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Co-working spaces in Zimbabwe prices compared

Zimbabwe has a plethora of co-working spaces available to entrepreneurs and content creators. They offer internet and most importantly electricity because as we are all too aware, power cuts plus the cost of data are some of the biggest limitations for our local startups. So here are the prices and benefits for the ones we […]


ZIMRA’s portal is “undergoing maintenance”, the yearly tradition continues

No prizes for predicting this one because much like every year in recent memory the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has announced that its online portal will be undergoing maintenance. This comes as the usual rush to acquire Tax Clearance certificates (ITF263) peaks as businesses seek to get it out of the way and stay on […]


Zim entrepreneurs! Check out this US$125K impact accelerator

The Norrsken Impact Accelerator seeks to bring together a global collection of entrepreneurs and investors in Stockholm Sweden, The initiative was founded by founders from more than 50 unicorns (valued at over a billion) which includes companies like Klarna (Swedish Fintech), Mojang (Swedish Video Game Developer), Soundcloud, Kry (Swedish digital health startup), Good American, Meltwater, […]


4th edition of Africa Tech Summit to take place live in Nairobi

The African tech ecosystem will finally have the opportunity to connect again in person at the fourth edition of the Africa Tech Summit taking place in Nairobi, Kenya on February 23-24, 2022. The leading African tech event will once again provide unrivalled insights, networking, and business opportunities across three Summits and brings together tech leaders […]


Content creators! Apply for Comexposed & British Council’s Scripts and Bars project

Comexposed supported by Kay Media Africa, British Council and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation invites digital content creators and storytellers (writers, animators, illustrators, videographers, music producers, app and web developers) to apply to participate in an exciting project called Scripts and Bars, a Music and Literature Digital Content Creation Project. The first phase […]


Zim Startups! Check out this US$5K Africa wide entrepreneurship programme

The Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) has announced that applications for the eighth edition of the programme are now open. The program which is run by the Tony Elumelu Foundation will see selected startups receive a twelve-week intensive remote training programme with a plethora of mentors from across the world. Those who make it will […]


Fintech’s US$3 billion dominance in Africa should be a wake-up call for RBZ’s Sandbox

African fintech startups reigned supreme when it comes to attracting funding from investors. According to a report by Techcrunch, out of the US$5 billion raised by all African startups, Fintech accounted for US$3 billion. This increase is double what fintech startups were able to raise in 2020 and speaks to the appetite for innovation in […]


Tengesai, a free classified directory to sell goods and services online

Some might argue that e-commerce has not taken off in Zimbabwe (in the traditional sense), or it can’t really be tracked because it happening in one shape or another on WhatsApp. Both arguments have their merits because data prices have made it difficult for everyone to participate in e-commerce. And WhatsApp is a bit of […]


2021 was a year of firsts for Zimbabwean startups

2021 was a year to remember for Zimbabwean startups, we saw a number of firsts starting of what I think might be the story of the year by way of a freelance platform called AfriBlocks. The US-based Zimbabwean startup became the first-ever in the country to be selected for the illustrious TechStars Seattle Cohort. This […]


Startups with climate adaptation solutions, check out this accelerator

Village Capital, under the Adaptation SME Accelerator Project (ASAP), an initiative supported by the Lightsmith Group, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, the Global Environment Facility, and Conservation International, is looking to accelerate 16 SMEs and startups in Africa and Asia that are scaling market-based and contextualized solutions to critical climate adaptation and resilience challenges. […]


Entrepreneurs! Applications for the Africa Blockchain Incubation Program are open!

The Africa Blockchain Incubation Program is focused on grooming African Blockchain StartUps, to spark creativity and ideas implementation around Distributed Ledger Technologies, insufficiently present in the Local Innovation and Entrepreneurship Landscape of Egypt and Zimbabwe. Qualified candidates will be nurtured through a structured 4-Month course of Workshops, Training, Development, Mentor Sessions and Community Events, through […]


Local startup teaches kids programming and entrepreneurship

The Zimbabwean education system is not what it should be. We still focus on agriculture, which is understandable as agriculture is one of our most important industries. However, we are a bit short sighted in not drilling programming and entrepreneurship into our children. Luckily, many startups have taken on this role. Like the one we […]


Magamba launches The Hustle Fund to support media startups and creatives

Magamba Network has announced that it is launching The Hustle Fund, a way to fund content creators and media startups. This development follows the Content Creators Startup Week which was hosted by Magamba Network, Open Parly and Moto Republik. Below is the statement put out by Magamba Network on The Hustle Fund: This year we […]


This startup opened Virtual Reality arcades in Zimbabwe

Funsense is a local startup that specialises in virtual reality experiences. The company has two branches, one in Harare (Shop 47 4th Floor Equity House), and in Bulawayo (Haddon & Sly 2nd Floor, Cnr Fife Street & 8th Ave) where it takes anyone through a number of Virtual Reality experiences from first-person shooting games to […]


Two Zimbos selected for Meta’s (Facebook) #Changemakers campaign

Meta (formerly Facebook) is excited to announce the launch of its first #Changemakers campaign – a collection of short films, aimed at illustrating the innovative spirit of six inspirational #Changemakers from Zimbabwe and across Southern Africa. The featured #Changemakers have launched new businesses online and re-engineered their initiatives to empower communities during the ongoing health […]


