Startup Weekend Maseru

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Universities Edition 2017

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!




Apr 14
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 15
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 16
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Mr Farug Hunter

SW facilitate and An Entrepreneur

Faruq Hunter is the co-founder of the Freedom Nation and Freedom Village, Freedom Village is a 205 Acre Maker's town built exclusively for makers, innovators, artists and creatives by makers, innovators, artists and creatives. 1 hour from the 3rd largest port in the US and the busiest airport in the world, Freedom Village is set in a county that has created the legal leeway that makers need to live a lifestyle of experimentation, growth and freedom. The entire town produces its own food, electricity, water and natural gas on an internally developed distributed energy production Smart Grid and within 25 acres of Organic farms and ranches.

Mr. Hunter has been a featured speaker in Black Enterprise Magazine, SXSW, Re:Publica, Geoergia Tech’s Impact Series and over 50 additional venues throughout 24 Countries on the topics of innovation, collaboration and technology.

As a 13 year old high school graduate who completed his first degree at the International University of Africa in Khartoum, Sudan, Mr. Hunter's primary focus is on using innovation and sustainability as a foundation for developing systems to create, re-create, rejuvenate and sustain the concept of the rural town as efficient hubs for economic progress and global production.

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Moratuoa Hlongwa

onsultant and founder of Image Evolution Lesotho

,Moratuoa Hlongwa is an Image Consultant and founder of Image Evolution Lesotho. She advocates and coaches on self-awareness and branding. She believes that one who is aware of self and impeccably branded is analytical and a visionary.

She combines insights of healthy living obtained from running ultra-marathons and discipline obtained from robust accounting experience of over 10 years.

Being a Chartered Accountant accredited by the Lesotho Institute of Accountants , she has worked as Partner at New Dawn Chartered Accountants, Head of Internal Audit at Nedbank Lesotho and has served her articles at Moores Rowland Chartered Accountants (Formerly KPMG). She uses this experience to assist individuals and businesses to build solid business development principles and internal control systems.

She empowers men and women of all ages to project self-confidence and assist in branding them in an impactful manner by providing image and branding consultations, conferences, keynote presentations and workshops. She clearly articulates image and branding concepts by continuously developing her communication skills through Rainbow toastmasters club participation.

Moratuoa is a Washington Fellow representing Lesotho at the President Obama Inaugural Young African Leaders Initiative at Yale university.

Moratuoa is the Co-author of the book titled 'Image Matters' and Audit Committee member of the Central Bank of Lesotho. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Image Consultants South Africa and People Runners Club.

Noosi Raditapole

Founder and Managing Director at Dot Consulting, and a part-time lecturer at Lesotho Medical School (NHTC)

Noosi Raditapole is a seasoned professional who is passionate about entrepreneurship, finance and healthcare. His professional experience spans different sectors of industry such as healthcare, education, brewing, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. He has held management positions in quality control and marketing as well as being a managing director in a start up company. He has worked in Ireland, Lesotho, South Africa and most recently in Canada. In 2004, Mr. Raditapole founded and became the managing director of the first Basotho owned medical laboratory in Lesotho.

Mr. Raditapole holds a Master of Science in Biotechnology (University of Witwatersrand) and has just completed a Master of Business Administration (Manchester Business School).

Mr. Raditapole is currently on a team that is lecturing the inaugural first year class of medical students at Lesotho Medical School based at National Health Training College. He is specifically lecturing in Biochemistry and Genetics. At the same time he is the managing partner of a recently founded Dot Consulting firm, which offers services in strategic management, business planning and growth strategies, as well as executive training.

Thato P. Molise (Mr.)

Managing Directer of CustomIT

Lisema Masheane

Managing Director of Tracker

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Reitumetse Tummie
Maxxy Matsoko
Lehlohonolo Tlhaole
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