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Muzinda-Umuzi Hack For Health hackathon update

  The Muzinda-Umuzi hosted Hack  ForHealth kicked off early this morning on a low key as only a handful of techies turned out for the event. It is hoped that more will attend as the Hackathon gathers momentum (if you’re a developer, this event is for you so try to make it). Despite the disappointed […]

Internet Video startup, Wabona, finally adds more content, promises TV shows

Wabona, a South African startup by Zimbabweans that offers a subscription based internet video streaming service, has finally added more video content to the website. ‘Finally’ because despite announcing, back in April last year, that they’d be adding some 3,100 hours of content to the service, we didn’t seen any new content the 9 months […]

Startup review: Parcelgogo looking to crowdsource small deliveries

  Colin Pringlewood who  made his debut in the startup scene with the now defunct has now bounced back with a new, interesting venture called Parcelgogo. In his words, Parcelgogo is a website that “attempts to crowdsource the delivery of packages around town”. The idea of crowdsourcing deliveries is not an entirely new one – […]

App preview: Emergency 24/7 app pragmatic on emergency response

Just six days ago, Techzim announced that Road Angels had released a Road Assist android app which, judging from reader feedback, seems to be a hit. Nevertheless, a company called Boulder Corporate Communications is working on a rival app called Emergency 24/7. The Emergency 24/7 app is one of the three ideas pitched at last […]

Microsoft 4Afrika program announces 5 African startups to receive grants

Microsoft has announced five African startups that will receive grants as part of the Microsoft 4Afrika program, an extension of the Microsoft Ventures program. You will quickly notice that the selected startups are from East and West Africa, specifically Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda, – non-from Southern Africa. The press release does not go into much […]

Emerging Ideas hosts first Pitch Night for 2014: Picture highlights

Local business incubator Emerging Ideas played host to the first monthly Pitch Nights for 2014 yesterday evening at the Celebration Center in Harare. The Pitch Night is a platform were three entrepreneurs present their business ideas in four minutes before a crowd of like minded people. Yesterday’s event was well attended and three entrepreneurs presented […]

How anyone can become a High Impact Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are an essential ingredient for sustainable development in any community since they have the ability to create unprecedented wealth for themselves and their communities. The reasons we have so much unemployment and poverty in Zimbabwe is because Zimbabwe is not developing enough high impact entrepreneurs. High impact entrepreneurs in the mold Strive Masiyiwa (Econet […]

Vision 2025: Emerging Ideas looking to build 100 ideas that impact half a million people by 2025

Last year during Global Entrepreneurship Week we attended a “Pitch Night” in Harare hosted by Emerging Ideas, a business accelerator program co-founded by Tommy Deuschle and Tim Bickers. The event was one of the few hosted locally as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrations and initially we thought it would be a once off […]

Startup review: well rounded, has all the elements to succeed

Ecommerce is coming alive if recent activities in startup circles are anything to go by. This month alone, we have published at least three online retail startups (1, 2, and 3) looking to make an early break in this space. The heightened conversation around payments and the role they play in eCommerce is also indicating […]

Zim duo in social shopping startup venture called Endosit

Two USA based entrepreneurs Haji Mupakura and Freeman Chari are looking to compete in the “social shopping” space through a platform called Endosit. Social shopping is described as “a method of (e)commerce where shoppers’ friends become involved in the shopping experience”. Co-founder Haji Mapakura describes Endosit as: A social shopping platform that leverages social connections […]

Zimbo Kitchen now monetising on content

One of the promising startups to emerge from Zimbabwe last year called Zimbo Kitchen has now added some features that appear minor, but enhance the detail and experience on Most importantly, they have started monetising on their core business by selling a recipe book entitled Zimbabwe Classic Traditional and Fusion Food Recipes which is […]

Zimbogini Online Store: Partners Zimpost and has all payment options

Local e-commerce startup Zimbogini officially launched revamped e-commerce website with new feature at an event held in Harare torwards the end of last year. Although Zimbogini has been around for a while now, the (re)launch was primarily centered around the new payment features and partners they now have on board. With regards payments, is […] New online “department store”looking to make money on deliveries not products

The online commerce landscape seems to be exploding as more startups jump into this fairly new territory by Zimbabwean standards. The most recent one is which quietly went live on New Year’s Day. Founded by Dakarai Martin Mshoperi, is an online retail store, or as Mr Mshoperi likes to put it, an “online […]

Startup Profile: Deaftronics’ Tendekayi Katsiga

“For me it’s all about team work really. When this solar charger was being developed, there was a lot of input from the hearing impaired. There was a team a behind. I was at the technical side but the research came from the team. It also has to do with a lot of support from […]

How a Local Startup is Re-Imagining Online Video (You should be part of it too)

In February Three startups emerged from British Council’s Culture Shift Challenge. One of them, Bigeyes , walked away with 2nd place,  £1500 in cash, mentorship, and internet sponsorship. With that they promised to revolutionaries the way we share and consume online video locally.  While this may all sounds wonderful, in a world where Youtube calls […]

Astro Funbook Review: Does it justify the $399 price tag?

