Hi there, 

We had a successful Live Pitch for the FinTech4U programme (Cohort 2) where 8 startups pitched their FinTech business solutions. The top three startups who will be walking away with $5000 each for the purpose of developing their products will be announced this Friday at the virtual Grand Finale. The event will be streamed live on our Facebook page.

The pitching event for the businesses that made it to the top 20 for the SC Women in Tech programme was postponed from 24th and 25th February to 1st and 2nd March, and will run from 12 PM to 2 PM on both days. The top 10 businesses will be announced on 3rd March 2021.

Last week Tuesday, our Consulting arm, BongoHive Consult launched the COVID-19 Education for African Students (COVEDAS) project.  COVEDAS is a project aimed at helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help to improve the emotional, economic and behavioural resilience of students to COVID-19 in African Universities. BongoHive Consult worked with experts from the University of Nottingham and the University of Zambia to produce this engaging online education programme. You can access the programme here. 

This Friday, we will be launching Episode 2, Season 2 of the BongoHive Podcast. In this episode, we explore the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on local businesses. We will be speaking to business owners Chishimba and Monde Nyambe from PR Girl Media and Brian Ross from Prospero Zambia. We also hear from Sophie Nanteza, an International Consultant for the UN International Trade Centre who shares key learnings about business continuity during these unprecedented times. 

Have a great week, and stay safe.
BongoHIve Opportunities
How could you build income streams and generate revenue in a rapidly changing trading environment? Explore your financial position and review your market needs and demands by joining our upcoming Rebuilding Incoming Streams programme, for a blend of live facilitated sessions and self-directing learning.
Programme dates: 3rd- 4th March 2021
Time:2 PM- 3:30PM
Opportunities in our Community
Villgro Africa, an impact investor and early-stage business incubator that supports startups innovating for Low and Middle-Income Communities, is calling on Innovative Medtech Device Startups based in Africa to apply for funding of $20,000 and incubation.
Eligibility: The innovation must be either:
  • Tech-enabled
  • IoMT
  • Level I & II Medical Device/Diagnostic 
Successful applicants will also receive business development expertise and access to further investment opportunities. 
Deadline: 15th March 2021
AGS will soon launch the 6-month LEVEL UP Accelerator to boost the growth of high potential Zambian businesses.
As a first step, selected growth-oriented businesses will have the chance to prepare themselves for LEVEL UP by joining a 5-day intensive Pre-Accelerator (Expand Your Business Training). Successfully selected and trained businesses in the Pre-Accelerator stand a higher than 50% chance of being selected to the LEVEL UP Accelerator. 
Deadline: 3Rd March, 20201
The Sankalp Africa Summit 2021 is the region’s largest annual inclusive development platform focused on entrepreneurship and impact investing. Join over 1,200 stakeholders entrepreneurs, investors, entrepreneur support organisations and other sustainable development practitioners from across the ecosystem. Expect the best content coming from sub-Saharan Africa, and premier networking opportunities. This year, Sankalp will be virtual on 2nd and 4th March-2021. Don’t miss out!

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