Tag Archives: ZOL

Infographic: How to succeed in a startup

October 17th, 2014

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Success for any enterprise is always measured in various ways, but whatever the perspective any startup founder or team member has of making it, there are certain building blocks that ensure that same success. We came across an infographic from the entrepreneurship and startup resource centre Fundersandfounders.com. It displays fourteen things to keep in mind in [...]

10 finalists for ZOL Startup Challenge selected as semis are wrapped up

October 9th, 2014

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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 ZOL Startup Challenge semi-finals on today

October 9th, 2014

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Exactly two months since we announced the 2014 ZOL Startup Challenge we have already reached the semi-finals which are happening today at Area 46 in Harare. The past 8 weeks have involved engagement with startups and techpreneurs through skills sessions and a drive to demystify the entire process for this year’s ZOL Startup Challenge. Throughout [...]

ZOL Startup Challenge 2014 semi-finalists selected

October 4th, 2014

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The journey to the ZOL Startup Challenge 2014 finals continued this week as we passed the deadline for applications on the 30th of September with 23 startups being shortlisted for the semi-finals. Yesterday these 23 semi-finalists and the rest of the applicants not fortunate to be considered for this year’s edition were notified. The 23 startups are now [...]

Into the Internet of Things (IoT)

October 3rd, 2014

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The phrase “the Internet of Things” or IoT refers to a future where everyday items in your home are connected to the internet and able to interact with us and each other in the online space. Here in Zimbabwe we are used to getting a bit of a raw deal when it comes to support [...]

ZOL Zimbabwe gets new CEO, Denny Marandure

September 24th, 2014

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ZOL Zimbabwe, the Liquid Telecom owned ISP which is one of the largest locally, has just announced the coming in of a new CEO, Denny Marandure. Marandure will take the place of outgoing CEO and founder of the internet company, David Behr, who, we were told by the company will now become chairman of ZOL. The company also said Behr [...]

Check out the 2014 ZOL Startup Challenge video

September 8th, 2014

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The ZOL Startup Challenge 2014 is getting more interesting by the week. Proceedings kicked off with a meetup held in Harare a fortnight ago. Last week, the ZOL Startup Challenge was in Bulawayo for the first time with a tech-entrepreneurship training session and a meetup to introduce the Bulawayo Tech Community to the new extended [...]

Is there any good internet service in Bulawayo?

September 6th, 2014

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A few days ago part of the Techzim team was in Bulawayo for the ZOL Startup Challenge Meetup that was held at NUST. While the City of Kings provided a warm reception and an encouraging response from the vibrant tech ecosystem, the quality of internet service we experienced left a lot to be desired. Over [...]

ZOL Startup Challenge Bulawayo meetup review

September 6th, 2014

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Two days ago the Techzim and ZOL were at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) for a tech entrepreneurship skills workshop and the first ever ZOL Startup Challenge Bulawayo Meetup. The City of Kings’ techie community came out in full force for the event with a lot of startups expressing their interest in [...]

All set for ZOL Startup Challenge Harare skills workshop

September 2nd, 2014

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Are you in a tech startup and keen on picking some valuable skills in entrepreneurship for your small business? On Saturday 6 September there will be an opportunity to do just that at the ZOL Startup Challenge Tech Entrepreneurship Training Workshop. The event starts at 10am and ends at 1pm The event will be hosted [...]

ZOL Startup Challenge format introduction meetup a success

August 22nd, 2014

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It was a night of powerful engagement, insightful talks and network building as Techzim held the ZOL Startup Challenge Harare introductory meet-up yesterday at working space Area 46. The event kicked off the Startup Challenge process as ZOL and Techzim took the opportunity to lay out the new format of the annual techpreneurship showcase. This [...]

Livestream for the ZOL Startup Challenge Harare Meet Up

August 21st, 2014

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Its finally here! The ZOL Startup Challenge Harare Meetup is set to start any moment now and seats have started to fill up. For those of us who couldn’t make it but are keen on checking out what’s going at the event tonight we have set up a livestream link. You can check it out [...]

