Sahara Ventures helps development organizations simplify their management tasks; projects, events and human resource so that they can free up money, time and resources to invest in their core business. We do this by providing a disciplined, organized and determined team of expert individuals with experience in managing for impact projects.
The projects includes; Data Zetu "Our Data" Project, Mawazo Challenge Program, AMUA Accelerator Program, Hatua Project, World Bank Negawatt Challenge, Hivos-IIED Energy Safari, Making All Voices Count Global Innovation Competition, GSMA Jumpstart program, FSDT FinDisrupt, World Bank RefabDar, CIPESA (OpenNet) Africa project and Africa Business Idea Cup funded by DMM.Africa.
Sahara Ventures manages the projects which creates an impact to the community using ICTs and Innovation. It is currently involved in two acceleration programs; Amua Accelerator which we are doing with UNFPA/UKAID and Mawazo Challenge Accelerator which is HDIF/UKAID funded. Both of accelerators are looking to accelerate startups growth in different sectors one for the SRH sector and the other for the general health sector.
Other projects we are involved in are, Data Zetu which is MCC/PEPFAR funded and Hatua Project which is MAVC/HIVOS funded.
Sahara Sparks is the Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship event, which promotes Tanzanian technology startups, and early stage companies by providing them with opportunity to be exposed, pitch and exhibit their products and services, to find investors and potential partners. The event will took place on 26-27 May 2017 in Dar es salaam where Sahara sparks will be the main organizer of the event.
The AfriLabs annual gathering is a unique opportunity for AfriLabs members and other stakeholders to convene, learn the latest hub insights, and build partnerships between and with hubs. AfriLabs annual gathering will take place on 25 - 27 Oct 2016 in Accra Ghana. Sahara Sparks is the technical partner, managing the event portal and digital media campaign. Regards
GSMA Mobile360 Jumpstart is a unique platform which offers start-ups and entrepreneurs across Sub-Saharan Africa the chance to pitch their innovative products and services to industry experts, including mobile network operators and investors during the GSMA Mobile360 events. The 2016 GSMA Mobile 360 events took place in Dar es salaam where Sahara Sparks moderated the sessions in one of the days of the event
The Africa Business Idea Cup is a large-scale contest, spanning five countries, in which the winner will be presented with air tickets to Japan and $5,000 and a business partnership with the cutting-edge Japanese company DMM.com. The ABIC 2016 main event took place in Dar es salaam where Sahara Sparks was the organizer of the event
Sahara Sparks is the Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship event, which promotes Tanzanian technology startups, and early stage companies by providing them with opportunity to be exposed, pitch and exhibit their products and services, to find investors and potential partners. The event took place on 13-14 May 2016 in Dar es salaam where Sahara sparks was the main organizer of the event.
MAVC global innovation competition is a compettion aimed to find bst Tech for Governance ideas emerging accros Africa and Asia. The 2015 MAVC global competition info session event in Tanzania was hosted by Sahara Sparks
AMUA Accelerator is an acceleration program which will be able to foster and mentor innovative ideas that will generate solutions to sexual and reproductive health related challenges. The purpose of this project is to support young entrepreneurs, through mentorship, with seed funding training and skills development to generate innovative solutions in response to challenges related to sexual and reproductive health and other population development issues which affect the majority of young people.
Mawazo Challenge 2 is the partenship program between Tanzania Bora Initiative(TBI), Tanzania Medical Students Association(TAMSA) and Sahara Sparks with the aim to empower and provide the platform for the Health and Allied Services Universities Students in Tanzania to be able to establish new businesses and social enterprises, develop new techniques, new models, and new products to tackle challenges facing the health sector, and bring them to market.
Data zetu is a program designed to improve positive experiences with using data to make more informed, evidence-based decisions in local communities in Tanzania. The project is funded by PEPFAR, facilitated by MCC and implemented in partnership with IREX, Sahara Sparks, Tanzania Bora Initiative, Code for Tanzania and Code for Africa.
Hatua Project is a partnership project between Hivos, Making All voices Count, Sahara Sparks and Buni Hub aimed at supporting the government efforts in taking the most effective steps in the approach to strengthening good governance with the application of technological solutions targeting Tanzanian citizens from diverse communities are more relevant and needed today.
