Demo Day for the SC Women in Tech Programme is slowly approaching. We have spent the last few months of the programme guiding the participants on how they can leverage technology to grow their businesses. The 10 participating businesses will now have the chance to showcase their tech solutions to a panel of judges and the top 5 businesses will each walk away with USD10,000. The participants have shared the impact of the programme on their businesses, look out for their stories on our social media pages.

United Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) will be launching the Regulatory Playbook for Zambian FinTechs, tomorrow at 10 AM CAT. The webinar, which will be hosted in collaboration with BongoHive will include a presentation on the Regulatory playbook as well as a discussion on key developments in regulating and developing Zambia’s FinTech industry. The panel discussion will include experts from the Bank Of Zambia, Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZANACO). Join the webinar on Zoom.
Episode 9 of the BongoHive Podcast, goes live this Friday! In this episode, we discuss the evolution of the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem in Zambia. We will also be identifying factors that influence this ecosystem and how they can be leveraged to ensure entrepreneurial success. This episode features Lukonga Lindunda, Executive Director and co-founder of BongoHive, Milou Van Bruggen. Associate Programme Officer with the ITC, and Bernard Banda, Manager of Policy and Research at ZICTA.
That is all from us this week. Have a great week, and stay safe.
Opportunities in our Community
UNCDF will be launching the Regulatory Playbook for Zambian FinTechs through an interactive webinar. The webinar will also include a panel discussion highlighting key developments in regulating and developing Zambia's FinTech industry.
Date: June 8th, 2021
Join the webinar on Zoom
Are you developing a solution to a logistics challenge? Register for the DIGILOGIC webinar as they explore the leapfrogging opportunities for technologies despite the infrastructure deficit.
Date: June 15th, 2021
GSMA is looking for start-ups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises in Africa, South or South East Asia, who are leveraging digital technology to deliver urban services with socio-economic, commercial and environmental impact.
Successful projects will receive an equity-free grant of between £100,000 and £250,000 to scale their innovation over a 15- to 18-month period.
Deadline: July 2nd, 2021
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