Hello!

We are starting the week with excellent news from last week! 

On Friday, the BOOST UP 2020 final pitch event was held with eighteen tech-driven early-stage impact startups competing to be crowned the winner of Boost Up competition. Pitching against participants from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia, Dawa Health from Zambia was selected as the winner of Boost Up 2020. Dawa Health are alumni of BongoHive's Launch programme, and also received mentorship from the VC4A Mentor Driven Capital programme. Congratulations and well done to the team! 

We are still taking applications for the Thrive Investor Readiness programme, which we are working on in partnership with Prospero and Village Capital. The programme is designed for startups that are at growth stage (post-revenue) and are ready for investment opportunities. Applications are open until Friday, 11 December at 23:59hrs. To find out more info and apply, visit the website.

Applications are also open for the MTN MoMo Hackathon 2020! MTN Zambia, with Comviva and BongoHive will be hosting programmers, developers and entrepreneurs based in Zambia, and providing the opportunity for them to create innovative financial and transactional applications using the MTN MOMO API platform. Applications are open until Friday, 20 November. Visit this webpage to apply.  

Following the launch of the Standard Chartered Women in Technology Incubator programme on Wednesday 4th November, all potential applicants are encouraged to visit the  website to learn more about application requirements and to register their interest. We will be hosting an information session next week, so jot down your questions and stay peeled on our social media for the link to the info session.  
Applications for the programme will open on Monday, 7 December.

Applications for the Future Traders programme, in partnership with Absa Bank Zambia closed on Saturday. We are now reviewing applications and will be shortlisting the successful candidates. To apply, visit the website.

This Thursday, join us for a webinar on e-Commerce - 'Payment Digitization of Businesses in 
Zambia' at 4:00PM. Details are shared below.

Have a good one!
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
MTN Zambia, with Comviva and BongoHive invite developers and entrepreneurs in Zambia to take part in the MoMo Hackathon. Cash prizes to be won for the most innovative products!
Cost: Free
Deadline: Friday, 20 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
MarketConnect is looking to work with SMEs in the agroprocessing sector for the MarketConnect programme. 
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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