Inspire! Marketing Coloured Gemstones Pitch Competition

Do you have an innovative idea on marketing coloured gemstones?

Open to all people who work on gemstones in East and Southern Africa

Submit your pitch to by June 23rd and you could win $10,000 to bring your idea to life!

Pitch Night July 10th Mayfair Southern Sun, Nairobi, Kenya 6pm – 9.30pm

Finalists announced July 1st. Finalists travel will be sponsored.

Any queries please email

Thank you to our sponsors


How does the Inspire!Marketing Coloured Gemstones Pitch Competition work?

Which countries are included in East and Southern Africa?

Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Ethiopia and Madagascar.

How will the competition be judged?

The judges will be selected from sponsors and influential gemstone stakeholders.The competition will have two rounds of judging.

The first round of judging will be conducted by a panel of 3-5 judges that will select five finalists.

The Pitch Night will have 3-4 judges that will select the winners. Judges decisions are final.

The judging criteria includes

  • Understanding of the problem and market
  • Solution – creativity, feasibility and relevance
  • Budget – what will the prize be put towards
  • The individual or team – level of passion, expertise and resilience
  • Social impact and sustainability – beneficiaries, scale and improvement to the coloured gemstone sector
  • Presentation skills – compelling and confident presentation

Will I get assistance with my pitch?

The five finalists will receive training on presentation skills and developing an impactful pitch slide deck.

Do I have to be Mining Alumni Network Alumni?

No. The Pitch Competition is open to anyone who works on coloured gemstones in East and Southern Africa.

Can I apply as an individual or organisation?

You should apply as a registered organisation or legal entity.

How long is the pitch?

Each finalist will have eight minutes to present and three minutes for Q&A with the judges.

If I win, will I get the money straight away?

If you win, you will be presented with the prize at the Pitch Night. Following the Pitch Night, we will undertake due diligence of your organisation and your idea before funds are sent to you.

What is the prize?

The prize is US$10,000 that should be used to implement a solution to market gemstones. The winner will also receive access to a variety of supports and services offered by MEfDA, partner organisation and sponsors. This will be valid until the end of 2019 and will provide the winner with valuable training and networking opportunities.

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