AMPIONEER INTERVIEW WITH CHIKOSI TAWANDA

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NOVEMBER 7, 2014

CHIKOSI TAWANDA IS AN ENTREPRENEUR FROM HARARE IN ZIMBABWE AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT GRADUATE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ZIMBABWE. CHIKOSI’S DESCRIBES HIS MISSION TO BE THE IDENTIFICATION AND EVALUATION OF SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENTED INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN IMPLEMENTED IN ZIMBABWE AND PIONEERING THEM IN ZIMBABWE.

1. How did you hear about the bus? What made you want to get on board?

I first heard about the bus in 2013 from a local technology blog, which I religiously follow when it made its maiden trip on the African continent. I was hurt for not being able to participate in 2013, because the entry requirement was either for a person to be a developer or a designer of which I am none. I heard about this second bus online and was overjoyed to learn that I could now participate as an entrepreneur and business person.

The potential to learn and collaborate with other like-minded individuals made me want to get on board. The challenge of working on a startup for five days, sounded attractive for me.

2. What are you hoping to get out of this trip? What are your expectations?

I am hoping to develop a very strong network of international friends and collaborators. My expectation is that we will be able to create and foster long lasting friendships and partnerships. I strongly believe in relationships.

3. There will be satellite internet on the bus – why will connectivity be so important on the bus?

We live in connectivity, and staying connected for those five high-pressure days will be key. There will be a lot of research online for information on the ideas that we will be working on.

4. What are the three things that motivate you?

I like solving problems, achieving a set goal or objective, and attaining success.

5. What’s the most exciting/proudest/interesting thing you’ve done to date?

Exciting: Being chosen as one of the six Zimbabweans to go to the US for a four week entrepreneurship internship program.

Proudest: Being crowned the Zimbabwe Top Young ICT Innovator of the Year 2011, 1st Runner Up Top Young ICT Innovator of the year 2013. Sharing the stage with the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of African Affairs, giving a speech on behalf of Zimbabwe and Zambia professional fellows.

Interesting: Mentoring 11 children from my former high school, eight boys and three girls (17 year olds).

6. What next? What are your plans? (Do you have any future ventures/ideas/projects you’re working on?)

I am working on expanding my operations to Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi. I am working on launching hotel mobile applications and customer feedback applications in these countries together with the existing technologies we have implemented here in Zimbabwe.

CHIKOSI IS PARTICIPATING IN THE AMPION VENTURE BUS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA.

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