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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 […]


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…