Earlier today the ZOL Startup Challenge 2014 semi finals were wrapped up thinning down the participating startups to ten finalists.
Twenty three diverse business cases were pitched to the panel of judges who listened to solutions that covered various fields from agriculture, e-learning, social networking, online gambling and sports information.
In the end the judges settled on the following ten startups (In alphabetical order)
- Dream Big – a career guidance platform for high school students
- Happy Maids – An app that handles the hiring and placement of domestic help
- Hooked Up – A social networking platform for varsity students
- Link Up – A platform that acts as a CV database that links students seeking attachment with companies that have vacancies
- Ndeipi – A local dating and friend finding site
- QOR – A platform that integrates apps that a user prefers into a single access centre
- Room 8 – An Airbnb- style platform for Zimbabwean college residences
- SociallyZim – an online discount platform that capitalises on resource latency in the service industry
- Zhet – A mobile gaming app with a points and credit system that is convertible to redeemable monetary value
- Zimbomusic – A platform for showcasing and distributing local music
Speaking at the event today the new CEO of ZOL Denny Marandure mentioned the ISPs commitment to supporting initiatives that have a positive impact on the ecosystem, even if they are not necessarily aligned to profit. He also highlighted the opportunity that the internet and technology was providing which ZOL was keen on identifying and encouraging.