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Hypercube trustees respond to abuse of funds allegations

Several trustees of the now defunct Hypercube Hub, including Rinesh Desai and Munyaradzi Chiura, have responded to the story of the Hypercube Recovery audit report that we published back in March. The audit report, prepared by what’s called the Hypercube Community, accused some of the funders (and trustees) of irregularities and abuse. Here’s the response of the […]


Hypercube donors, US Embassy & Indigo Trust, respond to abuse-of-funds audit report

Earlier this week we published an audit report by the Hypercube Community that circulated on social media and email. The report alleged that some of the founders of the hub had possibly abused the funds and facilities of the hub. We contacted the 3 funders; Hivos, the US Embassy, and Indigo Trust. Hivos gave us their comment […]


Hypercube Hub funder, Hivos, comments on abuse-of-funds audit report

As you may already know, earlier today we reported on a Hypercube Hub audit report that was released today via email and Facebook by the Hypercube Hub Working Group. The audit report exposes apparent irregularities and possible abuse of funds by some of the founders of the hub. We reached out to the organisations that […]


Hypercube community looks for recovery manager to bring failed Zimbabwean hub back to life

In an email from Hypercube Community circulated to different stakeholders in the tech startup space the community has shared an advert for a Recovery Manager who is supposed to salvage the failed Hypercube Hub project.


Muzinda Hub to provide corporates & entrepreneurs with tech skills, e-business training

To extend this skills development run into 2016, Muzinda Hub will be offering a course on digital skills and online business entreprenurship to local corporates and entrepreneurs. Unlike its software development program which was offered to 1,000 developers for free, the new course will have charges attached to it.


Chinese investors, Telecash, Hypercube Hub closed, uMAX internet, Kopokopo in Zim – Podcast

In this episode we discuss China’s investment in tech as well as the Telecash bundles, the shutdown of Hypercube Hub, uMAX internet packages and Kopokopo.


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.


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.


A new creative hub, Moto Republik set to open in Harare next month

Moto Republik a new creative hub in Harare that will be opening its doors to the public in July this year. An initiative powered by The Magamba Network, it is meant to be a working space and common centre for Zimbabwe’s creatives. The basic membership fee is set at $15


The Declaration of Rights App launched to help distil Zim Constitution

An Android App that simplifies aspects on the rights of Zimbabweans as enshrined in the constitution was launched by the Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR). The app is set to go added changes, so the team behind it is keen on feedback and suggestions on how to broaden the impact of the app.


Hypercube Hub to host entrepreneurship workshops with US based mentors

Last year a handful of Zambian and Zimbabwean entrepreneurs and upcoming business leaders were selected for the Professional Fellows Program which was a five-week fellowship in the United States. Now, as part of an exchange programme for the same fellowship, a cohort of 8 US-based entrepreneurs that are mentors for this programme will be visiting […]


Techwomen takes Technovation Challenge to communities in Harare

A couple of days ago Techwomen Zimbabwe kicked off the 2015 edition of the Technovation Challenge in Harare with a different approach from last year’s competition. The challenge, which is focused on imparting tech skills to school girls from different walks of life was held at the Hypercube hub last year which acted as a central […]


Hour of Code returns to Harare this month with a Battle of Code contest

Last year during the Computer Science Education Week, Zimbabwe took part, for the first time, in the Hour of Code. This was an opportunity for willing individuals  to teach anyone keen, basic skills in computer programming. There was participation in Harare at Hypercube Hub and in Bindura at the state university with a notable response […]


Podcast: Facts from POTRAZ, the rise of Android, Hypercube’s model & Wangu

In this episode of the Techzim Podcast, we discussed the latest figures on mobile OS share, POTRAZ facts on local telecoms, the rise of Android, the new membership model for Hypercube Hub and the local social network called Wangu. What are your thoughts on these topics? Have you used Wangu? What are your thoughts on […]


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 […]


Different communities getting involved as Hour of Code Zimbabwe enters Day 3

Hour of Code of Zimbabwe finally became a reality a couple of days ago thanks to the efforts of a group of techies that decided to get our country involved. Today marks its third day and the lessons in basic programming will be conducted at the Hypercube Hub in Harare where people keen in learning […]


Come and meet Erik Hersman, the man behind BRCK and co-founder of iHub

When it comes to African tech entrepreneurship there’s always a lot that is said about the Kenyan ecosystem and all that’s come from it. In a lot of these discussions names like iHub, M-PESA or Ushahidi usually come up as familiar references to the East African technology space. We have an opportunity to find out more […]


Want to help startups representing Zim at the Global Startup Battle? Here’s how

Last weekend Zimbabwe had its second Startup Weekend Harare that was held at Hypercube Hub where 3 teams walked away as winners. Despite the victory celebrated on Sunday afternoon these teams are still in competition at another level, The Global Startup Battle. This competition is open to all the startup teams that took part in the […]


Zimbabweans to teach each other programming in Hour of Code

Learning how to code is important for everyone, and I’m not just saying that because it’s geek rhetoric – Its a fact supported by the state of skills demand for the 21st century. Locally we always harp on about how we would benefit by having programming introduced as a compulsory part of new age learning, but […]


A look at the 5 finalists as Startup Weekend Harare enters second day

The Startup Weekend Harare which started last night has continued into its second today with the five startup teams that were shortlisted working on their different concepts in preparation for tomorrow’s finals. Throughout the day the teams have been involved in different stages of idea and concept improvement, with all the teams assigning different representatives […]


Let the Battle Begin! What can we expect from Startup Weekend Harare tomorrow?

After all the preparations and build up, the second edition of Startup Weekend Harare is finally here. It kicks off tomorrow at 6 pm at Hypercube Hub and ends with the final pitches scheduled for Sunday afternoon. This second edition is set to bigger than the previous Startup Weekend Harare, and although it will maintain the […]


Startup Weekend Harare returns

In May this year, the first ever Zimbabwean edition of the Startup Weekend was held at Hypercube in Harare. The good news for those interested in being part of it is that the tech entrepreneurship event is headed this way again, with this edition set to run from the 21st to the 23rd of November […]


Google offers tips to Zim developers

Hypercube Hub recently hosted a quick skills dissemination session for developers with a representative from Google South Africa, Andy Volk. The early morning chat saw the developers present get tips on tools that improve the development process with questions on aspects such as Android development and cloud cloud platforms being addressed. Andy Volk, who is […]


Nafuna TV to set up animation campus

Local animator Nqobizitha “Enqore” Mlilo of the Nafuna TV fame says he wants to set up an animation academy to expand the impact of the craft in Zimbabwe, build an appreciation of it’s potency as a medium and create an full fledged industry churning out high quality productions. Anyone with an understanding of animation will […]


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 […]


Evernote looking for Zim tech talent for global app competition

Are you a talented African designer or developer and are looking at showcasing your talent at a global stage? Well Evernote, the company that is helping the world remember everything, is looking for someone like you. By joining forces with the African Technology Foundation (ATF) Evernote has set out on a roadshow to find Africa’s […]