A short update from us this week, but we do have a number of new events and opportunities for you to take part in. Read on to find out more.

We are in our final week of the Solve 4 X: SDGs and COVID-19 meetups, with sessions scheduled for today and Wednesday. Following this, our solvers will decide which SDG they would like to focus on “solving for”, and will submit a business idea for the innovation challenge phase (Date - TBD).

We are proud to once again be a partner for TEDxLusaka, during this year’s virtual event themed ‘Metamorphosis’. The livestream will be held on Saturday 26 September, 2PM - 5PM CAT, and it is free to register and attend virtually. Register here.

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Events By BongoHive
BongoHive in partnership with Injini, an EdTech Incubator in South Africa, will be holding EdTech Meetups. The goal of the meetups is to build an ecosystem of individuals and businesses that are solving education challenges using technology by inviting individuals and organisations in the EdTech space to come and share their work. 
Our next virtual meetup is on 30 September, 2020 at 17:30 - 18:30 hrs on the topic 'Could eLearning Shape the Future of Work?' Register here.
Other Events
The UN International Trade Centre (ITC) together with WEAC is organising an online panel on Wednesday 23 September from 10AM to 11:30AM, to discuss the outcomes of the Tech Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Mapping Zambia Report
We are pleased to invite you to the inaugural DITCh Plastic webinar. This webinar will highlight the state of Circular Plastic Economy in Africa, identifying opportunities and challenges. Particular emphasis will be on opportunities for digital tools/innovations to manage and accelerate the transition to a circular plastic economy (CPE) in Africa.
Date: Wednesday, 23rd September
Time: 2 pm GMT+1/4 pm EAT
Register here
Metamorphosis is the process of a profound and usually rather sudden change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism. A decade on from the first TEDxLusaka event held in November 2011, the year 2020 saw the world go through unprecedented change in the modern world. We have reset practically everything and in keeping without first-ever virtual event, the TEDxLusaka organising team felt that Metamorphosis was the ideal theme as it perfectly encapsulated what we are going through right now.
Date: Saturday, 26 September
Time: 2PM - 5PM
Register here
How can you raise money to expand your business? Join us live for a panel discussion on 'Fundraising' with Wossen Ayele & Mercy Zulu-Hume, moderated by Chisepo Chirwa.
Date & Time: Wednesday 7 October, 5:45PM to 7:00PM
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
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 Zambia Internet Governance Forum (Zambia IGF) seeks to shape the future of the internet and digital technologies in Zambia. We host an annual multi-stakeholder platform for discussion of different issues surrounding the local ICT and Internet ecosystem. Among issues discussed include, internet governance and regulation in Zambia, digital rights and cybercrime and cybersecurity among others. The national forum feeds into the regional and global IGF’s to ensure a bottom-up Internet policy development process that promotes linkages into regional and global policies. 
The virtual meeting will take place from  6th – 7th October 2020, under the theme ‘Cybersecurity and Digital Rights During Humanitarian Times: The Case of Covid-19 in Zambia.’ Learn more here.
Adjusting Your SEO Strategy Amid COVID-19 
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is one of the most important investments at a time like this one. As the shift of activities from offline to online accelerate, optimisation of content is more critical now. Consumers have now turned to the internet to browse and shop for goods and services and to generally stay informed on issues that matter to them. 
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Facebook Opening an Office in Lagos, Nigeria 

Social media giant Facebook announced Friday a new office in Lagos, Nigeria, meant to support operations in sub-Saharan Africa. It is expected to be operational next year.
The office will be home to several teams for sales, partnerships and communication, as well as becoming the first Facebook office on the African continent to staff a team of engineers.
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 ZICB Powering FISP Success

Zambia Industrial Commercial Bank Limited (ZICB) has partnered with Smart Zambia to facilitate the collection of deposits from small-scale farmers as their contributions for the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP).
For the period from late July up to Monday, the 6th of September 2020, the Bank had supported over 310,000 farmers and collected over K126 million. Working with its partners, namely Zoona, Zamtel, MTN, Paygo and Probase, ZICB leveraged digital financial platforms to reach farmers in 78 districts across all the 10 provinces of Zambia
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