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We are in the second week of our Discover preaccelerator programme. Our online cohort has 8 participants, based in Lusaka and USA. We also have two of our Drone Hackathon Zambia winners in the cohort, learning about how to take their business ideas into launchable viable startups.

This week, we have a virtual Fireside Chat on Tuesday, 6th October at 3PM. Join us with three inspirational Female Founders: Evelyn Chilomo Kaingu of Lupiya, Rose Sibisi of Style with RoseS and CBC Television and Sara Drawwater of The Best of Zambia for a session on ‘Female Founders in the New Norm’. More details are shared below.

We are also going to be hosting a Women’s Table Talk session with UNZA Business and Economics Association (UNZABECA) with Monica Musonda - Java Foods CEO and Mukwandi Chibesakunda - CEO of ZANACO, on Friday, 9th October at 3PM. Details shared below.

Lastly, we are pleased to announce that we are ecosystem partners for the first-ever Virtual edition of the AfriLabs Annual Gathering holding from 12-14 October. Join the conversation on building resilience to grow a thriving innovation economy in Africa. Be a part of one of the largest ecosystem conferences in Africa. Register now to take part.

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Events By BongoHive
COVID-19 has changed our lives and how we do business. What have female founders done differently in the new norm to overcome challenges and search for new opportunities? At this virtual fireside chat, we'll host a discussion with 3 female founders, and dig into their stories, successes, challenges, and inspirations. Bring your questions and your best fireplace virtual background!
Date: Tuesday 6 October 2020
Time: 3PM CAT
UNZABECA and BongoHive will be hosting Mukwandi Chibesakunda and Monica Musonda on 'Women's Table Talk'.
Join the conversation on career changes, business strategy, entrepreneurship and finance. 
Date: Friday 9 October 2020
Time: 3PM CAT
Other Events
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
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. 
Deadline: Saturday 31 October
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.’ 
Thrive for Teams is a half-day workshop designed to help teams step back and take stock, realign their goals, and develop a game plan for the rest of 2020. The session will incorporate some teambuilding to allow participants to process at an individual level whilst sharing their experiences and hopes with their team members. The session can be virtual or in-person where facilities allow for social distancing. Book your session here.
In partnership with Novartis Foundation, a NEXUS founded organization ‘Women in Global Health’ is awarding $10,000 $5,000 respectively to digital health startups led by women based in low- and middle-income countries to Build Back Better post COVID-19! 
Deadline: Friday 23 October. 
ONYX Pay as You Go Bicycles 

ONYX Connect Zambia is a tech company running a project focused on bringing enhanced mobility to households of all low-income earners and farmers in Zambia. The company started after the CEO and founder, Wyson Lungu had a breakdown in a remote area. The nearest place he could find alternative transportation was 15 kilometres away.
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Good Nature Agro Closes Series A Funding of $2.1 Million

Good Nature Agro, a Zambian company working from end-to-end within the specialised legume value chains, announced today that it closed Series A equity funding totalling $2.1 million. Goodwell Investments led the round with participation from existing seed investors Global Partnerships and FINCA Ventures.
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Zambian startup Zambezii monetises its B2B e-commerce platform

Zambian startup Zambezii has begun monetising its B2B e-commerce platform, which leverages technology to give manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors exposure across African markets.
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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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