Code 4 Citizens (C4C) is an acceleration program aimed at nurturing ideas (projects) related to tech for governance. C4C receives individuals with ideas at an early stage, prototypes or MVP’s that are modelled to use technology as a tool to promote good governance, citizen engagement, transparency and accountability.
Sahara Sparks was contracted by OpenNet Africa to conduct test select digital safety and security tools to understand what works well and why and what might need change. The tools to be tested included those supported by the Open Technology Fund: Cryptocat. Mailvelope, Martus, TextSecure and Redphone
ReFab Dar is a pilot program to explore how plastic waste can power entrepreneurship using 3D printers in Tanzania. ReFab Dar tests the feasibility and scalability of turning plastic waste into filament that can be sold internationally and turned into products for local communities, offering new livelihoods for Tanzanian youth. ReFab Dar will convene unconventional stakeholders to build practical skills on digital fabrication and entrepreneurship in order to better equip tomorrow's young men and women with the resources to thrive in a healthier, greener Dar Es Salaam.
Making All Voices Count is a global initiative that supports innovation, scaling, and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness. The programme is managed by a consortium consisting of Hivos (lead agency and in charge of collaborative component), Ushahidi (technology lead and in charge of the Competitive approach) and Institute of Development Studies (in charge of the Research, Evidence and Learning component). It is currently funded by four donors: DfID, Sida, USAID, and Omidyar Network. Buni conducted acceleration programme for the selected ideas by the funders.
FinDisrupt is an event which is in a form of a hackathon, that brings together product development teams among Financial Service Providers as well as researchers in the financial sector and tech developers in Tanzania all together in one room to discuss and brainstorm on new products in the financial sector by using Data dive. These people work in teams to come up with different products and later on the end users are invited to come and give feedback on whether the products meet their needs.The main reason for this event is to ensure enough supply on demand in the financial sector and the tagline is, “Let’s connect, curate, collaborate and construct”.
Energy Change Lab (a programme of Hivos and IIED) are gathering a mixed group of activists, entrepreneurs, academics and engineers for an Energy Safari in Dar es Salaam. The Safari is an intense 5-day learning experience to explore and experience the main challenges around energy access issues and to work together on new potential solutions.
Negawatt is a global competition empowering communities to innovate around local energy issues. Using a multi-phase open innovation methodology, this initiative aims to transform cities into more sustainable and energy efficient places. Cities all over the world have been selected on the basis of their governments' commitment to energy efficiency and low carbon growth, as well as the existence of dynamic and growing entrepreneurial and technology sectors.
Sahara Ventures has experience on using ideation and concept development tools to develop programs and projects. The tools can also be used to develop strategic plans of organizations and businesses.
We have worked on designing of the Hatua Project which has been funded by MAVC
Sahara Ventures conducts corporate training using business development and design tools. The training and CBPs are aiming at providing the competitive edge to companies and organizations.
We have experince working on MAVC acceleration and Hatua Project C4C program
Sahara Ventures offers consultation and project management for impact projects. Sahara Ventures provides innovative strategic assistance and support on project management and human capital management using technology and innovative approaches.
Sahara Ventures uses technology as a tool to develop projects and programs for community empowerment. Using technology to connect people to the solutions.
We are curently working on Data Zetu project which is focused on using technology to connect with the community
Sahara Ventures provides the strategic advantage to our clients by ensuring they reach out to their intended audience through traditional and digital media.
We did the PR and digital branding for AfriLabs annual gathering 2016 and the Africa Business Idea Cup event.
Sahara Ventures can help you to reach your intended audience. Having organized a number of youth events, Sahara Ventures assures you of our capability reach to youth and mobilize them to meet your purpose.
Sahara Ventures link investors to early stage companies with innovative business models and potential to grow exponentially. Through Sahara Sparks, startups can pitch to the investors.
We are working on making sure Usidumae project grows to a profitable company
Sahara Ventures conduct impact based community engagement meetups in the areas of innovation and technology entrepreneurship. Sahara Ventures research on issues related to youths unemployment, funding for startups, innovation ecosystems etc.
We have worked on engaging the citizens of Sengerema on issues related to governance.