About us

DTBI_LogoThe Dar Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBi) is an independent autonomous entity of COSTECH with its own advisory Board. It promotes startups with innovative ideas for the growth of ICT technology-based emerging companies and contributing to job creation and enhanced economic health of the nation. It operates as a business not-for- profit Company.
Furthermore the incubator’s aim is to serve as a hub for technology start-ups and actively identifies and provides for the value-added services required to support incubator clients’ success. Turning an idea into a profitable business requires passion and dedication which, the staff of DTBi do provide, including the valuable support entrepreneurs need. DTBi assists early stage ICT companies by lowering the cost of business and increasing the chances of business survival by providing access to shared resources, facilitating access to finance and markets through credible support, guidance and business management, and networking for technical trends and opportunities to access markets.

business-model-innovationMonetizing high-tech businesses

Our intention is to create a dynamic eco-system to monetize innovative high-tech companies and support creative ICT entrepreneurs in Tanzania. We are business driven but a “Not-for-Profit” entity. The Incubator has its own Board whose members come from the Private Sector (including Banking sector), Government, Civil Society, Academia and Telecommunications sectors.

Our business model

  • Innovative ICT entrepreneurs apply for incubation.
  • We select the best business plans, concepts and teams.
  • We sign a 4-year agreement for incubation.
  • Companies get office space, power, high-speed internet access and conference rooms.
  • DTBi provides mentoring, guidance and access to contacts in business and government agencies.
  • We earn a percentage of their annual gross turn-over.
  • We operate on a very lean annual operational budget

Milestones

Milestones

  • Initial funding from The World Bank (Info/Dev), COSTECH, and Vodacom. (May 2011)
  • First cohort of incubatees accepted. (Aug 2011)
  • DTBi and Techno Brain partners to support entrepreneurs and build hosting infrastructure. (February 2012)
  • DTBi partner with Nokia for Mobile Apps Training. (March 2012)
  • Incubatee Safari-Yetu wins Startup World Tanzania. (Sep 2012)
  • Raised seed capital for in-house Venture Fund. (Oct 2012)
  • DTBi incubatees exhibit at International Telecommunication Union( ITU) Dubai. (Oct 2012)
  • DTBi partner with Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority  (TCRA) & Tanzania police force to conduct ICT road safety Hackathon (April 2013)
  • DTBi signs agreement with Techno Brain to expands space for entrepreneurs and DTBi offices.
  • DTBi Collaborate with CRDF,GIST (US State Department) -for startup Tech Bootcamp. (May 2013)
  • DTBi participate in Smart Partnership and gets recognition from the President of Tanzania, H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete (July 2013)
  • DTBi Start up participating in East Africa Start up Exhibition in Nairobi. (July 2013)
  • DTBi support virtual entrepreneurs in Arusha & Kilimanjaro, Northern Zone. (August 2013)
  • DTBi partner with Microsoft to promote ICT, entrepreneurship and Capacity Building for University Students. (September 2013)
  • DTBi Support Magila Tech for CANAL FRANCE INTERNATIONAL (CFI) event in Nairobi – Kenya (October 2013)
  • DTBi sends entrepreneurs for Microsoft Mobile Window Application (October 2013).
  • DTBi participates and gives speech at Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia (November 2013)
  • DTBi participate in Demo Africa event in Nairobi – Kenya (November 2013)
  • DTBi supports MaxMalipo, Magila Tech & Safari Yetu to attend ITU  Telecom World 2013 in Bangkok – Thailand (November 2013).
  • DTBi signs MoU with Microsoft to support entrepreneurs (in higher learning  institutions like university of Dodoma,MIC)  in Tanzania through APPS4Afirika (November 2013)
  • DTBi partner with MIT Sloan Management G-Lab on capacity Building for Entrepreneurs (November 2013)
  •   DTBi partner with US State Department through LIONS@FRICA to support afriCoderDojo  (December 2013 to be launched on Feb 22 ,2014.

 

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georgem-300x300Eng. George Mulamula, CEO

Eng. George Mulamula is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Dar Teknohama (ICT) Business Incubator (DTBi) for entrepreneurship hosted at the Commission for Science & Technology (COSETCH) as a PPP between theinfoDev World Bank, Government & Private Sector. He is also the Senior Government Advisor on ICT Entrepreneurship & Innovation for an enabling environment and eco-system for ICT entrepreneurship growth.  Prior to that he was the first Principal Deputy Chief Executive Officer (PDCEO) of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry and worked on their SME and Entrepreneurship Policy. At RDB he was tasked with spearheading the organization in fast-tracking investment in Rwanda, Tourism, ICT and human capacity building. He was the Senior ICT Advisor in the Government of Rwanda and in that capacity, the Lead Policy Advisor on the Rwanda National Information Communication Infrastructure (NICI) Policy Plan II and WSIS Document preparation, and also a catalyst in technology entrepreneurship in Rwanda.  George Mulamula was for over 8 years the first Africa Technical Expert in Intellectual Property Automation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), based in Geneva Switzerland and worked with Sub-Sahara African Governments on the utility of ICT in IP. For over 15 years he has taught at various Higher Learning Institutions in the region, consulted with international and regional organizations, and also involved in policy formulation for innovation & entrepreneurship in ICT. He has run several ICT companies and has written extensively on ICT, Technology Transfer for Sustainable Development.

