After lighting up Bulawayo with 42 startups pitching up from the region, the Postal and regulatory authority of Zimbabwe, Potraz, will bring the final pitch up to Harare this Wednesday as they signal the dawn of government initiative to support startups.
The Harare derby of the event will see hundreds jostling for visibility as the capital city has managed to breed many young ICT tech players with innovative ideas which needs the critical funding to move on.
BY Marvelous Chibagidhi.
While many are looking forward to the government initiative to fund their various projects, ideas or prototypes, the pitch night is specifically a talent identification process that calls in young Zimbabwean to benefit, after the program is officially launched.
The pitch night rather has been misconstrued by many to think that that they will walk away with thousands of dollars for their ideas, yet its only an event to signal the launch of the program while project submission and analysis will be done separately.
A total of $2.5 million is ready for disbursement once the program is launched and many are set to benefit from the government’s national program.
To apply for the Pitch and exhibition, see details below.
The Harare version of the pitch night, will go live this Wednesday at 15:00hrs till 21:00 at rainbow towers where the minister of ICT Postal and Courier services will give a key note address to delegates.
The objective of the showcase is to identify, harvest, and support young innovators in the country to develop their ideas, protect their intellectual property and deploy their technical solutions for use in the Zimbabwe and global market.