I have been asked to be on the advisory board of the Muzinda Umuzi hub, one of the two tech “hubs” to be launched in Zimbabwe this year. I accepted and I’m looking forward to contributing my experiences and knowledge to this initiative.
I love technology. Specifically, I love the internet and the new business opportunity that it avails in such an open way. Open to individuals that would previously have found it harder to participate. So joining this was natural. I also respect the work that the foundation behind this hub, the Higher Life Foundation, has done over the years.
As part of the advisory, I’ll not be involved in the operations. The plan is to contribute strategically, not just mine, but the experience of the many amazing people I have worked with and learnt from in a still fledgling ecosystem of web and mobile based tech companies in Zimbabwe. And there are many such people I have met and worked with these past 4 years since the founding of Techzim.
It’s not the first time I’ve been asked to be part of a “tech hub”. I accepted to join Muzinda Umuzi because I feel I can contribute positively to the hub, new tech companies & initiatives to emerge out of it, and, more importantly to Zimbabwe’s economy. Others I have declined because I felt they were feeding the age old complexes of ”those in the know rescuing those in the dark.”
To me the need in as far as tech business in Zimbabwe is clear. Tech skills and the skills to build a business in Zimbabwe that is scalable globally. And this is what I hope I contribute to Zimbabwe’s tech ecosystem.