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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 […]


Propertybook’s quiet disruption of real estate through the cloud & other services

The property market has become something of the wild west in the last decade or so. This is in part due to the popularity of social media marketing and housing groups which have brought with them bogus agents making people pay ridiculous fees just to view properties or even downright fleecing people of their money. […]


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 […]


Crowd-based solar startup Sun Exchange secures US$2.5 million

Sun Exchange, a crowd-based global solar leasing platform, today announced it has secured $2.5 million in convertible note financing from ARPF, a Mauritian private equity fund advised by London-based ARCH Emerging Markets Partners Limited (ARCH). This follows the company’s closing a $4 million Series A funding round in 2020, led by a $3 million investment […]


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 rideshare startup Tuverl selected for Smart Cities Innovation Programme

The Zimbabwean startup ecosystem has been doing really well on the international stage. We have seen a number of our own being selected for accelerators and incubators the world over. Among the high achievers, is Tuverl a Bulawayo-based mobility startup. Earlier this year it won US$25,000 from the Havard Innovation Challenge and Tuverl has followed […]


ZESA serious about drones; parastatal tours another local startup

Earlier today we reported on a ZESA delegation that got a tour of Precision Aerial‘s facility and was given the outline of the startup’s services. It looks like just after that presentation, ZESA and their Rwandan counterparts paid a visit to Drone Solutions Academy (DSA), another local player in the unmanned aerial systems space. Drone […]


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, […]


Zim’s drone expert talks about manufacturing plans & problems with local operating environment

Yesterday, Zimbabwe’s Drone expert Tawanda Chihambakwe pitched his ideas to ZESA and a delegation from Rwanda Energy. After the presentation, I had an opportunity to talk to Tawanda about the plans that he had going forward like manufacturing drones locally. We also talked about the problems that local startups have had in navigating Zimbabwe’s very […]


Mature local startups have struggled in the “pandemic eCommerce boom”

So, we have been saying for a long time that eCommerce is on the up in Zimbabwe and that’s true. We have seen a number of new services, as well as traditional players, adopt online buying and selling. Now, as great as this is, there are some considerable problems that eCommerce based startups have faced […]


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 […]


Mutsapuri, a local logistic startup charging ZWL$100 per delivery

While scrolling around on the interwebs I found what is one of the most exciting initiatives I have personally seen in some time. There is a local logistics startup called Mutsapuri that is a youth and community-focused company, charging a very reasonable rate. The first reason why Mutsapuri has excited me is the means by […]


This local e-learning startup is aiming to replace brick & mortar schools

Last week we reported on EduXpert, a local e-learning startup that offers lessons for pre-primary all the way to trade schools and tertiary education. The platform does this by giving anyone with the skills and qualifications an avenue to monetise their knowledge and experience. On the students’ side of things, they get to pick and […]


How do you define a successful startup in Zimbabwe? Seriously.

The challenge we have in Zimbabwe is that most of the content we consume is foreign. Even for something as basic as business news, you find many watching / reading more BBC News and Al Jazeera than ZBC News or other local providers. Entrepreneurs are no different. Almost every young aspiring businessman knows more about […]


POTRAZ is celebrating its 20th birthday with two hackathons

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, POTRAZ is running two Hackathon Challenges in September and October 2021. The two events, which will be conducted virtually in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, will be held under the theme “#POTRAZ@20Challenge”.  The first Hackathon will focus on a COVID-19 sub-theme whilst the second one will focus on agriculture. #TowardsADigitalEconomyInACovid-19Zim […]


Comic Pastor makes Old Mutual US$25K Challenge Top 25

Old Mutual has announced the Top 25 of its Value Creation Challenge (VCC) for 2021. The challenge is a partnership between Eight2Five Initiative (Old Mutual’s Hub), and The British Council that was created to support small businesses and entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe. Of all the entrants into the competition, the following have made it into the […]


Local startup Yanaya now offering discounts to CIMAS members

Yanaya is arguably one of the hottest Zimbabwean startups of the year. Imagine my surprise therefore when I was about to start this article and realised we had not yet covered them here at Techzim! I don’t know how such a thing happened but the aim of this article is to correct it. We are […]


Special guest in this week’s Eight2Five Hub StartUp and Entrepreneur Meet-Up

Old Mutual’s Eight2Five Innovation Hub will be joined this week by the Old Mutual Group CEO and Head Of Old Mutual Rest of Africa Banking Portfolio, Sam Matsekete.


Starting a business or freelancing? Read this book

So I have developed a Tiktok addiction. I never paid much mind to the platform for the longest time but a friend lured me on it and I was hooked. Aside from the dances, trends and all the rest, there are some really good creators sharing their experience and knowledge. The skill-sharing ranges from content […]


Zimbabwe needs a Startup Law (or Act): Here’s why

Unconventional Capital (UNCAP) notes that, 6/12 of the fastest growing economies in the world are African 22% of Africa’s working age population are starting new businesses 98% of early-stage enterprises are financially underserved and 90% of Venture Capital funding in East Africa still goes to expats.  This statistical evidence highlights the need for African countries to […]


Zim startups! German Business Angels are looking to invest €10K

Deutsch Connect in partnership with German Business Angels Group has announced that they are looking for early-stage startups in Southern Africa. If you are unfamiliar with Deutsch Connect, it is a startup and business hub that was founded by Zimbabwean Kumbirai Chipadza. It offers a number of services including business-to-business matchmaking, startup investor pairings and […]


Local logistics startup Thumeza sets its sights on SADC expansion

Thumeza is a local logistics startup that provides financing to small-scale operators so they can meet their obligations while they (the operators) wait for their clients to pay for their services. And business has been going very well for them according to a report by Disrupt Africa. Thumeza CEO and founder Gugulethu Siso said they […]


Standard Chartered launches US$1000 Youth Startup Challenge

Standard Chartered Zimbabwe has launched a new community project to support the youth in Zimbabwe recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme is part of Futuremakers by Standard Chartered, the Bank’s global initiative to tackle inequality by promoting economic inclusion for young people for disadvantaged young people across its markets, including […]


What I learned from the African Drone Professional, Tawanda Chihambakwe

I recently had a fantastic conversation with Tawanda Chihambakwe. Tawanda is the cofounder of Precision Aerial (a local drone services and consultancy startup) and Director of Zimbabwe Flying Labs. We talked about how Tawanda discovered the opportunities of drones, the challenges of entrepreneurship and which career options are available for people interested in entering the […]


Thumeza, the local logistics startup that is a finalist in a US$750K accelerator

Thumeza, is a local startup that offers financing to small scale logistics operators. It was recently named as one of the 10 finalists for the Telecel Group under its Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP) and Startupbootcamp Afritech US$750K accelerator along with another Zimbabwean startup called Dawa Health. I got the opportunity to “virtually” sit down […]


Old Mutual’s Eight2Five Hub & British Council US$25K challenge deadline extended

Eight2Five Innovation Hub, powered by Old Mutual in partnership with British Council wishes to announce  the extension of the Value Creation Challenge application submission deadline from the initial 25th of June to the 8th of July 2021.  The Eight2Five Value Creation Challenge seeks to support businesses and start-ups that provide innovative and sustainable solutions to […]