Microsoft Africa has agreed to provide Impact Hub Harare with tools for tech-based entrepreneurs. Also included will be free internet hosting as well as technical support in developing new software. The two organizations will be working closely to ensure the technological ecosystem in Zimbabwe is advanced to the level of other tech hubs in Africa like Rwanda and Kenya.
Facebook, through the FbStart program, has partnered with Impact Hub Harare to offer up to $30,000 in free tools and services designed to help chosen startups to build and grow their mobile apps. FbStart is a global program from Facebook designed to help early stage mobile startups build and grow their apps.
In partnership with a local online magazine Impact Hub Harare is working to promote a cultural exchange between Zimbabwean photographers and photographers based in Britain. This program will run for 6 months, beginning in late February.
Throughout the program photographers from the two regions will showcase their art to one another and jointly create a digital exhibition as well as two physical exhibitions in Harare and London.
Impact Hub Harare, in partnership with the Siemens Foundation, is conducting a feasibility study for establishing a makerspace in Harare. This will provide support and access to technology to social entrepreneurs who develop and prototype physical products. When we define makerspace for this project click this link.
Girls in Coding
In August Impact Hub Harare will be running a 2-day coding workshop powered by Accenture and 1%club for young girls from marginalised communities in partnership with Techwomen Zimbabwe. This program will help the girls ideate solutions to solve and plug the gaps in Zimbabwe’s health sector. Impact Hub Harare is looking for partners in the field of tech as well as health to help to extend this program beyond the 2 day hackathon.
A French company, INCO, and Impact Hub Harare have structured the implementation of a 1-year green incubation program for entrepreneurs working in agriculture and renewable energy. Ten “green” businesses will be supported and incubated. This program will begin in the third quarter of 2017. By unlocking business resources for innovative, result-oriented minds, this incubation program will contribute to igniting the spark of sustainable development in Zimbabwe.
Beginning August Impact Hub Harare will be running a 9-month Theory U program supported by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This program proposes that the quality of the results that we create in any kind of social system is a function
of the quality of awareness, attention, or consciousness that the participants in the system operate from.
Seedstars thoroughly enjoyed the collaboration with Impact Hub Harare in 2016 and they are coming back for more. In October 2017 the second annual Seedstars Harare competition will be hosted by the Impact Hub team. This is another great opportunity for our brilliant Zimbabwean entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas on a global stage. Last year was phenomenal, but this year will be even better!