In May 2016, sixth round of Innovation Fund was organized by COSTECH and TANZICT. That was a special edition purely for Zanzibar innovators. We received 106 applications and 5 start-up ideas were decided to be awarded (name of the innovation, innovator, hosting institution, and amount granted):


My Precious Bag by Lukman Mohamed Bachu, Zanzibar Technology and Business Incubator, 4,6M TSH.

It’s a simple bag that has a flexible solar panel which enables user to charge smartphones, tablets and laptops.


Locally produced three wheel scooter for disabled persons by Salum Moh’d Salum and team, REZA, 3,5M TSH.

Zanzibar lacks special motorcycles for disabled people as spare parts are not well available. The solution is to provide a locally manufactured vehicle.


Milk Processing by Yusta Method Katembo and team, Zanzibar Technology Business Incubation Bweni Zanzibar, 4,5M TSH.

Women entrepreneurs producing dairy products with Zanzibar flavors.


WajasiriApp, Entrepreneurs Mobile Platform by Abdul-Rahman Mohammed Hafidh, SUZA, 2,99M TSH.

Mobile application connects service providers and clients.


Cooler Fan by Ali Hassan Ali Kali, Zanzibar Technology and Business Incubator, 3,55M TSH.

Energy saving portable fan that produces cool air.


Altogether, during 2012-2016 six Innovation Fund rounds were organized including 518 applicants and 45 innovative ideas were awarded. Innovation Fund Committee wishes good luck for all the winners and encourages all to continue developing their ideas further!


In April 2016, fifth round of Innovation Fund was organized by COSTECH and TANZICT. Altogether we received 132 applications and 6 start-up ideas were decided to be funded (name of the innovation, innovator, hosting institution, and amount granted):


Multi Crop Thresher by Elliot Avila, Twende, 5M TSH.

Multi Crop Thresher is a machine which is designed for common staple crops (maize, rice, sorghum and barley). MCT makes crop handling even 75 times faster than existing methods. Solution is especially created for 15 million smallholder Tanzanian farmers.


AVOMERU, avocado oil project by Yesse Oljange and team, Twende, 14M TSH.

At this moment the problems are overabundance of avocados, lack of machinery and market linkages. The innovation provides an efficient and affordable technology which allows smallholder farmers to press avocado into oil. Target is to provide high quality oil to premium international food and cosmetic markets.


Totohealth Tanzania: Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health by Tayeb Noorbhai and team, ANZA 360, Kilihub; 12,8M TSH.

Annually 40 000 newborn and 8 000 women die when giving birth. Purpose is to allow every health-facility easily procure Clean Delivery Kits to avoid stock-outs. The solution is a mobile application to manage stock and inventory in order that every women have the possibility of a clean and hygienic delivery.


Hadithi App by Joseph Mulagwanda, DTBi, 8M TSH.

Hadithi App is a mobile platform, which distributes stories and books in Kiswahili. Solution allows users securely buy, read and listen stories from their favorite authors conveniently from their mobile phones. On the other hand, application allows authors easily monitor their sales and it also allows anyone with passion and talent to become an author.


Tanzania Bio-Feed Company: Black Soldier Fly Larva as Potential Protein Source in Animal Feeds by Godwin Pancras and team, 14M TSH, UDSM.

TABICO provides new solution to scarcity and expensive feeds that currently are supplied on market through provision of an alternative source for protein and other ingredient by using black soldier fly larva as animal feeds.


JamiiFarm by Naeem Mawji and team, ANZA 360, Kilihub; 10M TSH.

Tha challenge with local agriculture is that 70% of produce is lost. The solution consists of three parts: greenhouse, internet of things and cool storage allowing premium quality vegetables enter the markets more efficiently and well managed way.



20160516_120213Group photo of Deputy Minister of MWTC with other dignitaries and TANZICT staff.

As one of the first policy-documents approved by President Magufuli’s Government, National ICT Policy was officially approved this week’s Monday 16TH May in Dodoma.

Finland’s long-term partnership with Tanzania is focused on three impact areas: good governance, ICT & innovations and forestry. The development of the Policy has been supported by TANZICT, Component 1, and it can be seen clearly that National ICT Policy has direct links to good governance and ICT & innovation. The access to information is a very important basic right for all citizens, ICT and new technologies open up the possibilities for advancing democratic development by e.g. increasing the accountability of the holders of public office.

Furthermore, the Policy highlights that ICT-development opens up new businesses and increases productivity. In Tanzania, the ICT industry has been growing at around 20% per year for the past few years and is contributing a great deal to Tanzania’s national development. According to the World Bank, Tanzania now has overtaken Kenya in terms of world’s most developed mobile banking services.  As the modern ICT infrastructure starts to be in place, one of the key challenges in Tanzania now is to develop local content. The important aspect of localization has been highlighted strongly on the Policy.

TANZICT congratulates Ministry of Works, Transportation and Communication, and hopes that the Policy works as a practical framework for strategies and operative development for the flourishing future of Tanzania!

National ICT Policy

Network till you drop! Vicky from Mbeya Living Lab @Slush2015

Slush is the best event anyone with a heartbeat can attend!

Hi all my name is Vick John Vigero and I am here to tell you about my Slush 2015.


Slush experience was beyond amazing and all I want you to know is you do not have to be intimidated by the huge number of people who are going to be there but just think of yourself as the shining star and you will enjoy every bit of your time there.

Walking in the big arena and hearing the loud music and people rushing in and out like the streets of New York gave me adrenaline rush. From the moment we began our journey to Helsinki, I kept thinking this is a dream. I tried slapping myself sometimes but the reality of it was just breathtaking, looking to my left and right I see kitenge hoodies and I knew this is happening. I was so excited to be finally at the event and I just got ready to start networking!

