Zambia has so far had the highest bi-weekly COVID-19 case growth rate in the world. In the past 1 week, Zambia’s number of new cases has increased by almost 150%. We would like to urge you to adhere to preventative measures and reduce the spread of the virus. Mask up, wash hands, practice social distancing and stay at home.

Here is what we have planned for you this week:
DIGILOGIC, a digital innovation hub made up of European and African hubs to develop smart logistics solutions, will tomorrow host a webinar on Digitising Logistics in Africa. Speakers include Stephane Jarmache, CEO Middle East and Africa ISS Global Forwarding, Chuka Alumna, Director, Global Go-To-Market Transformation and Distributor Operations, P&G Malaika Judd, Co-founder of Sendy and Kingsly Kwalar, CEO of OptimizTime: 1 PM CAT-Register here and stand a chance to win 1 of 10 free access to the IPIC conference.

With over 10 weeks of business coaching and leveraging tech for business growth, the SC Women in Tech participants are preparing for Demo Day where they will showcase how they will use technology to grow their businesses. The participants have also shared their experiences on how the programme has impacted their businesses so far. Check their responses on our Facebook page.

On Tuesday last week, the United Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) launched the Regulatory Playbook for Zambian FinTechs. The webinar included a presentation on the Regulatory playbook and a panel of industry experts who discussed how regulators are supporting innovation in a growing sector in Zambia’s digital finance market. We collaborated with (UNCDF) to launch the Regulatory Playbook which is based on our work with FinTech startups. You can access the Playbook here.

In episode 9 of the BongoHive podcast, our guests discuss the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem, as well as the UN ITC Tech Hubs in Africa. We also identify factors that influence this ecosystem and how they can be leveraged to ensure entrepreneurial success. Listen here 

That is all from us this week. Have a great week, and stay safe.
BongoHive Opportunities
We are seeking to recruit a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Data Analytics Lead to lead our Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Data Analytics work. The candidate should be able to enhance quality M&E, analysis and learning from programme/project implementation by ensuring appropriate use of M&E frameworks and tools that assure quality programme and project delivery across BongoHive and partners’/client projects.
Deadline: 19th June, 2021
Opportunities in our Community
Prospero Zambia is offering funding to qualifying Zambian small and medium businesses that have experienced hardship under the current COVID-19 pandemic and other economic headwinds. The five-year facility will support businesses with a combination of capital and grant-funded technical assistance to help them navigate the crisis
Apply here.
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
Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Phase 3 Applications are now open! 
Academy for Women Entrepreneurs is a program that supports women entrepreneurs around the world. Through facilitated online learning, participants will develop their business skills, network with mentors, and turn their idea into reality. 
Deadline: July 10th, 2021
Startup Spotlight: Spotless Africa 
Spotless Africa is a specialised cleaning services company that offers commercial kitchen exhaust cleaning and window cleaning services. The startup was founded by two entrepreneurs who teamed up and shared their love for spotless windows and buildings. The startup has since grown to become the premier cleaning company in Zambia.
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5 African Startups Secure $5k Grant Funding Each fro SAIS and Seedstars  
 Five African startups have been awarded USD 5,000 each in grant funding from the Southern Africa Innovation Support programme and Seedstars after completing the Investment Readiness Programme.
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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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