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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 […]


Ingressive Capital grows its African startup fund to US$10 million

Ingressive capital is a venture capital (VC) group that offers pre-seed and seed funding to startups in business-to-business, business-to-consumer, internet and fintech spaces. Ingressive Capital through new investment from Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Plexo Capital, Platform Capital, other institutional capital and backers have been able to expand their fund to US$10 million. The group’s investments […]


Fintech Startups, Apply For Catapult: Inclusion Africa Competition

[Image Source: Luxembourg House of Financial Technology Facebook] CATAPULT: Inclusion Africa 2020 Bootcamp follows on from the success of the first Catapult Inclusion Africa Bootcamp, organised in November 2018, where 11 selected African Fintechs benefited from a tailor-made programme aligned with the sustainability goals of Luxembourg’s financial centre with the aim for the Fintechs to […]


Stanbic Launches Innovator’s Hub

[Image Source: Stanbic] Over the weekend Stanbic Bank Zim launched their very own Incubator Hub. Whilst we were not in attendance, the launch of the Incubator Hub (yeah, the name is pretty unimaginative) was covered by Stanbic Bank via their Twitter account and from their coverage we got some interesting details regarding the hub. It […]


What To Expect From African Tech Investment In 2019

Deals. Deals. Deals. African tech start-ups dominated headlines for record-breaking fundraise announcements in 2018. Cellulant raised. Tizeti raised. mSurvey raised. Farmcrowdy raised. Piggybank raised. Kobo360 raised. Jumo raised. Zola Electric raised.TradeDepot raised. Africa’s Talking raised And there’s more. Recent reports estimate that tech start-ups have secured $334.5M in 2018, according to the recently published Disrupt Africa report. This was up from $195M  and set to continue as tech ventures and investors converge at […]


AppsAfrica Awards Finalists Announced

We talked about the AppsAfrica awards a few months ago. The competition is meant to showcase the most exciting innovations on the African continent in as many as 14 different categories. The finalists for the competition have been announced and the award will be handed out on the eve of AfricaCom 2018 (12, November) in […]


Techzim Talks To Digital Payments Firm, Cellulant That Recently Raised $47.5 Million

As digital transformation continues to shift the way we think, live and do business, Fintech in Africa remains one of the fastest growing and innovating industries, capturing the imagination of both industry and consumers with topics like mobile banking being discussed across Africa Companies in Fintech and other technology sectors led Private investment firm TPG, […]


Do You Have A Business Or Idea Around Educational Tech? Here’s Your Chance To Get $50K Funding

The first thing I should say is that you need to apply by next week Tuesday (3 April 2018)- sorry for the short notice. Now pay attention so you can apply and possibly get the funding and support that will increase your chances of scaling your solution for education across the continent. Injini is Africa’s […]


Startupbootcamp Capetown Hosting Event In Harare On The 28th Of February

Startupbootcamp Cape Town has confirmed it’s hosting a Fasttrack in Harare on the 28th of February. Startupbootcamp Cape Town is a leading accelerator focused on startups in blockchain, supply chain, e-commerce, analytics, and insurtech among others. They are backed by leading corporate sponsors who include Old Mutual, Nedbank, and Woolworths Financial Services. Amazon Web Services […]


Greetings From Kigali And Why Techzim Is Excited To Be Part Of Africa Tech Summit Kigali

So the title betrays where I am but for the benefit of slow coaches, I am in Kigali Rwanda for the Africa Tech Summit Kigali. This is the third time this annual event is running BUT this is the first time that it is on the African soil. The previous two editions were in London […]


You Actually Don’t Need Funding For Your Startup – AfricaCom 2017

At the center of the image above is Dinesh Patel, CEO of OrderIn which is one of the largest food ordering services in South Africa. Today, at AfricaCom 2017 during a discussion titled “Start with the problem not the solution – what keeps your target market awake at night”, he said that thinking that your […]


(PRESS RELEASE) Meet The 10 Most Promising Startups Selected To Pitch At Seedstars Harare 2017

On October 27th, 10 of Zimbabwe’s most promising seed-stage startups will compete to represent the country at the Regional and Global Seedstars Summits and to win up to USD 1 million in equity investments and other prizes. Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes has brought its pre-selection […]


Google pledges $3m over 3 years to 60 African Start-ups

In a visit to Nigeria, at the Google for Nigeria Conference held at the end of July, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and other Google executives announced various initiatives they are working on. Google reiterated its dedication to Africa and announced support for African start-ups, new products and features for Nigerian users (some coming to rest […]


Zimbabwe to host regional startup meetup for DEMO Africa 2017 – here’s how to take part

Saisai, one of the Zimbabwean startups that pitched and won an award at DEMO Africa.  Some good news for local startups looking for exposure and the opportunity to secure investors –  DEMO Africa 2017 is now open for applications with Zimbabwe set to take part on the buildup to the conference. DEMO Africa 2017 is […]


All is set for TechFest – the regional innovation meetup hosted by Bulawayo based hub TechVillage

If, however, you just want to attend the event, soak it all in and perhaps take part in a hackathon or two, tickets are being sold on the TechFest website and through TechVillage as well as through liaison with the organisers via the TechFest Facebook page.


