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5 Lessons from the Yunus East and Southern Africa business Forum for Youth Entrepreneurs

5 lessons for Zim’s social entrepreneurs from the recently held Yunus East and Southern Africa business Forum for Youth Entrepreneurs


Video: Young African and Aspiring – Nyeleti Furumele founder of #BossGirl

Africa has a number unique challenges and many of those are being addressed by the youth of the continent. Young African and Aspiring is where we give those young people a chance to tell their stories about the changes they are effecting in their societies and communities. This isn’t limited to tech and startups but […]


Whatsapp has added a shopping carts feature

Whatsapp has introduced a new shopping carts feature, making shopping a breeze.


7th Edition of Africa Early Stage Investor Summit Announced – Here’s how you can follow

Venture Capital 4 Africa (VC4A) and ABAN are eager to announce the 7th and virtual edition of the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit (#AESIS2020). The Summit will take place on 3 & 4 November online. With a number of record-level deals making the headlines over the last year, Africa’s startup industry is ripe for investment. VC4A and […]


Global Startup Awards opens application for administrative positions as they expand across Africa

We’ve written about the Southern Africa Startup Awards on a number of occasions now. Southern Africa Start-up Awards is part of the Global Start-up Awards, providing an annual spotlight for entrepreneurs. The showcase celebrates amazing ideas and the best talents from 7 regions, 50+ countries across the globe to showcase entrepreneurial spirit and start-ups. The […]


This African startup school is offering a free course to help entrepreneurs start their business

StartupCircles.AI is an online accelerator and startup school targeting entrepreneurs with the following problems; You feel it’s time to start your own business but you don’t know where to begin; You want to pitch investors and are not sure how to go about it; You’ve spent a lot of money and time on a solution […]


Venture Capital 4 Africa calls for African startups looking to raise US$150k – US$1M

VC4A is calling for African startups looking to raise between $150K and $1M. In collaboration with technical partner AWS Activate, and network partners AfriLabs and ABAN, VC4A will be hosting the exclusive Venture Showcase – Seed in November as part of a virtual gathering of Africa-focused early-stage investors. Via this campaign VC4A will select 10 innovative […]


Duplicating business models from global brands in Zimbabwe

Innovation. Disruption. Original. These are some of the buzzwords in the entrepreneurship arena that every player wishes to be associated with. There have been several new ideas that came in and shook up their respective industries from Apple with the first most adopted graphical user interface computer to Uber destroying the taxi industry in several […]


Seedstars online pitching competition open to tech startups

Seedstars is back again for the 5th time – but this time there will be a twist. Everything is being done virtually and for that we have COVID-19 to thank. From June to November each year, the Seedstars team looks for the most promising early-stage startups from 90+ emerging markets that will receive intensive training […]


Startups with at least 1 female co-founder called to apply for funding

FasterCapital (an incubator based in Dubai, UAE) is launched its yearly women round on 16th, Jun, 2020. The last women rounds of funding attracted more than 200 submissions from 50 different countries. This funding round is open to startups that have one woman co-founder. You can apply regardless of the stage of the startup. For […]


Innovating Justice Challenge opens entries for startups helping solve justice problems

[Image Source: HiiL] Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) is back with the Innovating Justice Challenge 2020. The competition is open to entrepreneurs and startups from Africa, the Middle East and Ukraine. The Innovating Justice Challenge has been held annually since 2011 and has helped over 110 startups since its inception. What should you […]


Zimbabwean tech enthusiast wins grant at international drone competition

Our loyal readers would have come across the name Tawanda Chihambakwe by now. The drone professional absolutely loves drones and has been behind a number of cool initiatives locally including a drone racing community a few years ago. Most recently Chihambakwe also wanted to help disinfect Harare’s CBD using drones but the City Council made […]


Zimbos need to ditch the “don’t steal my idea” mentality!

Kuda Musasiwa was fuming recently on Twitter that people were blatantly ripping off his business, Fresh In A Box. The legality of that matter paled once it turned out that Fresh In A Box is actually a total rip-off of another family business started in the United Kingdom. The man ripped it all off, name […]


UNDP Calls For Applications For The COVID-19 Protect & Detect Challenge

COVID-19 is an unprecedented global health and humanitarian emergency. It threatens to create devastating social, economic, and political crises that could leave deep scars for years to come. This impact could reverse the progress made in tackling global poverty over the past 20 years, putting at risk the lives and livelihoods of billions of people. […]


If Your Business Is Reducing Inequality, Apply For UNDPs Funding Program

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Orange and SAP launch the second edition of the Growth Stage Impact Ventures (GSIV) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiative; aimed at identifying and showcasing mature impact ventures in emerging countries with the catalytic potential to drive both large impacts and yield sustainable profit. The […]


Zoom Is Now Video Conference King – What Have They Done Right?

