About Wazo Challenge Tanzania

Wazo Challenge Tanzania is aimed at 18 - 30 year old Tanzanians, who have an idea to solve a local business / social problem, using technology. With a near 60 Mn population having 43 Mn mobile phone subscriptions and 17 Mn internet users - technology will help take the leap forward, and solve social and business problems.

We are looking for enterprising youth (as individuals or teams) to use technology (Software / Hardware / Software+Hardware), and solve for one of the below,




Energy / Utility


Takeaways from the challenge

Venture Bootcamp

10 high-potential founders will be selected for a 4-week venture mentorship and leadership development bootcamp, that will be delivered by successful founders, industry leaders, domain experts and investors from Startup Réseau ’s global network. The Venture Bootcamp will help establish / reiterate basic venture development processes, enable industry connections, international networks, peer community and more. During the course of the bootcamp, each selected startup will get access to $10,000 worth of technology credits that will help them build fast.

[Here's a snapshot of the Venture Bootcamp]

Week 1: Foundation

  • Product Market Fit: Review, Identifying Gaps and Refining the idea
  • Revisiting the Business Model
  • Understanding Mission, Vision, and Goals
  • Branding and Design
  • Legal And IP
  • Elevator Pitch for Investor and Customer

Week 2: Customer Development

  • Customer Journey Mapping, Customer Segmentation
  • Value Proposition
  • Customer Profiling/Validation
  • Leadership
  • Work Life Balance
  • Business Culture

Week 3: Go- to Market and Scale

  • Business Scalable Strategies
  • Marketing Messaging
  • Customer Acquisition
  • Financial Modelling
  • Unit Economics

Week 4: Pitch Ready

  • Funding
  • Pitch coaching and mock pitches
  • Final Investor, Customer, and Partner Pitches

Technology Credits

Each startup gets in excess of $10,000 in technology credits from the likes of AWS, DigitalOcean, FreshWorks and more.

International Demo Day

The Venture Bootcamp will culminate with an international demo day, wherein the cohort will pitch to an audience comprising investors and corporates. Prior to the demo day, the cohort will be ably coached by pitch coaches, to ensure that each pitch is succinct and conveys a compelling story.

Cash Prizes

Money! Money! Money!

There’s a USD 10,000 grant money at stake, and the cohort will be pitching for the same. In addition, we sincerely hope that the international demo day will attract venture investors to take a serious look at the cohort, and many will get investor interest.

Selection Criteria (Weightage)

Meet Our Jury

Wazo Challenge Tanzania will be judged by a jury of prominent stakeholders, who will be selecting the Top-10 Applications on the basis of the above criteria.

Abdi Mohamed

Managing Director/ CEO
Absa Bank Tanzania Limited

Jumanne Mtambalike

Sahara Ventures

Diana Ninsiima

Country Director
Digital Opportunity Trust Tanzania

Salum Awadh

SSC Capital

Soumitra Deshpande

Startup Program Lead

Vanessa Kisowile

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Faith Pella

Executive Board Member
Tanzania Startup Association

Sweta Tiwari

Co-Founder & COO
Startup Réseau

Ashwin Ravichandran

Managing Director
MEST Africa


Build for the Future, today.

Have a Question?

Wazo Challenge Tanzania is aimed at validating and mentoring early stage tech entrepreneurs through a 4 weeks long bootcamp.

4 Weeks from date of cohort announcement. We expect the program to start in the first week of April 2021 and go on till the end-April 2021.

The bootcamp will focus on experiential learning and development of the selected founders. These startup founders will go through various mentorship sessions with global experts, 1-on-1 anchor mentor lead sessions, investor connects, business connect in the span of 4 weeks.

No. The program is not charging any fees.

You can apply provided you are a Tanzanian national, currently living in Tanzania and solving a problem in Tanzania, using technology.

We are looking for enterprising youth (as individuals or teams) to use technology (Software / Hardware / Software+Hardware), and solve for one of the below,

  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Agriculture
  • Energy / Utility
  • Education

You can fill-up our online application form with your idea/early stage startup that you are working on. You can apply as an individual or as a team of upto 5 members.

Applications will be selected through a 2 stage process. Stage-1 wherein your application will qualify you for Stage-2 wherein you will be interviewed by the program team. 10 startup ideas / teams will be selected.

We will be using a weighted average score to qualify applying startups on a score of 100 points.

  • If the company is incorporated within the immediate past 18-months[5]
  • Tanzanian national(s) in the age group of 18 - 30 years [5]
  • Minimum team of 3 people [10]
  • Uniqueness of the idea [20]
  • Social and Community Impact [25]
  • Innovation [15]
  • Market Opportunity [10]
  • Market Feasibility [10]

Yes, having a prototype or some early traction is always preferable. We are open to receiving napkin-stage ideas.

Yes, it is a fully virtual program.

  • 4 Week Venture Bootcamp for Top-10 selected applications
  • $10,000 in technology credits to each selected venture
  • Pitching at International Demo Day
  • Grant Money of USD 10,000

Sponsor Partner

Supporting Partner

Technology Partners

Ecosystem Partners

Program Team

Paul Mandele

Country Lead - Tanzania
Startup Réseau

Jagruti Bista

Manager - Programs & Industry Insights
Startup Réseau

About Startup Réseau

Built on the founding pillar of #StartupsFirst, at Startup Réseau, we operate startup accelerator programs with a vision to bring the ultimate global network of Enterprises, Capital, Markets and Services to Startups. We see ourselves as an ecosystem builder in emerging economies.

Our vision for the next few years is to be present in the fast-growing cities in Africa and SouthEast Asia and be at the forefront of building local ecosystems as well as bringing-in our global 'réseau' into play. We look forward to building out regional networks across Africa, to enable and accelerate tech entrepreneurs through structured accelerator programs and opening up our global networks.