BongoHive FinTech Challenge

Do you have a FinTech business idea that addresses gaps in financial inclusion? Would you like to test that idea out with BongoHive and FSD Zambia?

Applications: Closed


About the challenge

The BongoHive FinTech Challenge seeks to discover and develop the potential of FinTech startups in Zambia.

The Challenge is open to entrepreneurs who have a FinTech business idea or an early-stage FinTech startup that aim to address the gaps in financial inclusion.

The BongoHive FinTech Challenge will be implemented through two 1-day ideation sessions for 30 participants each. 20 participants from the two ideation sessions will be selected from to take part in 5-day virtual Sprint Challenges where two winners will be picked.



The BongoHive FinTech Challenge aims to support the growth of the digital economy and increase access to financial services for all Zambians, as a way to improve livelihoods. The programme is implemented by BongoHive, with the support of FSD Zambia.


BongoHive is Zambia’s first technology and innovation hub. Established in May 2011 and based in Lusaka, the co-founders, all enthusiastic programmers, sought to address the gaps they experienced working within the local technology industry leading to a lack of coordination, skills exposure and productivity. BongoHive has evolved to assist scalable startups of any background by enhancing skills, accelerating growth, strengthening networks, increasing collaboration, providing a forum for ideas exchange and reducing the barriers to entrepreneurship.

FSD Zambia

FSD Zambia is a Zambian organisation working closely with key players throughout the economy to ensure that all Zambians are financially healthy, particularly the most excluded and underserved. We help rural families, women, youth, low income people, and other households in Zambia to understand and access a wide range of sustainable, comparable and affordable financial services. To expand financial inclusion, we collaborate with both public and private sector institutions to make financial markets work better.

Challenge statements

In order to attract new ideas that address current challenges in the Zambian financial landscape, BongoHive held two insight formation workshops with FSD Zambia and various financial sector experts and stakeholders. The problems outlined in the link below, and therefore Challenge Statements, are as a result of the insights shared by the participants.


To qualify for the BongoHive FinTech Challenge  programme you must be a FinTech or have an idea for a FinTech business.

A FinTech is defined as: a business that uses technology and/or data to bring a new product, service or business model in the financial services sector (including Business2Customer, Business2Business, Business2Government, etc)

You can expect to develop your FinTech business idea and entrepreneurial skills through the ideation session and sprint challenge which involve:

Business Modelling
Customer Identification
Financial Services Industry expertise
Mentorship from Industry experts
Business Development Support
Technical Support
Continued mentoring


You can expect to develop your FinTech business idea and entrepreneurial skills through the ideation sessions and sprints which involve:

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1-day virtual Ideation events 

60 Participants (30 in cohort 1 and 30 in Cohort 2)

20 entrepreneurs/teams to be invited to virtual FinTech Sprint Weeks 

Cohort 1: 

22nd – 23rd June 2020

Cohort 2: 

29th – 30th June 2020

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Objective: Explore the potential of a business idea by validating the market and testing all assumptions

5 day virtual sprint programmes

20 entrepreneurs (10 from Cohort 1 and 10 from Cohort 2)

2 winners (overall)

Cohort 1:

13th -17th July 2020

Cohort 2: 

27th – 31st July 2020

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8 weeks of idea development support and K20000 worth of technical support for the two winning teams.

Mentoring from BongoHive and FSD Zambia experts

August 2020

FinTech Categories

The BongoHive FinTech Challenge open to idea-stage and early-stage FinTechs targeting or operating in any one or more of the following categories:



Capital Markets


Financial Inclusion




Business Solutions

Real Estate

Regulatory Tech

Personal Finance

Credit Scoring

Digital Banking

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