We have been so busy this month closing off projects, as well as taking on new ones. Here is what is happening at the Hive:

Today, we begin Day 1 of the AGS LEVEL UP Bootcamp. LEVEL UP is an accelerator programme that includes tailored coaching and mentoring to make business investors ready. During the 5- day Bootcamp, we will conduct mentorship and coaching sessions for 20 medium and small scale enterprises (MSMES) on topics such as sales and marketing, human-centred designs, digital marketing, and business development. This is the ICT cohort where we are working with MSME tertiary education service providers that provide technical skills training to learners in agribusiness, renewable energy, forestry, mining services, circular economy and the ICT sector.

On Wednesday and Thursday this week, we will host the final event for the Future Challenges Initiative which we have been conducting in partnership with Demola and AGS. The Future Challenges Initiative brought together students from various tertiary institutions in Zambia to create future-proof solutions for challenges and opportunities that lie in the future. At the finale, the students will have the chance to present their findings and they will also network and interact with selected companies and representatives from AGS, Demola and BongoHive.

In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), we are conducting business development training for innovators and startups who are developing prototypes into Minimum Viable Products (MVPs). This is under the UNDP Accelerator Lab (AccLab) initiatives to test and scale new solutions to global challenges like climate change and soaring inequality. The Accelerator Lab aims to create the fastest learning network on development solutions by identifying and scaling up local solutions that will accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Agenda 2030.

Applications for the MTN MoMo Hackathon close this Friday! We are inviting entrepreneurs and developers to take on the opportunity to create innovative financial and transactional applications using the MTN MoMo platform. The top 3 winning ideas will share a 45K cash prize. Sign up here.

Last month, we participated in the launch of live testing of the Capital Markets Regulatory Sandbox with the Securities and Exchange Commission Zambia (SEC) and UN Capital Development Fund. The live testing was officially launched by the Minister of Science and Technology, Hon. Felix Mutati. There are 4 companies participating in the sandbox. These are: Kukula Capital Plc Lupiya Lusaka Stock Exchange LuSE and PremierCredit Zambia. During the event, we also signed a Certificate of Collaboration with the SEC. We look forward to working together on more opportunities in the future.
BongoHive Events
Join us for an Information Session about the SC Women In Technology programme. We will be providing information about the programme, application criteria, and the benefits of being a part of the programme. You will also be able to share your questions during the Q&A session.
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021
Time: 5:30 PM CAT
BongoHive Opportunities
Are you an entrepreneur or It enthusiast with an innovative idea in digitizing financial services? The MTN MOMO Hackathon is giving you a  chance to create a transaction app using the MTN MOBILE MONEY API.
Deadline: Friday, 10th December 2021 
Learn the new way of marketing using Whatsapp and effective methods to get customers through Instagram in this weeks Boost with Facebook training session:
Date: 8 & 9 December 
Time: 6:30 PM CAT
The SC Women in Tech incubator programme is back. Don't miss the opportunity to apply for Cohort 2, and your shot at $10,000 to develop your digital tech solution.

Deadline: 16 January 2022 
Opportunities in our Community
The GSMA is looking for start-ups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises in Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Latin America and Eastern Europe that leverage digital technology, particularly mobile, to deliver climate resilience and adaptation solutions to and with low-income and vulnerable populations.
Deadline: January 9, 2021
In partnership with Meta, Asikana Network will host the Meta Digital Literacy Forum.  The forum will convene stakeholders from the government, private sector, NGOs, and educators to discuss the role of digital literacy in combating issues such as misinformation, hate speech, bullying and harassment, and online safety. 
Date: December 7 2021.
Time: 9 AM CAT
The Water and Energy for Food (WE4F) is calling on profit, non-profit, academic, finance institutions, and other actors with innovations in the water, energy, and water-energy-food nexus to apply for this funding opportunity.
Deadline: 4 January 2022
The BongoHive Fintech Challenge- Inclusive Insurance Edition
In September this year, we started conducting the second edition of the BongoHive Fintech Challenge. In this edition called 'Inclusive Insurance,' we were looking to work with early and growth-stage fintech startups who are creating solutions that bridge the inclusive financial gaps in the insurance sector.
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