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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 […]


Check out ZIMRA’s $180,000 a year tax credit for employing under 30s

The Youth Employment Tax Incentive can be found in section Section 13A of the Finance Act (Chapter 23:04) and rewards taxpayers who employ youths (below 30 years) in their companies. So before we go any further, a tax credit is basically a deduction on the amount you will pay in taxes if you meet the […]


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. […]


FINSEC launches a private funding platform for businesses of any size

The Financial Securities Exchange Limited (FINSEC) has launched a private funding marketplace called FINSEC Private Markets. The platform comes in the wake of FINSEC’s other funding offering called the Growth Enterprise Market (GEM) Portal which was introduced back in 2020. The GEM portal was designed to help small to medium enterprises find financial backing as […]


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 […]


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 […]


Check out Afrotopia, a Harare-based co-working space for creatives

Enthuse Afrika is a collective of digital communications collective that has a slew of services from video production all the way to web designing. The group comprises young writers, journalists, videographers and content creators who use the internet to tell stories about African experiences, brands and people through publications, digital skills training, consultancy and collaborations. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


If your startup is climate focused, check out this US$14K accelerator

Africa ClimAccelerator is the first Pan-African climate accelerator focused on supporting the most promising climate impact ideas and those who put the objective of enhancing sustainability at the forefront of their own mission and growth. The programme is being funded by the German Corporation for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ) with GrowthAfrica and Carbon […]


Nedbank Zim sponsors first Uncommon.org innovation hub to happen outside Harare

Nedbank Zimbabwe has partnered with Uncommon.org to support the organisation’s first innovation hub to take place outside Harare. “We are absolutely delighted to partner with Nedbank Zimbabwe to launch our first Innovation Hub outside of Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare. The Nedbank Innovation Hub is located in the Emganwini township, not far from Bulawayo’s city centre […]


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 US$1,000 Mutare Hackathon are now open

Are you aged between 18-35 years, residing in Manicaland (Mutare, Mutasa, Watsomba, Rusape etc) and interested in participating in our upcoming hackathon? Call out To Participate In Our Mutare Hackathon Are you aged between 18-35 years, residing in Manicaland (Mutare, Mutasa, Watsomba, Rusape etc) and interested in participating in our upcoming hackathon?#Hackathon Click the link […]


Zim Startups, check out this pan-African innovation challenge

Beer Garage is one of the global innovation hubs run by AB InBev with the objective of driving innovation by building a strong community of ecosystem stakeholders. The team works with business units to find novel solutions for their business problems by leveraging the vibrant Fintech, Africa, and APAC startup ecosystems. For those who might […]


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 […]


Local e-learning platform partners with German startup hub

EduXpert is a local e-learning platform that allows anyone with expertise or knowledge in a field an avenue to monetise their skills. The site is similar to the US-based service Skillshare but offers Zimbabweans a less complicated way of getting the earnings from their courses because it is all local. EduXpert has announced today that […]


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 […]


Gwinyai Nyatsoka: CTO for a US tech firm who wants to teach local devs how to do the same remotely

Gwinyai Nyatsoka is a Zimbabwean developer who made it big teaching on Udemy a few years back. When he shared his earnings, the total came to around US$20K, since that time he has become the Chief Technical Officer at Cobbles, a US-based software development firm. I recently had a conversation with Gwinyai Nyastoka about his […]


Entrepreneurs! Startup Weekend Harare is back!

Startup Weekend Harare is back again! This is your chance to discover your business idea’s deepest potential and to turn that idea into a reality.  Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekend is the perfect environment in which to […]


Entrepreneurs, your 2023 campaign starts now

I don’t care who you support or where on the political spectrum you are. All of that is immaterial because doing business as a startup or an entrepreneur is exceedingly difficult in Zimbabwe. The payments system, for example, is a maze with one dead end after another. So what am I asking you to do? […]


Local freelance startup AfriBlocks gets US$100K funding from Google

AfriBlocks has gone from strength to strength. The company announced yesterday that it has been awarded US$100,000 by Google as part of its US Black Founders Fund. “It’s such an honour to be announced as part of this year’s Google for Startups U.S. Black Founders Fund. From technical support to a network of incredible startups, […]


National Venture Capital Fund is looking for investment proposals

The National Venture Capital Fund (NVCF) is a project from the Ministry of Finance that was launched in the 2020 Budget. The aim of the initiative is to assist local startups and small businesses in accessing funds to further their business ideas. “Priority is given to projects with the capacity to create new employment, generate […]