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Zim Startups!! Check out this €5,000 Challenge!

As the climate crisis intensifies and biodiversity loss accelerates, the work of nature conservation non-governmental organisations is becoming increasingly urgent. To tackle this matter, Impact Hub partnered up with the Luc Hoffmann Institute and the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (IUCN CEESP) to launch the Future of Conservation NGOs Innovation Challenge. The challenge […]


Zim blockchain startups! This challenge could fast track you to the Seedstars International Ventures Fund

FT x Cardano Blockchain Challenge in association with Project Catalyst, Seedstars, and FT Talent by Financial Times has a mission to source ventures interested in leveraging the Cardano Blockchain platform & community and engage with ventures interested in building on Cardano. Throughout the program, the selected startups will get a chance to participate in a […]


Zim Startups! Check out the Social & Inclusive Business Camp

The Social & Inclusive Business Camp is an acceleration and capacity building programme. It is dedicated to entrepreneurs with an impact project on the African continent and willing to scale up.  The Social & Inclusive Business Camp is a hybrid support programme, including:  3 months of remote coaching on a dedicated online platform, alternating interactive […]


SADC based startup Thumeza expands across Africa with Lori Systems partnership

Small and large-scale logistics players across Africa and other emerging markets struggle to access working capital credit to fulfil the growing demand. African e-logistics companies play a key role in reducing transport costs and delays while improving the quality of service along transport corridors. Logistics startup Thumeza has announced a partnership with Lori Systems which […]


Need startup funding? Check out this new local crowdfunding platform

On the 13th of April 2022, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe approved Lloyd Crowdfunding, a subsidiary of Lloyd Corporate Capital, to operate within the guidelines of the Fintech Regulatory Sandbox. Crowdfunding for business is the online offering of financial securities of a private company to a group of people for investment. Crowdsourcing makes use of […]


Econet voice, data, and SMS bundle prices are going up tomorrow

Zimbabwe’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) Econet has announced in a tweet, that voice, data, and SMS bundles prices are going up tomorrow. The statement by Econet reads as follows: PUBLIC NOTICE Dear Customers, Please note, we will review our Voice, Data & SMS bundle prices effective, Thursday 19 May, 2022. To access Voice & […]


Electricity is now pegged at 10.6 US cents per unit

ZETDC has announced a new electricity tariff adjustment where a unit of electricity of 1KWhr will now be pegged at 10.63 US cents with effect from today Sunday 15 May 2022. This will be what the tariff will be pegged against the RTGS at the official rate of the day. The statement reads: The Zimbabwe […]


SA EV company Agilitee has brought its electric scooters to Zim

South African-based car manufacturer Agilitee which is set to bring a new range of electric vehicles to Zimbabwe as well as set up an assembly plant, has delivered its first consignment of electric scooters in Harare. The Scooter which is called the Agilitee LoadEx and we took a trip to Agilitee/ZimTorque’s offices in Harare to […]


StarFM and E-Sports Zim partner to bring celebrity FIFA22 face-off

E-sports Zim has been busy these past couple of years. Partnerships with EA that allowed Zimbabwean FIFA players to be able to compete in global FIFA tourneys and a SteelSeries collab for gaming peripherals. Recently they have partnered with StarFM, one of Zimbabwe’s biggest radio stations, for a FIFA22 celebrity face-off where Zimbabwean celebrities duel […]


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FBC Bank announces new Mastercard US$60 limit security feature

FBC Bank has, in a statement, said that it is taking a proactive approach to guarding customers against fraud with a new US$60 limit security feature for its USD Mastercard platform for online transactions. FBC’s statement on the Mastercard security feature and limit reads as follows: FBC Bank continues to transform with global e-commerce products […]


EVCA/BYD partners Zuva for public EV charging stations

The EV revolution lives and the first big name in the space in Zimbabwe’s public EV charging network is Zuva. In a post on their Facebook page, Zuva announced that it has partnered up with EVCA (Electric Vehicle Centre Africa) to provide charging stations for Electric Vehicles at their service stations starting with the Zuva […]


ZOL is now officially Liquid Home & has 60 new LTE base stations

ZOL, today unveiled its new brand identity – Liquid Home Zimbabwe. This rebrand follows the evolution of Liquid Telecom becoming Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a business of Cassava Technologies. ZOL was the only arm of Liquid that hadn’t yet come under the new brand umbrella. ZOL to become “Liquid Home” in the not too distant future […]


NetOne e-top up system back up after over 32 hours downtime

NetOne’s e-top up system went down from around midnight on Tuesday the 3rd of May and stayed down the whole of Wednesday, only to come back up around 8am on Thursday.  What was going on? Well, good luck finding out. Like in almost all similar cases all we are told is something along the lines […]


We ran into BancABC at ZITF 2022

We ran into BancABC at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair ZITF 2022. Shingai Vutoyi one of the Branch Managers for BancABC was kind enough to talk us through what the bank was up to at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF 2022). You can watch the tour of BancABC’s booth at ZITF 2022 with the […]


