Why is this important? Many founders believe in starting out at scale when they have identified their idea. This usually leads to a lot of pain because if your idea does not work (most ideas don’t work, first time out anyway) you lose out and more importantly you will have wasted resources that could be used to start another idea that is way better than your first one.
Many young startups, especially in Zimbabwe fail or delay turning their ideas into their own businesses because they don’t have access to funding. Some of these would be entrepreneurs often end their startup journey prematurely because they are too busy worrying about how to raise enough money to start.Read More
The aim of a hackathon is produce solutions that serve as prototypes to a problem or in some cases products / services that can then be developed and commercialised. Hackathon participants are often referred to as ‘hackers’ (Hacker here is referring to coders, graphic designers etc who like to solve problems by exploring what is available and how it can be used to produce a product fast), because they are known to try out different solutions to their problems fast in order to beat the tight deadlines they are given to produce a working product or service.
I attended the Seedstars Harare event hosted by Impact Hub Harare on Friday evening and was amazed at the innovations i saw on that day. It was my first time attending such an event as the founder of Tech Hub Harare. What caught my attention was the excitement in the crowd when the very brave startup founders faced the judges who were well prepared with questions to help validate ideas and pick up the winners.
The crowd was great and applauded the founders who were prepared. Although the night was cold, we all stayed till the end when Rera an innovative chicken farming technology driven startup that allows anyone to investment in a chicken farming project without ever needing to set foot on the farm. I looked for holes in the pitch and found none. Not only is the idea scalable it can be replicated across many other products too.Read More
"As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people's ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life. " ~ Amy Poehler
" Collaboration is important not just because its a better way to learn. The spirit of collaboration is penetrating every institution and all of our lives. So learning to collaborate is part of equipping yourself for effectiveness, problem solving, innovation and life-long learning in an ever-changing networked economy. "~ Don Tapscott.Read More
"When you need to innovate, you need collaboration." ~ Marissa Mayer
Working with startups can great, but its hard. Everyday we meet with many people who are seating on brilliant ideas that could solve some of the challenges we face as a country. When we ask people why they have not launched their ideas into a start yet these are some of the reasons we get.Read More
"The list of new software driven services is growing everyday, making it difficult to ignore software. There are plenty more examples of good ideas that are being turned into great products and services via software engineering and computer programming."
We often take software for granted because, well, things just work and we dont really care how or why they work. If you want to know why things work the way they do and how we got there, learning computer programming and software engineering will change your life. It will make you see things in a different light! Learning to code is now easier than you think. It might be hard, but there are many resources an courses out there if you have the time.Read More