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[PRESS RELEASE]: DEMO Africa 2018 Announces Top 30 Finalists

Following a few months of innovation roadshows, city tours and virtual adjudication, the management team of DEMO Africa today announced the selection of the thirty (30) startup finalists for the 2018 edition of the annual conference. All roads lead to Casablanca in October as the finalists present their technologies to the world at the 7th […]

More DEMO Africa Winners.

These startups Won the first round of the DEMO Africa Innovation Tours in their cities, they will join other startups to battle it up in Morocco in October 2018. Accra, Ghana 10th July 2018 – DEMO Africa partnered with MEST Africa in making the Ghana, Accra Innovation Tour a success. Three startups – Complete Farmer, […]

PRESS RELEASE: DEMO Ventures Names Tania Ngima As CEO

By now almost all of us have heard that DEMO Africa has launched an investment fund, DEMO Ventures. DEMO Ventures’s primary function will be to act as an investment arm for DEMO Africa. Tania Ngima has been named the CEO of DEMO Ventures. You can read more about this appointment in their press release below: DEMO […]

Update: Some Of The DEMO Africa Winners Across Africa

A few weeks ago, Micah Foundation hosted Harare DEMO Africa Innovation tour and SMART Connect an Agri-Tech startup emerged the winner. DEMO Africa hunts for innovation ideas that can be converted into business ventures, all across Africa. Prior to the final event, DEMO Africa conducts innovation tours across the continent of Africa in selected major […]

Numbers We Heard At The DEMO Africa Innovation Tour Harare Today

The reason why most of us hated numbers back in high school was because they were confusing and difficult to understand. These numbers caught my attention today, and I decided to share them with you in a simplified form. 200, The number of StartUps DEMO Africa has launched since they started. $120000, The amount of […]

Do You Want To Smile All The Way To Morocco This Summer? DEMO Africa’s Got You!

This upcoming dry season may just see you smiling on a plane to Morocco that is if you have an idea to turn an innovation into a business venture. Ever heard the about the DEMO Africa Innovation Tour? In brief DEMO Africa conducts events in 12 African capital cities every year, these events, code named […]

African Startups Have An Opportunity To Win $150 000 And A Trip To Silicon Valley

African startups have been invited to apply for the DEMO Africa 2018 award and stand a chance to win $150 000 along with a trip to the Silicon Valley in order The DEMO Africa initiative is actually run by Lions@frica and is meant to help connect African startups with the global ecosystem. Full scholarship will […]

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 […]

Local DEMO Africa finalist, Road Rules launches Android App

Road Rules App that was designed by a local startup and demoed in different startup challenges has now been launched on Google Play. We took a close look at what this app does.

Two startups to represent Zimbabwe at DEMO Africa 2015

The list of 30 startups that will be pitching at DEMO Africa has been released. 2 Zimbabwean startups have been selected for the tech showcase. These two are Road Rules and IPC eProductivity.

Zim mobile games, local Innovation, DEMO Africa, Powertel internet, GTeL – Podcast

This is the latest edition of the Techzim podcast. In this episode we touch on a variety of trending issues in tech like the new Powertel internet package, Esaja in Rwanda, innovation in Zimbabwe, DEMO Africa and the new DStv channel Zambezi Magic.

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.

Zim startup Road Rules secures a spot at DEMO Africa 2015

Road Rules, a Zimbabwean tech startup that has developed an Android-based Provisional Drivers’ Licence Test learning solution, was selected as a DEMO Africa finalist at a pre-pitch event held yesterday in Harare. Applications are still open for any startups that also want to go and showcase their ideas at DEMO Africa in Lagos, Nigeria later this year.

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.

DEMO Africa confirms details for its Harare startup meetup

DEMO Africa, the annual African tech startup showcase, has been conducting a series of roadshows in different parts of the continent. One of these pre-pitch events is scheduled to be held in Harare on the 24th of June. The venue has been confirmed as Hypercube Hub and applications are still open for any startup that wants take part at this pre-pitch and to apply for DEMO Africa scheduled for September this year, in Nigeria.

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,’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, raising $1.2 million, DEMO Africa coming to Zimbabwe next month and free WiFi in Joburg and Harare.