 As we continue to adapt to the changing landscape and accept that to survive, we need to evolve and embrace technology, organisations are leaning towards popular video conferencing software and many are drifting towards Zoom because of the ease of use. Based on their tagline “In this together. Keeping you securely connected wherever you are,” […]


Innovate Now Accelerator Programme Seeks Mobile Solutions to Assist Persons with Disabilities

 Innovate Now, the Assistive Technology Accelerator is seeking applications from innovators across the continent who are dedicated to developing mobile based technologies designed to assist people living with disabilities. The UK Aid-funded programme, which is run by Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub and Amref Enterprises Limited, hopes to accelerate 12 start-ups in its second cohort, […]


COVID-19: Business Disruptor Or Change Agent?

As South Africa enters another week of the national lockdown the world and business as we know it, is changing dramatically. One certain thing, however, is that we have entered unchartered waters and only innovative and adaptable businesses will survive. Reality is that Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) are the ones at the highest […]


LawBasket Offering Free Legal Assessment To African Startups

LawBasket – the online legal marketplace where lawyers meet clients (people with cases) to deliver legal services on customer-driven terms – has announced StartAP Legal Maturity Assessment Program to help startups The initiative will see LawBasket providing free legal maturity assessment for African startups. In our communication with LawBasket’s Co-founder and Head of Marketing Nyasha […]


Applications For Victorious Companies Entrepreneurship Programme Opened

The Victorious Companies Initiative under SIVIO Institute aims to empower business leaders to leverage opportunities presented to them by creating strong mentoring and support structures through training in business skills, opportunity identification and problem-solving. Applicants should have already begun operations, but their business entities should be a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 3 years old. The entities should be applying […]


African Agripreneurs Applying For The GoGettaz Prize Stand A Chance To Win $50 000

The $100,000 GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize Competition 2020 is back for its second year. The competition aims to inspire young people throughout the African continent to launch and grow innovative or technology-driven businesses in the agri-food sector, from “seed to fork” and beyond. What do winners get? The 2020 GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize Competition will acknowledge two […]


Jack Ma To Host Webinar With Zim Doctors To Exchange Info On Coronavirus

Jack Ma has been one of the many business people who have provided a helping hand to African countries during the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. He’s also announced that the Alibaba Foundation will be hosting a series of virtual seminars between African and Chinese hospitals to exchange knowledge on how to tackle the virus. […]


Innovator Hub Opens Applications For COVID-19 Innovations

The GreeNovation call is an opportunity for scientific innovative start-ups to develop and provide solutions to help combat the COVID-19 crisis and in the process receive incubation via online platforms as well as in-person incubation after the lock-down when interactions are deemed safe. Investments to support the development of the projects into sustainable and scalable […]


The 1st Online Seedstars Summit Pitch Competition Gathers 5 000+ Participants – You Can Rewatch It Too

Seedstars, the Swiss-based private group with a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets, gathered 5,419 participants to its first Online Summit on April 3rd, 2020. The company decided to digitally redesign its Global Summit, to ensure the safety of its partners and community in the scope of the exceptional COVID-19 crisis. In 2020, […]


Applications Open For Jack Ma’s 2020 African Netpreneur Funding Program

The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) is the Jack Ma Foundation’s flagship philanthropic entrepreneur program in Africa. ANPI aims to identify, spotlight and support “African entrepreneur heroes creating impact in their communities and building a more inclusive economy for the future”. The second edition of the Africa Netpreneur Prize, which will offer selected innovative African […]


Startups, Apply For The GSMA Innovation Fund & You Could Pocket US$120k-US$300k

Sub-saharan African and Asian startups helping people get online for the first time using mobile internet stand a chance to win anything between £100 000 – £250 000 by applying to the GSMA Innovation Fund. The GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion aims to support innovative solutions to increasing mobile internet […]


Applications Open For Female Entrepreneurs Incubation Program

LeadTech is an intensive 6-month incubation program dedicated to early-stage women-owned or women-led tech start-ups. The program aims to nurture and provide a supportive environment for women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and become independent. The main target sectors for this years LeadTech Incubation program are as follows; HealthTech EduTech FinTech EnviroTech BioTech LeadTech Incubation Program Timeline Application […]


What Impact Has Coronavirus Had On Local Tech Companies & Startups?

Corona Correction… An intriguing term that has been used by some financial analysts to denote how the pandemic has “corrected” and continues to “correct” market valuations for business all over the world. After reading a number of these theories, I was left wondering what kind of impact has the virus dealt to local startups and […]


Zim’s Tech Village Announced As One Of African Tech and Creative Group’s (ATCG) Flagship Spaces In Africa

[Image Source: ATCG] The African Tech and Creative Group (ATCG) is announcing the launch of ten MyAfCFTA nodes located across Africa in CcHUB (Nigeria/Rwanda), Afrinolly (Nigeria), iSpace (Ghana), iHUB (Kenya), BongoHive (Zambia), HYBR Group (South Africa/Kenya/Nigeria), Sylabs (Algeria), The Tech Village Innovation Hub (Zimbabwe), Bliss Executives (The Gambia), The Innovation Village (Uganda). The ten MyAfCFTA […]


Local Startup Hosting Cellphone Repair Lessons

At a time when jobs are extremely hard to come by, Zimbos are doing whatever they can to upskill themselves and become a part of the economy regardless of whether or not that participation is formal or informal. We recently, went to Batanai gardens to attend a mobile phone repair class hosted by Ixar Cellphone […]