Joseph Manzvera

SMART CONNECT tops at the National Demo Africa Pitch Event


Joseph ManzveraThe SMART CONNECT project by BUSE students came first at the National Demo Africa Pitch event that was held on the 20th June 2018 in Harare.

SMART CONNECT project whose main aim is to link small scale farmers to markets through a mobile application will represent Zimbabwe at the regional Demo Africa Pitch to be held in Morocco.

The SMART CONNECT project was co-founded by students Joseph Manzvera, Nicholas Kadondo, Munashe Ngwindima and Macelline Chifodya, being mentored by lecturers Dr Musemwa, Mr Munyati and Mrs Mukabeta.

DEMO Africa is one of the flagship initiatives of LIONS@frica and aims to connect African startups to the global ecosystem. DEMO Africa is the place where the most innovative companies from African countries get a platform to launch their products and announce to Africa and the world what they have developed.The project was in top 5 in the same event that was held in March 2017.

With real startups being created in Africa to develop real-world solutions, worthy of investment and global attention, the U.S. Department of State in collaboration with Microsoft, DEMO, USAID, and Startup Weekend, launched the Liberalizing Innovation Opportunity Nations (LIONS@FRICA) Partnership. This was in recognition of Africa’s economic emergence. The public-private alliance is aimed at enhancing and deepening the startup and innovation ecosystems of targeted fast- growing African economies.