By Trevor Makonyonga
The Content Creators Network ZW (Content ZW) is set to host the inaugural Content Creators Start-Up Week from the 8th to 12th of November at Moto Republik in Harare.
Convenor of the programme, Samm Cde Fatso Monro said the week will include exciting activities like pitch competitions, networking events and media-related trainings.
Media innovators with start-up ideas will also have an opportunity to participate in a pitch contest that seeks to support innovative new media houses which are promoting social justice and shining a light on youth issues in Zimbabwe.
“We are so excited to be able to host our first-ever Content Creators Start Up Week and we can’t wait for the inspiring young innovators to pitch their ideas!” said Cde Fatso.
The week will also have a Masterclass for content creators. Upcoming media start-ups will also be invited to a Media and Monetisation Exchange which seeks to bring them into the same room with successful media organisations and exchange notes on how best they can scale their initiatives in a sustainable way.
Five successful applicants will get to share the US$10 000 seed funding, which translates to US$ 2,000 each per organisation.
The winners will be assigned mentors to guide them as they strengthen their ideas. Winning applicants will be judged on innovation and the sustainability of their project.
The deadline for the application has been extended to October 31st and applicants are encouraged to apply with their pitch deck on https://forms.gle/n5bMpMjnqL5ZkAvr7
Cde Fatso revealed plans to make this an annual event.
Comrade Fatso said, “We aim for this to become a major annual event which supports the growth of powerful new media start ups that disrupt the status quo.”
Content Creators Network ZW is a nationwide alliance of the country’s leading digital media organisations and community media initiatives including Magamba Network, Bustop TV, Centre for Innovation & Technology (CITE), Kubatana, ZimFact, TellZim and The News Hawks among others.