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

    22 Nov 2021 - 16 Jan 2022

  • Application shortlisting

    17 Jan - 28 Jan 2022

  • Shortlisting announcement

    31 Jan 2022

  • Bootcamp (top 40)

    7 Feb - 11 Feb 2021

  • Bootcamp pitches

    14 Feb - 18 Feb 2022

  • Top 10 notifications

    21 Feb 2022

  • Incubation phase

    7 March - 23 May 2022

  • Demo day and award ceremony

    9 June and 16 June 2022

  • Acceleration phase (post incubation support)

    20 June - 20 Dec 2022

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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