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Global Entrepreneurship Week kicks off: What’s lined up for Zim?

The 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week has kicked off with 140 countries hosting events in line with entrepreneurship and business success for the next few days. The Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a celebration of innovation and the entrepreneurs behind viable startups that turn into contributors to world economies. Global Entrepreneurship Week is meant to inspire […]


14 November Podcast: The ZOL Startup Challenge and the Zim ecosystem

The 2014 edition of the ZOL Startup Challenge came and went with three startups walking away with accolades on the day of the finals. In this podcast we discuss the startup challenge and the impressions it helped shape about the current state of the Zimbabwean tech startup ecosystem. We also discussed what the participating startups […]


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 […]


ZOL Startup Challenge mentorship: what have the startups learnt?

Only three days are left until the much anticipated fourth edition of the ZOL Startup Challenge Finals taking place at Cresta Lodge in Harare. What has been a long journey that started in August this year, will reach its climax on Friday as the ten finalists battle it out for the prize money and 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 […]


Infographic: How to succeed in a startup

Success for any enterprise is always measured in various ways, but whatever the perspective any startup founder or team member has of making it, there are certain building blocks that ensure that same success. We came across an infographic from the entrepreneurship and startup resource centre Fundersandfounders.com. It displays fourteen things to keep in mind in […]


Special Edition: ZOL Startup Challenge Semi-Finals

In this special edition of the Techzim podcast we discussed the ZOL Startup Challenge Semi-Finals that took place on the 9th of October at Area46. We also commented on the different startups that pitched  and the different ideas shared. What are your thoughts on the different teams who made it to the ZOL Startup Challenge […]


ZOL Startup Challenge 2014 semi-finalists selected

The journey to the ZOL Startup Challenge 2014 finals continued this week as we passed the deadline for applications on the 30th of September with 23 startups being shortlisted for the semi-finals. Yesterday these 23 semi-finalists and the rest of the applicants not fortunate to be considered for this year’s edition were notified. The 23 startups are now […]


Nature and extent of copyright protection

This article is part of a series on Intellectual Property and its impact on innovators and entrepreneurs. Now that you have created the be–all and end–all of source codes and written it down (somewhere safe we hope); and you know that your copyright exists automatically so congratulations; you are now a copyright holder…now what does […]


Special Edition Podcast: The ZOL Startup Challenge Harare meetup

In this podcast we discussed the ZOL Startup Challenge meetup that was held on the 21st August 2014. We shared details about the turnout, experiences and general atmosphere of the event. We talked about the upcoming meetup set for Bulawayo. We also discussed how the startup challenge has impacted the tech ecosystem in Zimbabwe. Quick […]


Are you grooming your heir(s)?

Black people have a serious problem, according to this wise fellow I recently shared a Kombie with, apparently most of their family businesses cannot survive the second generation. When the passionate owners of the startup dies their businesses tend to wither as soon as the young, entitled, slothful, spoiled and inexperienced brats of these owners […]


5 Startup lessons from Facebook IPO

So you are Tengesa, ForgetMeNot, Dariro, 6tm solutions, and countless other Zimbabwean and African startups that are hoping to change the world and you are looking at Facebook’s IPO; you realise that Mark Zuckerberg and co have reached the promised land. And that’s $104 billion worth of real estate. For perspective Econet has a market […]


Zimbos: Stake your claim in the startup goldrush

I believe that Zimbabwe and Kenya are similar in many ways albeit Kenya’s coastal advantage with regards to bandwidth access. As such the future is almost predictable provided the local infrastructure shapes up. We have a much higher literacy rate than Kenya with their only difference being that they have embraced tech in a huge and ubiquitous way. Everyone from the vendor on the street corner to SMEs and right up to policy makers are welcoming the info age with open arms.