Happy New Week!

Please be advised that we will be out of office tomorrow, 24th August due to the inauguration ceremony of the President-Elect, Mr Hakainde Hichilema. We will be in office on Wednesday, 25th August.

Here are our updates for this week:

We have partnered with Accelerated Growth for SMEs in Zambia (AGS) to conduct the LEVEL UP Accelerator Programme. This is the ICT cohort and it will run for 6 months. LEVEL UP includes tailored coaching and mentoring to make business investors ready. The programme is open to MSME tertiary education service providers based in Lusaka, Copperbelt and North-Western Provinces that provide technical skills training to learners in agribusiness, renewable energy, forestry, mining services, circular economy and the ICT sector. Apply here. Deadline: August 30th, 2021.

Applications for the BongoHive Fintech Challenge close THIS FRIDAY! For the second edition of the challenge, we are looking to work with early and growth-stage fintechs that are creating solutions that will bridge the inclusive finance gaps in the insurance sector. The fintechs should be addressing one or all of the following current challenges in the Zambian financial landscape: Digitisation of Insurance Systems; Education on Insurance; Inclusive Products for Women. Read more about the Challenge here.
We’ve written up an article that explains a bit more about inclusive insurance and the results from our insight formation sessions that resulted in the “Inclusive Insurance’ edition of the BongoHive FinTech Challenge - read it here. 

We held the 2021 Boost Up Zambia Grand Finale on August 12, 2021
The Winner for this year's Boost Up Zambia is Hendrix BundaBunda of HENDRECYCLERS. The startup will represent Zambia at the 2021 Slush event in Finland. BOOST UP is a three-part startup support programme organised by the Connected Hubs network and the Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme (SAIS 2) in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia. BOOST UP targets startups that use technology to solve a societal challenge and are looking for skills that could help them pitch their businesses and become investment-ready.
Secure your slot in the upcoming Boost with Facebook webinars lined up for this week. This week’s sessions will teach you how to create and make better ads with Facebook reporting. We will also host an open Question and Answer session - you are welcome to join us if you have any questions on the sessions that we have conducted so far. Register for the upcoming sessions here. If you need guidance on how to register for the sessions, watch this step by step guide.
 Have a great week, and stay safe.
BongoHive Opportunities
Are you an early or growth stage Zambian FinTech addressing financial inclusion gaps in the insurance sector? We are inviting you to apply for the BongoHive Fintech Challenge- an opportunity for you to develop new microinsurance solutions. Stand a chance to win $28.000 worth of technical and software support towards the development of a launchable prototype.

Deadline: August 27, 2021
Are you an MSME based in Lusaka, Copperbelt, and North-Western Province and you are providing tertiary education services? We are inviting you to apply for the LEVEL UP programme. We are looking for MSMEs that provide technical skills training to learners in agribusiness, renewable energy, forestry, mining services, circular economy, and the ICT sector. 
Deadline: August 30th, 2021. 
Apply here
Learn How To Create Facebook Ads 
Date: Thursday, 26 August 2021
Time: 11:00 AM
In this session you will :
Understand how Page promotions can grow awareness for your business
• Learn how to choose the right Page promotion based on your business goals.
• Learn how to create and manage your Page promotions
• Learn how to measure and optimize your ad performance.
Register for a session here
Make Better Ads With Facebook Reporting 
Date: Friday, 27 August 2021
Time: 11:00 AM
In this session you will cover:
• How to align your business goal to your campaign objective
• A brief overview of Ads reporting in Ads Manager
• How to customize reporting metrics to better understand your campaign results
• And some best practices in ads reporting 
Register for a session here
Open Session-QnA 
Date: Saturday, 28 August 2021
Time: 11:00 AM
In this session, we will answer any questions that you have on the sessions we have conducted so far. 
Register for a session here
Opportunities in our Community
The Technical Advisory Group with support from the Financial Sector Deepening Zambia will be conducting an online training programme on designing inclusive insurance products. The sessions will be conducted by AB consultants from Kenya.

Dates: September 1-3, 2021.
To participate, register here.
Applications for the 2021 National Innovation Initiative Challenge are still open. This initiative will facilitate the attainment of the start-up’s next milestone, recognize, and award the best innovations in the various categories particularly those addressing Health, Agriculture, Education, Tourism, Climate Change and Energy. 
Deadline: August 30, 2021
Atos is calling on digital innovators to apply for the ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge aimed at improving access to education for people with disabilities in Africa.
Deadline: September 15, 2021
Visit this website to apply.
Startup Spotlight:AgriPredict Zambia
AgriPredict is a startup that reduces the risks involved in farming using machine learning and artificial intelligence. These risks include plant and animal disease, pest infestations, droughts and other factors that can reduce farm yields. How this works is that a farmer takes a picture of the suspected diseased plant, and the system will give an on-demand diagnosis, options for treatment and the location of the nearest agro-dealer.
Read More
According to the Financial Deepening Sector Finscope Report of 2020, growth in the Zambian economy has been subdued. The real GDP growth was projected at a negative 4.2 percent in 2020. The report further reveals that despite the prevailing economic challenges, Zambia has continued to make significant gains in financial inclusion. 
Read More
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