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Restore Internet in English-speaking regions, UN envoy urges Cameronian Govt

1 week 2 days ago
A United Nations envoy, François Louncény Fall, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa, has called on the Cameroonian Government to restore Internet in the English-speaking regions of the country. For close to four months now, two of the major English-speaking regions – northwest and southwest – in the country have been without Internet....
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Takeda Young Entrepreneurship Award winner to receive US$9k, diploma

1 week 2 days ago
Japan-based Takeda Foundation has opened applications for the 2017 edition of Takeda Young Entrepreneurship Award, with the winner to cart away US$9,200 (¥1 million). Started in 2001, the award is aimed at young entrepreneurs or entrepreneurial individuals across the world who challenge technological or social needs in the real world. Nigeria’s Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu was among the...
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Tunisia’s Datavora raises US$425k to scale operations in Europe

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Datavora, a Tunisian startup specializing in e-commerce big data, has raised US$425,352 (TND 1 million) in a seed funding round to scale operations in Europe and North America, according to this report. Launched in 2016, Datavora provides data, collected every day from online marketplaces through web crawling, to help e-commerce businesses grow. It is building...
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Nigeria’s Comic Republic raises funds to expand portfolio

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Comic Republic, a Lagos-based comic startup has raised an undisclosed amount of funds from two investors to expand its portfolio over the coming year, according to this report. Launched in 2013, Comic Republic is creating a universe of superheroes for African and black readers around the world. Its cast of characters are often referred to...
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LaunchLab’s Water Challenge winners to receive cash prizes, incubation support

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LaunchLab, a business incubator housed at Stellenbosch University (SU), South Africa, has opened applications for the Water and Waste Management Challenge. The challenge seeks entrepreneurs and innovators with ideas for saving and managing water, which will help solve South Africa’s water crisis once and for all. Following a workshop attended by over 70 people, four focus...
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6 startups graduate BongoHive’s Launch programme

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BongoHive, Zambia’s first technology and innovation hub, has graduated six startups from its 4th Launch programme, unveiling them at a Demo Night two days ago. Started in 2016, Launch is an accelerator programme aimed at startups looking to scale and gain traction. Selected startups go taken through a customized series of interventions. The programme is...
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Applications open for US$530k Postcode Lottery Green Challenge

1 week 3 days ago
The Dutch Postcode Lottery has opened applications for the 2017 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge which will see the winner cart away about US$531,275 (€500,000) to further develop their service or product. Now in its 11th year, the challenge is aimed at innovative entrepreneur with a sustainable business plan that contributes to an eco-friendly lifestyle and...
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Integrated transport system wins UN Influx Global Hackathon in Lagos

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Smart Transit, a transport startup building Africa’s first fully integrated transport system has won the Lagos leg of the United Nations (UN) Influx Global Hackathon. Announced earlier this year, the United Nations (UN) Influx Global Hackathon is aimed at bringing together innovators to hack around 3 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The hackathon took place...
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SA’s CiTi opens applications for 2017 InnoTech programme

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South Africa’s Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) has opened applications for this year’s Telkom FutureMakers InnoTech programme. Started two years ago, the incubation and acceleration programme is aimed at entrepreneurs focusing on software and mobile applications as well as serious games development. Selected entrepreneurs will be housed in a professionally serviced office space complete...
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Union Bank, Co-Creation Hub launch Innovation Challenge

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Union Bank of Nigeria Plc (or simply Union Bank) recently celebrated 100 years of heritage & service. The bank used the occasion to announce the launch of the Centenary Innovation Challenge. Powered by Lagos-based accelerator and incubator Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB), the challenge is aimed at finding and supporting great ideas that address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in...
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SA’s Cape to monitor VAST Networks’ vast Wi-Fi network

1 month ago
VAST Networks, South Africa’s first open access and leading Wi-Fi provider has selected South African Wi-Fi monitoring company, Cape to monitor its vast Wi-Fi network in the country. Formerly known as Assimetric, Cape Town-based Cape is a software as a service (SaaS) and hardware company on a mission to make the Internet better. It is doing this...
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Nigeria’s Oga Taxi unveils new app, integrates Splyt global roaming API

1 month ago
Oga Taxi, a Nigerian community focused taxi app has announced the launch of a brand new ride-hailing app, featuring social ride-pooling which allows passengers know who they’re riding with. Launched in 2014, Oga Taxi aims to make movement of people within Nigeria quick, safe and convenient. It operates a system that provides equitable fare rates...
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North African startups invited to apply for Fincluders Startup Challenge

1 month ago
The Technical Assistance Facility of the SANAD Fund for MSME has invited North African startups to participate in the first Fincluders Startup Challenge to be held outside Europe, giving them a chance to win up to US$15,000. The Fincluders Startup Challenge is a Fintech-focused event seeking to identify and promote innovative startups using technology to...
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1000 entrepreneurs selected for 2017 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme

1 month ago
The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), described as Africa’s largest business incubator, has selected 1000 African entrepreneurs for the 2017 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP). Now in its third year, TEEP is TEF’s 10-year, US$100 million commitment to train, mentor and fund African entrepreneurs in every African country. Since launch, the programme has assisted nearly 2,000 entrepreneurs and created hundreds of jobs across the continent. Applications for this edition...
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Mara Social Media acquires messaging app, Nimbuzz

1 month ago
Mara Social Media, an African multi-channel platform of online and mobile tech innovations, has announced the acquisition of messaging app, Nimbuzz for an undisclosed amount. Launched in 2008, Nimbuzz is a cross-platform messaging app with mobile calling capabilities. Users can also use the app to make video calls, enable chat and file sharing worldwide. The...
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Ushahidi’s new apps work even without Internet connection

1 month ago
Ushahidi, a Nairobi based technology company has announced the launch of an Android and iOS app to enable anyone gather reports from anywhere, anytime. Launched in 2008, Ushahidi empowers people to raise their voices and equips organizations with the tools they need to better listen to and respond to their audiences. Its crowdsourcing data platform...
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Nigeria’s Solstice Energy wins Berkeley Cleantech University Prize

1 month ago
Solstice Energy Solutions, a Nigerian clean energy startup has been named winner of the 2017 Berkeley Cleantech University Prize (CUP), taking home the US$50,000 prize at stake. An annual competition, the Berkeley CUP is a collaboration between the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) and BERC, and a part of a US$2.5 million program funded by the...
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Applications open for Chilean female-only acceleration program, The S Factory

1 month ago
Applications are currently being accepted for the fifth edition of The S Factory, a Chilean female-only pre-acceleration program which provides selected startups equity free funding and 4 months of acceleration. Launched in 2015 by the Government of Chile and Start Up Chile, the program is aimed at supporting first time female entrepreneurs in building high...
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Three African startups selected for The Venture’s global final

1 month ago
Chivas Regal has announced the 30 startups selected for the global final of the third installment of The Venture, with the list including three African startups. Launched in 2014, The Venture is a US$1million annual fund and global search to reward entrepreneurs with businesses that are creating positive changes. The Venture seeks to inspire, discover and reward...
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Kenya: Government to start selling mobile-only bond tomorrow

1 month ago
Baring any unforeseen circumstances, the Kenyan Government will make history on March 23, 2017 (tomorrow) with the commencement of sale of its infrastructure bond exclusively via mobile phones. The Government first announced it’ll float Ksh5 billion (US$48.5 million) bond, to be traded through the mobile phone-based M-Akiba platform using Safaricom’s M-PESA, back in 2015. Before...
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