As the deadline for the 2012 Cameroon Startup Challenge draws near, a number of entrepreneurs have stepped forward to request extensions. The quality of contestants is very high and we know that entrepreneurs are going to great lengths to perfect their prototypes, documentation and video pitches. The group of challengers that is forming already represent the top innovators in Cameroon. In an effort to give everyone an opportunity to put forward their best and to join this group of innovators, we’ve decided to extend the deadline until August 31st.
One frequent request I’ve heard is to review the Solution Description, Pilot Test Plan and Sustainability Plan for a project. As much as I enjoy offering advice and coaching, as a panel judge I unfortunately can’t advise teams this way. What I can do, however, is provide a link to a model document. This was an entry to the Chembe Ventures Urban Security Challenge, launched in 2010 by our colleague Sean Murphy together with the Betavine Social Exchange. The level of detail is quite high here and, in fact, we’d be pleased to see a document that follows this example but at a shorter length.
Best of luck to all the teams and we’ll see you at the awards ceremony in September.
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