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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 […]


What I learnt from this African Animator’s journey…

I recently had a great conversation with Pious Nyenyewa. Yes, the Zimbabwean animator who was recently announced as one of the directors of Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire (a Disney Plus Original anthology of animated films). The fact that Pious has gotten this far means he has probably done something right. From our conversation I took […]


Ministry of Finance warns of fake US$500K entrepreneur fund

The Ministry of Finance has warned the public of a fake email that has been circulating inviting local entrepreneurs to apply for financial aid as part of a COVID -19 recovery program. The statement from the Ministry of Finance reads as follows: The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has noted with grave concern, some […]


Meet Dawa Health the startup fighting to reduce maternal mortality

Late last week the Telecel Group and Startupbootcamp Afritech announced the finalists for its Africa wide accelerator. Among the chosen few is a Zimbabwean startup called Dawa Health, which offers antenatal care to expecting parents. Their field of interest is especially important because pregnancy-related deaths are caused by insufficient antenatal care. According to the World […]


Two Zim startups are in the finals of a US$750K accelerator program

Back in March this year, the Telecel Group under its Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP) and Startupbootcamp Afritech announced that they were looking for startups in Africa for an accelerator program. The initiative is a way for the organisations to look for the very best on the continent in the fields of FinTech, InsureTech, AgriTech, […]


Local startup becomes Zim’s first to be selected for World Economic Forum’s Tech Pioneers Cohort

A local startup called FlexFinTx has been selected by the World Economic Forum to join its Technology Pioneers Cohort 2021. This marks yet another first for Zimbabwe because as far as we can tell FlexFinTx has carved a new path. What is FlexFinTx? The best way to describe FlexFinTx is to look at the problem […]


Entrepreneurs! You have to check out this social business camp

Since 2017, the Social & Inclusive Business Camp (SIBC) has supported 200 entrepreneurs with an impact in Africa as their scaled up their enterprises and the organisation has opened applications for its fifth edition. This year’s program will have a hybrid setup comprising of: 3 months of remote coaching on a dedicated online platform, alternating interactive […]


Global Farmers Connect, one of the fastest-growing agri-tech startups in Africa

Market access has long since been a problem for farmers in Zimbabwe. Particularly if you want to join in on the export scene, unless you have a prior arrangement with a customer or have connections then it is going to difficult. However, there is a startup called Global Farmers Connect that is looking to change […]


Zim startups! A German non-profit wants to invest up to US$150K in African businesses

Impacc is a German-based non-profit that helps startups build and scale their business. The non-profit’s main focus are startups that are in unstructured markets and do most of their work with impoverished communities. This is because Impacc’s goal is to make sure that those who are often overlooked can have the solutions they sorely need. […]


Local insurance startup selected for US-based accelerator

Congratulations Yu’sure


Zim Startups, GSMA has opened applications for another innovation fund

Between US$140 000 and US$350 000 up for grabs!


Watch: Eight2five Hub Value Creation Challenge launch event

Entrepreneurs gather round


Agritech startups, here’s a US$2 mil prize you don’t want to miss

Come one, come all there is a lot of money at stake…


BancABC joins forces with German-based startup hub

B2B Matchmaking and links into the EU.


Wanna build a house? This startup could be a good starting point

One of the first things towards home ownership if you are like the majority of Zimbabweans who prefer to build rather than buy is a lovely plan. Of course this is important when you have decided to modernise your dwellings too. The thing that sucks though is that most architects you find will only show […]


Here’s how you can help digital inclusion for people with disabilities in Zimbabwe

Inclusive Access Zimbabwe is calling for donations of any devices to help digital inclusion for people with disabilities in Zimbabwe


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


Want to pitch your startup to VCs? Check out this competition

A chance to pitch your ideas to Venture Capitalists and maybe win a cash prize