New This Year: We are offering four expert-led business clinics to discuss starting a business, financing, building linkages, and agriculture and technology. Business clinics are free, first-come, first-serve, but you have the option of signing up ahead of time by emailing IRCLusaka@state.gov, or you can just walk in.
Zambia’s continued economic growth will partly depend on the ability of its young entrepreneurs and other leaders to start and sustainably grow their businesses. As stated in Mission Lusaka’s 2015-2017 Integrated Country Strategy, our entrepreneurship programs are focused on promoting broad-based economic growth and reducing poverty, and to enhance the voice of women and youth to effectively engage in governance and development.
Zambia Entrepreneurship Summit
You are invited to the 2016 Zambia Entrepreneurship Summit!
Bigger, Better, Together
When: Monday, November 21, 14:00 – 17:00 (open to the public)
Where: New Government Complex, Independence Ave, Kamwala, Lusaka
Who: You! And any Zambian entrepreneur interested in networking and resources for entrepreneurs
How much: FREE, FREE, FREE
The Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of Zambia and the Women’s Entrepreneurial Center of Resources, Education, Access, and Training for Economic Empowerment (WECREATE Zambia) Center have partnered to bring you the 2016 Zambia Entrepreneurship Summit. The Summit will host 100 of Zambia’s investors, lenders, and entrepreneurship empowerment organizations as exhibitors. Our exhibitors are eager to meet Zambian entrepreneurs with good business ideas to network and discuss financing and resources. We encourage all Zambian entrepreneurs to come to the public portion of the Summit to meet our exhibitors. Free of charge!
New Government Complex
Doors will open to the public promptly at 14:00 and will close promptly at 17:00.
Make the most of the 2016 Zambia Entrepreneurship Summit:
Our Summit exhibitors are prepared to discuss partnerships, network and hear business pitches and ideas from Zambian entrepreneurs. Exhibitors include Zambian investors and lenders who are in the business of financing good ideas. We recommend that all visitors to the Summit come prepared to meet with investors, lenders, and other organizations to discuss business plans.
We anticipate a large turnout at the event. That means our exhibitors will have limited time with all visitors to hear business ideas. We encourage all visiting entrepreneurs to prepare a short verbal overview of your idea (known as a “business pitch”) to attract the attention of our exhibitors. Exhibitors may also appreciate a short fact sheet about your business plan.
Be prompt! The Summit is open to the public promptly from 14:00-17:00 on November 21, 2016.
Free of charge!
So far the following are the confirmed exhibitors:
ZES 2016 Exhibitors’ contact details
Phone: +260 211 255 963
African Women Entrepreneurship Program-Zambia
Contact: Dorothy Eriksson
Mobile: +260 979 530 919
Phone: +260 965 843 071
Best Western Grand Hotel
8018A Great East Road
P.O. Box 324335, Lusaka 10101, Zambia
Tel: +260 211 239 666
Contact: Christopher Kandaba
Phone: +260 977/0965 771 858
Contact: Willis Sibende
Phone: +260 955 700 636
Central Agro Commercial Services
Contact: P.M. Mupupa
Phone: +260 965 692 279
Circuit Business Solutions
Phone: +260 965 286 986
Phone: +260 965 286 989
Phone: +260 211 257 153
Contact: Rodney Katongo
Phone: +260 968 860 467
Douglas and Rach Management Consultants
Contact: Nelson N Kazembe
Phone: +260 966 322 258 / +260 211 222 241
Ecobank Zambia Limited
Phone: +260 977 781 785
Entrepreneurs Financial Centre
Phone: +260 967 793 943
Contact: Andrew Musona
Phone: +260 972 131 883
Grant Business Consultant
Contact: Grandy Ntumbo MBA FCCA FZICA
Phone: +260 955 403 113 /977 403 113
Phone: +260 964 514 451
Contact: Chibamba Lopa
Phone: +260 211 295 875-6
Jeezwa Business Solutions Limited/ Puzix Technologies
Contact: Tristan Patel
Phone: +260 96 5503484
Joe Public Zambia
Contact: Panji Kakube
Phone: +260 978 095 975
Magic Advertising and Promotions
Contact: Aneeshi Jhaveri
Phone: +260 211 250 975
National Pension Scheme Authority
Contact: Nobby Simutenda
Phone: +260 979 262 387
National Youth Development Council
Contact: Sam Mwapela
Phone: +260 978 158 222
Phone: +260 967 842 877
Phone: +260 979 452 182
Contact: Zike Soko
Zambia Bureau of Standards
Contact: Hazel Zulu
Phone: +260 979 473 284
Zambia Development Agency
Contact: Sharon K. Sichilongo
Phone: +260 211 229 240
Contact: Eden Sibbuku
Phone: +260 211 220 177
Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority
Contact: Bernard Banda
Phone: +260 978 214 329
Zambia Telecommunications Company Limited (ZAMTEL)
Contact: Patience Chisanga
Phone: +260 950 003 028
Zambia National Commercial Bank, Plc.
Phone: +260 975 470 252
Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
About 20 youth leaders participated in a six-month Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp implemented by the Public Affairs Section in partnership with BongoHive Innovation and Technology Hub. Participants are involved in a variety of business projects in areas such as agriculture, women’s empowerment, water and sanitation, energy, and environmental conservation. Five American experts over six months traveled to Zambia to conduct workshops on social entrepreneurship topics such as community ideation, fundraising, business modelling, and impact assessment.
Entrepreneurship Financing Bootcamp
As a follow-on to the successful 2015 Zambia Entrepreneurship Summit, Public Affairs Section Lusaka will hold a bootcamp for entrepreneurs to prepare for increased financing. The bootcamp will be organized in collaboration with the State Department-funded entrepreneurship program WE CREATE Zambia Center and local technology hub BongoHive (partner of our 2015 Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp). Starting in May, the entrepreneurship bootcamp will bring a group of 30 participants together each month for a full-day bootcamp with a visiting American expert/speaker. Our new series will bring together some of Zambia’s most savvy entrepreneurs such as those who participated in the YALI Fellowships and other exchange programs. The goal of the program is to help Zambia’s entrepreneurs access financing for startups and growth, attract business partners, and sustainably grow their businesses.