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Last week Friday, we closed off applications for the SC Women in Technology Incubation programme. Thank you to everyone who showed interest in the programme by applying. 
We will announce the shortlisted businesses on Tuesday 16th February 2021. The programme is scheduled to begin on Wednesday 24th March and will run until Sunday, 20th June 2021.
 
We are still accepting applications for the Discover Pre-accelerator programme until next week Tuesday, February 16th 2021. Apply now to learn how you can validate your business idea and turn into a startup. The programme will be conducted virtually for two weeks from Monday 15th March to Friday 26th March 2021. Cost: ZMW1000. 

Entrepreneurship is a journey filled with highs and lows, and startups can use a story or two from fellow entrepreneurs and experienced trainers/experts to keep them going. Season 2 of the BongoHive Podcast, which we developed in partnership with the UN International Trade Centre’s #FastTrackTech Africa initiative, takes us on the journeys that entrepreneurs have taken, exploring a variety of topics, with guests from across the African continent. 
Tune in on Monday 15th February for Episode 1, as we begin our 10-week journey of Season 2 of the BongoHive Podcast. Listen to Season 1 here.
 
Have a great week, and stay safe.
Webinars
Social enterprising is anchored in generating an income while resolving social/environmental issues, it is surprising that most have managed to stay afloat during and through the economic difficulties that have been caused by the pandemic.In this Webinar, we listen to 3 local experts as they discuss how they have remained operational
and what strategies they have had to put in place. 
Time: 2:30-3:30 CAT
Date: Thursday, 11th February 2021
BongoHive Opportunities

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur with an awesome idea?  If so, then apply for the Discover Pre-accelerator programme, an intense 2- week full-time Bootcamp that gives you the basic skills you need to turn a business idea into a launched startup.
We will help you to know your customer, find your unique value proposition and how to validate your model with sound financial projections and many more.
Deadline: 16th February 2021
Cost: ZMW1000/Startup
Job Opportunities 
Farm Radio International is looking for a Digital innovation Officer tp be based in Zambia.
Key areas of responsibility: 
  • Execute digital innovations res[onsibilty for all impact projects in the country.
  • Provide systems administration and IT infrastructure services in the office.
Qualifications:
  • Degree or Diploma in IT or a related field or the equivalent work experience in a relevant field.
  • At least 2 years of experience in managing complex communication for development or ICTs for development initiatives.
To submit your application, send your CV to [email protected].

International Trade Centre is offering a short term internship opportunity from January to April 2021. The focus of the internship is on programme management, and the two IT sector development projects
Main duties
  • Project Management Support
  • Research
  • Communications
Qualifications:
  • Computer literate, particularly with relation to Microsoft Office and social media.
  • The relevant field of studies e.g. business studies, international trade, development.
  • Good communication and analytical skills and the capacity to present findings clearly in writing and orally.
  • Consultancy and/or business analysis experience would be an advantage.
To apply, send your CV and one paragraph motivation letter as to why you are interested in this internship to [email protected] The subject of the email should read as follows: Internship Submission TSD.   
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Opportunities in our Community
Google Developers is inviting university students around the world to enter The 2021 Solution Challenge with Google Developer Student Clubs. The 2021 Solution Challenge mission is to solve for one or more of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals using Google technology.
   
Shengamo Media is conducting a survey which is being undertaken to understand the needs, challenges and usage of bulk SMS services. This is so that the company can align the application they are creating to the needs of the users.
Respond to the survey here.
   
AGS, together with Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) and the Business Development Service Providers Association of Zambia (BDSPAZ), is offering the LEARN training opportunity to registered Micro Small and Medium-sized enterprises in Lusaka, Copperbelt and North-Western Provinces.
LEARN is a training programme including two 5-day in-class trainings for enterprise owners or directors, with follow-on coaching and mentoring to catalyse sustained business development.
Articles
Customer-Driven Innovation
In our innovation open letter to stakeholders, our Innovation Lead, Sekayi Fundafunda asked a thought-provoking question: How do you build what’s next?
“There certainly isn’t one magic answer to ‘how you build what is next’, but I like to think there are some definite starting points, that we have explored and encountered in developing innovation as a service to our partners,” she explains. 

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Startup Spotlight: The Battery Clinic Zambia
The Battery Clinic Zambia is a Lead Acid Battery Reconditioning business which was founded in 2014. The battery Clinic specialises in increasing batteries time of use, rejuvenating weak batteries and recovering of batteries that are considered non-functional.
 
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has curated content to help entrepreneurs manage the effects of COVID-19 on their businesses.
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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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