Kwese music team scoops Start-up prize

Kwese music team scooped the first prize and walked away with prizes valued at $78,000 at the first entrepreneurship and idea development competition dubbed Start-up Weekend.

Team members brainstorm on their ideas on day 2 of Start-up weekend.
Team members brainstorm on their ideas on day 2 of Start-up weekend.

The Money Game team came second and in third place was the Combi Code team with their application that enables commuters to get information and links passengers with the police to promote their safety.

The three-day Start-up Weekend provided an opportunity for mentoring and interaction between entrepreneurs, business people and those in the technology industry with the aim of encouraging the development and support of new technological ideas.

The winning team’s innovative idea, called K’tamba, is an application that uses everyday objects that are able to conduct electrical currents as musical instruments. The objects are attached to a device that is connected to a computer. The user selects an instrument whose sound is simulated when the objects are handled by humans.

Dorothy Pasipanodya, a participant from the Money Game Team, said the event helped her to be innovative and use the advantages of teamwork and mentoring.

Her team, which included 15-year-old student Tadiwanashe Maziwisa, came up with an online sports betting platform. “A lot of people are into soccer and various sports betting and this initiative eliminates the hassles of travelling to the betting centres just to place a bet,” said Pasipanodya.

The competitions saw 11 finalists pitch their ideas. They included collaborative online education, agriculture, queue and human resource management, public transportation, medical aid service delivery and mentorship linkages.

The Shecodes team, all girls, designed a web-based application for centralised patient records, making it easier for doctors to access patients’ medical history from anywhere.

The Q4U team designed an application which manages queues at public institutions through booking people electronically and notifying them when they are close to being served.

Validaid’s design seeks to verify medical aid details for patients using the services of medical aid societies while the Pitch2Pitch team created an online validation platform which allows entrepreneurs to link up with like-minded individuals all over the world.

Organised by Hypercube in conjunction with Mercy Corps, Start-up Weekend is the single largest starting point for new entrepreneurs around the world. The event was funded by Google for Entrepreneurs.

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