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Afrolynk 2020 conference is going virtual

Conferences, events and seminars have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This, however, hasn’t meant that event planners have been deterred. The show must go on as they say, and we have witnessed a number of events going virtual. This is no different for Afrolynk 2020. What is Afrolynk? There may be some of […]


UN calls for interested parties to build access to info platform for women

UN Women Zimbabwe is looking for innovative solutions to persistent societal and economic challenges that are disrupting participation of women in decisions that affect their lives. As such UN Women Zimbabwe aims to support an ideathon that is expected to result in a viable and workable web-based platform that facilitates access to information as well […]


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 […]


Africa’s premier tech & telecoms conference to be held virtually this year

AfricaCom is a big deal for anyone interested in Africa’s media, tech and telecommunications landscape. We’ve covered the event for the past 3 years and enjoyed learning so much whilst doing so. This year’s event will be a bit different and won’t require anyone to actually attend the event in Cape Town where it’s normally […]


App developers, apply for AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2020

Entries are now open for the sixth annual AppsAfrica Innovation Awards which celebrate the best in mobile and technology from across Africa, showcasing the continents best innovations across 12 categories. The Awards continue to be a leading barometer of innovation across the continent and provide finalists and winners with global publicity, recognition and networking with industry leaders and investors. […]


Apple WWDC 2020 highlights, new features coming to iPhones, iPads and more

Here are some highlights from Apple’s WWDC 2020. iOS 14 iOS 14 looks just the same as the iOS13 except the reworked widgets, these widgets are richer and filled with more data. Widgets in iOS 14 can be part of the regular apps in your pages, and they can also be resized. There is a […]


Apple’s WWDC Is Happening Today, Things To Look Out For

Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference is happening today at 7pm Local Time. The conference, because of the global pandemic is now going virtual. You can stream the event on Apple’s YouTube account. Here’s what to look out for Operating System Updates This event is usually where Apple announces updates and new features to their operating systems. […]


Upcoming Tech Virtual Conventions June 2020

As we are all too well aware the Coronavirus Pandemic has greatly disrupted how we all operate. More and more industries are employing everything at their disposal to make it so that products, services and events are delivered to stakeholders and consumers in the safest means possible. This year has been a down year for […]


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. […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


Win An iMac Pro & More In This Sci-Fi Short Story Competition

We last wrote about the Global Learning X-Prize back in 2014. On that occasion, participants stood a chance to anything from $1 million to $10 million for solving e-Learning problems. Fast-forward 6 years, the Global Learning X-Prize is still around and this year, Sci-fi writers are being asked to “imagine the future of telepresence technologies” […]


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 […]


Combating COVID-19 Conference: A Collaborative Arduino Community Initiative

Humanity is facing one of the most trying events in its history and as technologists, makers and designers we are asking ourselves how we can contribute to the efforts to help our fellow human beings and potentially save lives. After seeing the equipment shortages faced by essential workers, people in communities all around the world […]


Seedstars Biggest Pitching Event To Be Broadcast Online Due To Coronavirus

[Image source: Seedstars] Seedstars is one of the biggest events for startups pitching their ideas to get funding and it’s been one of the most helpful events for local startups with Seedstars Harare having been hosted annually since 2016. Seedstars Summit which is taking place next month in Switzerland is the latest of many events […]


Fintech Startups Can Now Apply For EcoBank’s Challenge

Ecobank Group the pan-African banking group, is inviting African fintech entrepreneurs to enter the 3rd edition of the Ecobank Fintech Challenge. The Fintech Challenge gives African start-ups the opportunity to promote their fintech solutions, and potentially partner with Ecobank to roll-out their solutions across Ecobank’s 33 markets in Africa as well as France. The Ecobank […]


[Updated] Corona Virus Uncertainty Clouds Mobile World Congress

With companies withdrawing from this year’s Mobile World Congress left, right and centre, it was only a matter of time before hosting the event would be deemed irresponsible. In fact, the feeling was that the event would be cancelled when GSMA (the event organisers) held a meeting regarding the fate of the tech event held […]


