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7th Edition of Africa Early Stage Investor Summit Announced – Here’s how you can follow

Venture Capital 4 Africa (VC4A) and ABAN are eager to announce the 7th and virtual edition of the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit (#AESIS2020). The Summit will take place on 3 & 4 November online. With a number of record-level deals making the headlines over the last year, Africa’s startup industry is ripe for investment. VC4A and […]

This African startup school is offering a free course to help entrepreneurs start their business

StartupCircles.AI is an online accelerator and startup school targeting entrepreneurs with the following problems; You feel it’s time to start your own business but you don’t know where to begin; You want to pitch investors and are not sure how to go about it; You’ve spent a lot of money and time on a solution […]

Seedstars online pitching competition open to tech startups

Seedstars is back again for the 5th time – but this time there will be a twist. Everything is being done virtually and for that we have COVID-19 to thank. From June to November each year, the Seedstars team looks for the most promising early-stage startups from 90+ emerging markets that will receive intensive training […]

Zimbabwean tech enthusiast wins grant at international drone competition

Our loyal readers would have come across the name Tawanda Chihambakwe by now. The drone professional absolutely loves drones and has been behind a number of cool initiatives locally including a drone racing community a few years ago. Most recently Chihambakwe also wanted to help disinfect Harare’s CBD using drones but the City Council made […]

Zimbos need to ditch the “don’t steal my idea” mentality!

Kuda Musasiwa was fuming recently on Twitter that people were blatantly ripping off his business, Fresh In A Box. The legality of that matter paled once it turned out that Fresh In A Box is actually a total rip-off of another family business started in the United Kingdom. The man ripped it all off, name […]

UNDP Calls For Applications For The COVID-19 Protect & Detect Challenge

COVID-19 is an unprecedented global health and humanitarian emergency. It threatens to create devastating social, economic, and political crises that could leave deep scars for years to come. This impact could reverse the progress made in tackling global poverty over the past 20 years, putting at risk the lives and livelihoods of billions of people. […]

If Your Business Is Reducing Inequality, Apply For UNDPs Funding Program

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Orange and SAP launch the second edition of the Growth Stage Impact Ventures (GSIV) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiative; aimed at identifying and showcasing mature impact ventures in emerging countries with the catalytic potential to drive both large impacts and yield sustainable profit. The […]

Zoom Is Now Video Conference King – What Have They Done Right?

 As we continue to adapt to the changing landscape and accept that to survive, we need to evolve and embrace technology, organisations are leaning towards popular video conferencing software and many are drifting towards Zoom because of the ease of use. Based on their tagline “In this together. Keeping you securely connected wherever you are,” […]

COVID-19: Business Disruptor Or Change Agent?

As South Africa enters another week of the national lockdown the world and business as we know it, is changing dramatically. One certain thing, however, is that we have entered unchartered waters and only innovative and adaptable businesses will survive. Reality is that Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) are the ones at the highest […]

LawBasket Offering Free Legal Assessment To African Startups

LawBasket – the online legal marketplace where lawyers meet clients (people with cases) to deliver legal services on customer-driven terms – has announced StartAP Legal Maturity Assessment Program to help startups The initiative will see LawBasket providing free legal maturity assessment for African startups. In our communication with LawBasket’s Co-founder and Head of Marketing Nyasha […]

Applications For Victorious Companies Entrepreneurship Programme Opened

The Victorious Companies Initiative under SIVIO Institute aims to empower business leaders to leverage opportunities presented to them by creating strong mentoring and support structures through training in business skills, opportunity identification and problem-solving. Applicants should have already begun operations, but their business entities should be a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 3 years old. The entities should be applying […]

UNDP Calls For Agriculture Startups To Participate In Cultiv@te Initiative

The United Nations Development Program has called for startups tackling challenges in Agriculture to participate in its Cultiv@te initiative. Cultiv@te is bringing together a “coalition of partners and stakeholders that want to bring technology and innovation where it is most needed, combining globally-leading innovation with local knowledge, expertise and market insights.” The challenge has 3 […]

SDG500 Will Invest $500 Million In Businesses Addressing Sustainable Development Goals

A new investment fund; SDG500 will begin investing $500m in businesses working to achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals. The fund was launched earlier this week in Davos. SDG500 will be backed by “a coalition of public and private organisations, NGOs and a private equity firm.” Capital from the funds will be used to make debt […]

AfroDigital Hosting Digital Skills Workshop For Women In Business

AfroDigital is one of the most prominent Digital Marketing schools in Zimbabwe and they are kicking off 2020 with a Digital Skills Workshop targeted at women in business. The ZW$50 workshop will be held on the 25th of January at The Nexus, B2C Co-Working Space at Batanai Gardens. Topics to be covered include: Brand Visibility […]

