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Can you believe this is the 400th issue of the Hive Newsletter? The newsletter has seen many changes design-wise over the years, but its focus remains the same - to be the source of news on all things BongoHive, and share opportunities for entrepreneurs in Zambia (and all over the world). Our business model has changed with the addition of other services, such that we recently introduced the monthly BongoHive Consult newsletter which is more of a B2B tech and innovation focused. We hope you're signed up for both of them.

If you are new here, welcome! And if you’re an old-timer, thanks for sticking with us.

SC Women in Tech
Last Sunday, we closed applications for the SC Women in Technology incubator programme. We received over 100 applications and we are enthusiastically working through them to shortlist the Top 40, who will go into the bootcamp. We will communicate with the shortlisted candidates next week. Wishing all the programme hopefuls the best of luck.

MTN MoMo Hackathon
It was a busy weekend for us and the MTN MoMo Hackathon participants. We spent the weekend over at Hive Coworking with the innovators practicing and presenting their pitches on the solutions they have created to integrate with the MoMo API. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winners this Wednesday on BongoHive and MTN Zambia’s social media pages.

Hive Coworking
Speaking of Hive Coworking, our coworking space is now open! We have some private offices and dedicated workspaces available, as well as our meeting and event rooms - reach out to us for a tour of the space if you’d like to make The Hive your home.
Don’t forget to check out the opportunities available below.
Have an awesome week!
BongoHive Opportunities
As a small business, you're probably constantly on the lookout for faster, easier & more cost-efficient ways to create new content. Did you know that your smartphone is now an all-in-one production studio, empowering you to make beautiful & impactful content?
Learn more in this week's Boost with Facebook session.
GSMA Building Synergies Workshop: A road map for start-up and mobile operator partnerships. This workshop will help startups to understand the industry and the market, and pitch to mobile operators, among others.
Dates: 25 & 26 January, 2022
Time: 3 - 5PM CAT
Register here
Dufuna, in partnership with BongoHive Consult, is accepting applications for the BongoHive Consult Coding Academy. This is an online academy for Zambians who are looking to gain skills in Software Engineering, Product Management and Product Design. 
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis
Opportunities in our Community
Looking for funding, or the right partner to help your venture scale?  Want to showcase your solution to the top investors, corporates, innovators and advisors in Africa and beyond? Applications are open to African tech start-ups hoping to pitch live on stage at the Africa Startup Summit 2022 in Nairobi.
Deadline: 30 January 2022
The UN International Trade Centre is partnering with CANVA to upskill entrepreneurs with the design and marketing tools they need.
They have launched a pilot webinar providing entrepreneurs with custom training on using CANVA for their business and a 1-year pro-subscription voucher for free. 
Applications are open for the 8th edition of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme, which will provide startups with training, mentorship and US$5,000 in funding.
Deadline: 31 March 2022
As we kick off the year, it is the perfect time for team leaders to align their teams on the priorities and strategies for the year. The TLC Team Kickstart is a half-day or full-day session where teams get on the same page around the goals for the year, individual roles and key results as well as ensure they are all collaborating cohesively towards consistent delivery. 

To contact The TLC Team, call them here (Tafadzwa).
Digital Innovation In Zambia
Zambia has in recent times experienced the adoption of innovation initiatives and the adoption of digital technology across many sectors of the economy. This development could largely be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. Innovation in Zambia used to be dominated by science and technological innovations, but now, digital innovation is at the core of every successful business.
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New Pan African Payment Platform Empowers SMEs and Strengthens Local Currencies
A new pan-African payment system removes legacy complexities, including the cost of cross-border payments, bolsters operational efficiencies and sets a new path to more stable and stronger African currencies and is set to spur intra-Africa trade.
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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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