Zimbabwe is expected to hold one of its biggest ever business startup events hosted by the nation’s first technology hub, Hypercube, starting Friday designed to promote the development of new technology.
Hypercube community manager, Irene Chikumbo, says preparations are in advance for the event which ends Sunday.
Chikumbo says guest of honour, prominent United States entrepreneur Fahad Hassan, has already arrived in the country where he is currently addressing public meetings on business development.
Hassan runs Always Prepped, a dashboard which identifies trouble spots for teachers and uses easy data collection methods to help teachers pay attention to every child.
Chikumba says students are expected to pay at least $30 each to take part in the event.
The workshop is expected to bring together developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts.
The event, which will be held at Hypercube, has in the past been convened by Startup Weekend at Strathmore University iLab in Nairobi and several other nations.
Startup Weekend has hosted over 1,000 events in over 110 different countries to date, reaching over 100,000 entrepreneurs and creating 13,000 startups.
A preparatory bootcamp took place last weekend to prepare the startup for the pitches at the event, allowing participants to “refine their pitches, identify open source and other technologies, and connect with would-be customers to validate their ideas”.
The theme of Zimbabwe’s inaugural event is “No Limits”, hoping to inspire Zimbabweans to make use of the talent in Harare.
Startup Weekends are hands-on experiments where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. Most events have about 75 attendees, half of which have technical backgrounds and the other half have business backgrounds.