Here is your update for this week.

This Friday, DITCh Plastic, will host a conference themed “Digital Innovation for a Circular Plastic Economy in Africa.” We are actively involved in The DITCh Plastic project which is aimed at utilising digital innovations to accelerate the transition to a circular plastic economy (CPE) in Africa. This international conference brings together interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder perspectives on challenges and opportunities for utilising digital innovations for the circular plastic economy in Africa. Date: Friday, 30th April. Time: 10 AM CAT. Register here.

The 2021 Finnish Week of Business in Zambia hosted by the Embassy of Finland has started today and it will run until Wednesday 28th April. This year, specific focus will be given to the following sectors: Education. Sustainable Mining, Renewable Energy, Environment and Circular economy, ICT and Digitisation as well as Forestry and Agribusiness. We are delighted to be among the speakers during the session on Entrepreneurship and Digitalisation on Wednesday at 1 PM CAT. Companies from all sectors are welcome to join the online event. Watch the live stream on the AGS Programme Zambia Facebook page.

This week, tune in for the sixth episode of the BongoHive Podcast (Season 2). We’re talking about building a business that sells to enterprises. Our guests chatted to us about securing contracts with business, corporates and government institutions. Tune in this Friday to listen to Chinedu Koggu of Probase, Chilekwa Banda of Digital PayGo and Lamin Barro of Etudesk. Listen to the episode here.
That is all from us this week. Have a great week, and stay safe.
BongoHive Opportunities
The Hive Workshop: Sale Workshop Series by Scale Up (Part 2) 
In part 2 of this workshop, we will dive deep into how to effectively build and manage the sales team. Specifically, we will build a model to ensure you have proper pipeline coverage and are assigning a realistic AE and SDR quota. We will build an interview criteria list that your company can consistently use when evaluating SDRs and AEs that are interested in joining your company so that you reduce the chance of mis-hires by eliminating “gut” from the hiring decision. 
Date: April 27
Time: 3 PM-4 PM CAT
Opportunities in our Community
MarketConnect Zambia is calling on processors in the agribusiness sector to apply for the Zambia Agribusiness and Trade Project.
  • Proven and verifiable sales track record for at least 12 months
  • Recorded annual revenue of USD15,000-USD 1,000,000
  • Processing or aggregating raw or intermediate agricultural into market-ready products.
For more information about the project and eligibility criteria, visit the MarketConnect website.
 Applications for the Smart Cities Innovation Programme (SCIP) are now open. SCIP is a 6-month accelerator aimed at supporting high-potential tech start-ups from Rwanda and other African countries operating in the fields of Smart Mobility, Smart Housing and Fintech for Affordability
30 startups will benefit from individual mentoring, training as well as intensive networking and matchmaking with international business partners and investors.
Deadline: May 9th, 2021
Applications for the 2021 ZICTA ICT Innovation Programme are now open.
The ICT Innovation programme is an initiative under the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority that provides various technical and business development support services to ICT innovators, start-ups and entrepreneurs to develop their nascent tech-related innovative ideas into viable business ventures. 
Deadline: April 30, 2021
The Innovating Justice Challenge is inviting all startups that are transforming the justice sector to become part of the 2021 accelerator cohort. The Innovation Justice Challenge invites startups from East Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, the MENA region and Ukraine. Grow your game-changing innovation into an impactful business.
Deadline: April 30, 2021
Apply here
Startup Spotlight: PremierCredit Zambia
PremierCredit is an online microlending platform operating in Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Group company along with its robust capital structure and technological advances seeks to disrupt the Zambian market with paperless financial solutions that are hassle-free, collateral-free, simple, convenient and very affordable. PremierCredit was also one of the 3 FinTechs that received a $5000 grant from the 2nd cohort of the FinTech4U programme that we run in partnership with UNCDF.
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Importance of the Chief Technology Officer Role to Startups: CTO-as-a-Service 
A Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is a professional who is responsible for all the technical aspects of company processes, tech-team management, and strategic decision-making. A CTO plays a key role in understanding an organisation’s business needs and the technological aspects of meeting them.
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Flutterwave's "Unicorn" Status Stems from Pan-African Focus and top Execution
The “unicorn” status secured by Nigerian payments startup Flutterwave after a US$170 million funding round raised in March can be attributed to the company’s pan-African focus, great team, and excellent execution, according to its chief commercial officer (CCO).  
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