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Emerging Ideas Pitch Night: Don’t miss it!

Yes, I haven’t forgotten that I owe you such information. I am bound to tell you of any techie and/or business related event or activity that goes on in the City of Kings and Queens (by that, I mean the ones I actually get to hear of). Emerging Ideas Pitch Night which is powered by […]

Here are the highlights from the second edition of Emerging Ideas’ Pitch Night Bulawayo

The second edition of the Emerging Ideas Pitch Night Bulawayo which was powered by RTG Inspirations was held on Friday 3 June in the Rainbow Hotel Presidential Conference Room.

Zimbabwean tech hub Hypercube closes, cites challenges with funding

In a communication sent out earlier today by Hypercube Hub, the team outlined local economic challenges and a failure to secure the funding necessary for the hub to continue its operations as the reason behind the closure.

Emerging Ideas & Telecel collaborating on Pitch Night and startup initiatives

A lot has changed since Emerging Ideas hosted its first Pitch Night in 2013. Through organic growth and a consistent delivery on its promise to provide entrepreneurs with a platform for honest feedback and building relationships, the monthly event has expanded its audiences. One big change has been the establishment of a relationship between Emerging Ideas and local […]

Hypercube Hub now offering paid membership & working space for startups

Earlier today local tech hub and co-working space, Hypercube Hub sent out its first communication for the year to the tech community. Besides the list of the events that the hub has got lined up for the month of February, it also highlighted the new membership options that are available for individuals and startup teams. Since it […]

Muzinda Hub and its army of 1,000 Zimbabwean techies and entrepreneurs

What will it take to start a digital entrepreneurship revolution in Zimbabwe? The pieces of the puzzle all seem to be lying on the table, but we still haven’t had that boom of local technology centred entrepreneurship. When you look at rising internet access, the adoption of crucial enablers like e-commerce, free access to online tools […]

A review of Zim’s tech startup ecosystem in 2014: Its successes and disappointments

In just one week we are going to be counting down to the end of 2014 and ushering in another year that will hopefully be better than this one. Everyone who had their hand in business and entrepreneurship, like guys who are part of a tech startup can testify to this more than most. Though there wasn’t […]

Global Entrepreneurship Week kicks off: What’s lined up for Zim?

The 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week has kicked off with 140 countries hosting events in line with entrepreneurship and business success for the next few days. The Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a celebration of innovation and the entrepreneurs behind viable startups that turn into contributors to world economies. Global Entrepreneurship Week is meant to inspire […]

ZOL Startup Challenge to explore Zim’s online investment opportunity

The countdown to the ZOL Startup Challenge continues with heightened interest from the public around the various activities that will be part of this tech entrepreneurship showcase. Other than the ten interesting startup ideas being pitched on the day, attendees will have a chance to listen to different fireside chats that will explore important points […]

Emergency 24/7 app team eyes regional growth

Local emergency response app Emergency 24/7 that was pitched at the first ever Emerging Ideas Pitch Night  with an Android version of the app released earlier this year is targeting a penetration of two other markets, Swaziland and Zambia. According to the project lead, Taka Chidyausiku,  the team pitched their solution to medical service providers […]

e-ticketing for PSL games a welcome development not just for soccer

An article carried in the Newsday has detailed how the local football’s Castle Lager Premier Soccer League is set to try out an e-ticketing system for league matches played starting with Harare and Zvishavane this weekend. Two companies that were identified from a tender flighted for the system will be engaged in the trial run […]

The DNA of Zim’s “Technology” hubs part 3: Emerging Ideas

A few weeks ago we started a review of the local tech hubs as means to assess how they have hit the ground running in their first few months navigating around the Zimbabwean startup ecosystem. Muzinda-Umuzi and Hypercube were the first and second in the review and maybe tied to their formation similarities (all have […]

Protronics airtime vending machine now going through patent process

Remember George Chingore?  He was the Harare Institute of Technology dropout who built an airtime vending machine and pitched it at Emerging Ideas‘ Pitch Night in March. Well I caught up with him at the April Pitch Night held last night and he says his product is taking the first steps towards commercial production, first […]

The DNA of Zim’s technology hubs part 1 – Muzinda-Umuzi Hub

  Quite a number of tech hubs emerged during the later stages of 2013. Mostly centered around Zimbabwe’s capital, the so called hubs have been visible in the media and social media platforms but recently, questions have been asked on what exactly they are bring to the ecosystem. Granted, none of the Hubs or incubators […]

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 […]

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 […]