#ZimStartups: Three Zim Startups Cruise Through to Accelerate 2030 Next Round

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Three Zimbabwean Startups will represent the country in the next round of Accelerate 2030 pitch competition to be held in Geneva, Switzerland. The competition was organised by Impact Hub Harare in partnership with Impact Hub Geneva.

Pascal Nyasha of Agrk, Priscah Mufunde of The Maker Club and Jonah Chimusoro of Victory were nominated as the three national finalists at a pitch competition held on July 1 at the Discovereum in Harare.

Impact Hub Harare hosted a prosperous National Accelerate2030 Pitch Event at the Discovereum. Seven ventures from Zimbabwe had the opportunity to make their claim, why they deserve an opportunity to expand their business internationally,” said Impact Hub Harare.

The judging panel consisted of Ethel Bangwayo from the UNDP, Nhena Nyagura and Dr Nozipo Maraire co-founder of Impact Hub Harare. The judges contributed a great deal ensuring that each participant fully articulated the purpose of their business venture and its unique position allowing it the opportunity to scale.

David Chifunyise

Each participant was specified, six minutes in which they would give a brief precise embodiment of what their venture is and how they operate. All participants were to indicate clearly which SDG they were addressing and why?

Priscah Mufunde of The Maker Club pitching her project

After all seven presentations were completed the final decision came down to the judges, as to which three ventures would be nominated as national finalist. Each finalist standing a chance to take part in the Social Good Summit held in Geneva.

“Additionally the national finalists will be offered 6 months Impact Hub Harare membership, where they will be incubated and later receive 3 months incubation in Geneva. This will expose each venture to investment opportunities and scaling options,” noted Impact Hub Harare.

Accelerate2030 is a 9-month programme co-initiated by Impact Hub Geneva and the UNDP, with a mission to scale the impact of ventures that contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals internationally.

ImpactHub Harare joined the Accelerate2030 initiative this year and opened applications on May 3.

The seven venture selected to pitch

  • Quick Online Reference (Brian Chatterton)
  • Agrk (Pascal Nyasha)
  • FordOlutions (Wilford Mwanza)
  • Guardian(David Chifunyise)
  • Natfort Energy (Kudzanai Chitiva)
  • The Maker Club (Priscah Mufunde)
  • Victory Farms (Jonah Chimusoro)

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