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

Nimbus & FootballZone

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 RLMS is Allister Banks. You can read more about RLMS in this profile here.

RLMS, Allister Banks
RLMS founder, Allister Banks (Center), receives his cheque after winning the ZOL Jumpstart Challenge

RLMS gets US $5,000 cash and $5,000 worth of internet services from ZOL, the title sponsors of the challenge.

The two runners ups this year are FootballZone and Nimbus. We have covered FootballZone here before. Nimbus is an SMS based question and answer application that uses crowd-sourcing to gather answers. Both startups get $2,500 cash and $2,500 in internet services each.

Nimbus & FootballZone

The rest of the finalists that pitched today are; Lost & Found, mTutor and Equinox.

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18 thoughts on “And this year’s winner of the ZOL Jumpstart Challenge is….

  1. Well deserved! RLMS is not only profit-making, but empowers others to make money in the process. Looking forward to a solid product.

    Congrats to the runners up, those who made it to the finals and all who bothered to try!

    It would be nice if TechZim followed up on winners like Mukela or such features
    – EMC2 and its cloud
    – That guy who created what he claimed to be an update-less antivirus

  2. Thank you to all the sponsors of this amazing event. What a privilege to be a part of it and to experience all the great talents of the other contestants. Keep pursuing your goals guys.

  3. Well done Allister for showing Zimbabwe that a non techie can still come up with a great Zimbabwean start up. ZOL Jumpstart Challange really starting to yield results!

  4. congratulation to Allistair Bank! your start up has got so much potential… i wish you all the best

  5. The quality of the top 10 startups was pretty high. Congratulations to Allistair and all the finalists. the future looks bright for Zim tech

  6. Am quite disappoited in the projects that eventually won this year’s Jumpstart challenge. Apart from RLMS which I believe is a brilliant idea, the other 2 don’t seem deserving. A football news website and a question and answer app. Is that really the best the Zim tech industry can come up with. I really don’t see any money making or even growth potential with both of these. Are these projects that could really impact a significant number of Zimbabweans or even expand to outside our borders? I don’t think so. Once again a fail from the judges. Just handed out prizes to people who will not likely be around in a year or 2 just as they did last time

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