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Zimbabwe to Host StartUp Weekend on May 16

by Caroline Vutagwa
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StartUp Weekend Harare


Startup Weekend,  a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures is set to happen from May 16 – 18  2014 in Zimbabwe at  new tech venue, Hypercube Hub 

StartUp Weekend is a non profit organization headquartered in Seattle, Washington and has over 1800 past activities in over 120 countries.  The organization is  funded by Google for Entrepreneurs 

This May, Hypercube Hub in conjunction with Mercy Corps, are organizing this 54-hour marathon workshop that will take entrepreneurs through Business model creation, designing, coding, market analysis and validation. The weekend long event will culminate in presentations to local entrepreneurial leaders.


 The event is open to the participation of anyone with an innovative idea, particularly as it is related to tech in Zimbabwe.  Specifically, the project aims to invite the participation of young people and women:  youth unemployment in Zimbabwe makes up 70% of the official 80% unemployment rate in Zimbabwe.

Leaders in the tech, business and start-up communities will be there to provide hands-on leadership will be provided to help the teams develop their ideas throughout the weekend and guide them in ways to sustain their efforts after the event.

Winners will be eligible to win vouchers to help grow their business online from Google and Amazon Web Services, a three month accelerator programme at Hypercube, Phones and Tablets.

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Key leaders in technology and entrepreneurship will be in attendance. The Keynote speakers will be Fahad Hassan, CEO Always prepped Education and Nqobizitha ‘Enqore’ Mlilo, Founder Nafuna TV.

The Judges at this workshop will be Enyo Kumahor, Regional Manager ThoughtItWorks and Pfungwa Serima, Managing Director SAP Africa.

Those interested can buy their tickets HEREThe tickets are on sale for $60 general, a $50 ‘early bird’ special and $30 for students.


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