3 Lessons We Learnt From Startups In 2019

I’m pretty sure 2019 was a pretty eventful year for all of us but through the good and the not so good, there are always lessons we can take. Here are 3 lessons we learn from 3 startups in 2019: Housing Hub – Solve The Problems In Front Of You This is probably the biggest […]

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 […]

UNDP & Impact Hub Partner To Host The Green Innovation Fair 5 December

Impact Hub is partnering the United Nations Development Programme and the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement to host the Green Innovation Fair. The competition will allow entrepreneurs working to reduce carbon emissions to pitch their products/services for a chance to win US$1 000. Who’s eligible? The following criterion will be used […]

Seedstars Harare Awards GlocalTravel.IO The Title Of Best Startup In Zimbabwe

Seedstars World, the largest seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, brought its Zimbabwe round to a successful close during Seedstars Harare. The event took place last Saturday, at Impact Hub Harare, and 9 selected startups were invited to present their companies in front of the local jury panel.  The local winner, […]

Apply For The World Bank Youth Summit If You Have Smart City Solutions

Applications are open for the World Bank Youth Summit 2019 challenge and if you’re using digital technologies to; Address the rising impacts of climate change and pollution in urban cities; and/or  Promote urban inclusion to enhance social, political, and economic empowerment. The proposed solution (i) can be aimed at business or service (e.g. product, service, […]

Applications For The Student StartUp Summit Now Open

Elevate Trust will be hosting the 2019 Student Startup Summit (SSuS) from the 12th-14th of December. SSuS is an annual get together for inventors and investors and this looks like it will be an exciting event. The summit is a platform for students from different educational institutions throughout Africa to showcase their world-class innovations, startups […]

Facebook London Accelerator Now Open To African Startups

Facebook has opened applications for the third edition of their London Accelerator. For the first time ever the accelerator will now be open to African startups – a welcome development. The London Accelerator offers startups the following: Mentorship Office space Training and workshops Access to partners The accelerator is looking out for teams who fit […]

UN General Assembly To Honour 7 Women Digital Entrepreneurs From Developing Countries

Geneva, 20 September 2019 – Five successful women entrepreneurs who have broken new digital ground and created wealth and employment in various developing countries will be unveiled on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York next week. They will join world leaders as they review the progress made in […]

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 […]

Muzinda Hub Expanding To Namibia, First Class In 2020

Muzinda Hub’s expansion isn’t slowing down – after announcing that the technology hub would be launching in Botswana earlier this year, Namibia is up next. We are now in NAMIBIA 🇳🇦! Are you interested in learning how to code AND living in Namibia? Then visit to put in your application for 2020 Muzinda Hub […]

Impact Hub Hosting Event Where Entrepreneurs Share Their Failures

[Image Source: FUN website] We’ve talked about F*ckup Nights (FUN) Harare before and the event is back yet again, this Friday. Fuckup Nights (FUN) Harare is part of a global movement and event series that shares stories of professional failure. Each month, in events across the globe, we get three to four people to get […]

[Infographic] Startup Failure Rate and 80+ Other Startling Statistics About Startups

Author bio Andriana Moskovska. Besides being a regular contributor to several tech and digital marketing blogs, Andriana is proud to call herself SmallBizGenius’s community manager. Her mission is simple: to connect small business owners with the best tools and resources to help them thrive. When she’s not working, Andriana likes to go for walks with her two […]

Register Your Startup For YouthConnektZim’s Tour Program & Stand A Chance To Win USD$5000

Startup funding will always be pertinent. It can be the difference between a brilliant idea turning into or failing to turn into a brilliantly executed idea. The consequences of such a failure are not news to anyone in the startup space. Thankfully there are number of programs that can assist startups and YouthConnektZim’s Startup Tour […]

Primer Is Google’s App To Help You Learn About Business Development At No Cost

Entrepreneurship is a pretty intense journey (at least that’s what many of them say). Worse more if you’re in that line of work in a country like ours. One of the downsides to this is that you might not have resources to actually put into sharpening yourself and your business like an axe because you […]

Apply For The Google News Initiative Challenge To Help Improve Journalism Across The Globe

GNI is Google’s global effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age. Through rounds of regional funding, the GNI Innovation Challenges is supposed to empower news innovators from around the world to demonstrate new thinking in online journalism and the development of new publishing business models. The Challenge […]

Application For Seedstars World Now Open

Seedstars World, the largest early-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, is coming back to the continent for the 7th time. The Seedstars World Tour will visit 26 Sub Saharan African countries this year and will visit Sierra Leone and Cabo Verde for the first time. This year, Seedstars  World has implemented […]