An Open Letter to Tanzanian Youth Aspiring to Venture Into The Tech Industry

Carol Ndosi
5 min readMar 11, 2024

Dear Future Tech Innovator,

As you dream, ponder and prepare to enter the tech world in Tanzania, I want to extend my heartfelt encouragement and support for your aspirations.

The decision to venture into technology is not just a career choice; it’s a step towards becoming a part of a dynamic force that drives innovation and change in the country.

In a field so broad and ever-changing as technology, your unique perspectives and talents are not just needed; they are essential. The tech industry thrives on diversity of thought, creativity, and resilience; qualities that you possess and will continue to develop as you embark on this journey.

My personal journey in the tech industry in Tanzania was a very unexpected one. My background is in media and communications, paths which led me to entrepreneurship, and finally co-founding an NGO that is dedicated to human capital development. You cannot push for human capital development without embracing emerging technologies. From leading the Women at Web Initiative in Tanzania to transitioning to a fully dedicated outfit — LP Digital which works 360 around Digital Inclusion, I can now proudly say I have a place in the Tech Ecosystem in Tanzania. Our organisation is committed to supporting Youth and Women in the digital economy and having meaningful access to technology. You don’t have to be a technical person to be an intergral part of the ecosystem and industry. With our active engagement in the space, we have contributed to capacity building through advanced and basic digital skills in demand and had the honor to contribute to the Newly Drafted ICT Policy and Digital Economy Framework. YOU CAN ALSO DO IT.

How? One may ask…

Entering and becoming a key player in the Tanzanian tech industry, or any regional tech market, involves a multifaceted approach that requires understanding the market, building a strong network, and consistently delivering value.

1. Understand the Tanzanian Tech Ecosystem

Research the Tanzanian tech landscape to understand its key players, emerging technologies, and market needs. This involves studying successful tech startups, tech hubs, incubators, and accelerators in the region. Identifying gaps in the market or areas of growing demand can guide your entry strategy.

2. Build a Strong Network

Networking is crucial in the tech industry. Attend tech events, conferences, and meetups in Tanzania to meet other tech professionals, entrepreneurs, and potential mentors. Engaging with local tech communities through online platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, and local tech forums can also be beneficial.

3. Offer Unique Value

Identify unique value propositions that can make you stand out. This could be innovative technology solutions, exceptional service, or addressing unmet needs in the market. Your goal should be to solve real problems for your target audience. Always solve for the people.

4. Develop Relevant Skills

The tech industry is highly dynamic, with new technologies emerging regularly. Stay relevant by continuously updating your skills in areas like software development, data science, artificial intelligence, or whatever niche you decide to focus on. Consider obtaining certifications or taking courses related to your field of interest.

5. Collaborate with Local Entities

Partnering with local businesses, universities, and government initiatives can provide opportunities for growth and visibility. Collaboration can also lead to innovative projects and solutions that address local challenges.

6. Leverage Technology Incubators and Accelerators

Participating in a tech incubator or accelerator program can provide valuable resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities. These programs can help you refine your business model, develop your product, and connect with potential investors.

7. Focus on Sustainability and Social Impact: Many tech businesses gain traction by addressing social and environmental challenges. If your business can improve lives or contribute to sustainable development goals, it may receive more support from both the government and the community.

8. Secure Funding

Explore different funding options available in Tanzania, including venture capital, angel investors, government grants, and crowdfunding. A solid business plan and a clear demonstration of your value proposition are essential to attract investment.

9. Stay Informed and Flexible

Keep abreast of regulatory changes, technological advancements, and market trends. Being flexible and able to pivot your business model according to market needs is crucial in the rapidly evolving tech landscape.

10. Build a Strong Brand and Online Presence

Develop a strong brand identity and maintain an active online presence through social media platforms, and tech forums. This enhances visibility and credibility among potential clients and partners. Make sure your BIO communicates what you do so GOOGLE can pick it up.

Success in the Tanzanian tech industry, like in any other market, requires dedication, resilience, and a willingness to learn and adapt. By understanding the local ecosystem, building strategic relationships, and consistently delivering value, you can position yourself as a key player in the industry.

Your aspiration to join this field is a testament to your courage and vision for the future, not just for yourself, but for Tanzania and the world.

The path into technology can be challenging, with obstacles that may seem daunting at times. However, remember that every challenge is an opportunity to learn, grow, and prove to yourself and the world what you are capable of. Your journey will be one of discovery, filled with moments of triumph and learning that will shape you into a leader and innovator.

Tanzania’s tech landscape is GROWING, with endless possibilities for those willing to explore and contribute to it. From improving access to education and healthcare to creating solutions that support communities in their daily lives and drive economic growth, your work in technology has the potential to make a lasting impact.

Seek out mentors and allies, join communities of like-minded individuals, and never stop asking questions. The tech world is collaborative and supportive, with countless resources to help you along the way. Remember, every expert was once a beginner, and your determination and passion are your most valuable assets.

Let your journey into technology be driven by curiosity, ambition, and a desire to make a difference. Your voice is important, your ideas are valuable, and your potential is limitless. Embrace the challenges and opportunities that come your way, and know that you have what it takes to succeed.

You are about to embark on an incredible adventure, one that will open doors to new horizons and possibilities. Believe in yourself, stay focused on your goals, and let your journey inspire others to follow their dreams.

With all my support and best wishes for your success

Carol Ndosi

Chief of Party — Women and Technology Tanzania.

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Carol Ndosi

🇹🇿 |Development Advocate|#GlobalGoalsTZ Champion|Feminist|MWF ‘16|Social & Biz Entrepreneur @MaMaendeleo @nyamachomafest @bongofesttz @thelaunchpadtz