Hi There!

Today, we kick off Sprint Week for the Thrive Investor Readiness Programme.
The programme will take 9 startups in a series of workshops where they will be trained in various business aspects. Here is a list of the participating startups: My Perfect Stitch Outsource Now, Wuchi Wami, Kungula Africa Limited, Agripredict Solutions Ltd, Twala Farming Ltd, NDKay Zambia Ltd, Spotless Africa and OrderBetta. At the end of the programme, the ventures will be given an opportunity to pitch their businesses to potential investors to receive investment. The session will be hosted on Zoom and will run until Friday, 22 January 2021.

We are pleased to be partners for the DIGILOGIC project which officially kicked off last week Friday. The aim of the project is to facilitate and stimulate the unleashing of innovation potential through the first Pan EU-Africa sustainable network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) focussing on smart logistics. For more information, visit the website here.

Only two weeks to go before we close applications for the SC Women in Tech Incubator programme. If you are a Zambian female entrepreneur or business owner who wants to or are leveraging technology to grow your business, we are looking for you! For more information and to apply, visit the website here.

As we settle into new lifestyles and routines such as remote working, we have received numerous inquiries about the Coworking facility at BongoHive. We have good news - The Hive CoWorking space is taking new tenants! During the break, we made some upgrades to the physical space to accommodate the needs of our community, and we are able to provide improved coworking services such as dedicated desks, hot-desking and meeting rooms, to our clients. Learn more by visiting our webpage here. 

Have a great week, and stay safe.

BongoHive Opportunities
Applications are open for the Standard Chartered Women in Tech Incubator Programme!
Stand the chance to win $10,000, including targeted support by dedicated BongoHive and Standard Chartered staff and various sector experts to leverage tech for your business growth
Cost: Free
Deadline: Sunday, 31 January 2021.

Job Opportunities
The Tech Sector Development team at the UN International Trade Centre is looking for a full-time intern.
  • Remote position (can work from home full-time)
  • 4 months duration
  • Candidate must come from a least-developed country - see list of countries here
Opportunities in our Community
Is your management team equipped to lead their teams through the current uncertainty and still achieve your 2021 goals? 
Equip them to manage their teams towards increased profitability and productivity by delivering quality work, on time, every time. 

Enrol them on a six months management development program: The Equipped Manager program run by the Training Leaders Consortium starting in February 2021. You can view more program info for FAQs, objectives and a list of all the modules. outcomes and activations. 
Village Capital, a hybrid organization identified as a non-profit and venture capital firm has announced the opening of applications for the Future of Work Africa 2021 Accelerator Programme. 
The programme will select 20-30 startups that address unemployment in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The accelerator will provide the selected startups with the opportunity to scale their business and the chance to secure $20 000 in grant funding from IFC. 
Deadline: 22 January 2021.
The TEF Entrepreneurship Programme is now open to entrepreneurs across Africa, both new start-ups and existing young businesses, operating in any sector.

We seek to empower over 3000 African SMEs with $5000 funding each, mentoring, training and access to new markets, networks and additional resources but require your support in connecting, reaching, engaging and encouraging the entrepreneurs in your community and networks to apply for this opportunity.
Preparing For Business in 2021
At this point, we have established that the new normal requires businesses to be adaptive, innovative and technologically conscious if they are to cope with the unexpected changes that COVID-19 has brought.
As we continue to navigate the new normal, innovation and new technologies will continue to shape the business landscape in 2021 and beyond.
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3 Reasons To Apply For The SC Women In Tech Programme
The Standard Chartered Women in Tech programme, which was started in 2014, is aimed at supporting the growth of female-led enterprises by providing an opportunity for women business owners who are using or want to use technology as a catalyst for the growth of their businesses. 
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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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