Tag Archives: ZOL

2014 in review: Highlights in Zimbabwean internet services

December 17th, 2014

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  2014 has been a fairly exciting year in the ISP arena, with some interesting developments from the different providers. We decided to look at some of the highlights in Zimbabwean internet services over the past 12 months. Mobile Broadband The year will probably be remembered for the introduction of OTT services. These were specifically the […]

Zimbabwe’s changing internet service delivery landscape: a perspective from ZOL

December 1st, 2014

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The landscape around internet service delivery is changing rapidly, something that has resulted in ISPs like ZOL exploring the possibilities of extending services into the provision of entertainment services (IPTV) and VoIP calling, something that has been offered by other IAPs for a while now. The exciting new terrain is obviously IPTV, something that ZOL Zimbabwe […]

14 November Podcast: The ZOL Startup Challenge and the Zim ecosystem

November 17th, 2014

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The 2014 edition of the ZOL Startup Challenge came and went with three startups walking away with accolades on the day of the finals. In this podcast we discuss the startup challenge and the impressions it helped shape about the current state of the Zimbabwean tech startup ecosystem. We also discussed what the participating startups […]

What can we expect at TEDxHarare 2014?

November 14th, 2014

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TEDxHarare is back in Zimbabwe year, bringing with it its inspired talks, intense conversation and networking for attendees of the latest edition of the global movement. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share experiences in a manner that follows the world renowned TED talks. These TED (Technology Entertainment and […]

Here are the winners of the ZOL Startup Challenge 2014!

November 7th, 2014

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We have just wrapped up the fourth edition of the ZOL Startup Challenge and the judges have made their decision. The joint runner-ups for this year’s challenge were: Dream Big: a career guidance platform targeted at high school children ZimboMusic: an online platform for the distribution and promotion of local music. The winner for this year’s […]

Here’s the latest on the ZOL Startup Challenge finals

November 7th, 2014

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We have just gone through the first half of the ZOL Startup Challenge finals and have watched six of the nine finalists presenting their ideas to the panel of judges. The first session also contained two fireside chats with Garth Drummond from classifieds.co.zw and Victor Chaitezvi from Microsoft South Africa. They spoke on online business in […]

ZOL Startup Challenge to explore Zim’s online investment opportunity

November 5th, 2014

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The countdown to the ZOL Startup Challenge continues with heightened interest from the public around the various activities that will be part of this tech entrepreneurship showcase. Other than the ten interesting startup ideas being pitched on the day, attendees will have a chance to listen to different fireside chats that will explore important points […]

ZOL Startup Challenge mentorship: what have the startups learnt?

November 4th, 2014

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Only three days are left until the much anticipated fourth edition of the ZOL Startup Challenge Finals taking place at Cresta Lodge in Harare. What has been a long journey that started in August this year, will reach its climax on Friday as the ten finalists battle it out for the prize money and the […]

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 […]