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How do you define a successful startup in Zimbabwe? Seriously.

The challenge we have in Zimbabwe is that most of the content we consume is foreign. Even for something as basic as business news, you find many watching / reading more BBC News and Al Jazeera than ZBC News or other local providers. Entrepreneurs are no different. Almost every young aspiring businessman knows more about […]

Agritech startups, here’s a US$2 mil prize you don’t want to miss

Come one, come all there is a lot of money at stake…

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 […]

Local startups looking to finance using equity might finally have a lifeline

We last wrote about the Growth Enterprise Market (GEM) back in March. At the time, FINSEC was formulating a draft framework for the online platform designed for SMEs looking to raise capital. GEM then underwent a pilot phase in January which resulted in fine tuning of the GEM Portal platform based on feedback from targeted […]

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 […]

Innovating Justice Challenge opens entries for startups helping solve justice problems

[Image Source: HiiL] Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) is back with the Innovating Justice Challenge 2020. The competition is open to entrepreneurs and startups from Africa, the Middle East and Ukraine. The Innovating Justice Challenge has been held annually since 2011 and has helped over 110 startups since its inception. What should you […]

Will Econet ever learn?

It’s a normal day for an Econet subscriber, you get ten plus promotional text messages about the fifty services under the Econet/Cassava umbrella. Just like how the text messages from Econet are an annoyance, we will now proceed to list each and every one here (not to annoy you of course): we have two from […]

E-Health startups in Africa booming with investment at a record high

In a report by Disrupt Africa, the number of e-health startups has grown by 56.5% over the last 3 years with 180 startups currently in operation. The sector has also seen a boom in investment with e-health startups raising a reported US$90 million this year. The figure raised in the first half of this year […]

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,” […]

Innovate Now Accelerator Programme Seeks Mobile Solutions to Assist Persons with Disabilities

 Innovate Now, the Assistive Technology Accelerator is seeking applications from innovators across the continent who are dedicated to developing mobile based technologies designed to assist people living with disabilities. The UK Aid-funded programme, which is run by Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub and Amref Enterprises Limited, hopes to accelerate 12 start-ups in its second cohort, […]

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 […]

Fresh In A Box CEO Details Struggles Of Overnight Exponential Growth Brought About By COVID-19

We already know that COIVD-19 has led to exponential growth for some startups. Zoom Meetings grew from 10 million meeting participants a day in December to 200 million in March. Whilst those are incredible numbers and overall a great success for any startup, anyone who runs a business will know that exponential growth of that […]

Startups, Apply For The GSMA Innovation Fund & You Could Pocket US$120k-US$300k

Sub-saharan African and Asian startups helping people get online for the first time using mobile internet stand a chance to win anything between £100 000 – £250 000 by applying to the GSMA Innovation Fund. The GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion aims to support innovative solutions to increasing mobile internet […]

Applications Open For Female Entrepreneurs Incubation Program

LeadTech is an intensive 6-month incubation program dedicated to early-stage women-owned or women-led tech start-ups. The program aims to nurture and provide a supportive environment for women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and become independent. The main target sectors for this years LeadTech Incubation program are as follows; HealthTech EduTech FinTech EnviroTech BioTech LeadTech Incubation Program Timeline Application […]

What Impact Has Coronavirus Had On Local Tech Companies & Startups?

Corona Correction… An intriguing term that has been used by some financial analysts to denote how the pandemic has “corrected” and continues to “correct” market valuations for business all over the world. After reading a number of these theories, I was left wondering what kind of impact has the virus dealt to local startups and […]

Zim’s Tech Village Announced As One Of African Tech and Creative Group’s (ATCG) Flagship Spaces In Africa

[Image Source: ATCG] The African Tech and Creative Group (ATCG) is announcing the launch of ten MyAfCFTA nodes located across Africa in CcHUB (Nigeria/Rwanda), Afrinolly (Nigeria), iSpace (Ghana), iHUB (Kenya), BongoHive (Zambia), HYBR Group (South Africa/Kenya/Nigeria), Sylabs (Algeria), The Tech Village Innovation Hub (Zimbabwe), Bliss Executives (The Gambia), The Innovation Village (Uganda). The ten MyAfCFTA […]

[Video] Fresh In A Box Founder – We Believe We Are Going To Be The Amazon Of Zimbabwe

Kuda Musasiwa, the Founder of Fresh In A Box recently talked about how the startup disrupted the market by delivering fresh produce direct to customers. Musasiwa gave his 11-minute talk at a Baker Tilly Central Africa College of Knowledge event; Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or […]

Local Startup Needs Help Naming Their Mobile App. You Might Get A Prize

Housing Hub is one of the best (if not the best) places for local university students to secure off-campus accommodation. The startup has decided that now is the best time to create and launch a mobile application: We believe mobile apps are taking over and we believe they are the next thing. Imagine having an […]

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 […]

Local EduTech Startup Attends UNICEF Incubation Program In Egypt

[Image Source: Generation Unlimited] Local software startup, Team Amigo is in Egypt from the 20th-24th of January as part of their incubation program for winning the Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge 2018/19. Team Amigo won the $20 000 challenge for developing an application that delivers learning materials to students at low cost. [Update]: Amigo’s Academic Portal […]

US$1.3 Billion In Venture Capital Funding Found Its Way To Africa In 2019

Venture Capital is growing and nothing proves this more than WeeTracker’s Decoding Venture Investments In Africa 2019 report. VC investment grew from US$725.6m in 2018 to US$1.34b – the first time it has crossed a billion on the continent. This is even more mind-blowing when you put into perspective the fact that just 5 years […]

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 […]

Applications Open For Challenge Of 1000 Summit For African Startups

Announced back in September, the Challenge of 1.000 is a joint initiative of Digital Africa and the Summit.  France will invite 1.000  African entrepreneurs to present their solutions at The City of Solutions, a show dedicated to projects and solutions for sustainable cities and territories to be held during the 28th edition of the Africa-France Summit. June 4, 5 […]

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 […]

AfriLabs Announces New Board And There’s A Zimbabwean… On Board

Cheesy title aside you may have heard of AfriLabs before but if you haven’t the entity is a “network organisation” of 150+ innovation centres across 40 countries on the African continent. The hubs serve as meeting points for entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts and investors and sometimes play host to pitching competitions that see startups and entrepreneurs […]

Govt Partners Private Player To Launch New Innovation Challenge

Yesterday, Science and Advanced Global Innovation Technologies announced they will be partnering with the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education to host the Atlas Convention. The convention is an innovation challenge that is supposed to link industry and academia by helping expose innovators to players of industry. Whilst the challenge itself seems pretty exciting the […]

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 […]