Open Innovation Program Zambia

Join the Open Innovation Program and let's make some magic happen!

Frequently Asked Questions

The application form can be accessed here

The preferred target group for this open challenge is startups that have already established a product or service and have shown success in the greentech, smart cities, and fintech sectors. The eligibility criteria is outlined below;

  • Registered with the Business Registration Agency (PACRA) and have all relevant registration documentation; 
  • Already have a product or service with demonstrated traction are preferred;
  •  Businesses with more than one founder are preferred; 
  • The startups must at least own tech or tech-enabled minimum viable products. The product or service  must present a positive social or environmental impact;
  • Startups that are currently operating in the fields of Fintech, Smart Cities, or Green Tech will be prioritised.
  • Must be registered with the Business Registration Agency (PACRA) and have all relevant registration documentation;
  • Businesses that already have a product or service with demonstrated traction are preferred;
  • Businesses with more than one founder are preferred;
  • The startups must at least own a tech or tech-enabled minimum viable product. 
  • The product or service must present a positive social or environmental impact;
  • The startups that are currently operating in the fields of Smart Cities or Green Tech will be prioritised. They need to be open to collaboration with potential clients and other stakeholders and should see a benefit for themselves in this interactive approach.
  • Women-led businesses and businesses led by differently-abled persons will be encouraged to apply and prioritised.

Make-IT in Africa believes in the catalytic power of African innovation and digital technologies for green and sustainable development. In close collaboration with digital visionaries like startups, innovation enablers and political partners, we empower African innovation ecosystems. Together, we aim to strengthen an environment in which the full potential of African digital innovation can unfold.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements this project on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

BongoHive Consult is a digital and corporate innovation consulting firm providing custom interventions to SMEs and corporations. BongoHive Consult helps organisations build products and services their customers love. 

We use strategy, creativity, sector and business insights, and technology; bringing our vast experience supporting high-growth ventures to co-create what’s next.

Over the past ten (10) years, BongoHive has supported over one thousand (1, 000) startups and over twenty-three (23) public, private, local and international partners to build cutting edge products and services, delivering value to their customers and shareholders across four (4) countries.

BongoHive Consult supports organizations in delivering innovation by leveraging design thinking, lean startup modelling, agile and scrum methodologies. In practice this includes, but is not limited to innovation challenges that BongoHive facilitates on behalf of corporations by collaborating with staff through short, intensive hackathons, sprints and co-creation workshops pulling on experts, techies & consumers alike to design & test ideas solving  social or business challenges that impede business growth.

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