Innovation Fund round has been opened!

This week TANZICT opened the Innovation Fund for the second time during 2014.

Last time the Fund was opened, we received 44 applications, from which 10 projects were chosen to receive funding. These projects will be awarded with a total of nealry 190 million Tanzanian Shillings.

If you have a business idea or a concept and that you need help with to develp it as a promising new product or service, Innovation Fund is just the thing for you. You can apply on the Innovation Fund page.

Deadline for applications is by 30th of September, 2014 – so ACT FAST!

The objective of the Innovation Fund is to fund implementation of innovative, commercially viable ideas, which when realized, will address specific social and economic needs which exist in Tanzania. The fund focuses on getting new products and services to demo, prototype or pilot phase. The fund is managed by COSTECH in collaboration with TANZICT. All of the teams selected for the grant are needed to specify a Hosting Institution and a Mentor for their project.

Are you ready to get a contract to work with Africa’s leading advertising agencies ?

unnamedIt another great opportunity from Buni hub for innovative thinkers and graphic designers. Do you have  a mind to think critically and come up with new cool and innovative designs ? This is an opportunity for you.

Squad Digital and SCANAD, reputed advertising agencies in Africa.  They are looking for graphic designers and they are ready to offer contracts to the competent individuals in graphics innovations and designs to work with them. The companies are organizing an activity at Buni hub to recruit the winning individuals. The opportunity is available for youth below 25 years old. You must have your laptop with a photo editing software e.g Adobe Photoshop. The panel of judges will shortlist 10 finalists who will pitch their creative concepts and design for 5 minutes. The target is to come up with an advert campaign and accompanying concepts (Print, Billboard, Social, Web). 5 winners will get a chance to secure a working contract with SCANAD or Squad Digital.

The event will be happening at Buni Hub, COSTECH  building ground floor, Sayansi, Kijitonyama from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on 6th September 2014. To register for the event please fill this form . Priority will be given to those who register early to automatically qualify for the initial stage of the challenge. Buni graphics designers are highly encouraged to apply for this great opportunity.

New entrepreneurs community to start at Buni hub.

img_8993In an effort to build a strong entrepreneurs community, Buni hub is establishing the activity called “ Co-Founders Desk”.  Co-founders desk will be an avenue for individuals with technology Start-ups or aiming at establishing technology start-ups meet and share experience and opportunities. Recently there have been a lot of opportunities coming to Buni that targets local technology entrepreneurs as a group and not individuals. The aim of the Co-founders desk is to tackle and exploit those opportunities.

Co-founder, a person who, in conjunction with one or two other individuals, is instrumental in starting a business, charity or some other enterprise. Each person involved in the creation of the entity is considered a co-founder.

The first meetup of the co-founders desk will be on Saturday 30th of August 2014 and the main agenda will be getting to know each other and putting strategies for our newly formed community. The activity will be from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, the activity will be open for individuals who owns start-up companies or aspiring to start one very soon. It is highly encouraged for entrepreneurs at Buni hub to attend although the invitation is extended to all technology entrepreneurs. For more details about the event you can send an email to or call +255 716 217621.

Recap of activities happening at Buni hub on July


First object, printed from the 3D Printer, at the hub

The month of July started with Matthew Roddge printing the first 3D project at Buni hub. Buni hub received a 3D printer from  Tech4Trade organization. Tech4Trade is an organization that find, foster and support sustainable and scalable technologies innovations that support trade and alleviate poverty. On 3rd of July Matthew conducted a fast track training on 3D printing. The training was attended by the individuals from the make fellow community; community of individuals interested in electronics. The training involved installation of the application used for modeling and creating structures to be printed using the printer. Matthew demonstrated how to calibrate the printer and set it ready for printing.

On 2nd of July, Buni hosted Michael Benedict a volunteer from USA who offered to train people on using Github. Michael explained on how people they host their websites on Github and several other features available in the platform that could help developers to increase their efficiency while coding in different projects. Attendees of the session were given opportunities to work on their personal website and try hosting them in Github. The training lasted for 2 hours before Michael closed it. It is was the first Github training conducted at the hub.


Matthew, Bariki and Jumanne at the International Trade Fair.

On 4th of July, COSTECH invited Buni hub into the international trade fair happened at SabaSaba grounds to showcase what is happening at the hub. Buni hub was represented by Bariki Elilaki and Matthew Roddge who showcased the usage of the 3D printer to the audience. Bariki Elilaki explained about the product that were built by their start-up company, includes ShuleWiki Platform which give information about local schools, Habari Mazao, which give information to the buyers and sellers of farm products and Uza Fast, a point of sale application. Buni hub community manager showcased other projects that have been developed from Buni and explained in detail about the programmes that are happening at Buni hub. The audience were very impressed with the Buni internship programme, some of them asked for the procedure to get their kids and family members specifically youths to participate in the program.


Interns in a group photo with Georgia

On 8th of July we started formally our internship programme, this time is phase 3 of the programme.  The selected students to participate in the programme were divided into groups and five teams were formed to work on five different projects. Due to the demand of people who wanted to participate in the programme we had to add one more team for those who were left out to make six teams. The teams selected the projects and currently they are few weeks away from completing the programme and deliver their final products. The selected projects includes; Kilimo Info, the application that provide general farming informations to farmers in Tanzania, Soka, the mobile application which provides information about the local football league. VipiHuduma, mobile and desktop application for people to comment on quality of services they received from different public and private offices, KwetuTalent, application that will allow users to search for different talents among Tanzanian youths and finally Afya App  an app that will provide summary information about control and preventive measures for some different diseases. The projects are currently ongoing at the hub.

