Happy New Month!

This week, we kick off the Solve 4 X: SDGs and COVID-19 virtual meetups with the tertiary students who applied and were accepted to participate. The meetups, whcih are supported by Afrilabs,  will be held over the course of 2-and-a-half weeks. They will be moderated by Kasapo Manda, featuring a variety of guest speakers from different fields who will discuss the different SDGs and how to build viable solutions to attain them, taking into consideration the current impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the meetups, the participants will be invited to take part in an 'Ideation' phase where they will explore and refine their solutions.

We also begin working with the Fintechs selected to participate in the FinTech4U Accelerator programme with the UNCDF. This is a 6-month programme that is designed to assist startup fintechs to navigate the regulations and challenges of starting up a fintech business in Zambia. The regulators in this space - Bank of Zambia (BOZ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA), are also facilitators of this initiative.

This is the final week to submit applications for the Discover preaccelerator programme. Our popular entrepreneurship programme guides upcoming entrepreneurs as they launch their new business, questioning the market, and learning about finances, inclusive of assistance from EY Zambia and Musa Dudhia & Co. The two-week online session begins on Monday, 28 September. Cost: ZMW1,000. Application deadline: Friday, 11 September. Apply here.

The Drone Hackathon Zambia Challenge top 3 finalists were announced last week. They are: 1st Place - Chitula Lukonde; 2nd Place: Eric Chongo; 3rd Place: James Mwakoi. The winners will receive a DJI drone and the Drone-Camp-in-a-box from our partners Global Air Drone Academy (GADA), as well as admission into our Discover pre-accelerator programme. The remaining participants will each receive a beginner drone to use as they develop their business ideas.

See you next week!
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.
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