It's the last week of the month of August, and there are still many opportunities coming up for us to work with the great minds creating viable solutions that will change the world.

Applications for the Solve 4 X: SDGs and COVID-19 virtual meetups closed at 23:59 yesterday. We received a large number of applications, and we will be reviewing and contacting the shortlisted candidates soon. Thank you for applying and sharing the opportunity with those in your community!

The Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) is in the process of developing a framework for a regulatory sandbox that could allow organisations with new innovations that fall under Capital Markets to conduct live experiments in a controlled environment under a regulator's supervision. In collaboration with the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and BongoHive, we would like to invite startups, existing capital market operators, and other innovators in the Capital Markets space to take part in a session on the proposed framework this Friday 28 August. If you would like to participate, please fill out this form.

Today, we begin the 5-day Drone Hackathon Zambia Challenge with the 30 selected participants. The lessons will be conducted by experienced drone professionals from the Global Air Drone Academy (GADA), and the programme is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Zambia and the Zambia Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We look forward to an exciting 5 days ahead. 

We will be opening up applications for the Discover programme this Wednesday!
Discover is a pre-accelerator programme, designed to work with entrepreneurs at idea-stage or that have recently launched their startup but would like to test, refine and prototype their idea. The programme will be held virtually from Monday 28 September to Friday 9 October, at a cost of ZMW1,000 per startup. Check out or social media pages or our website for the launch! Deadline is Friday 11 September.

This Thursday, we host 'I Blew It Night' with Chilu Lemba and Kamiza Chikula. Be sure not to miss this virtual event - details are shared below.

We hope you h
ave a great week!
Online Events
Our COVID-19 Resource Center has curated content to help entrepreneurs manage the effects of COVID-19 on their businesses.
Our Entrepreneur Resource portal is a comprehensive list of resources and tools to assist entrepreneurs in Zambia. From funding to budgeting tools to networking, it's all here.
Opportunities In Our Network
United States Embassy Lusaka and WEAC Zambia are now accepting applications for the second phase of the AWE program. AWE is aimed at providing Zambian women entrepreneurs with the knowledge, tools, networks and mentorship needed to start or grow their businesses.
Deadline: August 31st, 2020.
Apply here.  
Lusaka Startup Week begins today! It is a five-day celebration of the entrepreneurial community, a summit to build momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship, led by entrepreneurs. Learn more about the event here, and to register, follow this link. 
The ATU Africa Innovation Challenge 2020 is an Africa-wide competition aimed at identifying and supporting young ICT innovators with disruptive innovations that are useful for benefiting the fight to contain COVID-19, and possibly other emergency situations in the future. Learn more about the challenge here.
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