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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 […]

Strive Masiyiwa: Muzinda Hub Former Students Have Earned $120 Million Since 2014

Last month, Muzinda Hub launched a digital skills training centre across the border in Botswana and took applications from those willing to join their five-month coding program. Strive Masiyiwa took to his Facebook to share some of the decisions that have influenced this initiative – also touching on the fibre optic training program that will […]

Cassava Smartech Refocuses On Education As They Launch 3 New Services

Econet spin-off Cassava Smartech announced a new digital learning platform which offers education and learning resources for learners of all age groups – from primary school to post-graduate students. Akello Edutech as they have named it will be comprised of some material from familiar faces including Ruzivo and Muzinda Hub. In addition to this there will […]

Tsitsi And Strive Masiyiwa Honoured By The British Prime Minister Theresa May For Their Philanthropy Work

Zimbabwe’s telecoms entrepreneurs (yeah they are kind of a tag team) Tsitsi and Strive Masiyiwa have been recognised by the British Prime Minister Theresa May for their work in the education of underprivileged children through the Higher Life Foundation, the non profit they started way back in 1996, even before Econet became operational. Their work […]

Zimbabwean children & youth to receive coding & digital skills training through SAP programme

This is part of its Africa Code Week initiative that is scheduled to run from the 15th to the 23rd of October 2016. During the course of that week, SAP will be offering free online training and coding workshops to children and youth who are between 8 and 24 years of age.

Muzinda Hub to host Google’s coding competition Hash Code

Next month Google will be running the online qualification round of the 2016 edition of Hash Code. This is its team based programming competition where participants form their own teams, pick a programming language and solve an engineering problem over two rounds.

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.

5 winners selected for the Muzinda Hub business competition

One of the highlights, locally, was the Muzinda Hub Business Plan Competition which was the technology hub and training centre’s continental tech startup challenge. The finals of the event, which were streamed and held live via Google Handouts with 10 startups vying for recognition resulted in 5 startups being selected as winners.

Telecel under the government, Propertybook, Steward Bank agents, Startup competitions – Podcast

We discuss the future of Telecel in this podcast, along with talks on a real estate listings startup called Propertybook, the Steward bank agent banking partnership with Zimpost and the startup competitions happening locally as Global Entrepreneurship Week comes to a close. One other issue touched on is the Startup Challenge and its absence from the calendar this year.

10 teams to battle it out at the Muzinda Hub Business Plan Competition finals

According to Muzinda Hub, numerous applications were submitted from close to 20 African countries. As had been highlighted during the submission process, the finalists will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges from different parts of Africa.

Muzinda Hub hosts graduation for developers, launches online jobs platform

After more than six months of training and skills development, local technology and entrepreneurship skills centre, Muzinda Hub, conferred certificates to its first cohort of software developers and tech entrepreneurs at a graduation ceremony held in Harare. The Hub also launched its online jobs platform which will be offering software development skills.

Celsys shutdown, Muzinda & e-lancing, online ticketing – Podcast

In this episode we discuss the closure of Zimbabwean tech and printing company Celsys Zimbabwe, the e-lancing platform from Muzinda hub and the startup National Tickets.

Muzinda Hub set to launch online jobs platform

To celebrate the end of the training for these aspiring tech entrepreneurs, there will be a graduation ceremony at the end of October. But that’s not all. Muzinda Hub will also be using the event to launch a new online jobs platform.

Muzinda Hub hosting business competition for tech startups

Now, to round off 2015, Muzinda Hub is launching its inaugural business plan competition targeted at African tech entrepreneurs with a business idea that rests on a web or app-based solution.

Muzinda Hub develops free websites as part of global education campaign, calls for support

Muzinda Hub is partnering with the Global Business Coalition for Education to run an initiative called the #UpForSchool Campaign, in Zimbabwe. The hub will be developing free websites for the first 20 schools that support this cause by mobilising 1,000 signatures for the #UpForSchool petition.

Econet confirms adoption of Muzinda Hub, explains motivation for this

Econet Wireless has issued a statement clarifying its position on the relationship it has with Muzinda Hub, a local tech entrepreneurship centre that is currently training 1,000 developers. The operator has adopted the Hub as part of its impact investment initiatives.

Econet “assumes control” of Muzinda Hub

Some people don’t know what Muzinda Hub is or what it’s all about. This is despite some links to the most visible local tech company, Econet Wireless. This is likely to change now that Econet has started referencing the hub and the work that it’s doing.

Broadband Forum, Telecel, TelOne the MNO & startup competitions: Podcast

In this podcast, we talk about some of the highlights of the Broadband Forum. We also discuss other topics that have been trending in Zimbabwean tech like the sale of Telecel, TelOne activating its mobile network operator licence, startup competitions like Muzinda Hub’s startup weekend and the latest on infrastructure sharing.

Muzinda Hub to host Startup Weekend starting tomorrow

Muzinda Hub will be hosting its own Startup Weekend in Harare from the 17th to the 19th of July. According to Muzinda, this is an opportunity for local developers to show off their coding and entrepreneurial skills, and it’s something that is likely targeted at its huge pool of developers and entrepreneurs in training. Other people are also allowed to take part.

Drones in Zim, ZRP on Twitter, ZBC $3 subs, Windows 10, Facebook Lite – Podcast

What’s the latest on drones in Zimbabwe? What is up with ZRP and its Twitter account? Is $3 a fair amount for ZBC subscriptions? This is the latest Techzim podcast that has discussions on these topics and more from this week’s tech news.

Are you looking for software developers? You could try Muzinda Hub

Muzinda Hub, a Zimbabwean tech hub, is now offering digital services and software developer talent. This is a progression from the training that the hub has been offering to 1,000 students that signed up for a free 6-month entrepreneurship and software development course.

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 […]

Podcast: WhatsApp calls, Twitter via USSD, Muzinda Hub training & EcoCash tariffs

In this edition of the podcast, we discuss trending topics such as the activation of the WhatsApp calls feature, the prospect of Netflix in Zimbabwe, Econet Wireless’ Twitter via USSD service, the Muzinda Hub digital skills programme and the reduction of EoCash tariffs. Hoe disruptive do you think the WhatsApp calls feature will be for mobile network […]

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 […]

Safaricom now has a venture fund: Will local operators do the same?

The biggest news in East African tech entrepreneurship this past week has to be about the new venture fund that Safaricom launched a few days ago, aimed at encouraging the development of tech solutions and mobile application development. It’s hardly surprising that Safaricom is the network operator to do this. It’s involvement in the tech startup […]

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 […]