Startup Weekend Harare

    Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014


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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Harare

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014



Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Hypercube Hub
11 Phillips Avenue
Belgravia
Harare, Zimbabwe

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 21st


5:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Welcome and rundown of the process from the facilitator. Followed by an opening talk from the guest speaker


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:30 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


9:45 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 at the venue until 2300

Saturday November 22nd


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


9:00 am
Crunch-time
Mentors select their teams based on skill/sector fit and check in with their teams. Team continue to work until lunch


1:00 pm
Lunch
Lunch and comic relief


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


7:00 pm
Dinner


8:00 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as midnight

Sunday November 23rd


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive…ASK QUESTIONS and opportunity to call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)


12:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


1:00 pm
Lunch
Gut check. Start prepping for presentations!


2:30 pm
Final Presentations


4:00 pm
Judging & Awards


5:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Takunda Chingozhoh

Takunda Chingonzo is a tech savvy, inspirational leader who loves working on cutting edge technology and discovering ways to monetize such technology in emerging economies. Takunda is the co-founder of Neolab Technology P/L, a multi award winning start-up that is currently working on bringing free Internet access to the public. He is also the co-founder of NeoEffect, a social start-up working towards the empowerment of underprivileged youth through IT Literacy in southern Zimbabwe. Takunda is passionate about entrepreneurship and has successfully rolled out initiatives such as the MX project and BOOT Africa that strive to promote student start-ups in tertiary institutions. Takunda is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in Quantity Surveying and is also working towards CISCO certification in Network Security. Upon the completion of the Washington Fellowship, he plans to roll out services over WiFi on the “free WiFi” network called Saisai that is being developed by Neolab. He also intends on expanding his social initiatives to other tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe and southern Africa. Takunda was one of 100 Fellows competitively selected to participate in an 8-week internship in the United States following the Mandela Washington Fellowship academic institute. He interned at Africa Venture Partners in August-September 2014.

Event Judges


Tino Kambasha

Tino Kambasha joined Imara Asset Management in 2007 as a Portfolio Manager and has structured investments for pension funds, companies and individuals where he gained wide experience in trading and transaction execution. Tino sat on the investment committee and managed over US$100 million on the ZSE and various money market instruments. In September 2010, Tino joined Imara Corporate Finance for a year where he focused on deal generation and the management of a US$24 million debenture book. Tino subsequently joined Imara Edwards Securities and swiftly rose to Executive Director (Sales & Trading). He is the founder of the Imara Finance Mentor Programme and is a patron of Fairhome orphanage. Tino graduated from Rhodes University where he obtained a Bachelor of Economics (International Finance, Money and Banking) and an Industrial Psychology degree.


Geoff Goss

Geoff Goss is the chief executive officer of Matamba Anonaka Technology Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, a venture capital company which he established in September 2010 to invest primarily in new IT and Telecoms opportunities in Zimbabwe. The company has investments in mobile content and messaging businesses, consumer electronics distribution, and renewable energy.     Geoff has over 25 years of business experience in sub-Saharan Africa, the last 15 of which have been at senior levels in the technology sector with the likes of Compaq Computer Corporation and Hewlett Packard.  More recently he was chief executive officer of Celsys Limited before taking up the position of country director at Lonzim Plc, which acquired a controlling stake in Celsys in 2007.  At Lonzim he was part of the IPO team and was thereafter responsible for the development and growth of numerous Lonzim subsidiaries active in, transaction switching technologies, mobile handset distribution, mobile payphone management, SMS value added services, airtime distribution, and recharge card production and was involved in numerous other technology, transport and hospitality projects. Geoff has also been a speaker at numerous local and international investment and telecoms conferences and has been a judge at the ZOL Start-up Challenge since it’s inception.


Valentina Azzarello

Valentina Azzarello is currently working as Coordinator with the UNDP’s Bureau for Programme and Policy Support (BPPS) in New York. Her work focuses on supporting knowledge management and innovative initiatives. Recently, she supported the UNDP Innovations Advisor for Africa to plan and coordinate an innovation week of action, specifically taking place in five UNDP country offices, focusing on topics e.g., SMS polling and design thinking.   Previously, she worked as Management Specialist with the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office at the Bureau of Management (BOM) at UNDP, where she was responsible for delivering solutions to increase the effectiveness of the MPTF Office’s fund management services as well as its internal efficiency.   She has also worked for the private sector, specifically for Sapient Government Services, a technology consulting firm in Washington D.C where she worked on business process improvement for the Department of Health and Human Services. Lastly, she has worked for an IT start-up, where she led work-streams, liaising with clients (mainly investment banks) regarding requirements gathering and process capture.   Ms Azzarello holds a Master of Public Administration in Program Economic Policy Management from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury in the UK.


