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Seedstars World opens wildcard applications for SA finals

1 month 1 week ago
The biggest seed stage startup competition for emerging markets, Seedstars World has opened wildcard applications in search of startups in other provinces in South Africa that’ll compete in the national finals of the competition. Seedstars World organized two events – one in Johannesburg and the other in Cape Town – in the country in search...
Udoh N. Kelven

Ethiopia launches online e-visa service for Int’l visitors

1 month 1 week ago
Africa’s second most populous nation, Ethiopia has announced the launch of an online e-visa service in a bid to make it super easy for international visitors to gain entry into the country. In a press release announcing the development, international visitors can access the service online on a single Web page where they can apply,...
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Orange launches US$55 million investment vehicle for African startups

1 month 2 weeks ago
Leading telecommunications operator, Orange has announced the launch of a new US$55 million (€50 million) investment vehicle for African startups. The new vehicle, known as Orange Digital Ventures Africa, is an Africa-focused section of its flagship programme for investment in startups, Orange Digital Ventures. Orange Digital Ventures was launched in 2015 and armed with €20...
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Nigerian online money transfer service Thrivesend officially launches

1 month 2 weeks ago
Online money transfer service ThriveSend has been around for while and has been pretty impressive – a lot of Nigerians, just like me, have used the service and can testify of its impressiveness. Thrivesend lets anyone with a with a local or international Mastercard, Visa or Verve card to send money to any verified Nigerian...
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Over 300 fintech startups are active in Africa, says report

1 month 2 weeks ago
Of late, Fintech startups have been on the increase in Africa thanks to hardworking entrepreneurs who are hellbent on changing the continent’s financial services landscape. These startups have attracted interest both within and outside the continent, raising more funds – US$31.4 million – than the other sectors tracked in a 2016 report. A new report...
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Morocco’s WaystoCap raises US$3 million to expand across Africa

1 month 2 weeks ago
Moroccan business to business (B2B) marketplace WaystoCap has raised US$3 million from several investors in a seed funding round to expand across Africa. Launched in 2014, WaystoCap allows businesses in Africa to buy and sell products. It facilitates trade in Africa by making product discovery, shipping, financing and payments easier. The startup has processed US$3.1...
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Alibaba’s Jack Ma to attend YouthConnekt Africa Summit in Rwanda next month

1 month 2 weeks ago
Chinese business magnate and billionaire Jack Ma is set to attend the inaugural YouthConnekt Africa Summit in Kigali, Rwanda next month. Dubbed “realizing Africa’s youth potential”, the three days event will primarily focus on youth entrepreneurship and how to explore and exploit opportunities on the continent. The event will highlight Africa’s vibrant technology scene as...
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Nigeria now has an official Twitter account

1 month 2 weeks ago
Our beloved country Nigeria has joined the likes of Canada, Israel, Ukraine, Sweden and several others in having an account on microblogging platform, Twitter. The Twitter account, @Nigeria, popped up on 9 June 2017 with the tweet “Welcome to the Twitter handle for the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Africa’s largest economy, and most populous country.”...
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12 startups selected for Seedstars Maputo

1 month 2 weeks ago
The biggest seed stage startup competition for emerging markets, Seedstars World has announced the selection of 12 startups for its Mozambique event. Called Seedstars Maputo, the competition sought the best of the best entrepreneurs/startups across the country. It was open to startups that are less than 2 years old, have raised not more than US$500,000...
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SpeedUPAfrica becomes African Startup Institute

1 month 2 weeks ago
“Africa’s Most Epic Founder Bootcamp”, SpeedUPAfrica has undergone sweeping changes that sees it become a full blown entrepreneurial academy. Launched last year, SpeedUPAfrica sought to transform African startups to “SpeedUPs” through mentorship, workshops and investment. 94 startups – 86 from Africa – were selected to participate in the inaugural four day event at the Ramada...
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Abuja-based Aiivon Innovation Hub officially opens to the public

