Happy New Week!

Boost with Facebook is back! Almost 2 years ago, we took the Boost with Facebook programme to Solwezi, Chipata, Kitwe and Lusaka to teach SMEs how to use digital platforms to grow their businesses. This year, we will be hosting Boost With Facebook online sessions to teach you about using a variety of social media platforms to find customers and grow your business. Register here to receive updates on how to join our weekly online sessions delivered by Facebook in conjunction with BongoHive.

Last week Friday, we held a virtual Demo Day for the Standard Chartered Women in Technology incubation programme. After 12 weeks of incubation, the 10 participating businesses finally presented their pitches to a panel of judges on how they will use technology to grow their businesses. Join us tomorrow at 9 AM for a live virtual Awards Ceremony where we will award the top 5 businesses with seed funding of USD 10,000 each. This event will be streamed live on our Facebook page.

We released the 10th and final episode of the BongoHive podcast (Season 2) 2 weeks ago. In this season, we were exploring the entrepreneurial journeys of startups, entrepreneurs, and small businesses and heard insights from trainers and experts in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. We hope that you found the podcast insightful and you took away some valuable lessons with you. If you missed any of the episodes or you would like to listen to any of the episodes of the podcast again, follow this link and listen to the podcast on your preferred podcast platform.

ave a great week, and stay safe.
BongoHive Opportunities
Do you want to establish an effective online business for your business? Do you want to build resilience, stay connected with customers and adapt in real-time? Boost with Facebook is the right programme for you.
Boost with Facebook is a series of free webinars and online resources; where you can learn how to how to use various social media platforms to grow your business.
Register here to receive the latest updates.
Opportunities in our Community
For the first time since launching ten years ago, the MTN Business App of the Year Awards is inviting app developers from the African continent to enter the Best African Solution competition. The top competing App will be named the App of the Year and will walk away with USD 70 000. 
Deadline: August 9, 2021.
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.
Startup Spotlight: Outsource Now
Outsource Now (ZPOS) offers a management system that allows small, medium and micro enterprises to efficiently record all transactions of their businesses.
The startup
helps businesses to keep track of their stock, sales and helps them easily calculate profits, daily sales profit, accounting, and reporting. 
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Adjusting Your SEO Strategy Amid Covid
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is one of the most important investments at a time like this one. As the shift of activities from offline to online accelerate, optimisation of content is more critical now. Consumers have now turned to the internet to browse and shop for goods and services and to generally stay informed on issues that matter to them. 
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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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