Coaches and Mentors


Muvirimi Kupara

Muvirimi Kupara is the Chief Operations Officer of Anchor Holdings, an investment holdings company with interests in agriculture, mining properties and agro-processing. Previously, Muvirimi has worked with Stax LLC as a strategic financial consultant in Boston, USA. He also spent time with KLD Investments, an ethical investment firm, in Boston, USA where he served as a regional analyst for Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to his time in Boston, Muvirimi also worked with the United Nations as a policy analyst in Europe and Australia and Kraft Foods as a production consultant in Kirksville, Missouri, USA. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Marketing and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Psychology from Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri USA. He also serves on the boards of ReadyKit Zimbabwe, and Auzano Capital Management while also serving as the Chairman of Beatrice Mining Private Limited.


Bongai Zamchiya

Bongai read law at university. He is an entrepreneur and has worked in various sectors in the economy including ICT, agro-business, property and entertainment. He is a director of a number of companies involved in financial services, entertainment, hospitality, property and beverages. A keen rugby man, Bongai has been involved in various levels of administration in Zimbabwean rugby and is currently involved with the Confederation of African Rugby and the International Rugby Board as a Judicial Officer.  Bongai is a keen reader of biographies, and books on business and life change.


Nikki Kershaw

Nikki comes from a traditional communications background, having dabbled in journalism, publishing, advertising, and new media before finding her niche online. She's been a writer, an editor, a producer, a project manager. She is a consumer and producer of all things digital, passionate about technology and its potential to transform lives. 

Nikki is a Director of C2 Media, a creative digital agency with offices in Harare, Zimbabwe, and Melbourne, Australia, specialising in web design and development, custom software, and mobile applications. She is also a co-founder and Advisory Board member of Hypercube Technology Hub in Harare.

In her spare time, Nikki runs marathons and works on the next big app idea with her wannabe developer sons.

Key skills and responsibilities include: business development and management, strategic planning, usability testing, project management, SEO, SEM, social media and digital marketing strategy and execution, and online advertising.



Takunda Chingozhoh

Takunda Chingonzo is a tech savvy, inspirational leader who loves working on cutting edge technology and discovering ways to monetize such technology in emerging economies. Takunda is the co-founder of Neolab Technology P/L, a multi award winning start-up that is currently working on bringing free Internet access to the public. He is also the co-founder of NeoEffect, a social start-up working towards the empowerment of underprivileged youth through IT Literacy in southern Zimbabwe. Takunda is passionate about entrepreneurship and has successfully rolled out initiatives such as the MX project and BOOT Africa that strive to promote student start-ups in tertiary institutions. Takunda is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in Quantity Surveying and is also working towards CISCO certification in Network Security. Upon the completion of the Washington Fellowship, he plans to roll out services over WiFi on the “free WiFi” network called Saisai that is being developed by Neolab. He also intends on expanding his social initiatives to other tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe and southern Africa. Takunda was one of 100 Fellows competitively selected to participate in an 8-week internship in the United States following the Mandela Washington Fellowship academic institute. He interned at Africa Venture Partners in August-September 2014.


Asa Jogi

After a decade of production management in film, theatre, music, dance and advertising in the United States and South Africa Asa returned to Zimbabwe in January 2010 to open a company here dedicated to providing Zimbabwe with quality events in all sectors of the arts and corporate worlds. The Production Company worked with embassies, corporates and private citizens before diversifying into the ownership of a Nightclub - RedBar. In 2013 Asa sold RedBar to focus on the founding of his current organization - The Jogi Group. The Jogi Group aims to bring together professionals in every area of entertainment and the arts. The Jogi Group is currently working on a variety of projects from creating a multipurpose venue in association with local investors to support its work in the arts and entertainment to providing film services to corporate clients and even creating the occasional mind blowing event for private clients. Asa Jogi is a firm believer in the power of the entrepreneur and hopes to encourage more Zimbabweans to take control of their economic environment and create positive change for the future of this country.


Tommy Deuschle

Tommy, a business administration graduate is co founder and director of Emerging Ideas - a startup accelerator, as well as Co-Founder of Harare Pitch Night’s. Tom’s focus is start-ups and raising capital for new business. As Founder and CEO of Big Africa PVT LTD, Tommy hosted, “Big Africa Forum” on national television in 2009 and the Big “Africa Business Show” in 2011 with 400 business attendants. Tommy has been involved in producing music records. Tommy was the winner of British Airways Face to Face Competition in 2011 and highlights one of his pastimes “Crocodile hunting”.