Harare Host City For 2020 SOCreative Hubs Summit This March

Harare is set to be the host city for young social and creative entrepreneurs and hub managers from Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana and Mozambique between March 4 and 7. SOCreative Summit is a platform for gathering and connecting social and creative entrepreneurs together with their counterparts in the hub community space for […]


[Updated] Econet Launching Augmented Reality Treasure Hunt On 12 February

Econet has just announced that from 12 February, subscribers will be able to take part in an Augmented Reality (AR) treasure hunt. Those of you who follow tech trends may know Pokemon Go the extremely popular AR game that drove a large part of the world crazy a few years ago and that’s what I […]


UNDP Calls For Agriculture Startups To Participate In Cultiv@te Initiative

The United Nations Development Program has called for startups tackling challenges in Agriculture to participate in its Cultiv@te initiative. Cultiv@te is bringing together a “coalition of partners and stakeholders that want to bring technology and innovation where it is most needed, combining globally-leading innovation with local knowledge, expertise and market insights.” The challenge has 3 […]


AfroDigital Hosting Digital Skills Workshop For Women In Business

AfroDigital is one of the most prominent Digital Marketing schools in Zimbabwe and they are kicking off 2020 with a Digital Skills Workshop targeted at women in business. The ZW$50 workshop will be held on the 25th of January at The Nexus, B2C Co-Working Space at Batanai Gardens. Topics to be covered include: Brand Visibility […]


Apply For OpenParly’s Civic Tech Hackathons

Open Parly ZW will be conducting 4 Civic Tech Hackathons in Harare, Masvingo, Marondera & Mutare from Feb 8 – 29 September 2020. What is Civic Tech? Civic technology, or civic tech, enhance the relationship between the people and government with software for communications, decision-making, service delivery, and political process. It includes information and communications […]


Next Einstein Investor Forum An Opportunity For African Entrepreneurs To Get Their Hands On $125 000

The Next Einstein Forum and Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) are partnering to host a NEF Investor Meetup which will offer African social entrepreneurs an opportunity to get their hands on a $125 000 prize pool across five categories. The objective of this meetup is to support some of the exceptional African science entrepreneurs (Sciencepreneurs) with pitch […]


Applications Open For Challenge Of 1000 Summit For African Startups

Announced back in September, the Challenge of 1.000 is a joint initiative of Digital Africa and the Summit.  France will invite 1.000  African entrepreneurs to present their solutions at The City of Solutions, a show dedicated to projects and solutions for sustainable cities and territories to be held during the 28th edition of the Africa-France Summit. June 4, 5 […]


Fintech Startups, Apply For Catapult: Inclusion Africa Competition

[Image Source: Luxembourg House of Financial Technology Facebook] CATAPULT: Inclusion Africa 2020 Bootcamp follows on from the success of the first Catapult Inclusion Africa Bootcamp, organised in November 2018, where 11 selected African Fintechs benefited from a tailor-made programme aligned with the sustainability goals of Luxembourg’s financial centre with the aim for the Fintechs to […]


Apply For The US$40 000 C40 Women4Climate Tech Challenge

Applications are open for the 2nd C40 Women4Climate Tech Challenge 2020. The Challenge will select women-led innovative tech solution for climate with a measurable impact to experiment them in C40 cities. C40 cities joining the Tech Challenge commit to pilot the winning solution and contribute to the selection by participating in the expert jury panel, which […]


UNDP & Impact Hub Partner To Host The Green Innovation Fair 5 December

Impact Hub is partnering the United Nations Development Programme and the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement to host the Green Innovation Fair. The competition will allow entrepreneurs working to reduce carbon emissions to pitch their products/services for a chance to win US$1 000. Who’s eligible? The following criterion will be used […]


Comexposed’s 5th Converge Digital Arts Convention Being At The End Of This Month

Comexposed is holding its 5th annual Convention called Converge on the 30th of November. Converge2019 brings together experts in digital arts, technology and innovation as well as tech and pop culture enthusiasts. Converge 2019 will provide attendees with an opportunity to immerse themselves in what is happening in the world of art, culture, technology and […]