Zambian entrepreneurs to watch in 2018

Muli Bwanji Zambia!

Our vision to exponentially increase the rate and scope of businesses in Africa is gradually being realised following our most recent entry into Zambia. This year, we recruited 8 innovative and impact-driven ventures in Zambia that are currently going through our first Acceleration Programme in the country. These ventures cut across online buying services, clean energy, farming, delivery services, micro-finance and sports. We selected the entrepreneurs and their ventures based on their potential to scale, degree of innovation, the strength and ambition of the founders and their teams, and their potential to solve key challenges through innovative products or services. 

Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, GrowthAfrica is a leading African business and impact accelerator. It has since its inception worked with more than 2,000 small East African businesses, accelerated more than 128 regional ventures and supported more than 120 international companies coming into East Africa. We are the business runway to success for African entrepreneurs seeking a platform for their business take-off and for international companies in need of a market landing space and growth hub. Our desire and mission is to proactively contribute to the social and economic growth of African economies through strengthening of local enterprises.

Our activities are focused on growing ambitious and scalable African startups and SMEs into successful enterprises through business acceleration, strategic advice and access to investments. We also assist local and international businesses to effectively seize African market and business opportunities through market data and insights, expert network and the right local partners. Ours is a love story to Africa and its vast opportunities.

Having recently moved into Zambia, we are impressed with the reception that we have received and we are confident that our programme will cause great impact not only on the entrepreneurs involved but to the entire entrepreneurship ecosystem in Zambia. We are proud to introduce to you our first 8 Zambian ventures:

360 Deals
Founded in 2016, 360 deals is an aggregated E-commerce platform which features daily deals on the best things to do, see, eat, and buy in Zambia. They offer an exciting and simple way for customers to get discounted deals.


Icelandic Foods T/A Goat ‘n’ Chips
Founded in 2016, Icelandic foods operates as a Fast Food Take Away Chain, that provides hygienic, child friendly, unique goat meat menu. They have started breeding their own goats while still buying from local farmers.


Ubuntu Meal Deliveries
Ubuntu meal deliveries is an online food delivery company that uses a web-based service that allows its offline and online customers to either order for food. It simplifies payment by providing services such as cash on delivery, Mobile point of sales pay points, FNB E-Wallet and Barclays Bank Cash Send payments.


Street Culture
Founded 7 years ago, Street Culture is a leading pioneer in the promotion of extreme sports e.g. skateboarding, hip hop dances, street arts and various other talents to bring out the best in youth talent across Zambia. Their mission is to empower youths and aid them in developing their skills to world class standards.


Entrepreneurs defining their customer journey during the first bootcamp

Versara Finance
Operating for 2 years now, Versara Finance is a provider of small loans and advances to individuals and small businesses. Using mobile technology and a wide distribution network, the company promises a fast and convenient process for accessing loans and cash advances. The company targets the low-income employees


Clean Power Solutions
Clean Power Solutions provides affordable energy solutions that include recycling and reconditioning of exhausted old cars, truck and solar batteries. Using a unique battery reconditioning system, the batteries useful life is extended and sold to clients at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new one.


Future Seeds
Future seeds aims at providing access to improved and certified seeds to small-holders farmers. The company provides its network of farmers & value chain actors with reliable and sustainable market systems through the Inclusive Agri-Hub business model on contract farming.

Makombe Farms
Makombe Farms produces soya beans, wheat, maize and horticulture products that are sold in Kabwe, Zambia. They also produce and process livestock & meat products which are sold through retail stores. The farm also processes meat which is stocked in tier 2 supermarkets in Kabwe.

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