The second edition of the Startup Weekend Harare started off tonight at Hypercube Hub with several ideas being pitched by the aspiring tech entrepreneurs keen on validating their solutions.
The night was started by a talk from saisai cofounder and startup entrepreneur Takunda Chingonzo who shared his own experiences in forming a tech startup. This was followed by the elevator pitches from different participants.
From these pitches, five startup ideas have been voted for by the audience and they will proceed to the next stage which will involve a development of these ideas into viable solutions by the end of the weekend.
These five ideas are
- An online library and education solution
- An application that works with retailers to offer price discounts for perishable products close to expiry
- An online solution meant to identify and address poor delivery of municipal services
- A crowd funding site for cancer patients in Zimbabwe
- An app that notifies users of pending powercuts and the availability of power at their house
Each of these ideas is now being worked on by a team and their respective mentor. Throughout the weekend they will power through core startup tasks covering coding, business modelling, market validation, the development of a prototype and preps for the final pitches scheduled for Sunday afternoon.