22 episodes

The BongoHive Podcast is serialised audio content taking listeners through the various challenges they may face as budding entrepreneurs and how they can tackle them.

BongoHive is Zambia’s first technology and innovation hub. Established in May 2011 and based in Lusaka, we work with great minds building viable solutions that change the world.

Want to start or grow your business? Call +260 95 301 7526, send an email to contactus@bongohive.co.zm or visit www.bongohive.co.zm for more information.

The BongoHive Podcast BongoHive

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The BongoHive Podcast is serialised audio content taking listeners through the various challenges they may face as budding entrepreneurs and how they can tackle them.

BongoHive is Zambia’s first technology and innovation hub. Established in May 2011 and based in Lusaka, we work with great minds building viable solutions that change the world.

Want to start or grow your business? Call +260 95 301 7526, send an email to contactus@bongohive.co.zm or visit www.bongohive.co.zm for more information.

    S2 Episode 10: The Value of African Tech Hubs with Martin Labbé, CK Japheth, and Aziz Sy

    S2 Episode 10: The Value of African Tech Hubs with Martin Labbé, CK Japheth, and Aziz Sy

    In the final episode of Season 2, we pick up on the conversation about entrepreneurship and tech hubs in Africa. What do tech hubs provide entrepreneurs and how can they continue to support the startup ecosystem? How do tech hubs function, and what support do they need to continue to function? Our guests, Martin Labbé from the UN International Trade Centre (ITC), and hub leaders CK Japheth and Aziz Sy, weigh in.
    This episode also references the UN ITC's 2020 report - Tech Hubs in Africa: Supporting Start-ups (Second Edition).



    Guests:
    Martin Labbé is the Tech Sector Development Coordinator at the UN International Trade Centre (ITC). The ITC is the UN agency supporting SME and startup internationalisation, based in Geneva. Martin is responsible for coordinating ITC's activities in tech sector development in Africa. ITC are active in a third of African countries, and supporting tech hubs is an essential part of ITC's work as they are agents of sustainability and scale.

    CK Japheth is the founder of The Innovation Village, based in Uganda.  

    Aziz Sy is founder of Impact Hub Dakar.


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    • 37 min
    S2 Episode 9: The Evolution of the Tech Entrepreneurship Ecosystem with Lukonga Lindunda, Bernard Banda, and Milou van Bruggen

    S2 Episode 9: The Evolution of the Tech Entrepreneurship Ecosystem with Lukonga Lindunda, Bernard Banda, and Milou van Bruggen

    We discuss the different elements involved in setting up a (tech) business, what startup support is available for entrepreneurs and what can be made available, and the role of tech hubs in the ecosystem. We also look at the Tech Hubs in Africa: Supporting Startups report (2nd Edition), published in July 2020 by the UN International Trade Centre, which examines hubs across the continent, how they operate and their impact.

    Our guests:
    Lukonga Lindunda is a co-founder and Executive Director of BongoHive.

    Bernard Banda is currently the Acting Director, Economic Regulation at Zambia Infomation and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA).  At the time of recording, he was Manager Policy and Research - responsible for the generation of evidence to support regulatory decision making at ZICTA and also coordinated research and development initiatives at ZICTA which include the ICT innovation Programme.

    Milou van Bruggen is an Associate Programme Officer with the UN International Trade Centre. Her role involves supporting startups and SMEs in the tech sector in Africa.


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    • 43 min
    S2 Episode 8: A Green Economy and Sustainable Business Practices with Chama Sikazwe, Samson Sahmland-Bowling, and Chanda Mwale

    S2 Episode 8: A Green Economy and Sustainable Business Practices with Chama Sikazwe, Samson Sahmland-Bowling, and Chanda Mwale

    In this episode, we look at creating a Green Economy for Africa through the Integration of Sustainable Business Practices. Our guests will walk us through the benefits of green integration to business owners and society, and how to make these practices cost-effective.

