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Apply for residency at Johannesburg-based startup campus 22 ON SLOANE

The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) has opened applications for a 12-month residency at 22 ON SLOANE, its first physical startup campus, set to launch in November.

The application window which opened yesterday will close on 9 November.

22 ON SLOANE is scheduled to be officially opened next month on 10 November with residents taking occupancy from early January 2018. The Johannesburg-based campus aims to assist entrepreneurs with a “360-degree turnkey solution” which will help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into viable businesses.

GEN claims 22 ON SLOANE, located in Bryanston, Johannesburg, is the largest startup campus in Africa

Residents will get support around product development, business models, funding opportunities and access to markets.

In addition, they will gain access to GEN’s network of entrepreneurs, mentors and investors from across the 170 countries it operates in.

Application

GEN expects to get over 1500 applications from entrepreneurs across Africa, however only 300 to 500 candidates will be chosen for the 12-month programme.

Looking to apply? Then make sure your startup is registered and that it is operating as a private entity, social enterprise or co-operative. Applicants are also advised to ensure that their submissions are based on an identified market opportunity.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to pitching sessions between 10 and 16 November. Thereafter, the  successful pitchers will be notified after the Global Entrepreneurship Week to be held at 22 ON SLOANE between 13 and 19 November.

Once selected, residents can opt to renew their residency should they wish to.

Facilities

GEN claims 22 ON SLOANE is the largest startup campus in Africa.

Nestled in Bryanston, the 10 000 square metre campus boasts several technology labs, 500 “state-of-the-art” work stations, think tanks, shower facilities, a gym, lounges, boardrooms, and an atrium which will be used for networking and events.

“GEN is focused on bringing best-in-class programmes, communities and support from its network operating in 170 nations to Africa’s next generation of entrepreneurs. We could not be more proud that 22 ON SLOANE, the first physical space in the world carrying the GEN brand, is opening in Johannesburg and we stand alongside our African friends and partners in making it possible for anyone, anywhere to start and scale their business,” GEN president Jonathan Ortmans said in an earlier press release.

What’s it going to cost?

Time and some money. South African residents are expected to be at the campus for at least 200 days, while residents from the rest of Africa are expected to be on campus for 14 days and to to log in 200 days virtually.

In addition, residents are expected to pay R975 ($75) a month. Companies with over five team members will receive a discount.

Learn more and apply here

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