The year-long month of January has finally come to an end! As February approaches, one gets the feeling that the year really is kicking into gear. Here's this weeks update: 

SC Women in Tech
Our evaluators are rounding up the applications for the SC Women in Technology incubator programme to shortlist our top 40 who will be joining the Bootcamp in February. If you applied for the programme, please check your mail as we are doing background checks on the applicants (business compliance). Announcements on the shortlist will be made this week.

Boost with Facebook
As part of our entrepreneurship support programmes, we host Boost with Facebook sessions and have a target to work with over 2000 businesses. As we approach the end of the programme in March, don't miss out on the opportunity to attend one of the upcoming Boost with Facebook sessions and let us help you reach more customers using Meta platforms. There is a session for everyone out there on something you could improve in your social media presence for your business. Register below.

A Toolkit for Entrepreneurs
If you are an aspiring entrepreneur or still in the early stages of your business, we are building a valuable toolkit of sorts in the Entrepreneurship Resources section of our website, There you can find tools such as the Lean Canvas, which we run all of our early-stage entrepreneurs through. Any suggestions on what we should add to the toolkit? Let us know!

We have also added an article on Funding for Zambian Startups on our website - check it out in the Article section below.

Have a great week!
BongoHive Opportunities
We are looking for an Innovation Lead to join our Innovation Unit.
The Innovation Lead will facilitate internal and external innovation; and create incremental and disruptive, growth-enabling products and services to enter the Zambian and regional markets.
Deadline: Saturday 12 February 2022
For more details and to apply, visit our website.
The early-stage startup team is much more than just a set of employees. In the start-up world, everything tends to move fast.  There are lots of transitions and scaling up is inevitable. Your startup team should be on board with you on this journey. But what makes a successful start-up team?
Join us for the Hive Webinar as we unwrap the fundamentals of a successful startup.

Date: 8th February 2022
This week, learn how to create content that will make people stop scrolling and start interacting with your brand in the way that you need them to.

Date: 3rd February 2022
Time: 19:00 hrs

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
Villgro USA is now accepting applications for the Feb 222 cohort of the Incubating Incubators program. This is a three-month intensive program during which incubators will receive:
* Incubation training
* One-on-one mentoring
* Access to Villgro's technology platform 
* Access to Villgro's Incubation Replication Guide & templates, and more.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
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
Funding for Zambian Startups in 2021
A few months ago, we came across a tweet from a Zambian startup founder inquiring about funding for Zambian startups. After 10 years of supporting entrepreneurs, this is a conversation we are familiar with because we frequently receive similar versions of this question. 
Read More
African Tech Startup funding trebles to pass $2bn mark in 2021
Investment into the African tech startup ecosystem trebled over the course of a record-breaking 2021 that saw total funding pass the US$2 billion mark for the first time.
Read More
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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