Is Zimbabwe Ready For A Tech Startup Boom In Post-Mugabe Era

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It was developed by Zimbabwean software developer, Norman Dube in 2016 – the year Zimbabwe started experiencing a severe shortage of dollars, a consequence of former President Robert Mugabe’s economic policies.

After struggling for years in a crippled economy, Zimbabwe’s tech entrepreneurs like Dube hope that a start-up boom is imminent.

With less than a week to the first election since Mugabe was ousted, Norman is launching his app.

“This app is actually going to help people by that, we’re going to have people that are going to be voting, a more educated voter. So, at the end of the day, most of this voter education is essential because you wanna know what options you have, you wanna know why you have to vote, you wanna know where to find your polling station. So, a more educated voter is what we’re looking to achieve,” Dube said.

Zimbabwe’s economic crisis has made the country a high risk location for venture funding.

But there are hopes that if Monday’s (July 30) election is free and fair, then that will open up the economy to foreign investment and ease the cash crunch, giving tech innovators like Dube a chance to continue growing in the tech space.

From The Africa Report.

Everybody’s got a phone, who doesn’t have a smartphone and imagine everything just being there, right there for you to assist. Flyers, look you pass by you give me a flyer, I’ll just shove it somewhere. But for me the fact that the information is there on the phone makes life quite easy,” said one Harare resident, Clayton.

On paper, Zimbabwe is ripe for tech innovators.

According to the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency, literacy levels stand at 94 percent and 98 percent of all internet subscriptions are on mobile devices.

Zimbabwe’s current government is also keen to reimagine itself as a tech hub, with China’s help.

Read more at The Africa Report.

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