Startup Weekend Harare
Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 5:00 pm
11 Phillips Avenue
Friday November 21st
Saturday November 22nd
Sunday November 23rd
Coaches and Mentors
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.
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).
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.
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.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Harare team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
The UNDP is a key partner that aims to support Innovation for development.
Techstars Startup Weekend Harare is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here