Our Resources

COVID-19 Resource Center has curated content to help entrepreneurs manage the effects of COVID-19 on their businesses.

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The Hive Newsletter is a weekly email sent out every Monday packed with updates and opportunities for our community.

The BongoHive Podcast takes listeners through the various challenges they may face as budding entrepreneurs and how they can tackle them.

The Hive Webinars are curated online workshops/events for entrepreneurs at various stages of their growth.

Startup Tools

Lean Canvas

We use the Lean Canvas in place of a traditional business plan as the backbone to the entrepreneurship programmes that we run.  It helps startups quickly map out their idea and assumptions and works particularly well for those looking to transition from idea to business or have recently launched and are searching for market traction.

Introduction to the Lean Canvas
BongoHive Lean Canvas

User Experience

Once startups have completed the Lean Canvas, we encourage them to learn everything they can about their prospective users because no matter how hard you try, you will never be your user.  Our startups create personas and then user journeys which help them understand how their users will interact with their product or service.

Personas – A great step-by-step guide to creating personas
User Journey – A great step-by-step guide to creating user journeys

Accounting & Finance

Any startup wanting to survive needs to understand where they stand financially from the idea stage onward.  We use this simple spreadsheet with all of our startups in our Discover programme to help them understand their financial model.  As our startups progress, begin generating revenue, having to stock products or track their customers, they require a more robust solution which has resulted in our finance system.

BongoHive Simple Budget Template
BongoHive Startup Finance System

Pitching your Startup

Whether pitching your idea to investors or someone you meet on a bus, we get our startups to get comfortable selling their business to those around them.  We practice pitching both as a networking tool as well as to investors.

Elevator Pitch – A simple tool to help you craft a sales pitch
BongoHive Pitch Deck – The template our startups use

Other Recommended Online Tools

Wave Accounting – Free invoicing & accounting software with credit card processing & payroll services.

Back of a Napkin – For creating quick & easy founders agreements

Google Docs – Create & edit documents online with access to multiple team members

Canva – Anyone can be a graphic designer with Canva; use their simple drag & drop features to create artwork

Zambian Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Entrepreneurship Support Organisations


WEAC – Women’s Entrepreneurship Access Centre

Impact Hub Lusaka

Jacaranda Hub – Social-Economic Impact and Commercial Value

PEP Zambia – Supporting MSME Growth in Zambia

AGS – Accelerated Growth for Small and Medium Enterprises in Zambia

Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission – Promoting Economic Development in Zambia

Tech Publications, Groups & Event Platforms


Tech Trends – Zambian Online Technology Publication

The Best of Zambia – The best online resource for products and services in Zambia

Asikana Network – Empowering Young Women in Technology

Developer Circle Lusaka by Facebook

DevCon – Zambia’s annual Developer conference

Hacker’s Guild – Immersive Training to Craft Mobile and Web Applications

Funders


PEP Zambia – Helping Zambian businesses to flourish

VC4Africa – Pan-African Platform for Startup Financing

ICA – Impact Capital Africa

AGS – Accelerated Growth for Small and Medium Enterprises in Zambia

Zenga Ventures

Amano Capital

Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission – Promoting Economic Development in Zambia

Regulators and Agencies


Zambia Information & Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) – ICT Regulator

Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) – Taxpayer Identification Number (TPIN), Income Tax Registration, PAYE, and VAT.

Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) – Specializes in standardization, quality assurance, metrology, and testing.

National Technology Business Centre (NTBC)

Patent And Company Registration Agency (PACRA) – Company registration, Patent, and Trademark

Securities and Exchange Commission – Capital Markets Regulation