Guest post by Costa Nyanzero
Pictures tell more then words, especially when it comes to Pitch Night. So if you don’t want to read this short post. Just skim the pics. The Emerging Ideas team on the ground in Zimbabwe has teamed up with the local cutting edge mobile network Telecel to provide a stage to high potential startups, and we might have to find a bigger venue!
Just a very small history lesson. Harare Pitch Night’s started as a GEW (November 2013) initiative to simply showcase a few bright entrepreneurs and their idea, and give the start-up community a chance to contribute, support and validate the ideas of these trendsetters. The newly found members of pitch night didn’t let us stop. Infected they threatened to RIOT if we did. So they became a monthly gig.
Takunda from Sai Sai wireless (winners of DEMO Africa 2014), talked about their start, their pivot and their activities in fund raising. These guys have done it right. It started off as an idea to get internet in public taxi’s and has grown into something much bigger. Follow them on twitter @saisaizw for more updates.
The Mobi Store – a version of iTunes for Africa was presented by Robert from Astro Technologies. A few good feedback points added to thought box of Mobi store and we’ll possibly see a few big things on local music, book and film sales from this well backed start-up.
MandyFlora won hearts. Presented by Costa with the tagline ” any day can be valentines day” – this new start up is already getting traction. Online deliveries of personalized gifts and products, with a payment system that actually works. Pitch Night host Tommy Deuschle actually admitted that Mandyflora saved his bacon on Valentines day. Check them out at mandyflora.com.
TK from ZiFm talked about his hustle on the streets of Jo Burg selling toys that didn’t work and how his 3 year of hustle with no pay, turned him into a necessary piece of the puzzle when it comes to the radio and BIG Productions.
Next Pitch night is 30th of April. See you there?