We finally got our hands on an Astro device and we were fortunate enough to be given one of their most expensive devices to review. This is exciting because we are able to review what they have as their “best foot forward” and ultimately draw a conclusion on what their brand stands for device wise. […]

Pay4App looking to improve on 2013 achievements

As we continue to review the success and failures local startups, Pay4App is one of those that can’t go unnoticed simply because their product is designed to solve the major problem online startups in Zimbabwe face – receiving payments online. Despite having a solution that maybe not perfect, but still workable, Pay4App hasn’t gained much […]

E-commerce needs to be irresistible!

There are those-conspiracy nuts- who have jokingly said that Valentine was invented by the corporate hegemony of card companies, gift companies as well as flower companies to sell their products. For the most part those who have dared to say that out loud have been met with derision. I cannot help but think however that […]

ZimboKitchen among the top startups in 2013

It’s just about the exact same time last year we announced the launch of a web startup called At initial contact, we had good hunch on their potential of this and fast forward a year later, is right there among the top startups in Zimbabwe for 2013. Co-founded by the couple Aurther and […]

Astro claims $5m revenue in first year operation, targets $50 million in 2014

Last Friday we attended a Global Entrepreneurship Week event hosted by Emerging Ideas at the Celebration Center in Harare. Astro CE, Munyaradzi Gwatidzo was amongst the speakers and made some startling claims about the ambitious brand he founded. The young CE, claimed that in just its first year in business, Astro has made revenue up […]

StartupBus Africa: A list of the 8 startups that came out of the trip #SUBA13

Last week, a bus left Harare with a group of ‘buspreneurs’. Their mission couldn’t have been more exciting. On the bus, for 4 days on their way to the southern tip of the continent in Cape Town, they would form teams, come up with ideas and build startups that would be pitched at the destination. […]

StartupBus Africa: GreenBack App to rally world for a greener Africa #SUBA13

We just got an email from one of the team pitching in a few hours today at the StartupBus Africa finals in Cape Town. The team, GreenBack, has developed an app with which they aim to rally the world to contribute resources (money, time viewing ads, or buying at participating sponsors) to an ongoing fund […]

Is your app a winner? Ericsson App Awards 2014 now open to applications

Ericsson, the global telecoms giant, has announced that the 2014 Application Award for the best Android and iOS have now commenced and is calling on developers to apply for the contest. The global award competition has been running for the past four years and the 2014 edition is expected to attract more participants. Here are […]

Financial services aggregator, ZimSelector, introduces internet payments feature

  ZimSelector, the Luke Ngwerume founded online financial services aggregation startup, announced yesterday that they have just enabled ZimSwitch Vpayments on the service. With the new internet payments option insurance buyers in Zimbabwe will be able to select and buy insurance on the website using bank cards issued by any of the ZimSwitch shared services […]

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) kicks off today. Startup events lined up in Harare

The Global Entrepreneurship (GEW) Week kicks off today and entrepreneurs all over the globe will be locked in activities and events that will help them develop their entrepreneurial spirit. Zimbabwe has not been left out as GEW local partners have organised events taking place throughout the course of the week. Although none of the events […]

Startupbus leaves Harare for Cape Town today

For the first time ever in Africa, the Startupbus will this morning depart Harare marking a start to 5 day business adventure for African Entrepreneurs which ends in Cape Town.  During this entrepreneurial road trip, group of 15 African Entrepreneurs and 15 from the rest of the world will be expected to develop an ideas, […]

Zimbo making waves with solar powered hearing aids

Botswana based electronic technician and social entrepreneur Tendekayi Katsiga has been quietly making waves globally with his product, Solar Ear, a solar-powered hearing aid. Tendekayi Katsiga is the founder and C.E.O of Deaftronics, a company that is manufacturing the world’s first solar-powered hearing aids. The inspired idea came in 2009 when Tendekayi Katsiga had an […]

Protect your idea, after all it’s all you have got!

This is a series of guest articles by Brenda Matanga on Intellectual Property and its impact on innovators and entrepreneurs Every tech entrepreneur’s heart lies the dream of converting their intellectual capital into a huge pay check. After many sleepless nights of working on what you hope is a million dollar project in your own […]

Astro Zimbabwe launches and unveils android device range

Bethel Communications last night unveiled itself as Astro Zimbabwe the company behind the Ibho range of Android smart phones at an event in Harare. Although the company has been active in the market for a little over a year now, this launch event was to unveil the Astro Brand and a host of mobile devices […]

Hypercube tech hub launches, announces startup incubation program

Today we attended the Hypercube hub launch in Harare. The launch event was held at the hub’s new location in Harare (11 Phillips Avenue in Belgravia, for you Harareans). At the launch, the team behind the initiative – the advisors and managers – were introduce and they in turn each spoke about the vision they have […]