Tag Archives: Startup Challenge

Special Edition Podcast: The ZOL Startup Challenge Harare meetup

August 22nd, 2014

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In this podcast we discussed the ZOL Startup Challenge meetup that was held on the 21st August 2014. We shared details about the turnout, experiences and general atmosphere of the event. We talked about the upcoming meetup set for Bulawayo. We also discussed how the startup challenge has impacted the tech ecosystem in Zimbabwe.

Day 2: Here are the ZOL Startup Challenge 2013 finalists

October 11th, 2013

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Today was the second round of the ZOL Startup Challenge. 10 Startups were pitching for a spot in in the final 5 who, in the coming weeks will be pitching for the top spot. It was as usual a very exciting day for everyone involved. Lots of energy and passion from the teams was evident. […]

Techzim Surge 2013 conference and ZOL Startup Challenge event report

October 11th, 2013

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Yesterday was one day filled with startup excitement for us here. We hosted the Techzim Surge conference and the first round of the ZOL Startup Challenge in Harare. It was great reconnecting and meeting anew with some people doing some amazing work in Harare. It was particularly interesting to meet people that had travelled from […]

Zimbabwe: My applications wish list

October 9th, 2013

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Tomorrow applications developers battle it out at the TechZim / ZOL Surge and start-up challenge. If I were to have my way and incarnate a stanza of magic code to generate the most useful applications for the moment, I would fulfil the wish list below. Ecocash App – I have said this and I will […]

ZOL Startup Challenge: One year later for Footballzone

September 30th, 2013

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It’s already been a year since the 2012 ZOL Startup Challenge and what a year it has been for Footballzone, the company behind Zimbabwe’s leading soccer website Soccer24. Every startup needs a big break that transforms an idea or innovation to the next level and ours was the 2012 ZOL Startup Challenge where we came […]

Now you can buy your Lobola cattle online says RLMS

February 18th, 2013

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“In the good old days, the traditional ‘rusambo’ was a gift of cattle. Today that can be quite daunting for the groom to be – where, how and who does one get to find, look at, buy and transport the cattle to the bride’s family? Does the bride’s family have the capacity to keep and look after the animals? Can you trust the person doing the buying, especially if you are living on the other side of the planet?”

FootballZone releases its first football app: AFCON 2013

January 16th, 2013

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Local Football updates startup, FootballZone, has announced the launch of its Afcon mobile app that went live in the Nokia Ovi Store last week. According to FootballZone cofounder, Godwin Chiparaushe, soccer fans in Africa will be able to follow the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on their phones via the app.

ZOL Startup Challenge 2011 winners: Where they are now

October 29th, 2012

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Last month, as we prepared to hold the ZOL Jumpstart Challenge 2012, we contacted the winners and finalists of the challenge in 2011 to check on the progress of their products and companies. The 2011 winner was Mukela Travel, a startup building an online reservation and hospitality management platform. The runner-ups were Softwarehouse with a […]

And this year’s winner of the ZOL Jumpstart Challenge is….

September 14th, 2012

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We’re just from the ZOL Jumpstart Challenge finals where 6 startups battled it out for top spot of winner of the 2012 challenge. The winner of the challenge is Remote Livestock Marketing System (RLMS) an online livestock sales startup. RLMS allows its customers to buy livestock without having to be physically present. The founder of […]

ZOL Jumpstart Challenge finalist startup profile: Equinox Education

September 12th, 2012

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This short series of 6 articles will cover the profiles of each of the six finalists that made it into the finals of this year’s ZOL Jumpstart Challenge to be held this Friday, 14 September.  Startup: Equinox Education (by Qurious Consulting) Year founded: 2011 Team: Jacob Shamuyarira , Tonderai Shamuyarira and  Tafadzwa Gutsa Equinox School Management System  […]

ZOL Jumpstart Challenge finalist startup profile: mTutor

September 12th, 2012

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This short series of 6 articles will cover the profiles of each of the six finalists that made it into the finals of this year’s ZOL Jumpstart Challenge to be held this Friday, 14 September.  Startup: mTutor Year founded: 2012 Team: Douglas Chifetete, Prince Kaguda, Nigel Gambanga, Blessing Bonde mTutor was a winner of the Etxt Mobile Apps Challenge […]

ZOL Jumpstart Challenge finalist startup profile: Nimbus

September 12th, 2012

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This short series of 6 articles will cover the profiles of each of the six finalists that made it into the finals of this year’s ZOL Jumpstart Challenge to be held this Friday, 14 September. Startup: Nimbus Year founded: 2012 Team: Taps Murove Nimbus Crowd is a SMS application that uses crowd-sourcing to answer questions. The way it […]

ZOL Jumpstart Challenge finalist startup profile: RLMS

September 12th, 2012

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This short series of 6 articles will cover the profiles of each of the six finalists that made it into the finals of this year’s ZOL Jumpstart Challenge to be held this Friday, 14 September. Startup: RLMS (Remote Livestock Marketing System) Year founded: March 2012 Team: Allister Banks RLMS – Remote Livestock Marketing System is Zimbabwe’s first online marketing […]

ZOL Jumpstart Challenge finalist profile: Lost and Found

September 12th, 2012

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This short series of 6 articles will cover the profiles of each of the six finalists that made it into the finals of this year’s ZOL Jumpstart Challenge to be held this Friday, 14 September. Startup: Lost and Found Year founded: April 2012 Team: Jacob Kudzayi Mutisi & Philip Samudzimu Lost & Found is an SMS application […]

