First concrete steps for Zanzibar Innovation Space were taken!


There has been a growing interest for the creation of an Innovation Space in Zanzibar. A number of organizations have been working towards this goal and it has been noted that opportunities for collaboration are rising. 17th of March Reclaim Women Space in World Heritage Stone Town hosted a workshop aiming to clear aims and objectives for Zanzibar Innovation Space together with interested stakeholders.

2015-03-17 13.27.09The Director of Department of Urban and Rural Planning Zanzibar, Dr. Muhammad Juma handed workshop results to Ms. Dhaifa Ali, who is one of the champions creating Zanzibar Innovation Space.

Altogether 22 participants from Reclaim Women Space; Zanzibar living lab Tanzania Youth Icon (TAYI); Zanzibar University (ZU); ZIT Consulting; Zanzibar National Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (ZNCCIA); Department of Urban and Rural Planning Zanzibar and three trainers from TANZICT joined this one day workshop. After fruitful and active day, we were able to define needed actions to be taken and form a working group. It was agreed that Zanzibar Innovation Space will be located in Reclaim Women Space, which is identically located in a central spot of Stone Town.

2015-03-06 10.42.50Zanzibar Innovation Space will be located in the heart of Stone Town, just next to House of Wonders.

The working team champions will continue development by participating broader workshop with international and Tanzanian trainers which will be held 30-31.3. in COSTECH. That workshop will be part of TANZICT Innovation Space activities, which aim to set up 3 more innovation spaces in Iringa, Mbeya and Zanzibar during 2015.

FEMTECH training for women entrepreneurs


Three round tables were full of women and a handful of men among ladies, when second day of FEMTECH training workshop started. Participants consisted of 15 women entrepreneurs, 7 prospective trainees and 5 incubator managers, all from SIDO.

The workshop is a part of FEMTECH’s training program previously implemented in Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and now second time in Tanzania. In Tanzania the program is supported by TANZICT. The program aims at developing women entrepreneurs’ business and capacity building of local business trainees by covering such areas as entrepreneurial assessment, development of innovative business ideas, defining market and managing money. During the program, prospective trainees receive also an opportunity to rehearse training in practice.

femtech2-1Women entrepreneurs, prospective trainees and incubator managers sharing their ideas about business development.

The day started with a collaborative product development task, which participants found challenging but educative. After this imaginary exercise, a turn was of a real product market. Women entrepreneurs presented their products and received needed feedback of their products from other participants, trainees and audience. Feedback winding was postponed to following day and the focus was turned to customers. Who could buy my products and why, seemed to be important questions for many participants, who had joined the workshop in order to get ideas how to grow their business. As a whole, the morning was full of collaborative learning by doing, which is still something new in Tanzania.

For me, as a social psychologist and a work and organization researcher, the workshop offered a thought-provoking peak to a reality of women entrepreneurs in Tanzania. Innovativeness and risk management ask for trust in your own abilities to create competitive products and to be successful in the business environment, but those require also trustful relationships with others who may offer social, emotional, cognitive and financial resources needed in doing business. The program seems to work toward these ends.

Thank you all for an opportunity to follow up one morning of this workshop.

PhD. Tuija Seppälä lives in Dar es Salaam and conducted her doctorate in social psychology titled “Trust building and cooperation in supervisor-subordinate relationships and work units”.

Team Academy Curriculum Design Workshop at the University of Iringa

As part of the external consultants visit to Tanzania we organised a curriculum design workshop with the staff of the University of Iringa Team Academy on 10th to 12th of February. The idea was to create the foundation for the curriculum that will later on be submitted to the Tanzanian University Commission for approval in order to start a full Team Academy program in October 2015 with a full throttle.
In the first morning, after checking in, we started to wonder what are the questions we should answer together. We came up with following questions:
  • What is the name of our program?
  • What is the output of our program? I.E. What the recent graduate knows and can do?
  • What is the justification for our program? Why we consider this program important?
  • What are the competences that our graduates will have? What are the levels of development in different competences?
  • How do our team entrepreneurs (i.e. students) learn the competences and attitudes?
    1. What courses will we have?
    2. What approach and learning tools will we use in the courses?
  • How do we assess the learning in this program?
  • What kind of assignments should we have in our program?
In the afternoon we started to answer them, one by one. It took us three days, but by the end of it, we got through most of them. We did not dive into the details of the contents of the courses, but otherwise we covered everything.
I think, the most important thing in creating a new curriculum is the dialogue among the founders that creates the shared understanding about what we are doing and creating. The second issue is then to write it all out into the form of curriculum, which is the job we are doing right now.
Written by and pictures courtesy of Team Academy Senior Experts, TANZICT external consultants, Ville Keränen & Jukka Hassinen, Partus Ltd

Pre-Incubation and Technology Transfer Training for Universities and SIDO started

Last week 9-12.2. training for Tanzanian universities and SIDO was held in Buni. Altogether 13 participants from CBE, DIT, MUST, NM-AIST, SUZA, UB, UI and SIDO were chosen for the training and joined first module of trainings. Also, one day training for government officials was organized 13.2. for participants from Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology, Tanzania Private Sector Foundation, Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, Confederation of Tanzania Industries, COSTECH, SIDO and Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture.

University and SIDO participantsUniversity and SIDO participants having a group photo after the training with the trainer Marko Sorri and Teemu Seppälä.

Few words from the trainer Mr. Marko Sorri:

It has been a truly interesting and intensive week for me here in Tanzania working with TANZICT staff members and university representatives. We had three day training for the local university contacts who are involved to incubation activities. The idea is to bring some examples of successful programs, practical tools and developed work methods from Finnish Innovation Ecosystem to be localized here.

In addition to the knowledge and experience sharing, we do learning-by-doing as we have agreed to start to collect the identified business ideas from each university. Then on weekly basis we aim to create some proposals for each business ideas to take the next step and also to leverage the toolkit of each business coach involved for this program. It was really interesting to interact with these people during the training and I personally learned a lot of the local circumstances.

We had also a nice opportunity to hear three local startup pitches (Soka, Jamaa Technologies / Kweebo and Guumzo), which will travel this week to Nairobi to participate on AITEC East Africa. Coachable teams who are willing to work hard, expose to different kind of tests & events and do have commitment to execute the business plan will be champions. Good luck on this journey!

On Thursday we organized a workshop with the local organizations and ministries, which do have a vital role on the Innovation Eco System. Initiated projects should be connected and create understanding how all the stakeholders are able to provide support for the innovation system. Efficient incubation programs can gain great results, but it takes time, commitment and co-operation.

Thank you very much for all of the great people at TANZICT organization. You are doing great job! I’m looking forward to interact with the universities and their representatives during the next couple of months over the video sessions. I’ll be back on May and hopefully we can then meet with you!

Asante, kwaheri

FemTanz training for female entrepreneurs – Apply now!


The Female Entrepreneurship program FemTanz is going for its second round in Tanzania and application period to participate is now!

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: Feb – March 2015 (6 days). Aimed at women who wish to SUBSTANTIALLY grow their businesses.
Closing date: 6 Feb 2015.
Queries: Ms Beata Minga, SIDO +255 250299 or

Download the brochure to read more:

 Advert 2nd draft 27 Jan 2015

Application form in Word-format:

FEMTECH ENTREPRENEURS Application Form Tanzania Jan 2015 FINAL

Application from in PDF:

FEMTECH ENTREPRENEURS Application Form Tanzania Jan 2015 FINAL