Young innovators urged to set up start-up projects

09Dec 2021
Devota Mwachang'a
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Young innovators urged to set up start-up projects

​​​​​​​YOUNG innovators have been urged to establish start-up projects which will come up with solutions that addresses social challenges in the community so as to build the technology and innovation ecosystem of Tanzania.

Director of digital and value added services at Vodacom Tanzania Nguvu Kamando.

Director of digital and value added services at Vodacom Tanzania Nguvu Kamando made the advice in Dar es Salaam over the weekend during the second innovation technology forum which was organised by Media convergence in collaboration with Funguo Innovation programme under the umbrella of UNDP and the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) in Dar es Salaam over the weekend.

“There are many things about the innovation technology forum, we have many opportunities in agriculture, in health, so we need the startups to come up with innovations and technologies that support development, startups that can use and benefit people like farmers,” he said.

He said innovation designers should come up with positive responses to improve the lives of people; they should come up with solutions to solve problems which are facing Tanzanians including power woes and water shortage.

He said: “The world is moving very fast and we are giving them the knowledge to make their startups sustainable. In establishing many companies and continuing with the digital economy there must be policies that favor startups, we need policies that are friendly for startups to grow, financial startups to get loans.”

Funguo Innovation programme manager at UNDP Tanzania Joseph Manirakiza said: “We believe that through the series of innovation and tech forums, more limelight will be directed towards tech innovators startups and keep the conversation alive in the circles of policy makers, development partners, corporates, investors, as to the actual needs of these startups innovators and the best way to support them.”

Chief executive officer -Media Convergence, Asha Abinallah said technology continues to be at the centre of innovation, adaptation, systems, the whole development-oriented infrastructure and the digital economy.

“It is an important time to invest and support the innovation and technology ecosystem in the country by focusing on creating sustainable start-ups that would help grow the ecosystem,” said Abinallah

Linda Amos, one of the participants said: “I am happy to be part of this innovation tech forum, I was real encouraged to see a woman as one of the panelists, adding that it doesn’t matter whether you are a man or woman, you can still work on the tech startups that you have, and you can embrace the knowledge that you get from different digital experts.”

She said what is needed is determination, confidence and creativity.