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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 […]

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. […]

22 Year-Old Zim Entrepreneur Nominated For The MasterCard Foundation & African Leadership Academy Top 20 List for Youngest Entrepreneurs in Africa

Back in May, we sat with Housing Hub founder Marvellous Nyongoro who’s startup is hard at work solving the issue of accommodation for university students across the country. Due to his work with the Housing Hub, Marvellous has made it to the 2019 MasterCard Foundation and African Leadership Academy Top 20 List for Youngest Entrepreneurs […]

Fresh In A Box Adds Voice Search & Other Features To Their Website

Fresh In A Box (FIAB) has added some interesting functionality to their website – voice search. The new feature allows buyers to search more effectively throughout the FIAB e-commerce platform. Considering that the platform no longer sells agriculture produce and has extended to health, beauty, laundry, and alcohol among other things having a variety of […]

Impact Hub Hosting Founders Live Pitching Competition On 19 July

Local startups face some pretty intense challenges when it comes to securing funding because venture capital is hard to come by locally. This means every time an event like Founders Live is announced we’re pretty excited about it because it could give a local startup the necessary resources they’ve been lacking to push them over […]

Africa IDG – A Local Startup Needs Your Vote In Global Pitching Competition

Last year we wrote about Africa IDG – a blockchain startup that was working with Microsoft in order to figure out some local applications for blockchain. That same startup is now taking part in Get In The Ring. If you’ve never heard of that, it’s a foundation that identifies promising solutions developed by startups and […]

Why Do Startups Fail?

It’s early in the new year, and a lot of entrepreneurs might be brimming with confidence at the idea of their startup taking off. The startup story, however, seldom goes entirely well. Worse more in a country such as our own which makes it quite hard to open and operate a business, there are a […]

Lytee Is A Startup That Will Allow You To Hire Workers The Same Way You Would An Uber

Have you ever heard of on-demand services for labour? That’s exactly what Lytee is. If you’re not familiar with what on-demand services are then let me explain further; essentially Lytee is Uber but instead of ordering rides, you’re ordering skilled and unskilled workers. This means you can get plumbers, electricians, IT specialists, someone to walk […]

Impact Hub And Other Local Startups Nominated For 2018 Southern Africa Startup Awards

Southern Africa Startup Awards is part of the Global Startup Awards initiative and they seek to provide an annual spotlight to those who dare to dream big and shape the way our future will look. Impact Hub –one of Zim’s leading startup hubs- has been nominated for the Best Ecosystem Initiative Award. The awards will […]

Check Out Zimbabwe’s Uber For Parcels

Delivery services are not the sexiest lines of business but they can be very convenient. Merchant Couriers is a local startup that’s trying to make a mark on the delivery industry and after seeing what’s on offer I must say I was quite intrigued. Merchant Couriers describe themselves as follows: Merchant Couriers is a on […]

Zim Startup,Courier City, Expands Shipping Network: You Can Now Ship To And From Kenya

Zimbabwean Startup, Courier City, is broadening their reach as they expand their shipping network to Nairobi, Kenya. They’ve sent out a press release detailing how this will work and customers will save up to 50% just like when shipping from Canada. You can read the press release below: Courier City is expanding its revolutionary approach in […]

There’s A Startup Trying To Use Technology To Change The Way Local Farmers Work: Here Is How They Plan To Do It

Startup FARMA Solutions are introducing a way for farmers to track their agricultural inputs and output activity in real-time. They hope the system can lead to more accountability and increase the efficiency of agricultural processes. Who are FARMA Solutions The startup is a “technology company focused on developing agricultural technology solutions that harness resources to […]

$25k For Startups Solving Financial Inclusion For Low-Income Individuals In Africa

With startup culture really accelerating, I think we have to take a closer look at developments that are taking place on the startup scene, especially when things are happening down here in Africa. In line with this focus let’s talk about Datahack for Financial Inclusion (Datahack 4FI). Datahack 4FI is an innovation competition that promotes evidence-based decision-making […]

