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4th edition of Africa Tech Summit to take place live in Nairobi

The African tech ecosystem will finally have the opportunity to connect again in person at the fourth edition of the Africa Tech Summit taking place in Nairobi, Kenya on February 23-24, 2022. The leading African tech event will once again provide unrivalled insights, networking, and business opportunities across three Summits and brings together tech leaders […]


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 […]


Fintech’s US$3 billion dominance in Africa should be a wake-up call for RBZ’s Sandbox

African fintech startups reigned supreme when it comes to attracting funding from investors. According to a report by Techcrunch, out of the US$5 billion raised by all African startups, Fintech accounted for US$3 billion. This increase is double what fintech startups were able to raise in 2020 and speaks to the appetite for innovation in […]


Tengesai, a free classified directory to sell goods and services online

Some might argue that e-commerce has not taken off in Zimbabwe (in the traditional sense), or it can’t really be tracked because it happening in one shape or another on WhatsApp. Both arguments have their merits because data prices have made it difficult for everyone to participate in e-commerce. And WhatsApp is a bit of […]


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 […]


2022 income tax brackets, presumptive tax and other adjustments

Act No.7 of 2021, Finance Act has revealed what the income tax structure in Zimbabwe will look like in 2022 “The Schedule (“Credits and Rates of Income Tax”) to Chapter I of the Finance Act [Chapter 23:04] is amended— (a) with effect from the year of assessment beginning on the 1st January, 2022, in Part […]


5 New Year’s resolutions for the Zim govt

It’s the first Monday of 2022 and we saw quite a bit from the government and its agencies in 2021. I am sure we can all recall SI 127 of 2021 that was the latest attempt at price control even though most Zimbabwean businesses don’t have access to the Forex Auction. SI 89 banned 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 […]


Local hosting service partners with SME Association of Zimbabwe’s business directory

Pnrhost is a local web hosting service that was founded in 2015 and set out to help businesses and improve their online presence. The company offers Web, email hosting, website development, domain registration and SSL Certificates. Pnrhost has announced that it has partnered with the Small and Medium Enterprise Association of Zimbabwe (SMEAZ) to offer […]


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. […]


This startup opened Virtual Reality arcades in Zimbabwe

Funsense is a local startup that specialises in virtual reality experiences. The company has two branches, one in Harare (Shop 47 4th Floor Equity House), and in Bulawayo (Haddon & Sly 2nd Floor, Cnr Fife Street & 8th Ave) where it takes anyone through a number of Virtual Reality experiences from first-person shooting games to […]


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 […]


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 […]


Local diaspora retail startup Imets cofounder gives more info on US$20/hr for drivers & more

Early last week we reviewed a US-based local startup called Imets. The company moved into the diaspora grocery remittance space and is akin to Instacart which basically means that you can shop through the isles of OK Zimbabwe, Spar and other local stores, in the diaspora, for your loved ones back home. Or if you […]


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 […]


4 takeaways from Zim’s first-ever drone conference

Last week Precision Aerial, Zimbabwe Flying Labs and the Drones for Good Network held Zim’s first-ever drone conference. The event was well attended and represented by a number of local, regional and international startups and organisations. For someone like me who had only dipped his toes into unmanned aerial systems, Drone Con Zimbabwe was overwhelming. […]


Local startup wins US$25K Holman Prize for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Local startup Gateway to Elation was named among three winners of this year’s Holman “LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired” Prize. The prize was launched in 2017 and awards up to US$25,000 to three people with sight impairment US$25,000 if they have “ambitious ideas that will challenge misperceptions about blindness worldwide“. Gateway to Elation […]


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 […]


The top 12 local content creators selected at this year’s startup week

The Content Creators Network ZW (Content ZW) Startup Week is in full swing and here are the finalists: Samanthat Mutirori Nkosikhona Dibiti Mark Matambirofa Lemuel Chekai Farai Mudzingwa Denzel Sambo Benjamin Chipfurutse Munashe Chokodza Leo Munende Trevor Sagota Raymond Zarurai Richard Mugobo The chosen few went through a series of mentoring sessions and masterclasses and will […]


Meet Enspir Gaming, an ambitious local e-sports outfit

Enspir is a local e-sports team that is looking to create opportunities for young Zimbabweans in the field of professional gaming. We had the pleasure of interviewing one of Enspir’s co-founder’s Maurice Mpofu: Enspir is also hosting a FIFA 22 and Mortal Kombat tournament this weekend: You should also check out Zimbo cracks FIFA Ultimate […]


2022 Tax Clearance Certificates will be automatically issued to compliant clients

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has announced that Tax Clearance (ITF 263) Certificates will be auto-generated for compliant customers. This move looks to try to beat out the usual rush that happens every year which results in ZIMRA’s systems being overwhelmed. The full statement by ZIMRA on the auto-generation of tax clearance certificates is as […]


Local filmmakers! the ZIFF has a US$500 short film competition

The Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF) has announced two short film competitions both with a first-place prize of US$500. Smartphone short film competition The first is a smartphone challenge that is running under the theme “My Heritage” and is open to anyone between the ages of 14 to 34. Entrants must shoot a short film […]


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 […]


Ixar, a local startup that aspires to manufacture its own devices

We had the pleasure of popping by Ixar Technologies, a local startup that repairs smartphones and other devices. Ixar also offers lessons to anyone who wants to become a technician not only in Zimbabwe but in Zambia too. We spoke to the company’s founder Tinofara Mutovongi to hear what they have been up to and […]