One swallow doth not a summer make!

Posted on August 17, 2011

Long time no hear I know, but we’ve been busy!!

However, I thought it important to share with you my recent experiences as a judge at the inaugural Zimbabwe Tech Start-Up Challenge.

First of all go take a look at http://www.techzim.co.zw/2011/08/3-more-finalists-are-selected-for-the-startup-challenge/ which will give you a good idea of what happened. Search the site for part one too!

The long and the short of it is that the innovation and skills that were on show far exceeded my expectations, which were admittedly pretty low, but nevertheless……

Sure there was a lot of focus on applications that flaunted the individual talent, and little in the way of well thought out business plans, but if you had asked me a month ago I would have told you these people no longer existed in Zimbabwe.

How wrong can you be?

Interestingly, many of the talented people on show were in the process of or had already returned from the great “overseas”, but in so doing they have brought new skill sets, ideas, and in some cases money which they are now investing wholeheartedly back home.

You will have heard me encouraging this movement some time ago, and it is rewarding to see the first of the swallows returning from their winter break! It is more of a trickle than a wave of course, but to continue the analogy for a moment, it only takes one small crack in the dyke to make way for the flood!

So…. we won’t hold our breath just yet, but I am watching the signs closely and I’ll keep you posted.

By the way, the finals of the Start-Up Challenge are in early September, 5 finalists pitching for a cash and services prize, and potentially much greater investment in their business ideas…. Keep an eye on TechZim for all the info!

3 Responses to “One swallow doth not a summer make!”

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  2. The Contriver
    Aug 30, 2011

    You have raised a fundamental insight which I beleive a lot of entrepreneurs are lacking in Zimbabwe.

    It seems that there is an abundance of technical talent (i.e. those who know how to do things) but is there the creativity (i.e. desire to create new ideas/products) as well as a lack of execution ability (i.e. converting ideas from concept stage into reality). This is across all sectors and not only ICT. the question is what is being done to work on the last two factors?

    The Contriver


    • Geoff Goss
      Oct 12, 2011

      indeed…is this not a question of education?



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