Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Zimbabwe

    Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Zimbabwe

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

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Your idea in 54 hours

Startup Weekends powered by Google for Startups are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Thursday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Saturday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and they collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.
About Techstars Global Startup Weekend COVID-19 Edition: This series of online Techstars Startup Weekends are run at a country level, focused on developing solutions that directly tackle COVID-19-related challenges. They are 54-hour online events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs - you'll connect with amazing mentors, industry experts, founders, and partners who are ready to help you get started. 
Each country will bring together hundreds or even thousands of participants that will work on prototypes for three days. This event is not only about bringing together developers who can work on software-based solutions for the crisis. It’s an opportunity for everyone interested in the topic to inspire and be inspired and to work together on developing inclusive solutions. Here is the website for more details
Tickets to register your place for the event are completely free but you are able to make a donation, which will go to an organization selected by the organizing team, tackling the COVID-19 crisis. If you wish to make a donation, simply add any amount you wish to donate to the ‘Donation’ ticket option. 

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Friday April 24th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

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

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

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

10:00 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 April 25th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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 April 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Joan Mtaja
Compliance Specialist

Joan is passionate about Youth Development and Innovation and outside her Job she finds pleasure in volunteering in Mentorship programs imparting her knowledge and experience as a Compliance Specialist.

Event Judges

Sophie Nanteza
Business Advisory Executive

Sophie Nanteza is a seasoned professional with business management and consulting experience gained over a total of 14 years working with both corporates and; Small and Growing Businesses across the region. Her area of specialty is business planning, process development and performance management.  
She is currently an International Consultant with the UN-International Trade Center: supporting tech-startups on the Netherlands Trust Fund (NTF IV) program in Uganda and the #FastTrackTech project in Africa.  She holds a Master’s in Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Management and a Professional Certificate in Business Analysis. She is also a CPD certified Trainer of Trainers.  Sophie is motivated by her personal mission: To make a fundamental contribution towards building sustainable businesses in Africa.

Ainos Ngadya
Chartered Investment Manager

Ainos Ngadya is a Chartered Investment Manager with broad experience in all aspects of treasury, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity. He has direct and in depth experience within commercial real estate, not-for-profit, banking, and telecommunication organizations. His deep knowledge of global treasury management comes from working with US and other multinationals as a banking practitioner designing financing solutions, global cash pooling, business acquisitions, privatizations and restructuring. Mr. Ngadya has been engaged by a fast growing NYSE/TSX listed diversified environmental services company as the Head of Corporate Finance, responsible for M&A, financial model development, and strategic initiatives. Previously he was an Associate Vice President of Treasury for Brookfield Asset Management serving more than 5 Global Real Estate Entities in Europe, APAC and North America. Prior to that he worked as an Analyst with Toronto Dominion Bank, and Manager Business Planning for Bell Canada. He is a contributor on numerous Private Equity and Treasury conferences. He serves on the Board of Isustain Canada. Ainos is a Master of Finance graduate at Queen's University School of Business, earned Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation, and a holder of Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Zimbabwe School of Accountancy & Business Studies

Eunice Nyandat

ounder [MBM ]MyBizMarketer, MBMLABS and MBMSKILLS  based in Nairobi, Kenya. 

She has an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Computer Networks, 
Bachelor of Science in Information Security. An in-complete MS in Computer Science* Double Masters in Business Management and Marketing.

A former cybersecurity analyst turned product manager in Internet Security, her first taste of entrepreneurship. 

She, co-founded of a lifestyle management company, The Errand Manager in Atlanta GA and three years later pivoted and founded a Digital Marketing, Advertising and Analytics firm. In 2014, she started to venture into the Kenyan market and fully transitioned to Nairobi in 2016. 

In 2019 spurn of MBMLABS and MBMSKILLS a mini-ecosystem for young founders of startups to get their ideas to commercialization and accelerated to minimum viable companies.

For fun, her passions are mentoring startups and women entrepreneurs @VC4A, Kamilimu, Women in Stem Women in CyberSecurity & Data.
 Has been involved with Startup Weekend since 2016 and recently with Nairobi Innovation Week 2018, 2019 and Startup Weekend for Women Entrepreneurs.

