Startup Weekend Lusaka

    Friday, November 28 - 30, 2014

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Lusaka

Friday, November 28 - 30, 2014

Friday, November 28 - 30, 2014
Event starts at 5:30 pm

25 Mpulungu Road, Olympia Park
Lusaka, Zambia 10101

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Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend's attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

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Friday November 28th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 29th

9:00 am
Recap and objectives for day

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm
Lunch Break

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 30th

9:00 am
Recap and Objectives for the day

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm
Lunch Break

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

4:30 pm
Final Presentations

6:00 pm
Judging & Awards


Erik Hersman
CEO - BRCK, Co-founder - Ushahidi, Founder - iHub Nairobi

Erik Hersman harnesses Africa’s boundless spirit of innovation by creating platforms to improve daily lives both inside and outside the continent. Hersman facilitates a host of web, mobile and community projects through organizations like the iHub, a Nairobi innovation hub for the technology community, bringing together entrepreneurs, hackers, designers and the investment community and built around the vision of an epicenter for Kenya’s booming tech industry. The mobile app Ushahidi, which he co-founded, allows users to share breaking news through text messaging, and continues to revolutionize and empower journalists, watchdog groups, and everyday people around the world. He is also the founder of the BRCK, a backup generator for the internet, and is a general partner in the Savannah Fund.Hersman, a TED Senior Fellow and PopTech Faculty Fellow, grew up in Kenya and Sudan and is, as he puts it, “one of those guys who’s much more ‘at home’ in Africa.” He keeps two influential blogs: WhiteAfrican, where he writes about technology on the African continent, andAfriGadget, a group blog that celebrates African ingenuity. He is also one of the founding organizers of Maker Faire Africa, an annual event to showcase the inventors around Africa, which happens in a different country each year (so far, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt and Nigeria).

Juliana Rotich
Executive Director - Ushahidi

Juliana is a Technologist, MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow, TED Senior Fellow and currently serves as Chair of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Data Driven Development.Juliana is Executive Director of Ushahidi Inc, a non-profit tech company, born in Africa, which specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, interactive mapping and data curation.  Ushahidi builds tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories. She leads a team that is expanding its global footprint and making crowdsourcing tools available and useful, and catalyzing entrepreneurial initiatives like iHub in Kenya.She is a board member for Ushahidi IncLtdBRCK Inc
She serves on the advisory council of Microsoft 4Afrika and Waabeh Ltd

Event Judges

Lukonga Lindunda
Lead Consultant - CSJ partners

Mr Chabala Kaunda is a lead consultant at CSJ partners a leading consulting firm in market development and investment focused on Zambia and the SADC region.With 18 years’ experience in the cellular mobile industry, Chabala introduced and developed markets for Motorola, Nokia, Ericsson, Sony Ericsson, ZTE, Siemens, Samsung, Telular, Possio and Mi -Fone, in addition to Station 12, Iridium satellite companies into Zambia and the SADC region.Chabala, a pioneer in cellular retail development through mapping, segmentation, experience stores, service centres and collaboration with major mass merchandisers. He developed distribution and marketing systems to penetrate informal and rural areas for universal access.

Jito Kayumba
Partner - Kukula Capital

Jito Kayumba is a Partner at Kukula Capital Plc, a leading Private Equity firm in Zambia. He spent his formative years in Montreal, Canada where he studied Business and Political Science at Concordia University. He then worked at a premier media conglomerate in Canada before returning to Zambia where he served as an Executive at an Advisory firm with a focus on mining and energy ventures. Jito also serves as a board member of numerous successful SMEs in Zambia.

Coaches and Mentors

Monica Musonda
Founder & CEO - Java Foods Ltd

Lawyer turned entrepreneur, Monica Musonda is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Java Foods, a food processing company based in Zambia that she established to provide affordable nutrition to the southern African market. Java Foods seeks to revolutionize the eating habits of the youth market by offering them affordable and nutritious food options made from local products. Musonda is a dual-qualified English solicitor and Zambian advocate with over 15 years of experience. She has held senior positions in private practice with Clifford Chance & Edward Nathan and as an in-house corporate counsel at the International Finance Corporation and for Aliko Dangote of Dangote Industries Limited. Musonda currently serves on the Boards of the Central Bank of Zambia and Dangote Industries Zambia Limited, and is Chairperson of Kwacha Pension Trust Fund, Zambia's largest single employer pension fund. She is also an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow.

