Fostering a spirit of entrepreneurship among young Tanzanian professionals, whose innovative business ideas seek to address salient, community-based development challenges.

Current campaign

Entrepreneurship Project


The Need

anzania is a rapidly developing nation, with an annual economic growth rate of approximately seven percent. The country’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, has the ninth fastest growing population in the world. Naturally, this rapid influx of people has led to a greater demand for jobs and services.

outh unemployment in particular is a large and growing problem. A significant proportion of economic activity in Dar is highly informal in nature; thus, there exists a discrepancy between the demand for skilled jobs and the positions currently available in the labour market. In fact, there are approximately 900,000 young Tanzanian professionals competing for 60,000 formal jobs.

One way to tackle this economic challenge is through the creation and fostering of localised small businesses– using a model of human-centred design to address issues related to healthcare, energy, and more. However, there is a lack of entrepreneurial culture among students, as the Tanzanian education system does not encourage students to think creatively, even at the University level.
reative and driven individuals are needed to develop ideas. The social enterprises they develop boost the internal development of the city and foster local economic diversification and growth.

Our Work

In 2014, an eight-week course was established, DAREnterprisers, for 22 students at the University of Dar es Salaam, one of the top universities in Tanzania:

he course’s aim was to equip students with the relevant business, social and personal skills to succeed as entrepreneurs.

At the same time, the programme worked to tackle some of the problems facing Tanzania across three areas: Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WaSH), Manufacturing & Urban Living, and Off-grid Energy. It ended with a sold-out conference, bringing our students together with industry experts and other innovators, who all shared the vision of using ‘impactful innovation’ to improve Dar.

Businesses formed during the programme had the opportunity to pitch to audiences of several hundred people, with a chance to receive seed capital for their ventures as well.

The DARE to Change Dar conference (held after the 2016 and 2017 programme cycles) offered a range of events; including the aforementioned student business pitches, expert panel discussions, guest speakers, audience-interactive activities, and opportunities for networking. 

The theme of ‘Impactful Innovation' acted as a constant reminder of the importance of seeking sustainability, improvement and creativity.

Our Vision

For the 2017-18 cycle, the Entrepreneurship team looks to research, develop and pilot new projects in Dar, specifically focussing on a theme of women’s empowerment in the business sector. Although the entrepreneurship course aimed to attract a balance of male and female students (and included a women’s empowerment workshop as part of its curriculum), a number of cultural and logistical challenges prevented the equal participation of women in the programme. New projects will seek to target young women directly, employing a structure– including time commitment, location, and thematic content– that is particularly sensitive to their needs.


Our Impact

ith over 200 applicants to the Summer 2017 course, Kite DSM and CDI’s Entrepreneurship team in conjunction with the University of Dar es Salaam was able to host 45 Tanzanian students, supporting their development as social entrepreneurs over the course of the programme. Following the well-attended end of course conference, the three prize-winning business ideas received seed capital of between $1,000 and $3,000 to jump-start their work.

After several years of development, implementation, and careful monitoring & evaluation, this entrepreneurship course model will now be transitioned into the hands of Tanzanian partners. Under their direction, the course can be expanded and conducted on a much larger scale than Kite DSM and CDI’s limited structural capacity allows. This transition represents the culmination of Kite and CDI’s efforts to achieve sustainability and scalability in our development initiatives.


Youth Business Challenge (YBC) is a program where companies are matched with participants who are university students and recent graduates who will internship with them over the summer. The aim is for the participants to develop their entrepreneurial skills and learn from the companies, and for the companies to solve the different challenges that they might face with the help of the skills of the participants. This will both develop the companies businesses and the entrepreneurial skills of the participants.

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It’s a pleasure to be here today to speak to you all. Thank you to Odetha Kiamani, Vineet Nair and the Entrepreneurship team for organizing such a wonderful launch event, and for their work in creating the inspiring Youth business challenge and Into Business seminars , an opportunity I hope all of you participants will embrace.

My name is Nasma Aboubakary Salum and I’m currently a graduate BA. Community Development studies student at the University of Ardhi . I’m also the director of Kite Dar es Salaam, a role I have filled since last September 2018 . Before this, Kite was known as CDI Tanzania, the Tanzanian branch of the Cambridge Development Initiative.Since our establishment as a separate organization we have continued to work alongside CDI, Ensuring that we bring together our different experiences and skills to make the most positive and meaningful impact possible.

