Perspectives on Software Development Start-ups in Tanzania

  • Jim Yonazi
  • Leah Yonaz


Software start-ups are one of the vital contributors to economic growth. They bring in new innovations useful to solve existing business problems. Therefore, it is necessary to develop an adequate environment for the establishment and success of start-ups for social and economic development. Existing research provide limited understanding on the key success factors for software development start-ups in developing countries. As a result, there is an insufficient knowledge useful to inform policies, planning and nurturing of start-ups in that context. This study contributes into addressing this issue by identifying issues influencing the success of software startups in Tanzania, a typical developing country. The study used an inductive approach in which categories of data were identified and analysed using qualitative framework, and facilitated by means of the Atlas.ti application. The results show that four issues determine the success of software development start-ups in Tanzania: (i) skills of entrepreneurs, (ii) software development process, (iii) local market trust and procedures, and (iv) adequacy of promotion framework for local software products. These results will be useful for the planning and growth of software start-ups in Tanzania and other similar developing country contexts.


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How to Cite
YONAZI, Jim; YONAZ, Leah. Perspectives on Software Development Start-ups in Tanzania. The African Journal of Finance and Management, [S.l.], v. 26, n. 1, sep. 2017. ISSN 0856-6372. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 19 oct. 2017.
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