Gateway Stream launches a fantastic way for influencers to make money on the platform

Local super app Gateway Stream has continued its artist/creator focus model by offering influencers a way of monetising their brands by earning commissions on the platform. As I am sure you are all aware, Zimbabwe has influencers who have reached the 1 million views/followers mark and beyond. However, there is still a gap in terms […]


TelOne is inviting bidders for tenders stretching from engine oil to fibre cables

TelOne has announced that it is looking for suppliers for tenders stretching from engine oils all the way to fibre optic cables. The full list of tender bids on offer is as follows: TENDER NUMBER DESCRIPTION CLOSING DATE & TIME COMPETITIVE BIDDING TENDERS DOMESTIC (CBTD) 1 CBTD 115-21 For Consultancy Services For The Recruitment And […]


Entrepreneurs check out this €500K Africa wide accelerator

The Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP) is back for its second cohort. 2021’s edition received over 2000 applications from across the continent from which only 10 made the finals. Of those 10, were two Zimbabwean startups, Dawa Health (an e-health startup) and Thumeza (logistics) who went on to receive mentorship, collaboration opportunities and funding from […]


US Embassy TechWomen 2022 applications are now open!

TechWomen empowers, connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire women and girls in their communities. Through mentorship and exchange, TechWomen […]


Zim Startups! CIMAS & Impact Hub have a US$1,000 Healthathon

CIMAS in collaboration with Impact Hub Harare is hosting a hackathon dubbed “CIMAS Healthathon 2021” over the course of 3 days, 1 – 3 December 2021. The hackathon seeks to foster collaboration on innovative solutions which can be employed by CIMAS to effectively deliver their services to their clients and members through the use of […]


ZIMRA is coming for businesses lying about forex earnings

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has said that it has set a deadline for the 31st of December 2021 for all companies to voluntarily declare their forex incomings. After that date, the authority says that there will be stiff penalties for absconders. ZIMRA statement on forex declarations is as follows Falsification of Forex Declarations The […]


Local diaspora retail startup Imets cofounder gives more info on US$20/hr for drivers & more

Early last week we reviewed a US-based local startup called Imets. The company moved into the diaspora grocery remittance space and is akin to Instacart which basically means that you can shop through the isles of OK Zimbabwe, Spar and other local stores, in the diaspora, for your loved ones back home. Or if you […]


Applications for Google’s Startups Accelerator Africa are open

Google for Startups Accelerator: Africa is a three-month accelerator program for seed to Series A technology startups across the African continent. The accelerator is designed to bring the best of Google’s programs, products, people and technology to startups that leverage machine learning and AI in their company today or plan to in the future. In […]


4 takeaways from Zim’s first-ever drone conference

Last week Precision Aerial, Zimbabwe Flying Labs and the Drones for Good Network held Zim’s first-ever drone conference. The event was well attended and represented by a number of local, regional and international startups and organisations. For someone like me who had only dipped his toes into unmanned aerial systems, Drone Con Zimbabwe was overwhelming. […]


Local startup wins US$25K Holman Prize for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Local startup Gateway to Elation was named among three winners of this year’s Holman “LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired” Prize. The prize was launched in 2017 and awards up to US$25,000 to three people with sight impairment US$25,000 if they have “ambitious ideas that will challenge misperceptions about blindness worldwide“. Gateway to Elation […]


Global Entrepreneurship Network launches Harare chapter

The Global Entrepreneurship Network today announced that it is launching a new Startup Huddle Chapter in Harare to support the growth of the local startup community while crowdsourcing advice and support for its entrepreneurs. Harare joins an international network of more than 60 Startup Huddle chapters and hosted its first event today the 11th November […]


2022 Tax Clearance Certificates will be automatically issued to compliant clients

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has announced that Tax Clearance (ITF 263) Certificates will be auto-generated for compliant customers. This move looks to try to beat out the usual rush that happens every year which results in ZIMRA’s systems being overwhelmed. The full statement by ZIMRA on the auto-generation of tax clearance certificates is as […]


Applications for US$10,000 content creators startup week are now open

The Content Creators Network ZW (Content ZW) wishes to announce its inaugural Content Creators Startup Week set to run from 8th – 12th November at Moto Republik in Harare. During the week, there will be a number of exciting activities which include pitch competitions, networking events and media-related training. Media innovators with start-up ideas will […]


Applications for the UNDP Chipinge Young Innovator’s Program are now open

Like the rest of Africa, Zimbabwe has a youth unemployment challenge. However, what distinguishes Zimbabwe from most African countries is the high literacy rate which currently stands at 92%. UNDP Zimbabwe believes that the latter can be used to tackle the former via a digital skills training program, which aims to train youths in the […]


Applications for the Macheke Rural Hackathon are now open

The Macheke Rural Hackathon is a day-long event that brings together experts including developers, designers, citizen journalists, activists and community participants to solve a single problem. Magamba Network (Open Parly ZW) is looking for young people, community activists, citizen journalists and developers to promote progressive new civic tech within Zimbabwe’s civic space through finding offline […]