Kachepa Mtumbi
Principal Consultant – KPR Consulting

More than ten years combined experience in advertising, journalism and public relations. Kachepa is Principal Consultant at Lusaka-based PR firm KPR Consulting with clients in sectors including NGO, finance, electronics, agriculture, aviation, real estate and retail.  Kachepa has international PR experience, having worked in the Asian market representing clients in the oil, real estate and aviation industry. His writing has been published in the Post, Zambia Daily Mail, Bulletin & Record as well as Big Issue Magazine.
Specialties: Media and stakeholder relations, crisis and reputation management. 

Simon Binder
Technology Entrepreneur

Simon Binder is a New York City based technology entrepreneur with experience founding, growing, selling and acquiring firms. In 2005, he co-founded Greenhouse IT, a technology firm that designed, built and managed complex corporate computer networks. After growing Greenhouse to $1 million in annual revenue with clients on five continents, he sold the company to Lloyd Group in 2011. He worked at Lloyd Group as a director of the firm between 2011 and 2014, helping to grow the organization from $4 million to $12 million in annual revenue during that period. In 2012 he also managed the successful acquisition of Redstone Technologies, another technology firm, by Lloyd Group.

Mawano Kambeu
Founder of Dot Com Zambia LLC

Mawano Kambeu is the founder of Dot Com Zambia LLC (, a technology company specializing in e-commerce platforms for the Zambian market. The platforms include an online shopping mall, personal shopping service and technology services for businesses. Established formally in 2009, Dot Com Zambia is establishing itself as a pioneer in the e-commerce industry in Zambia. Under Mr. Kambeu’s tenure, the company has grown from a one man $17,000 operation in 2009, to a major technology company with offices and staff in multiple countries around the world. The company and its business model have attracted the likes of Airtel Money, ZAMPOST, DHL Zambia Ltd and multiple businesses within Zambia to form strategic relationships with Dot Com Zambia.

Duniya Mupeso
Director, TDM Integra Limited

Duniya is a sales strategist with over ten years’ experience in the fields of ICT and Banking. 
Duniya was the first certified Cisco Sales Expert in Zambia as well as the first female Cisco Wireless LAN and IP Communications Certified Sales Specialist. She has worked closely with Engineers from top ICT organisations all over the world, such as Cisco Systems, HP and Dimension Data, to deliver innovative and business responsive solutions to clients. She has also worked with all the leading organisations across all sectors and industries in the Zambian market, as well as some in Tanzania and Zimbabwe, and has played a key role in many pioneering solutions that have been developed for the Zambian ICT market including the introduction of introduction of fibre-based solutions, digital leased lines for data access, electronic billing systems for utility companies, and voice-based (IP telephony) network systems. 
Duniya is currently developing and running two companies which focus on her greatest passions; design and technology.
In addition, Duniya is currently working with iSchool Zambia to commercialise the ZEduPad, the first ever educational tablet developed for e-learning in Zambia    

Clare Nkweto
Associate Director - Deloitte

Clare Nkweto Simmonds is an Associate Director at Deloitte and has over 11 years experience in IT effectiveness.
Clare is solution focused with experience of implementing projects focused improving on both Finance Transformation and cost reduction, to achieve efficiency, growth and cultural change both in the private and public sector. She has strong public sector experience having recently managed projects, focusing on business process design and transition work streams in local government, as well as managing shared service centre implementations.

Mike Murray
Founder & Dean of the Awesome Foundation Lusaka ✜ Business Incubation Manager at BongoHive

Mike is a Canadian business management and development expert with experience working in start-ups to large corporates in Canada, Vietnam and Australia.  He strongly believes in the power of business to create positive change in the world and has focused upon growing innovative and disruptive businesses.  Mike has successfully created and implemented business development strategies that have achieved rapid growth, quickly expanding the impact of triple bottom line businesses. 
Having recently moved to Lusaka with his wife Kate, Mike supports startups at BongoHive Technology and Innovation Hub and is also founder and dean of Awesome Foundation Lusaka, a network of people that distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators.
His experience has allowed him to consistently: develop new markets; achieve and manage rapid growth; and create brand recognition and loyalty.

Matthew Grollnek
Founder - Startup Junction, COO NetOne

Matthew loves innovation and Africa. He is currently focused on pulling together and incubating a community of entrepreneurs in Lusaka to promote Zambian-owned businesses and to encourage investment through his company Startup Junction. Startup Junction hosts Startup Hour, Zambia’s most popular monthly startup event, which has featured the country’s most prominent entrepreneurs, business men and women, and politicians. Matthew also serves as the Chief Operating Officer and partner at NetOne, Zambia’s leading I.T. service provider and owner of the regions only Tier III, multi-tenant data center. In the past he has worked at the intersection of entrepreneurship and education throughout Africa with the Peace Corps, US State Department, Engineers Without Borders, the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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