ZOL Jumpstart Challenge finalist profile: FootballZone

September 12th, 2012

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This short series of 6 articles will cover the profiles of each of the six finalists that made it into the finals of this year’s ZOL Jumpstart Challenge to be held this Friday, 14 September. FootballZone has been featured here on Techzim before. Unlike the rest of the entrants, FootballZone is not based in Zimbabwe’s […]

Event report: ZOL Jumpstart Challenge & BarCamp Zimbabwe 2012

September 11th, 2012

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So we kept pushing forward an article about how BarCamp Zimbabwe 2012 and the two rounds of the ZOL Jumpstart Challenge went, but we have received enough emails reminding us not everyone had the opportunity to attend and that even those that did may have missed some things. We have of course posted tens of […]

Zim web & mobile startups: Here’s the ZOL Jumpstart Challenge Process

August 20th, 2012

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The BarCamp and ZOL Jumpstart Challenge website is up. It’s challenge.jumpstart.co.zw. Over the past few weeks, we have been working to secure sponsorship for both the BarCamp and Jumpstart Challenge. We have also been working to structure the events and processes to incorporate lessons from last year’s events. On the Jumpstart Challenge, we are excited […]

Jumpstart announces BarCamp Zimbabwe 2012 & ZOL Jumpstart Challenge

July 20th, 2012

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So it’s been a whole year since the first BarCamp and Startup Challenge, an another one is on the cards. This year’s challenge has been announced today on the Jumpstart website. The BarCamp Zimbabwe event is basically meant to get tech entrepreneurs, developers, designers and really anyone passionate about mobile and web tech into one place for a […]

Perspective: Africa’s top 20 startups as ranked by Forbes

February 14th, 2012

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The February edition of Forbes Africa has a feature profiling the top 20 startups from the African continent. As expected, mobile played a dominant role with Mxit coming up tops as the most promising startup. In the truest sense of the word startup, Mxit might not qualify as it went through institutional investors and is more than seven years old. Definitions and valuations aside, the geographical origins of the startups profiled serves as yet another call to action for those of us in Zimbabwe.

Some thoughts on the ZOL Startup Challenge

September 20th, 2011

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Nearly 2 weeks ago, we had our first ZOL Startup Challenge final where 3 talented winners were chosen from a very strong field. Since then the dust has settled and a number of people have made comments on the Challenge and process. I thought I’d give some thoughts as the idea originator, main sponsor and one of the four judges.

A critique of the Start-up Challenge

September 14th, 2011

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The depth of talent showcased at The Start-up challenge gave me renewed optimism for Zimbabwe. I wish to congratulate the deserving finalists and the organisers for putting on a fantastic show. Although some projects didn’t end up making the finals, most had strong concepts and I hope the entrepreneurs are not discouraged but continue to pursue their ideas. Even as we celebrate this success, we need to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the format used, to build on the strengths and improve on the weaknesses to ensure even more successful events in the future.

ZOL Startup Challenge: Predict and win competition!

September 7th, 2011

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As you probably know, tomorrow is the big day; Five finalists in the ZOL Start-up Challenge will battle it out for the top prize at the finals. The top start-up will be awarded US $5,000 cash and US $5,000 worth of internet services from ZOL. Two runner-ups will each get US $2,500 cash and US $2,500 in internet services.

Today, we’re happy to announce that one of you our readers also get to win something in the challenge.

ZOL Startup Challenge Finalists: Softwarehouse – Hardware Inventory

September 2nd, 2011

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Hardware Inventory is a proprietary Windows based application developed by Softwarehouse, a local startup that began on the back of their Quickstem Suite-a floriculture management software that has been used by farmers in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, and the Netherlands among others. Quickstem was beginning to gain traction until the global recession resulted in less demand for the product, combined with local challenges the flower growing sector has faced locally.

ZOL Startup Challenge Finalists: Mukela Travel

August 30th, 2011

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With just ten days left before the ZOL Startup Challenge finals, this short series will profile each finalist in the challenge, exploring what they hope to achieve and how they intend to do so.  Team: Tawanda Sibanda, Vimbai Hungwe , Takudzwa Mhlanga Sector: e-Tourism Product Summary: Online reservation and hospitality management Product Status: live Mukela […]

Startup Challenge: One swallow doth not a summer make!

August 29th, 2011

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I thought it important to share with you my recent experiences as a judge at the inaugural Zimbabwe Tech Start-Up Challenge. First of all go take a look at “3 more finalists are selected for the Start-Up Challenge” which will give you a good idea of what happened. Part one is on this link!

The long and the short of it is that the innovation and skills that were on show far exceeded my expectations, which were admittedly pretty low, but nevertheless……

3 more finalists are selected for the Startup Challenge

August 17th, 2011

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Yesterday, 16 August was an intense day at the Startup Challenge. A total of 10 tech startups pitched to the panel of judges and 3 were selected to go through to the next round. The startups that made it to the next round are, in no particular order: Software House (an Internet based tech hardware inventory tool), Funza (a recruitment company, looking to use the internet to implement some unique recruitment methods) and Ribe Networks (developing a chat aggregation social and social network & communication platform, Ribe Chat.)

Pictures: the Startup Challenge on 15 August 2011

August 15th, 2011

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We spent the better part of today at the Startup Challenge interacting with tech startups and watching them demo. It was an exciting day, filled with a lot of great ideas presented by some of the most interesting Zimbabweans in tech. It’s not easy to explain how it feels to be amoung such amazing people and watch them passionately talk about their startups.