I am Bahumi Motlhanka, a graduate of the University of Cambridge, I just completed my Master of Engineering in Chemical in Engineering. I am the current director of the Cambridge Development Initiative. The Cambridge Development Initiative was founded in 2013 by two students of the University of

Cambridge who thought that changing the world is a process which must begin with local

Change makers, and who believed that students could act as the catalyst for this change.

Tanzanian Kite volunteers work alongside CDI on four different projects: WaSH, which stands

for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Education , Health and, of course, Entrepreneurship - the

project which is responsible for organizing today’s Launch Event.

The WaSH team are working to provide sustainable sanitation solutions for local settlements in

Tanzania, by introducing simplified sewerage systems.

The Health project aims to improve the availability and access of Sexual and reproductive health. Its project streams include workshops and social media campaign to raise public awareness and disseminate information of tangible ways to seek help for the issues they face.

The Education team currently runs a variety of different initiatives, all aiming to increase employability and empowerment of those affected. Alongside the Career Network Support program , which is organized in collaboration with local NGO Bridge for Change; the organization responsible for running the Think Big Challenge, the Education project has recently launched a series of regular computer skills sessions targeted at young female entrepreneurs. The project is also preparing to launch the English Clubs, these will combine creative skills such as debate, drama and story telling as tools for incentivizing the school students to learn English to bridge the gap between secondary and primary education learning.

Meanwhile, Entrepreneurship team are seeking to foster entrepreneurial spirit among young Tanzanian

professionals, who will go on to create jobs and hopefully alleviate the crisis caused by the

over crowded Tanzanian jobs market. The team currently runs a variety of different initiatives

They have organized a series of seminars covering topics ranging from CV Writing to legal business regulations, which will help prepare the next generation of business leaders to take on the world that awaits them. The Entrepreneurship project also runs a new project Youth Business challenge. By partnering Tanzanian youth with existing entrepreneurs in the Tanzanian business landscape we hope to foster an entrepreneurial spirit among the youth while assisting exisiting entrepreneurs to set themselves up for success.

Although Education, Wash, Health and Entrepreneurship all have separate focuses, and work

with separate areas of Tanzanian society, our core mission and values are the same across

each different team of volunteers.

We aim to create sustainable projects through collaboration with local communities. Support and empower local change makers and bring genuine positive change.

These core beliefs are all reflected in the Youth Business challenge and IntoBusiness seminars . Together, our mission is to empower young people to take initiative for themselves and become positive change-makers by shaping, inspiring and mentoring them to take ownership of them careers, skills and creativity . We recognize that young people, like you, are often among the most innovative and imaginative people, and we want to give you the skills you need to transform your inspiring ideas into reality

I became the director of Kite Dar because I am motivated by seeing the value that we can bring to society by working in great teams, and because I wanted to be on the front line in powering change and overseeing the sustainability of our projects. The initiatives that you will design and

develop over the course of the Youth Business challenge and Into Business seminars are, in many ways, similar to the work we do with CDI and Kite. Like you, we seek to identify problems in our communities in Tanzania, and to generate creative solutions which are both impactful and sustainable. For me, this is a deeply rewarding task - I feel extremely proud when I reflect on the changes we have been able to bring about, and I hope this feeling of fulfillment is one you will be able to share.

There are few things more valuable, in my opinion, than improving the lives of others, and I

sincerely hope that the Youth Business Challenge and IntoBusiness seminars gives you the tools to help not only the people around you but also, perhaps most importantly, to help yourselves in the future. I hope that this Challenge and seminars helps to equip you with a range of skills that will be valuable as you become greater entrepreneurs both in your community and as well as the world at large Remember to always remain innovative, positive and engaged as you face challenges, and apply your core values to everything you do. Collaboration, innovation and sustainability underpin all of our work with Kite and the Cambridge Development Initiative, and I’d advise you to consider these principles whenever you work on a project. But, of course, you should also consider your own goals,

Youth gathered here today, represent the next generation of change makers and entrepreneurs With many new challenges of employment facing us, both within Tanzania and around the world, now, more than ever, we need to embrace entrepreneurship






CDI Director: Ms BAhumi and KITE Director MS Nasma.

Speech on Youth business challenge and Into Business seminar


coach, MS Agnes Mgongo

Young entrepreneur who attended youth business challenge.

Young entrepreneur who attended youth business challenge.


Our Event Panelist