During his time as an accounting student at Midlands State University, Marvellous fell prey to the difficulties of the off-campus accommodation search. His frustration birthed an innovative way in which he could use technology to ease the minds of his fellow students and their families.
On average, Zimbabwe has over 150 000 tertiary students, yet institutions have the capacity to accommodate just 30% of that figure. As a result, over 90 000 students have to opt for off-campus accommodation.
Marvellous founded The Housing Hub to reduce such high numbers. The Housing Hub is a service provider platform that uses smart technology. It enables tertiary students in Zimbabwe to book and make payments for off-campus accommodation online. The company employs students as agents, allowing them to earn income through commission.
So far, The Housing Hub has signed two agreements with two Universities: Midlands State University and Manicaland State University. As of January 2019, the company has successfully allocated accommodation to over 2 000 tertiary students through its platform.
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A month ago, we wrote about Marvellous Nyongoro and his impressive feat – making the list of top 20 youngest entrepreneurs on the continent. Marvellous made the list because of his work with The Housing Hub – a started he founded to solve accommodation struggles for university students.
Marvellous Nyongoro a Zimbabwe recently Listed On Top 20 Young African Entrepreneurs For 2019. The 22 year old is the founder of The Housing Hub, a service provision platform founded by Marvellous that uses smart technology. After months of searching the African continent, the Anzisha Prize has unveiled its top 20 finalists for 2019. The winner will be announced at the ninth annual Anzisha Prize Forum on 22 October in Johannesburg, South Africa.
A 21-YEAR-OLD Midlands State University (MSU) student, Marvellous Nyongoro, has been nominated as one of the top 20 budding entrepreneurs by the Anzisha Fellowship Africa.
Back in May, we sat with Housing Hub founder Marvellous Nyongoro who’s startup is hard at work solving the issue of accommodation for university students across the country.
Meet Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs whose ideas are re-imagining the future of the continent After months of searching the African continent, the Anzisha Prize has unveiled its top 20 finalists for 2019. The winner of the $25 000 grand prize will be announced at the ninth annual Anzisha Prize Forum on 22 October in Johannesburg.
Anesu Chibve and Marvellous Nyongoro designed a website which enables university students to bypass house to rent hunting process through searching online. Since inception in April 2018, the website has successfully allocated accommodation to over 2500 students from Midlands State University.
After a year-long pilot, an accommodation portal founded by two students in partnership with the Midlands State University (MSU) in Zimbabwe has proved so successful, it has now been monetised.