Magamba Network announces The Hustle Fund for media startups and creatives

This year Magamba Network celebrates 14 years of creativity, rebellion and laughter. To mark the anniversary they are announcing a new opportunity The Hustle Fund. The fund seeks to support digital media startups, creatives and civic tech developers focused on increasing young people’s access to information, promoting social justice and challenging dominant narratives in Zimbabwe. 

By Plot Mhako

Magamba Network is Zimbabwe’s leading creative organization and we work on the cutting edge of arts, digital media, activism and innovation. Magamba’s award-winning initiatives include Shoko Festival, Zimbabwe’s longest-running festival of urban culture; Moto Republik, Zimbabwe’s first creative hub; the internationally acclaimed Zambezi News satire show, the weekly political news show The Week and the pioneering digital media projects Open Parly and The FeedZW.


Over the years, Magamba has awarded funds to and incubated dozens of media startups through its diverse array of support mechanisms.

In a statement Magamba Network Co-Founder Samm Farai Monro said, “The Hustle Fund will see these different funds brought together under one roof and amplified.” Through a combination of various sub grants, Magamba will seek to replicate the success of its various beneficiaries over the years – including Bustop TV, Fokus Magazine, TV Yangu, Spiked, Urban Xulture and Undomesticated Podcast amongst others – by adding new emerging platforms to Zimbabwe’s digital and creative ecosystem that hold the powerful to account.

The revolutionary fund aims to help incubate the next generation of young media activists, creatives and techies who are breaking new ground, building platforms to inspire young people and taking our country forward.

The Hustle Fund will be kicking off by awarding 6 initial grants to some of Zimbabwe’s brightest new startups.

It’s time to create the future. Here is to a new journey with many new voices, an avalanche of bright ideas and a lot of courage! Watch this space!

Samm Farai Monro, Magamba Network

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