The FirstPreneur

Entrepreneurship Development Program

This program aims to foster employment, financial growth, and startup support while contributing to broader objectives like community impact and financial literacy. Through collaboration, it seeks to create a lasting impact on the entrepreneurial landscape, promoting innovation and sustainability.

The Program in a Nutshell

In recognition of the transformative power of collaboration, First National Bank Botswana and TheNeoHub have joined forces to launch The FirstPreneur, a comprehensive two-year program aimed at nurturing, supporting, and accelerating entrepreneurs in building sustainable businesses. This strategic partnership aims to leverage the strengths of both organizations to create a synergistic force that accelerates the development of startups, with a particular emphasis on empowering the youth and women.

The shared vision of The FirstPreneur extends beyond immediate goals, encompassing employment creation, financial growth, and startup support. It aspires to contribute to broader objectives such as community impact, financial literacy, and the establishment of a robust financial ecosystem for Small, Medium, and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs). By uniting efforts, the program seeks to create a lasting impact on the entrepreneurial landscape, fostering a culture of innovation and sustainability.

Selection Criteria

Be a 100% citizen-owned established company or market-driven social enterprise.

In operation for at least 2 years.

Lead a company with a strong value proposition and potential to grow.

Have a management team of at least two people in addition to the CEO or founder.

An existing track record of impact.

An entrepreneurial mindset.

Who is this Program For?

This program is crafted for individuals with an entrepreneurial mindset, for the doers who have already built resilience. We're here to turbocharge your efforts. Imagine the support your business needs to grow, pivot, and scale, all while maintaining the agility that defines successful entrepreneurs.

What to expect?


Global Trade and Business Development:

Navigate international markets and expand your business horizons.


Banking and Finance:

Access strategic financial insights and solutions tailored to your business needs, this program has a dedicated relationship manager from FNB.


Product Development:

Enhance and innovate your product offerings for maximum market impact.


Growth Hacking and Marketing:

Unleash powerful marketing strategies and growth hacking techniques to elevate your brand.


Governance and Team Alignment:

Ensure strong governance structures and keep your team aligned with your business objectives.

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We acknowledge the work you've put in, and we want to journey with you to help you leap forward. This program is for men and women who embrace challenges, embody an entrepreneurial spirit, and are ready to take their businesses to new heights.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The Entrepreneurship Development Program is a comprehensive initiative designed to support and nurture businesses over a two-year period. We aim to assist selected businesses in scaling up, restructuring, and achieving sustainable growth.

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To be eligible, your company must be 100% citizen-owned, operational for at least two years, and have a strong value proposition with the potential for growth. Additionally, a minimum management team of two people, including the CEO or founder, is required.

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To apply, fill out the online application form available on and websites. Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria and submit all required documents.

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Our team will carefully review all applications. If you are successful in the initial shortlisting, you will be contacted for the next steps in the selection process.

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No, there is no application fee for the Entrepreneurship Development Program.

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We take data privacy seriously. Your information will be used solely for the purpose of the application process and will be handled in accordance with our Data Privacy Statement. You can find more details on our Privacy Policy.

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Successful applicants for the next round of shortlisting will be notified within a specific time frame after the application deadline.

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Get ready for unparalleled support! Our dedicated team, experts in global trade, business development, banking, product innovation, finance, growth hacking, and marketing, is committed to propelling your business forward. From navigating international markets to providing strategic financial insights, product development, powerful marketing strategies, and governance support—we’ve got you covered. This program is designed for resilient entrepreneurs with an entrepreneurial mindset, offering acceleration, not hand-holding, towards your business’s success.

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No, this program is open to all eligible businesses, regardless of their current banking relationship. While we have partnered with FNB for many shared value reasons, one being to convert some businesses into bankable entities, your eligibility for the program is based on meeting the application criteria, not your banking affiliation. Whether you are currently banked with FNB or not, you are encouraged to apply if your business aligns with our eligibility requirements.

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No, the Entrepreneurship Development Program is not sector-specific. We believe that diverse businesses across various industries have the potential to contribute significantly to the economy of Botswana and beyond. If you believe your business has what it takes to make a substantial economic impact and scale beyond borders, we encourage you to apply for the program.

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No, founders are not required to relocate for the program. This is an integral part of your business, and we understand the importance of staying rooted. While some initiatives may be conducted in a hybrid format, and there might be occasions where physical presence is beneficial for business development, networking, and seminars, it’s not mandatory. Information about any physical requirements will be communicated in due time. Successful candidates will also receive access to the detailed program plan to help with planning.

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The terms and conditions of the program outline the rules and guidelines that participants must adhere to while participating. You can find more details on our Terms and Conditions.