We use the Lean Canvas in place of a traditional business plan as the backbone to the entrepreneurship programmes that we run. It helps startups quickly map out their idea and assumptions and works particularly well for those looking to transition from idea to business or have recently launched and are searching for market traction.
Accounting & Finance
Any startup wanting to survive needs to understand where they stand financially from the idea stage onward. We use this simple spreadsheet with all of our startups in our Discover programme to help them understand their financial model. As our startups progress, begin generating revenue, having to stock products or track their customers, they require a more robust solution which has resulted in our finance system.
Once startups have completed the Lean Canvas, we encourage them to learn everything they can about their prospective users because no matter how hard you try, you will never be your user. Our startups create personas and then user journeys which helps them understand how their users will interact with their product or service.
Pitching your Startup
Whether pitching your idea to investors or someone you meet on a bus, we get our startups to get comfortable selling their business to those around them. We practice pitching both as a networking tool as well as to investors.
Other Recommended Online Tools
Invoicely – Online invoicing for small businesses
Back of a Napkin – For creating quick & easy founders agreements
Google Docs – Create & edit documents online with access to multiple team members
Canva – Anyone can be a graphic designer with Canva; use their simple drag & drop features to create artwork
Zambian Startup and Tech Community Leaders
Active in the Zambian Startup Space
Manic – Zambian Entrepreneurship and Technology News
Startup Junction – Casual Entrepreneurship Meetups
Startup Grind – Casual Entrepreneurship Meetups
PEP Zambia – Supporting MSME Growth in Zambia
AgBIT – Zambia’s Agribusiness Incubator
WECREATE – Entrepreneurship Community Centre for Women
Zambian Funding Opportunities
Awesome Foundation Lusaka – Micro-Grant Giving Organisation
Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission – Promoting Economic Development in Zambia
Kukula Capital – Venture Finance and Private Equity Firm
Nyamuka – Annual Business Plan Competition
VC4Africa – Pan-African Platform for Startup Financing
Zidisha – Small Loans Directly from Ordinary People