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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 […]

Local startup Dream Big partners Zimpost network in NIDC project

Dream Big Technologies, a local startup that some of you might remember as a runner up at the ZOL Startup Challenge is not stopping at that one great startup idea. It’s already getting its hands involved in another project. This time its a countrywide initiative which involves collaboration with local post office entity Zimpost. By using the […]

Running a successful online business in Zim: How did do it?

Recently Zimpapers took a huge step into online business with  a news hub that represents all their print editions as well as as a new site targeted at sports news. Part of this new effort also includes a new online classifieds site,, which essentially extends their print classifieds section to a digital platform. There’s a […]

Here are the winners of the ZOL Startup Challenge 2014!

We have just wrapped up the fourth edition of the ZOL Startup Challenge and the judges have made their decision. The joint runner-ups for this year’s challenge were: Dream Big: a career guidance platform targeted at high school children ZimboMusic: an online platform for the distribution and promotion of local music. The winner for this year’s […]

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 […]

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 It displays fourteen things to keep in mind in […]

One chance only: 8 tips for that elevator pitch

Last week Techzim held the semi-finals for the 2014 edition of the ZOL Startup Challenge and we had the privilege of watching presentations from 23 startups demonstrating their business cases. As is the case with every tech entrepreneurship showcase some of the startups that failed to make it to the next stage had brilliant ideas […]

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 […]

10 finalists for ZOL Startup Challenge selected as semis are wrapped up

Earlier today the ZOL Startup Challenge 2014 semi finals were wrapped up thinning down the participating startups to ten finalists. Twenty three diverse business cases were pitched to the panel of judges who listened to solutions that covered various fields from agriculture, e-learning, social networking, online gambling and sports information. In the end the judges settled on […]

The ZOL Startup Challenge semi-finals on today

Exactly two months since we announced the 2014 ZOL Startup Challenge we have already reached the semi-finals which are happening today at Area 46 in Harare. The past 8 weeks have involved engagement with startups and techpreneurs through skills sessions and a drive to demystify the entire process for this year’s ZOL Startup Challenge. Throughout […]

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 […]