All set for inaugural Ideas Festival Conference
THE inaugural Ideas Festival conference — a much-anticipated gathering of movers and shakers in the wider entrepreneurial space — kicks off this week (November 22-24) at the Troutbeck Resort in Nyanga.
The conference, first of its kind in the country, is an annual event which brings together alumni of the widely watched In Conversation with Trevor (ICWT) talk show to interact and share ideas with entrepreneurs and innovators.
ICWT has hosted entrepreneurs, innovators, intellectuals, creators and those in the start-up ecosystem and engaged them in no-holds-barred conversations of their lived experiences, ideas and visions.
The talk show is the brainchild of publisher and entrepreneur Trevor Ncube.
A dozen key speakers from various backgrounds have been lined up to give presentations. Some of the speakers will include the leading executives and entrepreneurs to emerge from Zimbabwe.
These include Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Group CEO, Douglas Mboweni, who will talk about How an Idea Transformed a Village; Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency CEO, Tafadzwa Chinamo, with a presentation on The Window into Zimbabwe’s Opportunities; and dental surgeon and Zimbabwe Hemp Trust founder Dr Zorodzai Maroveke (Economic Transformation Through Hemp Industry).
Institute for the Future of Knowledge at the University of Johannesburg director Professor Arthur Mutambara will talk on the current hot topic globally, Artificial Intelligence Opportunities and Risks, while property mogul Ken Sharpe will tackle the topic, Future of Smart Cities and Urbanization.
According to Trevor Ncube: “Nation-building quality conversations, broad-based economic development and prosperity can only be powered by a vibrant marketplace of ideas.
“It is our collective ideas, efforts and dreams that contribute to the Zimbabwe we want. The biggest role of our government is to create an enabling environment for our ideas and enterprises to flourish and then get out of the way.”
The event will have an exciting programme, which includes masterclasses, panels, fire-side chats, an Ideas Tank for entrepreneurs to pitch their exciting business ideas.
There will be golf and great entertainment. All work and no play is never a good idea.
The festival was launched last December at a luncheon graced by entrepreneurs and executives, such as former Google (South Africa) executive Stafford Masie and sommelier and founder of Kumusha Wines, Tinashe Nyamudoka, to name just these two.
Yvonne Chaka Chaka gave an inspiring speech and spellbinding performance.
The Ideas Festival will be broadcast live on the ICWT show to the world audience.
To join this vibrant conference, please drop an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, and to register to be considered for the #Ideastank2023 please go to convowithtrevor.com/events/ #ICWT23.