There’s a DEMO Africa event in Zim next month. What can entrepreneurs expect?

This year DEMO Africa will be hosting an entrepreneurs’ event on the 24th of June in Harare as part of an African Tour. There will be one startup selected to launch its product in Lagos, Nigeria at the DEMO Africa Conference. Applications for DEMO Africa are still open though, with the deadline pushed to 30 June 2015.

Is your startup ready for DEMO Africa 2015?

There are only 48 days left until the window for the applications for DEMO Africa 2015 closes. That deadline might not raise any concerns or mean anything for most people, but for African tech startups looking for the kind of springboard this showcase offers, then being ready on or before 31 May 2015 is a big […]

Check out the video of saisai’s winning pitch at DEMO Africa 2014

Recently saisai Wireless, a local startup from NUST which is working on the provision of free WiFi service participated at this year’s edition of the DEMO Africa tech startup showcase. saisai won the SWELL Innovation Award beating six other startups nominated from the 40 participants at DEMO Africa in Lagos Nigeria. The Bulawayo based team […]

Techzim Podcast: saisai, Zanu PF cards, Windows 10, EcoSchool & ZOL Startup Challenge

Here’ s this week’s edition of the Techzim Podcast. In this episode we touched on Zimbabwean startup saisai’s winning of the SWELL Award at DEMO Africa, the new Zanu PF membership/financial services card, Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 10 and the launch of Econet’s EcoSchool.  If you are a university student will you be purchasing […]

Zimbabwean startup saisai winner of the SWELL Award at DEMO Africa

According to news coming from VC4Africa’s live blog, Zimbabwean startup saisai which was representing the country at this year’s DEMO Africa Startup showcase in Nigeria has been announced as the winner of the SWELL Innovation Award. SWELL is a global innovation partnership and corporate innovation accelerator backed by some notable tech corporations. Through partnerships with talented startups […]

Interview with saisai: Zim’s DEMO Africa 2014 representatives

  In July this year we announced that a Bulawayo based startup, saisai Wireless, had been selected to be one of 40 African startup teams pitching at this year’s DEMO Africa tech talent showcase. saisai Wireless is working on the provision of free public WiFi access by utilising idle bandwidth from WiFi routers and hotspots […]

Free public WiFi access provider saisai to represent Zim at DEMO Africa

Free public WiFi access provider Saisai Wireless has been selected as one of the 40 finalists from across Africa to pitch at this year’s DEMO Africa event. This will be the sole startup representing Zimbabwe. Saisai Wireless was founded by a team that includes Christopher Alexander Manzero, Jabulani Mpofu and Takura Chingonzo. These are some […]

DEMO Africa extends application deadline to the 22nd of June

For all startups that were rushing to submit their entries for DEMO Africa 2014 the good news is the deadline has been extended by one week. The final date for submission will now be Sunday the 22nd of June 2014. In a press release the producer of DEMO Africa, Harry Hare, explained the motivation behind […]

Assessing Africa’s readiness for multi-million dollar tech startup deals

Successes in startups have always been the stuff of fantasies. Seemingly simple ideas that are meant to solve some basic problems have turned some people into seriously wealthy individuals. This has been the trend at least in more advanced tech ecosystems such as the famed Silicon Valley. The formula has been used by startups from […]

Hypercube Hub to host DEMO Africa Innovation Tour tomorrow

Local innovation hub, Hypercube Hub will be hosting the DEMO Innovation Africa Tour tomorrow as part of their continued efforts to create networking platforms for local startups, entrepreneurs, innovators and tech bloggers. This is a preliminary event meant to rope in Zimbabweans into what DEMO Africa is all about, how to participate in the continental […]

DEMO Africa announces shortlist of 40 tech startups

In less than a month the first DEMO Africa tech startups event will take place in Nairobi, Kenya. In preparation for the event, the organisers have released a shortlist of 40 startups from different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to launch at DEMO Africa next month. “This has been a very enriching exercise seeing the kind […]

Raising money for your Startup, some options

Whenever we have a conversation with entrepreneurs and techies the number one question is “How can I get funding?”. We’ve touched on this issue before but due to the frequency of the questions we felt it useful to provide an update about what options are available in the market right now. There is no easy […]