The Startup Weekend Harare which started last night has continued into its second today with the five startup teams that were shortlisted working on their different concepts in preparation for tomorrow’s finals.
Throughout the day the teams have been involved in different stages of idea and concept improvement, with all the teams assigning different representatives to handle aspects like market validation, following up on leads for potential business and the development of minimum viable products.
Part of the activities for the day included a performance from local Hip Hop star Tehn Diamond who offered his own musical adaptation of elevator pitching laced with inspiration for entrepreneurs.
Here is a look at each of these teams and what they have been up to in the first 22 hours.
This was pitched as an online library and education facility. It will now extend its function to encompass peer to peer resource sharing between high schools and colleges.
This team is working on an online platform that offers consumers discounts on food. This is achieved through a matching of retailers’ inventory that is losing value because of its perishable nature with the demand for this discounted food.
This was originally called IsThereZESA.com and is an app that offers users notifcations of powercuts in their residential areas as well as schedules for power outages. The service is also meant to extend to industrial entities that want to monitor resource usage around power supply.
The team is developing a crowd funding platform for Cancer patients that are unable to raise the resources for treatment or surgery. It is geared at small individual contributions from the patient’s immediate community and well wishers online.
This team has developed an online information centre for the City Council that offers information on municipal service delivery and acts as news centre for what the city council is involved in. It will give residents a platform to alert the council of poor or non-existent service delivery.
The winner of Startup Weekend Harare will be selected when these teams make their final pitches tomorrow afternoon.
Which idea or team do you think is the winner here?