Takunda Chingonzo is the founder of The Village Innovation Network which is a support network that focuses on innovation and technology and its ability to empower organizations and communities through entrepreneurship. The Innovation Network includes organizations like the TechVillage Hub and Velociti Ventures which strive to support startups and the entrepreneurs that create them. Currently working with 35 start-ups and a community of over 600 entrepreneurs, Takunda’s vision is to help build 100 start-ups in and around Africa by the year 2020. In 2015, Takunda was featured on the cover of Forbes Africa Magazine, under the 30 under 30 list titled: Tomorrow’s billionaires for the work that he is doing and went on to receive an entrepreneurship award from President el- Sisi of Egypt at the World Youth Forum in 2018.
From interviewing president Obama at the US Africa Summit to speaking at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and the Global Philanthropy Forum, Takunda passionately articulates his desire to see a connected Africa leveraging on technology built by Africans for Africans. He is a Mandela Washington Fellow, a Yunus and Youth Fellow, a Kairos Fellow and an Obama Foundation Fellow and has received numerous awards and recognition attributed to his various work in empowering and driving the spirit of entrepreneurship across Africa.