Founders Live Harare: Vol 10

Founders Live Harare: Vol 10

After more than 4 weeks of preparations behind the scenes with the Impact Hub Harare team, it was finally time for the start-ups to lockdown their pitch in front of an eager virtual audience. The final five entrepreneurs had worked hard and qualified ahead of seven other entrepreneurs who had applied for the competition, proving beyond any reasonable doubt that they deserved this opportunity to showcase their innovations to the world. We kicked off the event with an introduction from our two new young hosts for the day Tanyaradzwa Karuwa and Mukudzeishe Kasukusa and a brief word from the amazing partners and sponsors that have come together to make this event a reality. Huge thanks go to Facebook Developer Circle: Harare, our main partner for the event for providing connectivity via Streamyard and data for the participating entrepreneurs.

First to pitch was Kumbirai Matingo with Edu-Line, a start-up that aims to lower costs, save time and the environment in the educational sector by replacing traditional on-paper examinations and assessments with an online alternative. He saw an opportunity arise due to the push for more online or virtual solutions in the education sector as a result of the current global health crisis. It was a brilliant solution that looked, not only at the current situation but also the future potential it may have if implemented on a larger scale.

Second to pitch was Luke Magaya with E-Fundo, an online learning platform focused on promoting a new level of interaction between students and teachers.

The solution provides unique content, tailor-made to cater for primary school students, high school students and individuals interested in learning vocational skills. Teachers can also add their own content to the site to allow them to offer classes and potentially make revenue.

Third to the plate was Brian Munanga with Smartbuild, an online database that helps you find registered and qualified contractors for your building projects, combined with a host of other services and functionality. It is a one-stop shop for all your construction needs. It would ensure that we get better quality service at competitive rates and take a lot of the hassle out of building a home.

Last but not least was Roland Ndowa with AllMart, an e-commerce business that focuses on providing low cost grocery deliveries. AllMart provides convenience and limits people’s exposure to coronavirus. Through strategic partnerships with already existing businesses in the retail and logistics sectors, the company provides customers with  the best service and quality products at a lower price than his competitors.

Unfortunately, we were not able to hear from the fifth entrepreneur, Patrick Ndowa with Agricultural Elevate due to some technical difficulties, but he promised he will be back to compete again at the next one, so we can look forward to that.

As the event drew to a close, the audience voted for their favourite start-up. All the entrepreneurs performed well and each deserved the top spot but we could only have one winner and this time around Roland Ndowa was the fan favourite. He walked away with our grand prize worth over US$10, 000 of Amazon Web Services and membership at Impact Hub Harare. The other three entrepreneurs that pitched also walked away with US$5, 000 worth of Amazon Web Services to help them continue to grow their  businesses.

We closed off with a performance from a young local talent Bless’, an upcoming Zimbabwean gospel artist, who performed a few of his greatest hits to date. This really was an experience not to be missed. Founders Live Harare will be back with the eleventh edition, on the 21st of August so be sure to look out for that on our social media pages if you’d like to pitch or perform. .

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