FSDT presents “The Huddle”

The Huddle is a catalyst in bridging the existing gap between the FinTech community, devoted to innovative and transformative interventions, and venture capitalists in Tanzania. The Huddle ‘Pitch Fire’ will set the stage for a selected group of FinTech startups in the digital, SME, agriculture, and microinsurance fields to pitch their innovative solutions to investors for potential venture capital opportunities. This pitching session will be held in front of a live audience.

The Huddle Pitch Fire is a follow up to the inaugural event that took place in December 2016, whereby the FinTech community was invited to learn more about entrepreneurship and the startup network, as well as pitching, and raising capital.


Friday, 10th of February, 2017

Location: The Little Theatre Club

5:30 pm | 45 min

Arrival and Networking

6.15 pm | 15 min

Welcome and Introduction of the program

Facilitator + FSDT

6.30 pm | 20 min

Why Should I Invest in you?

A candid discussion on why investors would invest in any venture.

6.50 pm | 90 min

Pitch fire Session

Facilitator + Pre selected entrepreneurs

8.30 pm | 5 min

Closing and Networking


Venture Capitalists

Join our event

Contact: Victor Kyando | + 255 222 602873/5/6 | victor@fsdt.or.tz


The Dar es Salaam Players Little Theatre Club

The Dar es Salaam Players Little Theatre Club is a volunteer run Amateur Dramatics Society. Founded in 1947, it is now the only amateur theatre still running in East Africa. Plays, Musicals, Café Theatres and Pantomimes run throughout the year as well as the annual theatre ball and various other parties and functions – all performed or organized by a volunteer committee and members of the club.

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  • Mr. Ezra Musoke, Managing Director for SEAF KASI Agriventures in Tanzania, is a Ugandan national with an outstanding track record of investing in SMEs in East Africa. Prior to joining SEAF, Mr. Musoke invested in SMEs in East Africa for GroFin, InReturn Capital and Grassroots Business Fund. In Uganda, Mr. Musoke was involved in the GroFin operations from its early start and in was selected to lead the launch of the Tanzania office and later moved on to serve as a managing partner with InReturn Capital.

    Mr. Musoke has closed 25 deals in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania and has exited deals successfully over course of the past 5 years. Further, as a member of the GroFin and InReturn Capital finance committees he was involved in 13 deals in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya and Uganda.

  • Dave Kahwa

  • Davith (Dave) Kahwa is co-founder and CEO of Creditinfo Tanzania, the first company licensed to carry out credit reference bureau business in Tanzania. Prior to that, he founded Equip GRC – advisory firm dedicated to partner with clients to address governance, risk management and compliance challenges. His career also include 6 years with KPMG were he rose from trainee to Manager: Information Risk Management. Dave has had extensive experience working with boards and executives to enhance governance and risk management processes.

    He is one of the Founders of the Institute of Directors in Tanzania (IoDT) and member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA). Dave is a B.Comm (Hons) graduate from the University of Dar es Salaam and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He is a fellow of the third class of the Africa Leadership Initiative (East Africa) and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Adebowale Atobatele

  • Adebowale has over 10 years of professional work experience across banking, marketing communications, project management and credit bureaus fields.

    He has been involved as a management consultant and client relationship manager with credit bureaus in Brunei and Nigeria. He has consulted for the credit bureau in Brunei and advised on legal and data management aspects. In addition, he is closely working with the credit bureau in Nigeria to manage the operations, facilitate training and ensure overall efficient performance of the bureau. He has also been involved in managing client relationships with several banks in Nigeria and developing business opportunities across Africa. Currently, he is managing D&B’s new private credit bureau Dun & Bradstreet Credit Bureau Tanzania Ltd. based in Dar es Salaam.

  • Elvis Mushi – FSDT

  • Elvis Mushi is a leading applied researcher in East Africa, with vast experience across the region. Elvis is an innovative and multi-talented researcher with over 10 years experience and expertise in market, social and political research applying a wide range of data collection methodologies. Mr. Mushi is highly efficient and methodical with a good eye for detail and a proactive approach to performance and data accuracy.

    Elvis has ran multiple surveys involving both qualitative and quantitative research techniques while working for Ipsos Tanzania (formerly Synovate/Steadman Group), Twaweza East Africa and Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT).

    Elvis is a thought and practice leader in high frequency surveys and played a crucial role in designing and rolling out of Africa’s first nationally representative mobile phone survey in Tanzania known as Sauti za Wananchi (Voices of the Citizens) that interview a cross section of respondents once a month and publically publishes a report and data. The survey is run by a leading East African NGO, Twaweza, which means “we can make it happen” in Swahili. As a result of the initiative’s success in Tanzania, Elvis went on to champion the scaling up of the initiative into Kenya in early 2015. In the spirit of stimulating global learning on high frequency surveys, Elvis has co-authored in a World Bank and Twaweza handbook on mobile phone panel survey.

    Elvis currently works with FSDT as the head of research, where he leads in the design and implementation of studies related to the financial sector. With the desire to encourage evidence based decision making in the financial sector, Elvis has pioneered an ambitious data to solution initiative dubbed FinDisrupt which brings together different players in market to use data and insights in developing consumer centered products.

    Elvis Mushi holds a BSc (Hons) degree in International Business Administration with a double concentration in Finance and Marketing from USIU (United States International University), an American university based in Nairobi.

  • Innocent Ephraim – FSDT

  • Innocent is the Head of Digital Finance at the Financial Sector Deepening Trust, an organisation that drives financial inclusion in Tanzania. His mandate is to advocate the use of Digital means to better the lives of poor men and women.

    In his previous role, Innocent was the M-Pesa Product Manager for Vodacom in South Africa, responsible for managing the product delivery with a responsibility to deliver m-pesa product, re-launch, roadmap and strategy for South Africa. In Tanzania he managed the product support call agent at the call centre, through his passion for career growth, determination and commitment, Innocent advanced his career to the Head of M-Commerce product development position at Vodacom.

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