StartUp Namibia launches #StartUpSurvivalGrant

02.09.2020 - Press release

In order to continue their support to start-ups and small growing businesses, StartUp Namibia and its partners announce Round 2 of the COVID-19 Startup Grant. Through this operational support measure, grants of 15,000.- N$ each will be provided on a competitive basis to 500 start-ups.

The COVID-19 pandemic ushered in a new normal which had immediate repercussions for the Namibian economy. For start-ups and small businesses, the restrictions that ensued to curb the spread of the virus meant immediate and massive loss of income and jobs. In May 2020, StartUp Namibia together with the Ministry of Industrialization and Trade (MIT) and with funds from the German Government successfully provided the COVID-19 Startup Grant worth 15,000 N$ each to 200 businesses. The grant supported various start-ups and small growing businesses to bear the brunt of the pandemic.

“Looking on the massive impact of COVID-19 on the private sector, we are very happy to extend the targeted support for start-ups and young SMEs during this challenging time. Additional funding for this project is provided by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. We hope that innovative entrepreneurs, especially women, will be able to continue with this support their businesses and lay the basis for their growth in order to make a major impact for a sustainable and inclusive economic recovery of Namibia,” said Gerlinde Sauer, Counsellor for Development Cooperation at the German Embassy in Namibia.

Nearly 5 months after the first lockdown small enterprises remain in limbo while the resumption of operations is slow. The country remains in the National Stage 3 lockdown and this extended pressure on the businesses is evident in the number of closures and retrenchments.

In order to support more start-ups and young enterprises, StartUp Namibia and its partners announce Round 2 of the COVID-19 Startup Grant, called “Startup Survival Grant”. As with the first round, grants of 15,000 N$ each will be provided on a competitive basis to start-ups. However, in this round a total
of 500 start-ups will benefit from the grant. In addition to female-led or female-founded start-ups, start-ups in the Erongo region and those operating in the hospitality and tourism sector as well as arts and culture are especially encouraged to apply.
COVID-19 Startup Grant recipients from Round 1 do not qualify for the #StartUpSurvivalGrant. The COVID-19 Startup Survival Grant will help start-ups and small businesses meeting the specified criteria to receive a direct supplement to pay wages, fixed costs, and offset decline in revenue. “As you can hear in the name, the Startup Survival Grant is there to ensure that you are able to push through this terrible time” said Hon. Lucia Iipumbu, Minister of Industrialization and Trade at the launch of the #StartUpSurvivalGrant.

Eligibility criteria

Eligible businesses must be registered and in operation for less than five years and have a business bank account in the name of the applicant business. Start-ups in the Erongo region, female-led or female-founded start-ups as well as start-ups in sectors hit the hardest by the pandemic (i.e. hospitality and tourism, arts and culture) are specifically encouraged to apply. To apply, businesses will need to submit the following via an online application at www.startupnam.org:
• Founding Statement from BIPA
• MSME Certificate will be an advantage
• Bank statements for June-August 2020 of business bank account
• Business continuity plan to detail the use of funds and strategies to save jobs

Online Applications open on 2 September until 16 September 2020. An independent committee comprising of StartUp Namibia stakeholders and partners will assess the grant applications. Grants will be awarded to applicants on a competitive basis. The grant totaling approximately N$ 7.5 million will be disbursed to the successful businesses in a single payment at the beginning of October 2020.

For more information please email covid19@startupnam.org

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