through innovation,
infrastructure and technology

About the Incubation

The Standard Chartered Women in Technology Incubator, is Africa’s leading incubator programme for female-led and founded businesses. It aligns with calls for more diversity in technology, entrepreneurship and for more opportunities for women to develop entrepreneurial and leadership excellence. This speaks to the bank’s Sustainability and Community Engagement strategy and focuses on supporting innovation, infrastructure and technology.

This programme is an initiative of Standard Chartered Bank Zambia in partnership with BongoHive, following the successful implementation of the Women in Tech programme in Kenya, Nigeria and Bahrain to mention a few.

The key objective of the incubator programme is to help Zambian women entrepreneurs or business owners who want to or are using digital technology to grow their business but lack the necessary support. The programme is designed to provide targeted support in areas of business operations, digitisation and digital transformation, accounting and financial management. The outcome of the programme is to support female-led entrepreneurial teams with training, mentorship and seed funding. 

Successful applicants will begin their journey with a 3-month incubation programme followed by a 6-month acceleration programme for selected participants from the incubation programme.


  • Call for applications

    23rd Nov 2022 - 16th Jan 2023 

  • Application shortlisting

    16th Jan - 27th Jan 2023

  • Shortlisting announcement

    31st Jan 2023

  • Bootcamp (top 40)

    6th Feb - 10th Feb 2023

  • Bootcamp pitches

    15th Feb - 17th Feb 2023

  • Top 10 notifications

    21st Feb 2023

  • Incubation phase

    14th March - 29th May 2023

  • Demo day and award ceremony

    22nd June 2023

  • Acceleration phase (post incubation support)

    21st June - 21st Nov 2023

Supporting Zambian female-led businesses

Contact Us

Call: +26 095 301 7526

BongoHive Technology & Innovation Hub

19 Katima Mulilo Road, Olympia Park, Lusaka, Zambia

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