Lusaka – On November 19, 2015, the Embassy of the United States of America and the WECREATE Zambia Center hosted the first-ever Zambia Entrepreneurship Summit (ZES) with the theme, “Accessing Good Ideas, Accessing Financing.” The ZES, free of charge for all participants, was a venue for investors, lenders, and empowerment groups to meet with some of Zambia’s best young entrepreneurs. The goal of the ZES was to facilitate opportunities for Zambian entrepreneurs to attract financing for their ideas by pitching their business plans to exhibitors.
Republican Vice President The Right Honorable Inonge Wina, through her representative Minister of Commerce, Trade & Industry The Honorable Margaret Mwanakatwe, officially opened the ZES together with U.S. Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz, Minister of Youth and Sport The Honorable Vincent Mwale, and WECREATE Zambia Center Director Nambula Kachumi. After the opening ceremony, the event opened to the public at the WECREATE Zambia Centre in Kuku compound, (the former premises of the Lusaka City Council). Entrepreneurs pitched ideas from diverse industries, including critical topics such as alternative energy, agriculture, and IT.
The U.S embassy and WECREATE anticipate follow-on programs after the 2015 ZES such as business clinics for entrepreneurs and networking opportunities. Many of the ZES exhibitors are being featured on the Embassy Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usembassyzambia. Additional information about the 2015 Zambia Entrepreneurship Summit can be found on our webpage: https://zm.usembassy.gov/education/entrepreneurship-programs/.