Application Deadline: 02 August 2021, 23h59 SAST

The HB Antwerp Innovation Lab prepares soon-to-be graduates with skills for the engineering and technology industry. The programme will include an intensive month-long virtual core programme, followed by two months of virtual support and mentorship. Participants in the programme will also improve their skillsets, including innovation and intrapreneurship; gain a greater understanding of the practical implications of engineering; and enhance their confidence in public speaking and networking. Our core learning pillars include innovation, leadership and intrapreneurship.

The programme has been created to support Batswana pursuing STEM careers, offering meaningful, in-country training and job opportunities. The programme also aims to support the economy of Botswana, fostering long-term talent development and brand exposure for new graduates and mid-career engineers, while furthering gender parity in the diamond industry. Additionally, HB Antwerp aims to extend job offers to some of the participants upon completion of the programme.

About HB Antwerp
HB Antwerp turns the diamond supply chain upside down starting with the customer. Using technology, HB Antwerp brings simplicity and transparency to a typically complex supply chain. Everything happens in a closed-loop, backed with the latest technologies and tracked with blockchain making it 100% transparent from diamond mine to market. By aligning the different partners along the value chain from rough to polished and sharing complete data and information throughout the process from mine to consumer, for the first time, local governments get paid royalties on the actual polished prices of their diamonds instead of on the estimated rough value.


  1. Gain exclusive access to resources on innovation, leadership and intrapreneurial skills.

  2. Gain a greater understanding of the practical implications of engineering.

  3. Enhance confidence in public speaking and networking.

  4. Gain the opportunity to be recruited by HB Antwerp in January 2022.


  • Applications are open to students of any gender

  • Applicants must be citizens of Botswana

  • Applicants must be studying full-time towards an engineering tertiary level qualification at a university or university of technology in Botswana or neighbouring countries with the vision to remain or return to Botswana for full-time work.

  • Applicants must be in their penultimate to final year i.e. 3rd or 4th year of undergraduate studies or full-time postgraduate studies.

  • Applicants must be able to commit 3 – 5 hours per week in September 2021 for the core virtual program. This will be followed by a support programme in October – November 2021 requiring an average time commitment of 1 – 2 hours a week.

Selection Process

  1. Applications must be completed online. It is recommended that responses are completed offline first as you cannot save your application and return.

  2. The deadline for submission of completed applications is 02 August 2021, 23h59 SAST.

  3. An expert panel will screen and shortlist applicants. Successful applicants will be contacted by 20 August 2021.

  4. Further details regarding the program delivery will be communicated directly to successful applicants.

Applications must be completed online.

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Is this a gender specific programme?

No. Any gender can apply including men and women.

How will the programme be delivered?

The programme will be hosted virtually over 3 months in two (2) phases. Phase one (1) is the core programme focused on our innovation challenge and developing innovation, leadership and intrapreneurship skills. This phase will be completed from 01 – 30 September 2021. Phase two (2) is the support programme from 01 October – 30 November 2021, providing additional support to participants in terms of employability skills.

Will participants have to cover any costs?

There are no fees to participate in the programme. Should a participant require funding to cover data costs, WomHub will cover data costs for participants.

What is the duration of the programme?

The programme is 3-months long from 01 September – 30 November 2021.

Do I have to be a citizen of Botswana to apply?

Yes. This programme is targeted for developing talent in Botswana.

Can I apply if I am Motswana but studying in another country?

Yes if you do intend to return to Botswana to work full-time.

Can I apply if I am not Motswana but studying in Botswana?

No. This application is focused for Batswana.

How will I be advised about the status of my application?

Our team will be in contact via email to inform you of your status by end of August 2021. Successful and unsuccessful candidates will be notified.

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