July 26, 2019


Travelodge, Gaborone


10 Speakers


Keynote Speaker

Vusi Thembekwayo
Entrepreneur|Venture Capitalist|Global Speaker|Author

Time: 08:00am – 17:00pm

Our keynote speaker for the conference is renowned African venture capitalist and mogul Mr Vusi Thembekwayo who will be sharing insight into the issue of funding entrepreneurial growth followed by an engaging, solution-based panel discussion on funding growth. Our panel consists of Business experts and entrepreneurs who have built successful ventures in various industries.


BOBEX 2019 THEME: Funding Entrepreneurial Growth


The primary objective of the Business Funding Expo is to provide a platform for key stakeholders in Botswana to connect, collaborate, engage, network and dialogue on the challenges and opportunities to be unearthed as active members of a nascent but growing entrepreneur ecosystem. BOBEX 2019 is a platform for business founders, funders and investors to showcase funding and support opportunities to catalyze entrepreneurial growth across industries, sectors and segments.

An engaging, solution-based event for entrepreneurs who seek growth.

Attendee Profile

Entrepreneurs seeking to secure funding to grow their businesses in Botswana.
Entrepreneurs seeking business support and advisory services to improve their strategic and operational effectiveness.
Start-ups seeking information on various processes of running a compliant business from registration to positioning their ideas for funding.
Social entrepreneurs and non-profit entities looking to match their funding needs to CSI initiatives of various organisations.

Exhibitor Profile

Commercial Funders.
Fund Managers.
Development Financial Institutions.
Private Equity and Venture Capitals.
Business Support Institutions.
CSI Entrepreneurial Development Initiatives.


Innovative and disruptive business founders that are looking to fund growth and to scale their businesses


Entrepreneurs, Founders and Businessmen/women.
Angel, Seed and Venture Capital Investors.
Corporate CEO’s, CIO’s, CTO’c and Senior Management.
Government Ministers, Assistant Ministers and Permanent Secretaries.
Private Sector Bodies, Advisory Boards and Consultants.
Academic Institutions and Regulatory Bodies.
Foreign Diplomats and Commissioners.


  1. International Keynote by Guest of Honour: Mr Vusi Thembekwayo
  2. Keynote Presentations by Titans of Industry
  3. Fireside Panel Discussions
  4. BOBEX Business Expo – An opportunity to Network | Connect | Collaborate | Engage


1. Entrepreneurs

  • Learn from the Movers and Shakers
  • Launch and Expo your product directly to Business attendees
  • Connect | Engage | Network

2. Corporate

  • Engage directly with Entrepreneurs to help your organization disrupt
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate

3. Government

  • Generate Public Private Partnership leads
  • Break down silos and join the conversation

4. Investors

  • Access to Impact Investment Opportunities

5. General Public

  • Be part of an awesome event!


08.00am – 16.00pm

Thematic Keynotes by Industry Titans/Knowledge Experts;

  • Unlocking Ecosystem Value by Promoting Public Private Dialogue and Engagement
  • The Art of the Start
  • Inculcating a culture of Angel Investment in Botswana – Challenges and Opportunities
  • The Art of the Bootstrap
  • Funding Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Business in Botswana
  • Focus on Entrepreneur Support Organisations – Driving Co-Creative Collaboration between Government, Private Sector and Academia
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Discovering New Markets & Unlocking Economic Value – Myth or Inevitable?

Panel Discussions and Fireside Chats;

  • Institutional/Government Aided Business Funding | Is it/has it been effective? What’s new in town?
  • Non-Traditional Funding Options Available to Entrepreneurs | The key role the Private Sector plays
  • Can you Start and Run a Business with no Funding? | Tales from the crypt by those who have done so..
  • Focus on Social Entrepreneurship | Demystifying the Sustainability Challenge in Botswana
  • Focus on Women in Entrepreneurship | The Gender Agenda

16.00pm – 18.00pm

Network | Connect | Collaborate | Engage

Attending BOBEX is by invitation only, however a limited number of paid passes are available to be purchased by the public at the Platinum Sponsor Subsidized Price of BWP350.00. These seats are limited and competition for space is high. No walk-ins will be permitted without passes or invites.

Public Passes are available for purchase on Webtickets online or at their Kiosks. Kindly follow this link to purchase online: here

Become A Sponsor

The benefits of participating in this event include;

Maximum exposure of your organisation during the event and throughout our marketing campaign which is a cost effective way to reinforce your brand and build awareness.
An opportunity to demonstrate your organisations’ commitment to the growth of the business eco-system.
An opportunity to engage and reinforce strategic relationships with current and potential clients.
An opportunity to present your latest innovation and educate the business community.
An opportunity to network with industry key decision makers.




 Main Conference Sponsor
Opening or Closing Remarks
 Participation in panel discussion
Branding during conference
Logo on Panel Backdrop Logo
Exhibition Space
 Featured on all marketing materials
Branding in the funders lounge & outside



Branding during conference
Exhibition Space
Featured on all marketing material
Branding in the funders lounge and outside



Exhibition Space
Featured on all marketing materials
Branding in the funders lounge and outside



Exhibition Space
Branding in the funders lounge &


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Event Location

Travelodge Block 3 Gaborone


Call:+267 76 320 620
Tell/Fax:+267 3113895

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