Hello there!

September is cruising steadily along and as always, we're keeping busy. Last week, we kicked off our Solve 4 X: SDGs and COVID-19 meetups. We have held 4 sessions so far, unpacking how to solve for 8 of 16 SDGS. The Solvers have had an array of guests featured on the panels including Stephanie Arneson (260 Brands), Eng. Dr. Charles Shindaile (GIZ Zambia), Dr. Albert Manasyan (CIDRZ), Felix Mwenge (UNHCR), Lisa Chileshe (PACT Zambia), Daniel Phiri (CIG Zambia), and Mutale Mukuka (CEC). We have 3 more sessions left before the solvers begin creating their solutions for X, which can be one or more SDGs that they have chosen to innovate on.

Phase 3 of the Boost Up challenge with SAIS also kicked off last week. Boost Up Scale Up, is a training and incubation programme for startups that are impact driven and desire to become more investable. The participating startups are those that were crowned winners during the previous phase - Boost Up Stand Up (pitching competition).

This week, we begin working with the 9 FinTechs that are part of the second cohort of our FinTech4U Accelerator Programme with UNCDF. The 9 startups in the programme are AlomoSystem, Ekamo Wallet, Moti Solutions for Africa, Onyx Connect Zambia Limited, Paykesho, Premier Credit, Progtech Zambia, Soqo Payments and Village Savers Tech Limited. If you’d like to see what we got up to in Cohort 1, check out this video.

We, together with FSDZ and Zanaco, begin the 3-month mentorship phase of the BongoHive Fintech Challenge this week. Five of the finalists were selected for a business mentorship programme with the Zanaco Innovation Hub. The selected startups were the top two finalists: Scholar Essential Xpress and Mobile Pay; and the other 3 are Open Grain, Flash Cash Africa, and InvestLinc.

We closed applications for the Discover Preaccelerator programme on Friday. Thank you to all who applied - the team will be in touch with shortlisted candidates. If you missed out on this application period, we have another programme scheduled for the end of the year.

Stay Safe.
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.
Opportunities By BongoHive
Are you developing a Social Enterprise or would like to develop one? Join the last Cohort in 2020 for the Introduction to Social Enterprise programme. This transformative online learning will help you:
  • Explore the Social Enterprise concept
  • Understand the values and purpose of a social enterprise
  • Identify the social aims of social enterprise organisations
  • Discuss real-life examples of social enterprise both locally and globally.
To find out more email: [email protected] or click here to apply.
Opportunities In Our Network
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
DEADLINE TODAY (14 September).
Prospero Zambia has released Calls for Concepts under the following sectors:

  • Food and Agriculture
  • Mining and Mining Services
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Business Services
  • Investment Services
Both Innovation and Technical Assistance grant facilities are available. Learn more here. 
The UN International Trade Centre (ITC) together with WEAC is organising an online panel on the 23rd of September to discuss the outcomes of the Tech Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Mapping Zambia Report.

Remote Work Productivity 
A Guide to Managing Remote Teams
Remote work has now become more than a trend. The uncertain times have necessitated the need for employees to work from home, an activity which is likely to continue even after the pandemic. Managing remote teams is certainly not an easy task. 
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Liquid Telecom unveils new Cyber Security Unit 

Pan-African telecommunications group Liquid Telecom has added cyber security to its business portfolio. The company announced the new offering during its cloud and cyber security webinar this morning, saying it aims to bring“sophisticated” cyber security products to protect the network, cloud and users.
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