Seedstars Harare 2018

What is Seedstars World

Seedstars World is a Switzerland based startup competition that takes place in emerging markets. They run 65+ local competitions to identify the best seed-stage startups, train them to pitch and grant the winners an opportunity to compete in the Seedstars Summit and win the ultimate Seedstars World Global Winner prize.

How it came to Harare

The Seedstars World Competition was brought to Zimbabwe in 2016 by Impact Hub Harares co- founder Tadzoka Pswarayi, the Zimbabwean Seedstars Ambassador after a year of discussions and fundraising with the Seedstars team. She wanted to expose Zimbabwean start-ups to international networks and investments, aligning well with the direction Impact Hub Harare is taking.

Last year’s winner, Vusumuzi Mkhwananzi of MyRunner, continues to grow and develop a sustainable business with strong foundations. Dr. CADx, the winner in 2016, has gone on to win multiple business awards for its innovative solutions.

SSWHarare Winners

DrCADx 2016 winner

MyRunner 2017 winner

Rera 2018 winner

2018 Edition

Start-Ups’ Profiles

Justice Today

Justice Today is a mobile app that utilises artificial intelligence & technology to educate citizens on crime related issues.

Renewable Loop

UXET is a commuting service that is people-centred & mobile app-enabled. Each commuting van called an ET runs on clean energy called biogas


Wellness Riot empower individuals to be their best and successful through a transformative and connected wellness training


FutureMed aspires to bring quality, affordable healthcare to areas of need using technology to diagnose, treat and monitor.

Parcel Tip

Parcel Tip delivers parcels at half the usual cost.


Rera is an online platform that provides an opportunity for retail consumers to farm their own poultry produce.


YouFarm is an Agtech and Fintech company that provides access to funding and technology for farmers via the YouFarm Crowd Farming Platform.


Leaph is an Academic Management System that leverages Data Science and Machine Learning to improve academic performance.

Vote Africa

Vote Africa is a mobile application that looks to educate the electorate about the electoral process.

Judges Profiles

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Claudia Makadristo
Regional Manager for Africa,
Seedstars World

Sharon Wekwete
Consultant,Omidyar Network

Ethel Bangwayo
National Economist,
UNDP Zimbabwe

Lilian Mbayiwa
Senior Manager: Africa Marketing
Strategy and Planning Old Mutual

Nhena Nyagura
Chief Executive Officer,
Dandemutande Investments

This year’s edition of Seedstars Harare was packed to the brim as nine promising start-ups competed for their chance at Switzerland. During the workshops & on the night of the event, participants were exposed to a network of professionals from different industries.

Before the intermission, there was a very insightful discussion centered around Civic Tech by our guest speakers from GovChat & World Wide Web Foundation chaired by the Seedstars Regional Manager, Claudia Makadristo.


Best Civic Tech

Vote Africa.

Best Learner

Justice Today.

First Postion


Second Position


Third Position


What's Next?

All five winners will get the chance to pitch at the African Regional Summit in December; presenting them with another opportunity to meet potential investors and partners, while also continuing to learn from each other. Rera, the first prize winner, will go on to the international competition in April 2019 & potentially win seed capital for their business.

As for those who didn’t win, Seedstars Harare was a great learning experience; building investor language & mentor & network database. Impact Hub Harare will continue to be available to the start-ups and to share ideas & insights on the entrepreneurial space within Africa & beyond.


Thank you to Seedstars World for coming to Harare for a third successful run of the local competition. We would like to acknowledge the work conducted by our dedicated partners at UNDP, Dandemutande and Omidyar Network. We would also like to thank our mentors & the Impact Hub team for their dedication and passion which enabled the event to run smoothly.


For more information please visit:

Our website

Facebook & Twitter pages @ImpactHubHarare


Pop in for a tour on Tuesdays and Fridays at 13:00pm.  You can find us at 194 Baines Avenue, Harare.

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