All is set for ZOL Startup Challenge Harare meetup next week

August 15th, 2014

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It’s ZOL Startup Challenge season again and as we mentioned in our earlier release, this year’s event has been scaled up to add a whole new dimension of competitiveness and reach. On Thursday the 21st of August there will be the first meetup for the Startup Challenge at Area 46, a new co-working space and [...]

Liquid Telecom increasing VSAT capacity

July 22nd, 2014

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With all the fibre trenching Liquid Telecom does in Africa, it’s easy to assume the company’s products are all around fibre. You couldn’t be further from reality. Even though the city and highway trenching is what is easy to see, Liquid is still very active on the satellite front. For obvious reasons really; fibre is nowhere near reaching every corner of the [...]

TelOne reduces ADSL prices and adjusts data caps

July 13th, 2014

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State telecoms subsidiary TelOne recently reduced its ADSL prices and adjusted the data packages to offer a more appealing suite of internet services. Effective from the 8th of July 2014 the basic package with a 10 GB data cap now goes for $25 down from $31. The second package, called Silver, has been reduced to [...]

ADSL prices reduced by half for all SMEs?

July 7th, 2014

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An amazing and unbelievable deal if I ever heard one myself! – ADSL at half-price for all small and medium scale enterprises in Zimbabwe giving a boost to the vital business subset that’s promoting national economic growth (smiles from startups and ZIMASSET evangelists!). Sadly nothing like this “special offer” or anything close to it has [...]

Dipleague founder finally speaks out about impostor “leagues”

June 25th, 2014

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A while ago we published an article on how local mailing classifieds list Dipleague was being imitated by other “Dipleagues.” These other versions, available on different platforms though mostly social media, have similar names while offering the same service as the first Dipleague. After a lot of varied opinions on the subject were raised in the [...]

Tel•One sponsors second edition of the Zimbabwe Broadband Forum

June 5th, 2014

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Tel•One will this year be sponsoring the second edition of the Zimbabwe Broadband Forum which begins tomorrow (Friday, 6 June) at the Sango Conference Centre, Cresta Lodge, Harare. The country’s largest fixed line provider has chosen to be a Platinum Sponsor at this year’s Forum where the agenda will be focused on “Unpacking the Broadband [...]

ZOL does away with its $29 package

June 4th, 2014

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Recently local internet service provider ZOL did away with its $29 uncapped internet entry package with the $59 package now being the cheapest broadband option that they offer. The $59 package offers speeds of up to 1 Mbps with unlimited data access. The $29 offering was available on the dongle based mobile WiMAX broadband service [...]

All I want for my birthday is a local Sourceforge mirror

April 24th, 2014

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A couple of weeks ago I received an “Update available” prompt in VLC, clicked on in it and watched in awe as the update download was completed in under a minute-less than half a minute actually. Hitherto, even such downloads were a pain and often required me taking an impromptu coffee break otherwise I would be forced [...]

The case of ZOL and its billing system (Update)

March 11th, 2014

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The general concept in any fair business transaction is that one party pays an agreed amount to get a specific product or service from the other party. If the money offered is not adequate or if the product does not meet the agreed specifications then a problem arises. With ZOL and their billing services it [...]

Review: ZOL Mobile WiMAX Internet

February 13th, 2014

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Editor’s note: This review contribution on the new ZOL mobile WiMAX offering was provided through by Chenjerai Katanda, founder of Schools Sports Network, a website that covers Zimbabwean Schools Sports. Sometime in November of last year I caught wind of the news that ZOL was now offering Mobile WiMAX Dongles. Due to the nature of [...]

ZOL to launch a dongle based mobile WiMAX broadband service

January 31st, 2014

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Earlier this week, we received a tip in our inbox about a mobile broadband service about to be launched by ZOL, one of Zimbabwe’s largest ISPs. Here: ZOL has just introduced mobile WiMAX in the 2.5Ghz frequency range. Initially this was available via Econet at 2.5c per Mb with a window period of 30 days [...]

Here are this year’s ZOL Startup Challenge winners

November 1st, 2013

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They came. They pitched. Got feedback. Refined their pitches. And today the finals of the ZOL Startup Challenge took place! So we’re excited the winners of the challenge this year. First place goes to Schools Sports Network, a sports media startup focusing on schools. They just changed their name from Frontrowzim so most of the [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]