at5topNovember 2016 Buni will be celebrating its five years of operation since formed. Special thanks to the government of Tanzania and Finland (TANZICT) for the support provided throughout our five years of operation.

Now what is Buni exactly?

Buni is a technology Hub which fosters innovation and technology entrepreneurship through capacity building internship program, mentoring programs and community empowerment. Founded in 2011, Buni Hub’s focus is to discover, nurture and mentor youths with innovative technological solutions to problems facing the community in Tanzania and the world at large.

Buni Hub imparts business centered employable hands on skills and knowledge  to youths who are determined to distinguish themselves from the ordinary employee and/or entrepreneurs who aspire to be different from the average entrepreneur with little to no strategic business development skills. Buni Hub’s contribution to the local innovation ecosystem is supported by 4 core programs namely;

  1. Buni Internship Program
  2. Buni Mentoring program (Pre-Incubation Program)
  3. Buni Community outreach Program
  4. Buni Fabrication Laboratory

We are happy to say that, Buni has gathered more than 1000+ interns who have undergone our capacity building program (Internship) thus making them form early stage companies/startups that aim at solving the problems within the community. Read more


Dear Social Entrepreneur,

Tigo and Reach for Change are joining forces to find and support Tanzanians highest potential social entrepreneurs working to improve the lives of children and the society. This year, we are once again delighted to announce that the focus for this year will be financial inclusion, education and business entrepreneurship! All the initiatives need to be digital solutions. Read on to find out more!

The Tigo Digital Changemakers competition is open for applications now until 21st November 2016

If you have an initiative using digital tools or technologies to improve the lives of children and society, we warmly invite you to apply to this competition and stand a chance to be selected as one of our 2016 winners.

2 winners will receive $20,000 each and coaching from Tigo and Reach for Change, to help create positive change for the society and children. Read more

Bridging the tech gender gap in Tanzania with Apps and Girls Foundation

By Cynthia Bavo

The gender gap in the technology (tech) sector in Africa is huge. Women remain under-represented in tech programmes, the tech workforce, and in tech businesses. As a result, there is a lack of women role models, a stereotype that girls are not good at Science, Engineering, Technology and Math (STEM), low digital literacy in the country and lack of knowledge about tech careers both from personal connections and from career guidance.

In Tanzania, Carolyne Ekyarisiima is trying to change all that through her foundation, Apps and Girls. Through coding clubs formed in over 20 secondary schools in Tanzania, she teaches young girls under the age of 18 how to code and to use technology to solve community problems.

Why Apps and Girls?

Carolyne Ekyarisiima at Startup Grind Dar

Carolyne Ekyarisiima at Startup Grind Dar

‘When I was in university, I was one of the very few girls studying computer science. When I later graduated and started teaching at Kampala International University, I noticed the same disparity in the numbers of female students in the program in comparison to the male students,’ says Carolyne Ekyarisiima, during her interview on Startup Grind Dar, a networking event for startup founders.

Her personal experience with the tech gender gap pushed her to start a coding programme for young girls in Dar es Salaam. She wanted to see more women in tech. So, in July, 2013, Carolyne organized Apps and Girls’ first coding programme with a group of 20 girls that she had recruited from local colleges. The aim of the programme was to teach them different coding languages, basically advance their coding knowledge. She had no funds, no laptops and no space to hold the training just her passion and her tech skills.

‘I trained the first group of girls in my house with laptops that I had borrowed from my college students,’ she confesses. Carolyne later realized that training girls who are already pursuing studies in tech would not change anything. Hence she decided to shift her focus to younger girls who were still in secondary school so that she can influence them to pursue an education and career in technology.

With funds from an adult digital literacy project that she had implemented earlier on, Carolyne formed her first girl coding club at Al-Muntazir Secondary School and the rest is history as they say.

Apps and Girls’ Success Story

Carolyne has formed 20 coding clubs in different schools in Tanzania. Her programme has trained over 1000 girls in Dar es Salaam and all her girls are doing amazing things. Some of these girls include: Modesta Joseph, a 17 year old who developed Our Cries, a system working to end students’ harassments by daladala (bus) touts that is now recognized by SUMATRA; Asha Abbas, a 17 year old who developed Aurateen, a system that provides sex education and offers counselling for youth and that has been shortlisted for the Anzisha Prize; and Winnie Godlove, an 18 year old who developed Fanikisha Mama, a system that empowers women who recovered from fistula through trainings and microloans.

Carolyne has also been privileged to work with Tigo Reach for Change which she says has really helped her develop her business skills. She is also a Mandela Washington YALI programme and one of the fellows from Tanzania who received a $25,000 grant for Apps and Girls.

To learn more about Carolyne Ekyarisiima and her work, please visit her website at www.appsandgirls.com

For more details about Startup Grind Dar and our events, please visit www.startupgrind.com/dar-es-salaam/


13445788_1732836500261474_7015536107088120356_nWe are pleased to inform you that MCC/PEPFAR from the USA has awarded DTBi the Data for Local Impact Innovation Challenge project.

The main goal of this project is to engage local innovators/developers/solution providers, especially small scale ones including YOU to develop innovative solutions to address challenges associated with data gaps and ineffective use of data for decision making in sectors of health, gender issues (especially for young women) for social well-being and economic growth in Tanzania.

The developers of these solutions will be obtained on a competitive basis through a series of windows having various problem statements in the next 24 months. The selected awardees will be awarded financial grants coupled with a package of supportive services like coaching mentorship and capacity building. Read more

challenge_bannerThe Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) is a gathering of startup champions from around the world, where entrepreneur’s, investors, researches, thought leaders, government ministers and policymakers work together to help bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expend human welfare. This will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa in March 2017.

The GEC is co-hosted each year by three organisations: Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), the Kauffman Foundation and aseparate event that bring the event in a country. In this case it is SEA Africa as the event will be hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa. Read more