Startups Seeking Funding Need To Check Out Goodwell Investments

Last month Goodwell Investments raised 20 million euro from over 30 investors for investments in Sub-Saharan Africa. What is Goodwell Investments? Goodwell Investments is an investment firm focused on financial inclusion, fintech, and inclusive growth in sectors providing goods and services along with income generating opportunities to the underserved. Their target is to provide capital […]

Startupbootcamp Capetown Hosting Event In Harare On The 28th Of February

Startupbootcamp Cape Town has confirmed it’s hosting a Fasttrack in Harare on the 28th of February. Startupbootcamp Cape Town is a leading accelerator focused on startups in blockchain, supply chain, e-commerce, analytics, and insurtech among others. They are backed by leading corporate sponsors who include Old Mutual, Nedbank, and Woolworths Financial Services. Amazon Web Services […]

Can you help me, where is the fuel in Zimbabwe?

Those of us who live in Zimbabwe have recently been exposed to a cash crisis that has hit our economy and along with it, an all too familiar era of fuel shortages has started to occur as a result. According to an assessment done by the Financial Gazette, a local business weekly, most fuel stations […]

There’s a Facebook Messenger Bot Party in Harare this month

Remember the Facebook launches Bots Developer Challenge wrote about last month? There’s some good news for those of you looking to take part. As part of activities to promote the challenge, a local tech hub called Impact Hub Harare is working with Facebook to host a Bot Party this month. Essentially you will learn how to make […]

PRESS RELEASE: Seedstars World Announces 12 Startups To Pitch At Seedstars World Harare

Global early-stage startups competition has announced the 12 startups that will pitch at its inaugural event in Harare, Zimbabwe on Sunday, October 31st at the Dicovereum , with the winner destined to represent Zimbabwe at the global event in Switzerland. Seedstars Harare – 31st of October, 2016 Harare, Zimbabwe, October 31st, 2016 – Seedstars World, the global […]

Is Zimbabwe missing out on Africa’s growth wave?

The past few weeks provided me a rare chance to listen to a different view about investment and innovation on the African continent. I wish to share that through this short article. Clearly, the continent is an emerging market, which has a golden opportunity to tap into the strong global sentiment of goodwill about its […]

Mentorship through social media : the Strive Masiyiwa story

The winning points of social media which have been talked about extensively are easy to identify especially when it is used in creative ways. Besides the communication of ideas it allows you to engage the online community, clarify your position and offer lessons. Thought leaders and investors around the world have since adopted social media […]

Zim duo in social shopping startup venture called Endosit

Two USA based entrepreneurs Haji Mupakura and Freeman Chari are looking to compete in the “social shopping” space through a platform called Endosit. Social shopping is described as “a method of (e)commerce where shoppers’ friends become involved in the shopping experience”. Co-founder Haji Mapakura describes Endosit as: A social shopping platform that leverages social connections […]

Zimbo Kitchen now monetising on content

One of the promising startups to emerge from Zimbabwe last year called Zimbo Kitchen has now added some features that appear minor, but enhance the detail and experience on Most importantly, they have started monetising on their core business by selling a recipe book entitled Zimbabwe Classic Traditional and Fusion Food Recipes which is […]

Zimbogini Online Store: Partners Zimpost and has all payment options

Local e-commerce startup Zimbogini officially launched revamped e-commerce website with new feature at an event held in Harare torwards the end of last year. Although Zimbogini has been around for a while now, the (re)launch was primarily centered around the new payment features and partners they now have on board. With regards payments, is […] New online “department store”looking to make money on deliveries not products

The online commerce landscape seems to be exploding as more startups jump into this fairly new territory by Zimbabwean standards. The most recent one is which quietly went live on New Year’s Day. Founded by Dakarai Martin Mshoperi, is an online retail store, or as Mr Mshoperi likes to put it, an “online […]