Pricing strategies for your startup business: The objectives

Pricing decisions are crucial to the success of any business with tech-based businesses being no exception. Often when you are starting out- or even when you are an established business for that matter- it is often difficult to determine what price you are going to charge your customers for access and use of your products. […]


Zimbabwean startups, now is the perfect time to carry out your SWOT analysis

If you don’t do this already you should follow my lead. To that end, I will provide a typical SWOT analysis for a typical Zimbabwean tech startup/business.


African Tech Hubs double in less than one year: a place to meet, network and grow

image credit – Techrepublic.com The number of tech hubs in Africa has risen from 120 to 314 according to a report by GSMA. A tech-hub is any physical space that provides start-ups with resources and services to support their growth and include: incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, fab labs, maker spaces, hacker spaces and other innovation spaces.  The growth of tech hubs […]


Here’s a business concepts cheat sheet for tech startup entrepreneurs

If you are all about tech side of things and are totally new to business the following cheat sheet complete with the necessary tech terms will hopefully be useful in understanding the basics.


Zimbabwean founder admitted into 500 startups, a SiIicon Valley accelerator

Now, in a new development that has more significance on its future, MVendr has been admitted into 500 Startups, a global venture capital seed fund and startup accelerator based in Silicon Valley, San Fransisco.


The death of Mxit and its lessons for African startups

The death of Mxit marks a sad ending to the one African social media platform that managed to give a glimpse of the opportunity that locally developed platforms can exploit. However, there are some other lessons in there, and some that other African startups should take note of.


Lessons for African operators as Safaricom opens M-PESA API to developers

Recently, there was a lot of excitement stirred up when Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile operator, released the Application Program Interface (API) for its mobile money service M-PESA to local and international developers. This is a step forward for Kenyan mobile commerce and e-services, but also shines light on the importance of startup and developer engagement.


Securing and enhancing your startup email experience

Startups often fail, and its because of a host of reasons. Cost management is one such factor. You can learn to manage that for your own startup, One aspect to watch is email management, and an option related to this is the use of SSL certificates. This is an article on how to do this.


Local startup Africabookings secures $25,000 in funding, eyes 19 new countries

A Zimbabwean based tourism startup, Africabookings, recently secured $25,000 in seed funding from a US based incubator. Africabookings is set to use the funds for its expansion into 19 Sub-Saharan African countries. This is the latest investment in African e-tourism startups.


Government doesn’t get tech startups, but here are 4 ways it can get involved

The startup ecosystem is composed of stakeholders that include players such as business, government, community and so forth. From the startups events in Zimbabwe, the government is conspicuous by their absence from and not playing a participatory role in developing the startup culture.


DEMO AFRICA Harare pre-pitch is on tomorrow, here’s how to sign up for it

The DEMO Africa pre-pitch event for Southern Africa that has been scheduled to take place at Hypercube Hub, Harare is happening tomorrow. Everyone who wants to attend is being asked to sign-up for free. There will be pitches from tech startups and one team will be selected to go and pitch at DEMO Africa in Lagos Nigeria later this year.


Zim tech entrepreneur Takunda Chingonzo on Forbes List

Takunda Chingonzo, the Zimbabwean tech entrepreneur who made the news last year as part of Saisai and for interviewing President Barack Obama, has made Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30 list.


Econet bundles, Hotels.ng’s $1.2 mil, Rocket Internet & Free WiFi in Africa: Podcast

The latest Techzim podcast with open discussions on trending issues in local technology. This episode covered the Econet Social Bundles misstep, Hotels.ng raising $1.2 million, DEMO Africa coming to Zimbabwe next month and free WiFi in Joburg and Harare.


Here’s how Hotels.ng, an African internet startup has just raised $1,2 million

Hotels.ng a Nigerian internet startup has just secured $1.2 million in funding. In the context of African tech entrepreneurship, that is a significant sum. How did they do it though? We managed to get some insight from the CEO on what they have managed to do right so far.


Gamify It! Hackathon in Ethiopia hopes to inspire game solutions for e-learning

There’s a hackathon happening in Addis Ababa Ethiopia right now called Gamify It! Hackathon. The 4-day meetup has brought together 35 African developers in hopes that they can come up with game-centric solutions for areas like green energy and disaster management. The main focus is e-learning and the teams will display their solutions to delegates at the eLearning Africa Conference on the 20th of May. A local developer, Wiseman Kuchera, is part of the 35 participants.