Lesson number one: limit your time on networking. It may seem great at the beginning but it may lower your stamina if you go 6 hours talking and moving around. Being at Slush I learned that don’t wait for people to approach you and ask you about what you do. Instead, just be the friendliest person ever and swallow your pride. Try to stay away from the energy drinks on an empty stomach. Luckily there was food stands all around the stages at a reasonable price and you can get free snacks too.

vicky_2Vicky John enjoying cold weather in Helsinki.

Well the weather was quite cold but I weirdly found myself sweating at some moments. The Finns rush in the morning J, so I had to adapt.

If you are going as a group just make sure you stand out by your clothes and skip the boring look which everyone is going to have. Keep it slightly professional and a bit cultural, for example everybody knew the Tanzanians are in the house by the African print on our bodies.

vicky_3Tanzanian delegates standing out with the kitenge hoodies in the Design Factory, Aalto University.

Even though slush was mainly focused more on technology side I was happy enough. I remember the living labs’ coordinator Simon mentioned that on Friday we will go somewhere where it’s more “home like”, and later on I understood what he was talking about.

On Friday we went to visit Kontupiste and had a session in knowledge sharing with the organization and saw the similarities we share and how we can work together. Kontupiste shared their work they are doing for their community, and how they cater vulnerable groups. They also provide ICT trainings and have a co-working space. We also got to look around the space and what came intriguing to me was the medical facility that is provided for the drug abusers. I was amazed how that helps to heal the person with much medical attention with a comfortable physical environment. Another innovative program that I found interesting, was the album museum which brings together beautiful art and photography in one place. It was like personal histories in pictorial way. That is something I feel we can further it to Tanzania. Mbeya Living Lab also got the opportunity to share what we are providing for our community.

vicky_4Beautiful album art at Kontupiste provided by ordinary people. Through the project Kontupiste has been able to make their collection of private photos the biggest one in Finland.

The visit to Kontupiste was great and we went yet to another organization in Viikki. We were welcomed by fresh grapes and a vibrant cool space. The event of the day was mainly based on looking at the cultural difference between Tanzanians and Finnish people. There was a presentation about Yhteismaa activities which are mostly based on community events.

The session which then followed was for the Tanzanians and Finnish to outline their perception of each other. Some of the things mentioned were: the different weather climates (too cold in Finland and too hot in Tanzania), Tanzanians are more family oriented than Finnish, Finland is cleaner than Tanzania etc. This was a real eye opening experience as I saw that even if people have differences there is a chance for them to find similarities that we all share. The challenge activity was more serious and we looked at the challenges facing both Finland and Tanzania.

2015-11-13 16.40.47Having an ideation session organized by Yhteismaa and Kontupiste in Helsinki Think Company, Viikki aiming to learn Finnish and Tanzanian social challenges and creating solutions for those.

We shared a common huge challenge of unemployment, which is a big problem in both countries. During our session, we discussed that challenge among some others and learned from each other what kind of similarities and differences we have.

Lastly I enjoyed time with my team from Tanzania experiencing the new environment, getting lost sometimes because of the hard street names but also just sharing this great experience. Thanks to the whole team and the Finnish people!


It was real great and life changing experience for me being one of the Slushers 2015 through TANZICT. As an entrepreneur learning new things is ongoing process, as the business grow the challenges also grow, so it is also vital to grow our skills and knowledge so that we can be able to cope with these dynamics.

hyasinthaHyasintha under huge disco ball at the Slush venue.

For me I regard slush as the best eye opener for start ups, starting from the Tanzanian delegates who joined the Slush 2015, I managed to network and understand clearly what made them different in running their businesses – not only that but also developing the close relationship which I would never have without Slush event.

Going back to the Slush event and UNICEF Global Innovation summit, it was inspiring to see how people around the globe never sleep, working constantly searching for innovative solutions which are cost effective, the confidence and desire to bring change was what differentiate them with other people in the World. I even asked myself if I really work hard enough to position my business to a place where it is supposed to be. Working hard does not only mean the sleepless nights that one has to take, but it also include how informed are we, how much did we prepare ourselves, do we have correct networks that have direct impact, the discipline in time management? Are we focused and always insisting on what we need? Are we ready to change some of our behaviors and attitudes that always hold us back? Slush has made me reflect on some of my personal qualities and even challenged me to adopt the useful ones so that I can be able to compete at the international level. Being a successful entrepreneur is more than having funds but it is a combination of personal skills, right networks and willingness to forego some of behaviors and attitudes.

Another thing was how they arranged their exhibition and branding, it was simple, easy to access and never tiring, I believe we Tanzanians do still have a chance to improve our national trade fairs/exhibitions and make it a place where people would love to be all day long.

hyasintha and italian ambassador

Ambassador of Italy Mr. Giorgio Visetti, Hyasintha and Mr. Mario Bartoli from the Embassy of Italy in Finland.

Above all I loved the Finnish sauna culture, I believe the sauna culture has a lot to do with Finnish leadership style of transparency and no hierarchy. For example during Vertical Accelerator’s training event, it was my first time in my life to sit next to an Ambassador just like any other person, no special care, no security, no special seat, not even a simple attention, we chatted and when I asked what do you do, he simply told me he is Ambassador. Of course, I was shocked and asked for a business card just to be sure I heard him clearly.

If I were to advice TANZICT, I would like to request them to advertise Slush application in many channels as possible so as to make many people aware of the opportunity and hence double the number of slushers next year. I believe exposure is the best and the simplest way to inspire and make people aggressive.