Open Innovation Program Zambia
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Open Innovation Program Objectives
The delivery activities are designed to transformatively:
- Strengthen participants’ professional identity, and creative skills and increase innovation capacity through team-based co-creation;
- Increase participating companies’ capabilities and conditions for success through future projects that produce concrete scenarios as well as validated product and service concepts;
- Facilitate networking and knowledge exchange between companies, startups, and other key stakeholders in the ecosystem; and
- Create conditions for the creation of new companies and entrepreneurial activity by the innovators.
Jennifer is a 35-year-old founder of a tech-based financial management platform living in Lusaka Province who needs to build trust with consumers so that she attracts and retains her customers, drives the adoption of her products and services, and increases revenue for her business.
How might we help Jennifer build customer trust so that she attracts and retains her customers, drives adoption of her products and services, and increases revenue for her business?
Francis is a young entrepreneur in Zambia’s fintech sector who needs access to affordable financing because he wants to scale his business and improve financial inclusion in Zambia.
How might we increase access to affordable financing options for young fintech entrepreneurs like Francis to enable them to bring their innovative ideas to the market and scale their businesses?
Peter, a 30-year-old young entrepreneur, needs skilled local talent to help his business innovate and grow because local talent is cost-effective and improves the local talent pool.
How might assist young entrepreneurs like Peter to attract and retain skilled local talent so that he can innovate and compete effectively in the market in a cost-effective manner?
Martha Chiti is a 35-year-old fintech founder from Ndola, Zambia who needs to collaborate with a traditional bank so that she can access resources and expertise to help overcome key challenges as her business scales while helping banks expand their offerings and increase their market share.
How might we foster collaboration between fintech startups and traditional banks to partner effectively and leverage each other’s strengths to expand their reach and impact in the financial industry?
Maria Banda is a 37-year-old founder of a village banking entity who needs increased awareness and understanding of the role of technology in the finance sector because she wants to leverage technology to improve her operations and services.
How might we increase public awareness and understanding of the role technology could play in the financial services sector among Zambian users to improve their operations and services?
John is a university student who needs access to infrastructure that supports smart city technologies because he needs to efficiently navigate his urban environment and access services without obstacles or delays.
How might we provide seamless integration and coordination among different smart city systems for John, so that he can efficiently navigate his urban environment and access convenient services without obstacles or delays?
Sarah, an experienced government official in urban planning, needs to accelerate the development of smart cities in Zambia because they are crucial for promoting sustainable, livable, and economically competitive urban environments.
How might we improve collaboration for smart city solutions between industry, government, and academia for Sarah to accelerate the development of smart cities?
Jacob is a 25-year-old small business owner in Lusaka who needs an understanding of smart city initiatives and adoption to gain confidence in the technology.
How might we How might we simplify smart city technology for small business owners like Jacob so that he gains confidence and understanding thus increasing the adoption of smart technology?
Joseph is a recent IT graduate from the University of Zambia who believes in the power of information technology but is unaware of the concept of smart cities and the potential it has to solve some of the problems in his city.
How might we practically and effectively build awareness about the concept of smart cities and their potential to solve some of the problems in Joseph’s city?
Twiza, a 25-year-old startup CEO in Lusaka Province needs a better understanding of the Human Centered Design (HCD) methodology to ensure her projects address the real needs of actual users thus ensuring a more efficient, more flexible design
How might we provide a better understanding of the HCD methodology for Twiza so that she can adopt and implement smart city projects that are user-centric and meet the needs of the communities they serve?
Chalwe, a 40-year-old CEO of a technology company needs skilled local talent to develop and implement smart city projects in Zambia because he wants to build local capacity to drive economic growth, and sustainable development and promote the use of these technologies in enhancing the quality of life for residents.
How might we develop and attract skilled local talent in Zambia’s smart technology sector to support Chalwe, in developing and implementing smart city projects to drive economic growth and sustainable development?
John is the founder and CEO of Kenaya Energy Limited, an upcoming energy company in Solwezi, North-Western Province with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He needs financing for his company to promote green energy production in Zambia.
How might we provide affordable financing for John to speed up production for his company in Solwezi?
Chipego Mwanza is a 27-year-old Director at D- Generations; a greentech company. She wants to directly deliver clean and sustainable energy solutions such as solar and wind power but lacks access to the right infrastructure.
How might we solve the energy infrastructure problem for Chipego to ensure the smooth delivery of wind and solar power?
Mwaka is a 37-year-old farmer living in Chongwe who needs access to an affordable renewable energy source because she needs to increase productivity on her farm despite the energy deficit in her area.
How might we provide an affordable renewable energy source for Mwaka so that she may increase productivity on her farm despite the energy deficit in her area?
Jane, a small business owner in Kitwe, Zambia, is a sustainability advocate who needs access to affordable and reliable renewable energy sources for her business operations because she wants to reduce her carbon footprint and operating costs while contributing to a greener future.
How might we provide affordable and renewable energy access to small business owners like Jane to promote a greener future in Zambia?
Maria is a 30-year-old restaurant owner in the Soweto market of Lusaka, who needs a proper collection of waste around her workplace so that she can attract more customers to her business and increase her earnings.
How might we transform waste management services so that Maria can attract more customers and increase her earnings?
Kaluya, a 37-year-old environmental advocate in Chongwe, Zambia, needs to build awareness of green technologies and their benefits in her community because she recognizes the significant potential for Zambia to transition towards a more sustainable energy sector through the development and utilization of green technology.
How might we build awareness and adoption of green technology in Zambia to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels and promote a more sustainable energy sector?
06 April 2023
Call for applications
21 June 2023
Facilitated co-creation process
01 September 2023