After 3 long months of tedious work, Launch, an accelerator programme organized by Zambia’s first technology and innovation hub, BongoHive held its Demo Day on August 2, 2016 with seven startups pitching.
Launch was established to assist aspiring entrepreneurs with their business ideas through a process where they could refine their ideas and eventually exit with a launchable business.
In no particular order, the startups are described below.
- Kasumbi Pure Poultry, an agro-processing enterprise supplying freshly packed premium quality village chicken. Their product portfolio also includes chicken sausages and further processed poultry such as smoked chicken meat in urban areas such as Lusaka and Kabwe.
- ShopZed, an online grocery delivery service that allows customers to shop for groceries and household items with delivery in Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces.
- Modern Refinements, a startup that provides property management, maintenance and refurbishment service.
- Fish living, a tilapia fish production and retailing company.
- Afropolitan Theatre Company, a starup that provides easily accessible performing arts programmes such as poetry; acting; dance; singing as extra curricular activities to high school students.
- Musanga, a transportation company reducing the time and cost of package distribution for small and medium enterprises.
- Live clean initiatives, a company focused to make sustainable eco friendly cities in short smart cities.
After the pitches, the judges – Bejoy J Nettikadan, Kachepa Mtumbi & Andrew Duffield – selected Live Clean Initiatives, Musanga logistics and Afropolitan Theatre Company in that order as the most promising.
The three startups will be admitted into Thrive, another Bongohive entrepreneurship programme that gives startups ‘dedicated co-working space and support to make them investable and scalable.
The Demo Day took place at the New Government Complex of Lusaka and was attended by business experts, investors, financial experts as well as BongoHive partners and business friends.
The programme is meant for startups that are registered, have at least a minimum viable product, can demonstrate some sort of market traction, and have the desire and ability to grow in and outside of Zambia.