BongoHive Demo Night highlights

On the 2nd of August, BongoHive hosted Launch Demo Night. Tina Kalonga and Shimunza Ng'andu from The Best of Zambia had the opportunity to attend and report back with highlights of the event.

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Photos by Tina Kalonga and Shimunza Ng'andu.

‘Launch’ is an entrepreneurship programme designed for startups that are looking to gain traction and scale. Over a period of four months, seven highly promising startups are taken through a customised series of interventions co-created by them and the BongoHive Incubation Lead. Demo night is the closing event that allows these startups to pitch their ideas in front of a panel of judges.

The Demo Night was opened with welcoming remarks from Simunza Muyangana and Lukonga Lindunda from BongoHive.

A total of seven startups shared their pitches:

  • Kasumbi Pure Poultry
    Kasumbi is an agro-processing enterprise supplying freshly packed premium quality village chickens. Their product portfolio also includes chicken sausages and further processed poultry such as smoked chicken meat in urban areas such as Lusaka and Kabwe.
  • ShopZed
    Shopzed is an online grocery delivery service that allows customers to shop for groceries and household items with delivery in Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces.
  • Modern Refinements
    Modern refinements provides property management, maintenance and refurbishment service.
  • Fish Living
    Fish Living is a tilapia fish production and retailing company.
  • Afropolitan Theatre
    Afropolitan Theatre provides easy access to form performing art programmes such as poetry, acting, dance, singing, as extracurricular activities to high school students.
  • Musanga
    Musanga is a transport company reducing the time and cost of package distribution for small and medium enterprises.
  • Live Clean Initiatives
    Live Clean Initiatives is a company focused to make sustainable eco-friendly cities in short smart cities.

The presentations were very well done and professional. The startups which qualified to go to the next phase were Live Clean Initiatives, Musanga and Africapolitan – gaining first, second and third place respectively.

The judges on the panel were:

  • Kachepa Mtumbi – founder and principal consultant at KPR Consulting.
  • Bejoy Nettikadan – founder and CEO of Netone.
  • Andrew Duffied – financial accountant for AgDevCo.

The evening ended on a high networking note. Applications for the next Launch programme are now open.