 

Richard-MarineBall3Richard Miles, Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Seasoned business consultant, fundraiser, strategy advisor and executive leader expert at growing sustainable for-profit and non-profit enterprises. 30+ years building successful businesses. Richard founded his first technology startup in 1980 and sold it to a Fortune 100 multinational 5 years later. He served as VP of Worldwide Sales for Polaroid’s Magnetic Media division before founding Re:Launch in 1990, advising ICT businesses for clients such as Memorex, Computer Associates, IBM as well as many other smaller firms and startups, raising millions of dollars and helping take several public via IP before selling Re:Launch to an investor group in 2003. In 2005 he joined Big Brothers Big Sisters, a youth mentoring NGO as CEO in the San Francisco Bay Area and grew services by 300% while reducing costs.

He is the author of the Software Channel Sales Guidebook, published The StoreCheck Report, and has been a speaker at many ICT industry conferences. He completed the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 2006 and continues to be a Board Member and advisor for many not-for-profit social change organizations. He is currently Chief Strategy Advisor at Kickstart Growth.

 

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Makange Mramba, Finance Manager

Mramba Makange has a wide experience in SMEs businesses and Financial Management.  He was very instrumental in the Savings and Credit Societies modernization program initiated by SCCULT as an Consultant and also participated actively in the SMEs capacity building program carried out by SELF project under the Vice President’s Office and the International Labor Organization (ILO).

He has also carried out several capacity building programs in financial management and best practice through the Prime Minister’s Office Regional Administration and Local Governments throughout Tanzania and is an accredited LGAs trainer by GIZ.  Mramba has also worked as Financial Controller and Administrator in projects under the United Nations Development Program, USAID and ADF.  He also supported a number of projects run by Poverty Africa (Global) in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and prior to that, he also worked as a Senior Auditor in Cooperatives Audit and Supervision Corporation.

Currently Mramba is the Dar Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBi) Financial Manager responsible with the overall financial management matters of the Incubator. Mramba is trained in Accounting and ICT with a Master’s Degree in ICT Law.

Mr Collin Gumbo

Entrepreneurial executive with more than 10 years of experience in high capacity sales in new business development, logistics supply chain, strategic planning and personnel at the regional and corporate level for manufacturing, established retail and service bound companies including BP Tanzania (now Puma Energy), Lafarge Mbeya Cement and Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd (TTCL).

He was quite instrumental in market share growth of Mbeya Cement in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania in 2006 and early part of 2007. Collin went on to spend 5 years with TTCL, Tanzania incumbent fixed line carrier as Manager Sales Strategy. The role was highly illuminating as provided him with opportunity to acquire more skills in networking, Strategic Planning and Business Development. In TTCL he was part of 5-members technical committee that prepared the first ever 5 years Strategic Business Plan of the newly inaugurated country’s National ICT Backbone project in 2010.

Collin holds MBA in Marketing from the University of Dar es Salaam and is a certified accountant. He brings to DTBi not only his strong financial acumen but also in depth understanding of dynamics of ICT industry in Tanzania and strong track record of success in identifying opportunities for accelerated growth.

Stages of Incubation

Entrepreneurs are guided through a series of incubation stages and may enter the incubation program at whatever stage of business evolution they are in when they apply.

Pre-Incubation – 3 months:

Any person with an idea is invited to be part of the pre-incubation stage as long as they meet one major criteria: the idea solves a problem in the community. If accepted, DTBi works with the pre – incubatee to make the idea bankable and to graduate the startup phase. The pre- incubation program is done in the   BUNI innovation space at Costech and in collaboration with other Innovation Hubs.

DTBi provides these services to innovators in the pre-incubation stage:

  • Idea screening and refinement
  • Guided mentoring and coaching to make the idea bankable.
  • Technical assistance on concept development prototype.
  • Progression evaluation for transition to next stage
  • Access to high speed internet.
  • Networking events and workshops.
  • Business Capacity Building.

ed resources, facilitating access to finance and markets through credible support, guidance and business management, and networking for technical trends and opportunities to access markets.

Startup – 6 months:

This stage of incubation is for Pre- incubation members having graduated the pre- incubation stage or for Innovators with prototypes that are for testing and commercialization. During this stage, the prototype is completed and tested. Innovators are assisted to identify pilot testing sites, development of revenue model and given a range of business development support services to support business formalization and monitorization. The incubatees at this stage stay for a period of 6 months after which they will be evaluated for continuity and or graduation in the program.

DTBi provides these services to innovators in the Start-Up Phase:

  • Business Planning Capacity Building and Support
  • Establishment of the company
  • Support towards concept pilot testing
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Development of revenue model and financial projections
  • Linkage to potential markets
  • Exposure to DTBi expert talks, training and marketing events
  • Evaluation for transition into the next stage
  • In some cases, access to seed capital (finance/grants).
  • The startup incubatees can be resident or non- resident (virtual).
  • Access to high speed internet.
  • Networking events.
  • Exhibitions, workshops and hackerthons.

Company Incubatees – up to 4 years:

This stage of incubation is for companies with a minimum annual turnover of 15,000,000 Tsh ($9,375 USD) or higher. These companies can either be resident in the incubation facility or non-residents who maintain offices elsewhere. The companies are supported to link to potential markets, access to financing, business advice, space and internet for resident companies among others.

DTBi provides these services for incubatee companies:

  • Rented Incubation space (offices) for Resident incubatees
  • Strategic Market Linkages support
  • Linkages to financing
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Business development Support (legal, financial, advisory, etc.)
  • Evaluation for exit
  • Access to high speed internet.
  • Networking events.
  • Exhibitions and workshops.