Michele Scanlon

Michèle joined Dandemutande in February 2012 as Launch Programme Advisor leading a team that launched the company’s uMAX WiMAX network in Harare in June 2012. Michèle was subsequently appointed Dandemutande CEO effective from November 2013.

Michèle Scanlon was previously Chief Commercial Officer of Mobitel, a WiMAX start-up in Nigeria. Michèle is an emerging markets telecoms commercial strategist with over 15 years of experience. She commenced her telecoms career with Informa Telecoms & Media in London as an analyst, research director and consultant focusing on emerging markets and prepaid services. Michèle left after 7 years to pursue independent consulting in Africa focusing on telecoms financial investments and commercial strategies. In that capacity, Michèle has worked for Qtel (Qatar), HSBC, Investec, RMB, Afrexim, Mascom (Botswana), Zain (Nigeria), Central Bank of Nigeria and other investors in Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana and Malawi among others.

Michèle holds a Bachelor of Business Science Degree (University of Cape Town).


Walter Wanyanya

Walter Wanyanya is founder and managing director at TechTools Technology and Authorized Apple Reseller and has 14 years experience in the fields of technical support, computer sales and repairs specialized in Apple Products, 9 years of which were spent employed with another Authorized Apple Reseller. He rose to the position of Technical Manager up to the time he left to start up TechTools Technology (Private) Limited in July of 2008. In January of 2007 he was tasked to help start up another Accredited Apple Reseller by his former employers in Zambia and that business was the first and only Apple retailer and is still operational as we speak. He holds several qualifications in the ICT field and still doing further studies. He is also a board member and director for a holdings concern that includes a farm, a lodge, casino and game farm. In 2012 he teamed up with two brothers who are animation and advertising experts to start up another business called Livecast Media that specializes in outdoor digital billboards and content creation for the platform.

Another passion that has evolved into a business is Walter's interest and involvement in the creative arts and specifically music. Walter started playing bass guitar at the age of 15 under the guidance and help of the music team at Celebration Church. He went on to play for Celebration Choir and was involved in many aspects in music including tours to America and the region. After 15 years of active involvement with Celebration Choir he then took a back seat to concentrate on business and other ventures. As a result of his strong foundation in music and business, Walter was moved to develop many aspects in the music industry as a whole, this led to the setting up of a company that is involved in promotions, events, management, production and marketing of music and the arts. In one year the company has facilitated tours to Germany, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana and is set to export Zimbabwean music and the arts packaged in a world class manner but keeping the identity of its Zimbabwean roots.


Shamiso Ruzvidzo
Founder and Director, Catherine Ruze Agency

Shamiso Catherine Ruzvidzo is the Founder and Director of Catherine Ruze Agency a Modelling and Image Management Agency. In 2013 she launched Fashion Weekend Zimbabwe, an Entertainment and Development platform. Shamiso’s Awards include 2014 British Council Young Cultural Entrepreneur for 2014, 2013 Book of Zimbabwean Women Award, awarded for her contribution in the development of Zimbabwean Fashion, a 2013 Diamond Scissors Award for her contribution and passionate development of the Zimbabwean Fashion Industry and a 2009 Finalist Award in the Australian Belmont Small Business Awards for Business Achievements and Excellence.   First opening her Agency in Australia in 2009, Shamiso decided to move back home in 2012. Since her return she has been focused on the re-development of the Zimbabwean Fashion Industry, once a thriving industry. Her most notable and dedicated project is a skills mentorship programme for young designers run through Fashion Weekend Zimbabwe. She believes in skills mentorship and giving others the chance to be trained to reach their full potential.   My passion is to benefit the development of the industry and see it become a locally and globally recognized, respected industry - birthing world class talent.


