Tomorrow marks the pinnacle of the 2013 ZOL Startup Challenge. What began as a list of 44 applications has gone through a rigorous pitching , feedback and refinement process of with 5 teams remaining. It’s been yet another exciting journey filled with learning and collaboration. All the best to each of the five startups and all that participated. Building Startups isn’t easy, keep on at it!
The five finalists, in no particular order:
Founder: Nyasha Madzima, Johane Mpofu& Danny Madzimbamuto
BlackToe TV is a portal that covers the local entertainment scene. It differentiates itself from other offerings by focusing on video content. According to its founders, the Black Toe vision is to cover every entertainment event that takes place locally and to also provide local content producers with a medium through which they can monetize their talents.
Founders: Chenjerai Katanda & Eunice Kadiki
Front Row is an internet magazine that covers the school sports scene in Zimbabwe. School sports are rarely given adequate attention in mainstream mediums, naturally because professional sports command the bulk of the attention. Frontrow is filling a sizable void for parents, school officials and ultimately students themselves who are all eager to keep up with relevant sporting developments.
Founders: Ndafara K. Tsamba & Batanai Zengeni
Testlabs is unique amongst the finalists in that it has a website but a core offline product. It is seeking to empower hundreds of provisional license applicants with a more modern way to master the rules of the road. This is achieved through it’s Provlabs product which is sold on a CD.
Founder: Richard Nyasha Kaseke, Kudzai Tuso & Komborerai Murimba
Spryads is a local advertising network for online advertising. It seeks to be a dedicated advertising network through which local advertisers can get access to relevant local audiences. The platform is exiting beta testing.
Founders: Rumbie Charlene Nkomo & Aurther Shoko
ZimboKitchen is an online based resource that contains Zimbabwean recipes. From traditional delicacies to international offerings, ZimboKitchen is packed with enticing visual guides that enable anyone to prepare a meal. It maintains it’s Zimbabwean flair even for international recipes by recommending local ingredients. ZimboKitchen is reaching out to Zimbabweans locally and around the world with a practical offering for them to maintain their Zimbabwean roots.
You can follow the challenge as it happens using the #ZOLStartupChallenge hashtag.
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