Elliot Chatima
Chartered Certified Accountant

ACCA, ACA (England & Wales), ACMA, CGMA, CPA (Z), BSC, AIBZ Elliot Chatima is a member in good standing for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a Chartered Management Accountant with CIMA and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He is also a Chartered Accountant of England and Wales (ICAEW), has a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Oxford Brookes University and is a member of the Institute of Bankers of Zimbabwe (IOBZ), a member in good standing for CPA Zimbabwe. Elliot is currently studying towards a Master’s of Science in Finance and Investment majoring in mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity with London School of Business and Finance (LSBF). Elliot has held several managerial positions ranging Finance Manager, Corporate Finance Manager, he is currently a Managing Partner at INVECTUS advisory services, and Senior Partner at INVECTUS International.  Elliot is responsible for Zimbabwe and Zambian market he is a Chief Consulting Officer at Falcon Business Consultancy a Zambian newly established corporate training and financial reporting consulting Organisation. Elliot has also worked for Crowe Global as a Partner and Moore Stephens affiliated firms as Audit Practice manager.  He has had a four year stint at the office of the Auditor General Zimbabwe and is currently an IPSAS expert having done IPSAS for SADC, COMESA as well as being the Key expert in the IPSAS training at the Ministry of Finance Zimbabwe. Elliot’s portfolio of experience range from Banking and financial services, Public sector, Construction, Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals, Retail and ICT industries gained over 18 years. Elliot is an IFRS and IPSAS Expert in Africa and has done implementation and review for the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), has done a review of the financial reporting frame work for COMESA recommending the adoption of IPSAS. He is a public sector expert and a corporate Governance trainer.  Elliot is a registered Estate administrator and has a right to perform judicial management and liquidation assignments and corporate advisory and Infrastructure development consulting and corporate rescue.  He is also a trainer an ESAMI Accredited trainer covering Mozambique, Malawi, Kenya, Namibia, Uganda, Zambia and Tanzania, Kenya. Elliot is a CIMA Global accredited Trainer of the CIMA CFO program and has trained more than 50 CFOs in Zimbabwe.      

Natalie Novick
Chief Community Officer

I wear a lot of hats in the global startup ecosystem, from researcher to consultant to community builder, but most importantly-- as a supporter of founders. I've had a chance to work with government at all levels, from local, to national to supranational on how to enable founders to do what they do best: build things. I've had a chance to hone my perspective through firsthand experience in startup communities in nearly 30 different countries across the globe.

Coaches and Mentors

Faith Mukumbiri

Faith Mukumbiri is Co-Founder of Unique Innovation. She is also a Safety and Health student.

Joseph Chakopo
Managing Director

Joseph Chakopo is the current Executive Director of NyamukAfrica Solutions. 

Julius Luwaya

Co-Founder and CEO of Impact Hub Lusaka.

Fredrick Alban Kayumbo
Chief Technology Officer

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at NyamukAfrica Solutions. 

John Soneka
Software Developer

He is a Developer and Chief Marketing Officer for NyamukAfrica Solutions.

Beatrice Lukonde

Miss Beatrice Lukonde Chilengwe is the Chief marketing and Communication officer for Kiyaka Creativity, a Zambian organization determined to empower Zambian youths by helping them build and expand on their skills. They have different projects such as Ladies in Designing, a platform that connects experts in the fashion industry with aspiring individuals to learn and grow. Tivale mall, a digital platform that accommodates Zambian owned businesses and connects the seller to the buyer. She is a holder of a bachelor's degree in Environmental Education from the University of Zambia and is determined, hard-working and focused.

Joseph Chakopo
Chief Exexutive Officer

Chief Executive Officer for NyamukAfrica Solutions.

Stephen Muraga

Stephen Is passionate about  Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He spends most of his time mentoring startup Co-Founders (mostly Youths and Women) among other duties at the NyamukAfrica Makerspace. He draws from his Entrepreneurial experience stretching over a period of sixteen(16) years.  

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Zimbabwe is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Emmanuel
  • Stephen


Emmanuel Christian

QA Software Engineer- Kubernets, Africa Regional Lead-, Techstars Community Organiser, Lead & Facilitator. 

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