Happy Monday!

We are in the final week of accepting applications for the Thrive Investor Readiness programme. During a series of workshops, 10 Lusaka-based entrepreneurs will receive training on how to prepare their businesses for investment, with training on business models, financials, pitches, sales pipelines to mention a few. Visit the Thrive Webpage to find out more. Applications close on Friday, 11 December at 23:59hrs.

We closed off the Absa Zambia Future Traders programme last Friday, which was being run by BongoHive X, our student-based innovation arm, and the Absa Global Markets team. The 12 finalists competed against each other in 4 groups of 3, with each group pitching their solutions to the 3 set challenge statements to a panel of judges from the Absa Global Markets team. Congratulations to the challenge winners -  'Team Three': Musonda Mutale, Peter Mulenga, and Lily Musuku, who walk away with K15,000 worth of prizes and 3-month one-on-one mentorship with the Absa Global Markets team members. We look forward to hosting another cohort with Absa Zambia in the future.

That's all from us, have a great week!

- Mareta
BongoHive Opportunities
We are looking to select 10 Lusaka-based startups to take part in our Investor Readiness Programme, to teach them how to effectively communicate with potential investors and will stand the chance to pitch their businesses to potential investors for investment opportunities. 
Cost: Free
Deadline: Friday, 11 December.
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