22 Aug 2014

Special Edition Podcast: The ZOL Startup Challenge Harare meetup

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.

    
18 Feb 2013

Now you can buy your Lobola cattle online says RLMS

“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?”

 
29 Oct 2012

ZOL Startup Challenge 2011 winners: Where they are now

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 […]

 
12 Sep 2012

ZOL Jumpstart Challenge finalist startup profile: Equinox Education

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  […]


12 Sep 2012

ZOL Jumpstart Challenge finalist startup profile: mTutor

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 […]


12 Sep 2012

ZOL Jumpstart Challenge finalist startup profile: Nimbus

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 […]


12 Sep 2012

ZOL Jumpstart Challenge finalist startup profile: RLMS

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 […]

   
20 Aug 2012

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

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 […]


20 Jul 2012

Jumpstart announces BarCamp Zimbabwe 2012 & ZOL Jumpstart Challenge

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

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.

  
14 Sep 2011

A critique of the Start-up Challenge

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!

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

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.


30 Aug 2011

ZOL Startup Challenge Finalists: Mukela Travel

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 […]


29 Aug 2011

Startup Challenge: One swallow doth not a summer make!

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……


17 Aug 2011

3 more finalists are selected for the Startup Challenge

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.)


15 Aug 2011

Pictures: the Startup Challenge on 15 August 2011

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.