On 11th of July we had a session on building Android apps called “Build Your First Android App”. A trainer from Mobile Boot camp called Georgia Rwechungula who is also a graduate of Buni internship programme conducted a session to show how to build and deploy a simple and useful android application in just few hours. The training covered; basics of mobile programming, overview of different mobile platforms and creating an app using Android platform.


Miss Anuradha Banerjee conducting her session.

On 16th of July, Buni Hub and Mara Foundation hosted Miss Anuradha Banerjee seasoned business professional from United Kingdom with over 15 years industry experience. She  spoke about client acquisition channels and building new partnership. The 2 hours session was very impressive with a lot to learn from the industry expert. She explained the importance of product differentiation and the value of innovation in attracting new customers and keeping your traditional customers. The session involved a lot of stakeholders from the entrepreneurship industry who were keen to learn about new ways of doing business.

On July 23rd Kati a lady from Finland shared her experience on ” Clients and their behaviors”. The session was intended to give start-up owners knowledge on behaviors of consumers and how to meet their expectation. Buni interns attended the session, the session was very interactive. They had to identify different consumers and conduct detailed analysis on them.


Students from Austin, Texas interacting with Buni interns.

We had visitors at the hub, students from Austin, Texas (USA) who were looking to do research in Tanzania interacted with the community members, entrepreneurs and students who are taking part in Buni internship programme at Buni Hub. We also had visitors from Cambridge University who are part of Cambridge Development Initiative. They are in Tanzania to do projects with local students to solve problem facing the local communities through technology.

In July we had couple of opportunities coming from outside the hub including the funding from the BAIP group for start-up that has different products.The funding was for product based start-ups. They were specifically interested in mobile or other software development companies that already have a prototype and need additional support for entering new markets or scaling. July was another amazing month at Buni hub.

Recap of the activities happened at Buni hub on June.


Brian kick starting the internship programme.

June has been the most active months at Buni hub with a lot of activities happening at the hub. To start with, the third batch of the Buni Internship Programme arrived to kick start the programme on 6th of June. We had more than 30 students from different colleges in and outside Dar es Salaam attending  the programme. The orientation session of the programme was a one day session to get to know each other and  brainstorm on the ideas that we are going to work on during the period of the programme. The session ended up by getting 13 ideas that were proposed by interns themselves to be tested if they worth our time and resources to work on.


Dr. Mshinda during the Africa Progress report discussion.

On 11th of June, Buni hub hosted Miss Marieme Jamme from Africa Gathering organization during the launching of the Africa Progress Panel Report in Tanzania. The brainstorming session of the report happened at Buni hub where by stakeholders from different public and private agencies took part in the discussion on how the report could help to improve the agriculture and fishery sector in Tanzania. The 2014 report of the Africa Progress Panel is focusing on the agriculture and fishery sector in Africa and its potential to empower and develop Africa. The brainstorming session attracted individuals from universities, ministries, researchers and companies looking to invest in agriculture and fishery sector.


Mr. Bola Garbadeen speaking to the audience during the session.

On 26th of June, Buni hub in collaboration with Mara Foundation hosted Mr. Bola Garbadeen, African financial inclusion expert who was talking about entrepreneurship and funding opportunities for start-ups in Tanzania. Mr. Bola Garbadeen was using his experience on working in the banking industry to equip the start-ups owners with skills required for them to acquire funds from banks and venture capitalists. The two hours session attracted a lot questions and inputs from the audience mainly entrepreneurs who attended the session.


Volunteer teaching secondary students basic web languages.

It was a great month for secondary school children who are passionate in technology when Tigo and “Reach for Change” funded initiative “Apps and Girls” conducted a full day training for over 80 secondary school girls at Buni hub. The session was more about introducing them in basic coding and motivate them to develop interests in ICT. Ten volunteers from “Apps and Girls” facilitated the session. The session was covered with media houses in Tanzania as one of the few event organized to target girls in ICT in Tanzania. TANZICT project funded the lunch and drinks for the event.

We had couple of other events happening at the hub including;  Kick starting The Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) awareness session with DTBI and individuals from DFID who explained in details about the conditions for the people who wants to apply for the fund. We had several volunteers conducting sessions at the hub including “First track training on Github” which was conducted by Michael Benedict an expert on platforms development as part of him giving back to the Buni community.


Marieme conducting her session.

Marieme Jamme from Africa Gathering conducted a session “Visibility, Credibility and Profitability” for entrepreneurs at the hub explaining how they can make themselves visible on the market so that they build their credibility and make themselves profitable. She touched different  problems facing tech entrepreneurs in Africa and how collaboratively we can overcome them.

Buni hub also co-organized two activities with DTBi; the Demo Africa innovation tour session and launching of the documentary which speaks about modern entrepreneurship methods using the case study of Silicon Valley. The movie was watched at the hub with  the community members and later on shared their experience by relating what is happening in Silicon Valley with the local start-up ecosystem.