Pictures: BarCamp Zimbabwe and the Startup Challenge

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Yesterday, we spent the day at BarCamp Zimbabwe. It was a busy day of which we had a total blast!  The Startup Challenge went well too, 16 startups pitched in front of the whole audience, of these 7 went through to the second round.

Out of the 7, two emerged as the finalists out of an initial plan to have 5. A followup pitching event will be conducted at the Miekles in which new startups are open to pitch and fill in the remaining 3 spots in the buildup to the finals on a date to be announced.

A big thank you to all the people that made the event happen; the startups, sponsors, participants, presenters, organisers, everybody that put their hand to make it happen. Thank you all.

Here are a couple of photos from the event. We’ll post more on Facebook and Flicker once we get some good internet.

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14 Comments

  1. Nice event indeed! It was a blast for sure!!

  2. Communication 24/7 says:

    was there…

  3. Sean Avram says:

    Hi

    Here is a
    simple start-up idea with minimum tech knowledge involved:

    1)      Become A Freelance Agent (Article
    writing):

    Get 2-3 English teachers/writers. Then Bid for article writing
    jobs on Freelancer.com. Anyone serious can make more than 5K a month. 

  4. Sean Avram says:

    For the web guys in Zim. You guys need to up your game.I have checked at webdev portfolio and was disappointed. (Assuming it is one of the best web developers in Zim).

    Invest your time and effort in knowing how to:
    1) Work with the Zend framework
    2) Please start working with Magento – and start competing for work/jobs on sites like Elance.com, Freelancer.com and Guru.com. You will make x10 more money on the international stage than home.
    3) Learn your object PHP
    4) STOP using templates (I hope byers-design.com WordPress theme is not a template otherwise it would be shame for a prominent designer to be using a teplate for their own website.)
    5) Catch up on other platforms like Joomla and WordPress.
    6) Photoshop techniques need to improve
    7) LEARN SEO techniques – there is big bucks in that. An average guy with an online shop is spending at least $500-$1500/month on SEO.

    I have an online shop in UK and outsource most of my work to Indians, Pakistans and now the Eastern Europeans have entered the game. Most of the freelancers I work with are 22-27yrs old, most work as individuals at home or teams. Most of their earning per month are more than $3K. 

    It would be cool one day to outsource my work to a Zimbabwean.

    1. Template is no freebie, custom design/developed. Not wordpress either 🙂

    2. Anonymous says:

      You are so on point Sean. You can check my site on http://www.nerudo.tumblr.com pure development from interface to implimentation.

  5. Telecel Zw says:

    You mean to tell me all the posing that we did, just a slight glimps of us???
    Hmmmmm, conspiracy… kidding, it was a blast, networking and seeing ideas that were…. were… were… different.
    Still in shock though as to how our USSD directory and classifieds didn’t make it…
    How do we get feedback to “polish up”????

  6. Art (The Idea Factory) says:

    This is the day I have been waiting for. Even though was not there to witness the growth of entrepreneurship for the young and alike, I am glad that the doors are open for any innovator, high schooler to stay at home mom, to be able to pitch their ideas at some point to investors for funding and for the interested to observe zimbabwean entrepreneurship take off.  Thanks to all for putting this together and making it a success. Thanks to Techzim for..well you know what they do best.

  7. Jeff says:

    ideas are free ,but financing is not,innovation is the key to a killer concept .Zimbabwe has no shortage of solutions and innovation we just needto harness it for the greater good

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