Toyota Zimbabwe was flexing the GD6 Fortuner at ZITF 2022

We couldn’t leave the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair ZITF 2022, without paying a visit to what is probably one of the most famous car brands in Zimbabwe, Toyota. The folks over at Toyota Zimbabwe brought with them three cars, the very popular Toyota Fortuner, the 1.8L Corolla Quest and finally the very interesting Corolla Cross. […]


Telco at ZITF 2022: solar equipment, internet packages & mobile computer lab

Renewable energy and internet connectivity were what defined Telco at ZITF 2022. The company, which is one of the oldest internet service providers, brought all it has to offer to this year’s edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair. The team that Telco sent to ZITF 2022 was kind enough to give us a tour […]


Zimswitch at ZITF 2022: NOSTRO EFTs, debit orders, wallet on POS & more

The National Payments Switch, Zimswitch was an exhibitor at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF 2022). It appears that their main mission for this year’s edition of the ZITF was to interface with customers (both corporate and individual) about who they actually are and what they do. For all those who might not be aware […]


Econet brings 5G to Bulawayo at ZITF2022

The country’s largest mobile network operator, Econet yesterday launched its 5G service in Bulawayo at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF2022). This was at the company’s very impressive ZITF2022 installation which dwarfed what was in the main hall, we even started chucking figures, guessing as to how much Econet paid to reserve such a large […]


Zim’s biggest streaming service is at ZITF2022

Gateway Stream, the biggest local music streaming service is at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF2022). Well, saying “music streaming service” might be a little disingenuous because they also do pay per view videos, and e-commerce which includes booking hotels, rideshare services, groceries drinks and a whole lot more. The company also does affiliate marketing […]


ISP Spotting at ZITF2022: WE FOUND ZODSAT!!!!!

For those who have been around Techzim for a while the name, ZODSAT won’t be a new one. They have been around for a while and offer VSAT services much like TelOne, Liquid Home and Utande. We got a chance to talk to the team they sent to Bulawayo about what they have been up […]


Freshly RBZ approved Access Forex gave us a tour of their ZITF2022 Booth

Earlier this week we reported on Access Forex getting Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) approval to resume domestic (city to city) remittances. During our travels at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF2022), we got a chance to talk to Shingai J. Koti, the Chief Marketing Officer at Access Forex. She was also kind enough to […]


TelOne officially opens its first Matabeleland data centre

State-owned telecommunications company TelOne, yesterday commissioned its Bulawayo data centre and customer experience hub in a move set to improve data connectivity and customer interface in the Southern region. The data centre, a first of its kind in the Matabeleland region, is part of TelOne’s product expansion drive which has seen the concern investing more […]


NetOne at ZITF2022: “driving the metaverse”, agritech, e-tolls, smart services & more

NetOne had one of the more fascinating stands at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF2022). The state-owned mobile network operator (MNO) is really pushing the metaverse angle as it is their chief motto at its stall in the main hall. NetOne’s mobile money division was not left out of things because it was paying for […]


AMTEC brought rugged trucks and tractors to ZITF2022

With almost 70 years of experience in the automotive space locally, AMTEC was definitely at the top of our list for stands we were itching to have a look at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF2022). And we weren’t disappointed, the team from AMTEC were kind enough to give us a tour of their stand […]


ZIMOCO brought its very best to ZITF2022, Merc, Haval, GWM, Jeep & more

Day 1 of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair was a little lacklustre. Most of the exhibitors were still in various stages of setting up their stalls and installations. However, by the time Day-2 rolled around things were truly up and running and in our travels, through the ZITF2022 exhibition, we were given a tour of […]


RBZ gives Access Forex the green light to resume local transfers

Local domestic and international money transfer platform Access Forex is back in the business of local remittances after a few days of suspension due to pending Exchange Control regulatory approvals. This comes after the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe gave the company the green light to resume domestic foreign currency remittance activities after processing its licensing […]


RBZ bans Simbisa’s InnBucks with immediate effect!

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has announced that it has ordered Simbisa to halt operations of its loyalty and rewards program, InnBucks with immediate effect. The RBZ’s statement on InnBucks is as follows: PRESS STATEMENT CESSATION OF INNBUCKS OPERATING AS A MONEY TRANSFER SERVICE PROVIDER The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (the Bank) advises the […]


TelOne customers, a stuck digger is the reason why you don’t have internet

State-owned telecommunications company TelOne has announced to its customers in some suburbs in Harare that if they were experiencing an internet outage it is because of a construction accident that damaged a fibre cable. TelOne’s statement on the internet outage caused by the fibre break reads as follows: TelOne sincerely apologises for service disruption in […]


Zim freelancers! You have to check out Afriblocks’ FREE Summit

Zimbabwean co-founded startup and Techstars alumni AfriBlocks is hosting its Freelancers Summit on the 6th and 7th of May 2022 to explore the future of work and freelancing on the continent. This is the second running of the Afriblocks Summit, with the first event taking place last year. With its growing tech ecosystem, Africa is […]