Hello!
After an incredible week last week when we launched two new programmes, we have even more in store for you this week.

We are excited to launch the call for applications for the Thrive Investor Readiness programme. Working in partnership with Prospero and Village Capital, we are looking to work with 10 post-revenue companies that are ready for investment opportunities. Applications are now open until Friday, 11 December 23:59hrs. To find out more info and apply, visit the website.

Applications for the Future Traders programme, in partnership with Absa Bank Zambia PLC are still open. We are looking for Zambian university students in 3rd & 4th Year year who would like to explore the idea of a career in Financial Markets. Students in Accounting, Economics, Finance Mathematics and Business streams are encouraged to apply. Applications close on Saturday, 14 November. To apply, visit the website.

Last week, we launched the SC Women in Technology Incubator programme, in collaboration with Standard Chartered Bank Zambia. Applications for the programme will open on  Monday, 7 December. For application requirements, visit the website

This week is the final pitch event for BOOST UP 2020. Eighteen tech-driven early-stage impact startups from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia will compete to be crowned the winner of the BOOST UP competition. Join the exciting final pitch event on 13th November from 11:00 to 13:30 pm CAT. Register here.

See you next week!
Events by BongoHive
Is Zambia one of the countries benefiting from E-commerce? Do we have digital payment platforms in the country with capacity? What’s the biggest challenge with online payment in Zambia? Has the pandemic improved the use of online payment systems?
In this webinar, our panelists will address these questions and discuss the payment digitization of businesses in Zambia. 
Date: Thursday, 19 November 2020
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm CAT
BongoHive Opportunities
We are looking for graduating students in Accounting, Finance, Economics, or other Business streams to apply for the Future Traders Programme. The programme will provide an opportunity for students to have an elevated understanding of the financial markets over a 3-day sprint.
Cost: Free
Deadline: Saturday, 14 November
We are looking to select 10 Lusaka-based startups to take part in our Investor Readiness Programme, where they will stand the chance to pitch their businesses to potential investors for investment opportunities.
Cost: Free
Deadline: Friday, 11 December.
Opportunities In Our Network
Revolving around two three day online events, one in Africa and one in Asia Pacific, Climate Innovations Labs will give a chance its participants to work side-by-side with climate technology experts from small and medium-sized enterprises to explore innovation design thinking tools, flexing their entrepreneurial muscle and creating solutions for enhanced climate action.
Deadline: November 5, 2020
Job Opportunities
EM Investment Partners seeks full-time and part-time web and app development personnel to be based in their Lusaka Zambia office.
Role Description:
  • Install, manage, update and maintain WordPress Websites
  • Oversee and support the development of a Web-based data-driven Apps.
  • Coordinate and manage website performance and security.
  • Manage web projects to a tight deadline
  • Provide general IT support including maintenance of company hardware
  • Ensure the development projects are delivered within budget and on time.
To apply, send your CV and cover letter to [email protected]
 
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