    Our Guests:
    Chama Sikazwe is the Founder of Recycle Planet, a company that provides comprehensive management of waste as part of an innovative system of collection and recovery of recyclable waste items through a mobile application.

    Samson Sahmland-Bowling is the Founding Director of Open Energy Labs, which teaches young people how to build renewable energy systems.

    Chanda Mwale is a Natural Resource and Sustainability expert and consults on projects in relation to those areas.


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    • 29 min
    S2 Episode 7: Internationalization of Small and Growing Businesses with Martha Mbewe and Kö Goma

    S2 Episode 7: Internationalization of Small and Growing Businesses with Martha Mbewe and Kö Goma

    This episode is focused on how small and growing businesses can explore and move into international markets.  We speak to Martha Mbewe of UBUCHI who shares her business’s experience exporting honey out of Zambia, and international consultant Ko Goma who breaks down what businesses should consider when going international.

    Our Guests:


    Martha Mbewe is the Quality Control Manager at UBUCHI, a Zambian business that processes and sells pure organic honey locally and internationally. 

    Kô Goma is an International Consultant at the ITC Fast-Tracking Digital Entrepreneurship program in Africa. His work involves building, and deploying innovative growth strategies, training, and market insights to support tech startups' internationalization in Africa.  
    The #FastTrackTech program is implemented by the International Trade Centre to support digital entrepreneurs who aspire to international growth in Africa thanks to targeted coaching and training offers as well as matchmaking with potential clients and investors.


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    • 19 min
    S2 Episode 6: Building a Business that Sells to Enterprise with Chinedu Koggu, Chilekwa Banda and Lamine Barro

    S2 Episode 6: Building a Business that Sells to Enterprise with Chinedu Koggu, Chilekwa Banda and Lamine Barro

    In this episode, we’re talking about how to build a business that sells to enterprises. Our guests chatted to us about securing contracts with businesses, corporates, and government institutions. We feature Chinedu Koggu of Probase, Chilekwa Banda of Digital PayGo, and Lamine Barro of Etudesk as our guests in this episode.

    Our guests:
    Chinedu Koggu is the Chief Technical Officer at Probase, an IT Software and Value Added Services FinTech company based in Zambia.

    Chilekwa Banda was the Head of Strategic Partnerships at Digital PayGo at the time of recording this podcast. Digital PayGo is a recently launched Zambian FinTech company that aims to facilitate a shared digital marketplace for digital financial solutions in Zambia.

    Lamine Barro is the Founder and CEO of Etudesk based in the Ivory Coast. Etudesk is an EdTech online-learning platform that is designed to help companies and academic institutions to digitalize their training offers and make them more accessible to people.


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    • 32 min
    S2 Episode 5: Strategic SME and Corporate Partnerships with Chabu Muchinshi, Gilbert Mwale and Jessica Chisompola

    S2 Episode 5: Strategic SME and Corporate Partnerships with Chabu Muchinshi, Gilbert Mwale and Jessica Chisompola

    We explore business partnerships - how to identify potential partners and secure beneficial strategic partnerships. The episode features 3 guests who, through their businesses and their roles, take us through the journey of securing partnerships and strategic collaborations.
    The episode features interviews with Chabu Muchinshi (Ace Smart Technologies - Smart Revision Zambia), Gilbert Mwale (eMsika), and Jessica Chisompola (Zanaco).

    Our guests:

    Chabu Muchinshi is CEO at Ace Smart Technologies, which is a Zambian technology company that focuses on education-based services with its product, Smart Revision Zambia.

    Gilbert Mwale is CEO at eMsika which is a platform for wholesale and retail trade in agriculture-related products.

    Jessica Chisompola is Head Strategic Alliances, Digital Banking at Zanaco Bank. In her role, she is responsible for signing up strategic partnerships with banking and non-banking partners for various business sectors and industries in line with the Digital Strategy.


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    • 37 min

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