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 jumanne@tanzict.or.tz or call +255 716 217621.

Recap of activities happening at Buni hub on July

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Opportunity for innovators  on Young Innovators Competition – ITU Telecom World 2014

ITU, the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology, they are seeking the most promising tech start-ups making use of open source technologies for disaster management. This could include disaster preparedness, early warning, emergency communication and response, and recovery from natural disasters.

They are looking for communication technologies, teaching tools, new equipment to save lives during a disaster, and new tools to help clean up, recover and rebuild after the event. Examples of open source technologies used in disaster management may include 3D printing, UAVs, Raspberry Pi and Arduino – we invite you to surprise us with your innovative approach.

Are you an entrepreneur under the age of 30 and interested in winning up to USD 10,000 in funding plus mentorship, networking, and high-level exposure?

Do you want to be part of the select group of 10 young innovators from all over the world present at ITU Telecom World 2014 in Doha, Qatar?

Apply now at: https://ideas.itu.int/

Deadline: Thursday, July 31 2014

2 hours with Marieme Jamme at Buni hub

Marieme Jamme from Africa Gathering was in Dar es Salaam in June 2014 to launch the Africa  Progress Panel report in Tanzania.

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Marieme having one on one chat with entrepreneurs at the hub

As part of her four days visit in Dar es Salaam, Marieme spend her last day with the Buni hub community members sharing her life experience and inspire them to dream big and become African champions of success.

During the two hours session she held at the hub, Marieme started by explaining to us the importance of respect and the role it plays in someone’s life success. She explained to the hub members importance of respecting people especially those whom you don’t know who they are or what they do and what role they can play in your life. She explained by giving an example of life as a circle with full of dots and every person you meet in your life and treat them well is one step further in accomplishing your circle  (life’s mission), you can’t afford to miss a dot since you don’t want to have a circle with holes.

“You’re missing opportunities because you are putting obstacles on your way by judging people.” Marieme

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Marieme explaining the VCP model

Marieme shared with the hub members what she call “The Passport of Success” the VCP model to the technology entrepreneurs and community members at the hub as their path towards success. In her VCP model which stands for Visibility, Credibility and Profitability, she was keen to explain to the community members why is it necessary for them to visible, credible and make profit to whatever they do. She said one of the challenges facing the tech hubs in Africa is profitability. It is the time users of tech hubs to start to think very hard on how they can run sustainable and successful businesses to generates profit as a return to the free facilities and resources they are given. She explains her fear of the future of the African tech hubs if this continues.

About visibility, she explained about the positive usage of social media pages and accounts to build your corporate identity. She told entrepreneurs at the hub that, they should use social media to showcase what they are doing and define themselves to the general public with their skills and abilities. She said people should know what you do and your level of competence if you want to have successful businesses and build credibility. What you post on social media, what you comment on forums, articles you wrote and your social media campaigns tend to bring in right people for you to work with and create more opportunities for yourself.

“Be yourself, after they know you, they will like you and then they will follow you. You have to create your own identity and let people understand what you are standing for.” Marieme

She insisted, African entrepreneurs have to work really hard and be very careful on how they manage their time. She encourage hub members to manage their time and frequently analyze themselves and their works, she wanted them to question  themselves questions like, what have I achieved so far ? or What should I do to go to the next stage ?

She also talked about the African entrepreneurs to focus on reducing destructions in their lives if they want to succeed, she advised them to stay focus and get things done with no excuses. She believes failing to deliver to the expectations is something facing most of the African tech entrepreneurs.

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Marieme Jamme

She explained about the concept of “The Pizza Base of Africa”, how Africa could share the opportunities available at the continent through collaboration and seizing the opportunities as they come.   She finished by telling the entrepreneurs the secrets of her success which is three things, discipline, consistency and determination and she wanted them to adopt this.  This was one of the great talks we have ever receive at the hub.

About Marieme: Mariéme Jamme is a Senegalese born-British businesswoman who runs a technology consultancy business in London. Her company, Spotone One Global Solutions, helps international technology companies selling enterprise software solutions to set a foothold in Africa, Middle East and Asia. Marieme is best known for her role in promoting technology, good governance, transparency and a better education standard in Africa.