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

    16th Nov 2023 - 21st Jan 2024

  • Information sessions

    30th Nov 2023 and 9th Jan 2024

  • Application shortlisting

    15th Jan 2024 - 30th Jan 2024

  • Top 40 announcements/emails

    6th Feb 2024

  • Online bootcamp (top 40)

    19th Feb 2024 - 23rd Feb 2024

  • In-person bootcamp pitches

    26th Feb 2024 - 27th Feb 2024

  • Shortlist top 15

    27th Feb 2024

  • In-person networking mixer

    24th April 2024 

  • Incubation phase (virtual)

    11th Mar 2024 - 20th May 2024

  • In- Person Entrepreneurs in Residence Sessions

    28th March 2024, 12th April 2024 and 16th May 2024

  • Demo day and award ceremony

    29th May 2024

  • Acceleration phase (post incubation programme)

    3rd June 2024 - 3rd Dec 2024

Supporting Zambian female-led businesses

Contact Us

Call: +26 095 301 7526

BongoHive Technology & Innovation Hub

6th Floor, ZEP-RE Business Park, Alick Nkhata Road, Lusaka, Zambia

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