Vimbayi Kajese

Vimbayi Kajese's goal is to be recognized as a Thought Leader on Africa's tech innovation, a Perception Change Agent for the continent as well as a Champion for Autism.  She is a co-founder of several nascent start-ups including a digital platform connecting Africans to conferences, one to China, as well as the most recent venture in bio tech for organic fertilizers. A self-proclaimed “Professional Hub Hopper” Vimbayi has made several hubs in leading African cities her home including: Johannesburg, Harare, Accra, Lagos and currently Nairobi while also experiencing the global support of a virtual incubator.   Earlier this year Vimbayi was invited to judge the UNICEF-MEST hackathon in Accra, Ghana where she sharpened her awareness of the End User Experience. A couple of months later, she emerged as a Javelin Board wielding master, by winning Nigeria's first ever Lean Startup Machine competition in Lagos. Ever the adventurist and eternal optimist, Vimbayi isn't afraid to leapfrog into unfamiliar terrain as seen from her move to tech entrepreneur from news broadcaster and in her attempts to learn basic code and understand Big Data. She's also well-travelled in over 40 countries, having lived in 10 of them so far.   Vimbayi often travels to moderate and speak at conferences, challenging the African continent and the world's heads of state, captains of industry and civil society leaders on issues pertaining to gender gaps, prosperity inequality, youth leadership, entrepreneurship and the protection of Africa's environmental wealth. As a result, the Chinese government appointed Vimbayi as a Chinese Cultural Ambassador and Special Friendship Envoy; The World Economic Forum honoured her as a Young Global Leader and the Africa Leadership Network as a New Generation Leader.   Vimbayi avidly consumes everything she can on start-ups, leadership, strategy and anything that will help her live longer. She occasionally dabbles in the art of Muay Thai and is also proficient in Chinese.     


Nigel Mugamu
Founder of 263Chat

Nigel Mugamu is extremely passionate about technology and community-based initiatives. While he living in Edinburgh Scotland, he immersed himself in social media as a means of keeping in touch with developments back home in Zimbabwe.

He returned home and continued his social media journey. In September 2012, Nigel established a twitter-based platform called @263Chat. Use of the #263Chat hashtag and indeed the twitter handle @263Chat attempts to add value by initially creating an avenue for the much-needed dialogue to take place. The award-winning initiative was presented with a Highway Africa Award in September 2013 - New Media Awards 2013 Innovative Use of Technology for Community Engagement.

Essentially @263Chat also attempts to bring a diverse group of Zimbabweans together to crowd-source solutions and raise awareness of various social issues relating to Zimbabweans and their daily lives.

263Chat is now a fully-fledge business in Zimbabwe offering amongst other services, social media consultancy and ultimately a convener of important dialogue in Zimbabwe. 263Chat is effectively a social enterprise.

Nigel holds several leadership positions including being the Co-Founder and Board Member of Hypercube Technology Hub. Hypercube a tech hub recently launched in Harare Zimbabwe. He is also a Board Member of Prosper Africa Film Fund Zimbabwe.

Nigel holds a Bachelor of Financial Administration (Accounting) and an MBA.


Chido Masasiwa

Chido Musasiwa-Gutu is an arts enthusiast and administrator.  She holds a marketing degree from IMM and currently runs her own company, Chido Advertising P/L. The company specialises in below the line advertising including road shows, event coordination and artist management. She is also the founder of “Let Them”, a schools-based project whose main aim is to ensure that youth in schools love their cultural heritage and support local arts.  “Let Them” also conducts an annual youth festival that includes theatre, music, dance and fashion. In addition, Chido is the Director of the Chimanimani Arts Festival, and helps organize and run Mbira Month every September. She sits on a number of boards, among them the Zimbabwe Tourism Association (ZTA) Carnival and Vimbainashe Learning Institute. She is a certified trainer in Artist Management having attended a course at Pakare Paye through the Arterial Network, sponsored by the EU and Culture Fund. She is also an artist manager and currently manages dancehall superstar Sniper Storm, top comedian Doc Vikela and reggae crooner and renowned guitarist Jr. Banta.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Harare is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Irene
    Chikumbo
  • Jennifer
    Mayer
  • Rinesh
    Desai
  • Tawanda
    Mudzonga
  • Chiedza
    Makwara
  • Cecile
    Pentori

Facilitators


Irene Chikumbo
Community Manager

Irene has been the Community Manager for Hypercube Technology Hub in Harare since its inception in September 2013. With her work she aims to help drive youth entrepreneurship, community stakeholder engagement, and contributing to the tech ecosystem by helping ignite a digital startup culture in Zimbabwe.     Her post-graduate studies at the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden were grounded in innovation and sustainability. Irene has co-authored two research papers with one focusing on Social Entrepreneurship and another on Innovation Value Chains in the Telecommunications sectors. Her previous work experience includes time at Ericsson and OK Zimbabwe. She is passionate about women’s empowerment, technology and sustainability. Irene has been involved in organizing teams for initiatives such as the Technovation Development Challenge and Startupbus Africa/Ampion Venture Bus.   Irene was one of 100 Fellows competitively selected to participate in an 8-week internship in the United States following the Mandela Washington Fellowship academic institute. She interned at the U.S. African Development Foundation in August-September 2014.


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