Co-Founder & CEO
|👔 Employer||Sahara Ventures.|
|❤️ Partner(s)||Nurah (2013–present)|
Jumanne Mtambalike (Born 1988) is Tanzania born entrepreneur and technologist. Jumanne is best known for champion building stable innovation ecosystems in Africa. He is a founder of Sahara Ventures, the parent company of Sahara Sparks event, Africa's largest event on innovation and technology entrepreneurship, Sahara Accelerator, a corporate-sponsored and venture-backed accelerator. He is mainly known in Tanzania as the first hub manager of Buni Innovation Hub and the champion of Silicon Dar, Tanzania first naturally formed technology district in the country’s financial capital Dar es Salaam. For two successive years 2017 and 2018 he was voted as the most influential Tanzanian in a science and technology on public voting facilitated by Avance Media. Jumanne is part of the St. Gallen Symposium, Leaders of Tomorrow and a judge of MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge. In 2014, Jumanne was selected by GeSCI as the best participant of the program Africa Leadership in ICT, a program that involved experts from across the African continent. Jumanne is also a blogger focusing on innovation, technology entrepreneurship and the future of Africa. He has written several thought-provoking articles about the innovation ecosystem in Africa.
Early life and education
Jumanne Mtambalike was born in 1988 in Morogoro, Central Tanzania. He did his primary school education at Forodhani Primary School (recent days St. Joseph Primary School). He was selected to attend a public school, Azania Secondary School before joining high school at Loyola High School in Dar es Salaam. Jumanne’s career in technology started in secondary school when he joined the community of tech enthusiasts and start to code in MS-DOS. In 2008, Jumanne joined Bangalore University in India to undertake a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science focusing on Electronics. In India, Jumanne voted by the community of Tanzanians living in Bangalore to be the President of The Tanzanian Students Living in Bangalore (TASABA) leading a community of more than 250 people. Jumanne has a Post Graduate Diploma in ICT Leadership and Knowledge Societies from Dublin City University and Master of Science in Information Technology and Management from Avinashilingam University his research work was around developing guidelines for mobile money API adoption by electronic businesses. He is a certified expert in Business Incubation, Design Thinking, Competitive Strategy and Critical Perspective in Management. Jumanne also pursued a master's degree in IT and Management from Avinashillingam University.
Jumanne's professional career started in Dodoma immediately after he graduated from University. His first company which he co-founded with his college mate was known as Greentech Technologies, a service company that was selling basic office supply materials and offer ICT consulting services. Whenever he was in Dar es Salaam, he was volunteering to do work at Kinu Co-creation Hub. Greentech Technologies collapsed in the first twelve months of operations and Jumanne worked as an intern at the Tanzania Ports Authority at the Port Manager’s Office, TICTS Monitoring Unit (TMU) as a Data Analyst. After a few months of work at the Port, Jumanne found another opportunity to work with the TANZICT Project at the Commission for Science and Technology Tanzania (COSTECH). This is where his career in the innovation ecosystem started. During his time at COSTECH, Jumanne worked at the Buni Innovation Hub, championed the establishment of the university innovation hubs and support living labs in semi-urban Tanzania. At his time at COSTECH, Jumanne was also involved in multiple projects including the World Bank’s Refab Dar and Negawatt Challenge Project, and Hivos and Making All Voices Count (MAVC), Hatua Project and Hivos Energy Safari. At Buni, Jumanne championed the project to build the first electronic waste 3D printer in Africa. In 2015 is when Jumanne started to work on his current group of companies Sahara Ventures. Between that time and now the company was able to organize events in multiple African cities, implement multiple projects in innovation and tech-entrepreneurship and start a business accelerator in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s financial capital. Some of the projects that have been implemented by the company include; Inspire100, Mawazo Challenge, Hatua Project, Amua Accelerator, Lishe Accelerator, Data Zetu, and Africa.SDGs.Photos initiative. Jumanne is currently championing the Silicon Dar movement, championing a technology district in Dar es Salaam, and Tanzania AI Lab, a community of youths who are enthusiastic about Artificial Intelligence adoption in Africa.
Jumanne as a speaker has been speaking mostly on issues around innovation and technology for development including policies and regulations, and future technologies. He has been speaking in events such as SHIFT, InnoFrugal, Africa Open Data Conference, AFMASS, AfriLabs Annual Gathering, Startup Grind, Nordic Sparks, Africa Tech Summit, etc. Jumanne’s manifesto is to use innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship to solve the most complex challenges Africa faces.
Jumanne is a technologist who believes in the power of technology as a tool to transform society. Jumanne has been promoting women's involvement in the ICT sector through initiatives such as She-Codes For Change, She-Found Africa Initiative, and Buni Divaz. Jumanne was the brain behind the first training manual of She-Codes For Change which involved training young girls in basic coding, making, and application development. He is part of the mentoring team of Ndoto Hub, Tanzania locally established female-led business incubator. Jumanne has been supporting the establishment and conducting capacity building of innovation hubs across the African continent. The hubs he supported include; Buni Innovation Hub, Kiota Innovation Hub, AMCET Innovation Hub, and Ifakara Innovation Hub. Jumanne has also been conducting courses and programs for the sustainability of innovation hubs and business incubators in Africa through the network of African tech hubs, AfriLabs. Jumanne has also been volunteering to prepare content for technology entrepreneurs who are based in Africa through his personal blog, podcast series, Smart Monkey TV and in partnership with platforms such as VC4Africa. Jumanne was appointed to be the Member of the National Entrepreneurship Development Committee (NEDC) by Tanzania’s National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC) to offer technical advice and share his experience on promoting entrepreneurship and accelerating youth empowerment in Tanzania. Jumanne has been doing massive work to promote Tanzania’s innovation ecosystem. Currently, he is also a member of Tanzania Sector Skills Council focusing on ICT skills.
- Avance Media – 50 most influential young Tanzanians (2017)
- Avance Media – 50 most influential young Tanzanians (2018)
- Africa Youth Awards – 100 most influential young Africans (2018)
- St. Gallen Symposium – Leader of Tomorrow (2019)
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