commitment to reach 100% renewable...
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Unreasonable Labs comes to Sierra Leone this November
Fifteen Hand-picked Start-ups from across Sierra Leone
Gather with Top Mentors for Five Days

Freetown, Sierra Leone – 31 October 2016 – On Monday 14 November, 15 top start-ups from across Sierra Leone will gather at the Sensi Hub in Freetown for five days alongside seasoned mentors who will help them to critically analyse their businesses and to define new growth opportunities.

They will gather for Unreasonable Labs: #SierraLeone’s first Business Model Validation Lab, a five-day intensive training programme preparing them to secure customers, build prototypes, identify key cost drivers of their businesses, build strategic plans and much more.

“These entrepreneurs are something special. They have the kind of creativity and zeal that it takes to tackle big problems and to create jobs with innovative business solutions,” explains Unreasonable Lab Sierra Leone’s Business Model Validation Lab director Kim Beevers. "This is a unique opportunity for #entrepreneurs to participate and to foster an emerging ecosystem and to connect with other new and experienced entrepreneurs and investors that will help to drive growth in Sierra Leone.”

In those five days, as well as receiving guidance in testing the core assumptions of their businesses, participating entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to engage with other like-minded business people and receive valuable advice from experienced mentors. To date, mentors include leaders in the fields of business advisory, marketing, energy, social enterprise, and technology.

“It’s the responsibility of entrepreneurs with some experience like me to mentor new companies and emerging leaders that can change the country’s future, helping it grow and making an impact with a commercial imperative. That’s our mission over the five days,” says Brendan Sullivan, lab mentor and head of regional expansion for Impact Water, a social enterprise that provides clean water for 500,000+ students across Africa.

On the last day of the lab, the participants will present their week’s work to a team of judges. A first-place prize of USD 3,000 and a second-place prize of USD 1,500 will be awarded to the entrepreneurs that best articulate a strong pathway to business growth.

“Sierra Leone has never hosted a lab of such nature. I look forward to interacting with the entrepreneurs and learning how their business ideas will impact the wider community. I’m also excited about the mentor-mentee interaction,” said Christopher Kebbie, Unreasonable Lab team member.

Hamid Marah, Unreasonable Lab team member adds: “This is a great opportunity to unlock potential in the private sector.”

Unreasonable Lab Sierra Leone will take place from 14 to 18 November at the Sensi Tech Hub located at 67 Sir Samuel Lewis Road, Aberdeen, Freetown.

For more information about the lab, or to become a mentor, please visit: http://unreasonableinstitute.org/accelerator/sierra-leone-2016/.

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Nigeria and Madagascar have now joined #SierraLeone as the countries that will benefit from the prize awarded to winners of the 2016 Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) funding scheme provided by Access Power. #solarenergy #renewableenergy

http://www.esi-africa.com/news/access-co-development-facility-awards-7m-prize-to-clean-energy-projects/
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Power surge: looking for light in Sierra Leone

Access to clean energy plays a critical role in Sierra Leone’s post-Ebola recovery, but with insufficient electricity, how is this possible?
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