2 months ago
A social tech centre in the heart of Abuja, Aiivon Innovation Hub has officially opened its co-creative workspace and every other thing it offers to the general public. Located on 167, Adetokumbo Ademola Crescent in Wuse 2, the innovation hub aims to provide a platform for tech ideas and digital businesses to develop and compete globally....
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11 startups selected for Seedstars Johannesburg

2 months ago
Seedstars World, the biggest seed stage startup competition for emerging markets, has selected 11 startups for Seedstars Johannesburg with the top startups advancing to the grand finale. Seedstars World announced few weeks back the fourth edition of its seed stage startup competition in Africa will hold this year and will see it cover more countries...
Udoh N. Kelven

Nigeria’s Tizeti raises funds to expand across Africa

2 months ago
Lagos-based Information Communications Technology (ICT) provider, Tizeti Inc. has raised an undisclosed amount of funds from venture capital firm, Zeno Ventures to bring its service to more people on the continent. Launched in 2012, Tizeti is on a mission of providing decent and affordable Internet connectivity to people living in urban areas. The company is...
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Orange Liberia begin operations

2 months ago
One of the world’s leading telecommunications operator, Orange has announced its Liberian subsidiary, Orange Liberia has commenced operations in the country as it looks to provide superior telecom services to its over 1.6 million customers. Orange entered into the country, which has a population of 4.6 million people and relatively low mobile penetration rate (70%...
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Irofit, Sokowatch & Vugapay win Innotribe’s Startup Challenge for Africa

2 months ago
Nigeria’s Irofit Technologies, Kenya’s Sokowatch and Rwanda’s VugaPay have emerged winners of Innotribe’s Startup Challenge for Africa for 2017, with each picking up US$11,100 (€10,000) cash prizes and a spot at this year’s Sibos in Toronto. Announced earlier this year, the challenge was aimed at giving young African financial technology startups the opportunity to showcase their products and receive expert...
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Microsoft to deliver cloud services from data centres in South Africa

2 months ago
Software giant, Microsoft has announced plans to deliver its complete cloud services from data centres situated in Africa – Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa – for the very first time. From the unnamed data centres, Microsoft will deliver Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365 to businesses and individuals in need of them, thereby...
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TechCrunch Battlefield is coming to Africa this October for the first time

2 months ago
TechCrunch Battlefield isn’t entirely new to startups in Africa. A couple have participated in the US$50,000 early stage startups contest – Nigeria’s agritech startup Foodstantly being the most recent participant. The competition has mostly been held in San Francisco and London. Things are about to change this time around as TechCrunch has announced a partnership...
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Tunisia’s Expensya raises US$1.1 million for international expansion

2 months 1 week ago
Tunisian expense management startup, Expensya has raised US$1.1 million from undisclosed private investors for Research and Development (R&D) and international expansion. Launched in 2014, Expensya’s cutting edge technology and apps, both mobile and web, make expense reporting management easy, secure, fast and smart. The apps save employees, managers and accountants a huge amount of time...
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Uber launches on-demand boat transport service in Egypt

2 months 1 week ago
World’s popular taxi hailing service, Uber has launched its on-demand boat transport service in Egpyt’s capital, providing users an alternative and fun way to beat Cairo’s traffic and get to their destinations. Known as UberBOAT, the service allows users to hail/request a boat on the Uber app, same way they’ll do for an Uber taxi,...
Udoh N. Kelven

CcHUB’s US$8 million Innovation Centre to open in 2020

2 months 1 week ago
The planned US$8 million Innovation Centre by Lagos-based incubator and accelerator, Co-creation Hub (CcHUB) will be ready for use in 2020, according to Quartz. The hub’s founder and CEO, ‘Bosun Tijani revealed plans of the new innovation centre few weeks back in response to talks in the industry on whether Yaba is truly Nigeria’s own...
Udoh N. Kelven
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