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  • China Africa Tech Initiative events aimed at building investor awareness

    A year-old initiative which aims to introduce Chinese investors to African tech startups is currently focused on building awareness by running a series of events in China. The China Africa Tech Initiative (CAT-I) was founded last year by James Da Costa and Stephany Zoo -- who is the marketing head of Kenyan fintech BitPesa and Africa director at She Loves Tech. "Currently we're focused on community building and generating awareness through a series of events in China," Zoo (pictured above) told Ventureburn this week. Tomorrow (19 May) the initiative will host its inaugural China Africa Stories: A New Chapter in Youth Engagement in Beijing, she said. The China Africa Tech Initiative...

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    Barclays accelerator announces latest participants in African programme

    Barclays Africa Group and Techstars today released the names of 10 financial-technology (fintech) companies selected to participate in the second Barclays Accelerator programme, powered by Techstars. The successful companies, all focused on providing fintech solutions in Africa, will participate in a 13-week growth acceleration programme at Barclays Africa’s Rise fintech innovation hub in Cape Town from mid-May. The 2017 programme participants are: Flexpay (Kenya), Howler (South Africa), Spatialedge (South Africa), Abe.ai (USA), The Sun Exchange (South Africa), Byte Money (South Africa), Avenews-GT (Israel), FOMO Travel (South Africa), Kapitalwise (USA) and eCOIDA (South Africa). Yasaman Hadjibashi, chief creation officer at Barclays Africa Group, said:...

  • SBC Africa in final call for applications for Cape Town accelerator [Sponsored]

    The team from Startupbootcamp Africa (SBC) are edging to the close of their 2018 FastTrack tour which saw them, along with their sponsors, criss-crossing the globe in search of top-tier tech talent who are disrupting industries and innovating on a world-class level. The FastTrack tour visited 17 countries and will conclude with the final FastTrack on 22 May in Cape Town. The Cape Town FastTrack, hosted by Old Mutual, is the last chance tech startups have to attend one of these scouting events ahead of the accelerator. Although attendance at a FastTrack is not necessary to apply to the final accelerator, it...

  • Bankroll your startup to excellence today [Sponsored]

    You need to make sure your business is taken care of as much as possible these days, and this means you should look at ways of financing it. Having the money to bankroll your business is so important because it helps you attain success, and keeps the company’s head above water. There are so many unique and exciting ways of financing the brand these days, and this is so important. As a business owner, you have to make sure your company has the financing it needs to progress and improve. There are a lot of reasons why the business might require...

  • Sanofi announces the 10 African startups set to pitch at VivaTech

    Global biopharmaceutical firm and Viva Technology partner Sanofi has announced the 10 African startups selected as finalists in its Sanofi Afric@Tech initiative. The finalists are set to pitch their health innovations before a panel later this month at startup conference VivaTech which will be held in Paris next week -- between 24 and 26 May. It will be the first time at the startup conference that a track dedicated to African innovation will be run. Selected projects will be offered the opportunity to benefit from financial support and from a coaching and mentoring programme by Sanofi, in order to prepare an eventual collaboration with one of...

  • Joburg incubator is still in operation says Standard Bank official

    Standard Bank head of enterprise development Mfanufikile Motha today said the bank has re-configured its Johannesburg-based incubator to align it with the bank's broader entrepreneur development initiatives. Motha was responding to a Ventureburn query on whether the bank's Rosebank incubator is still active, this after former head Jayshree Naidoo left the incubator in December last year. "The incubator is still active and productive, we just changed the configuration to have sector focus. We now do in-class and practical incubation programmes and it forms part of the wider entrepreneur development capability in the bank," Motha said yesterday (16 May). Standard Bank's Rosebank business incubator was...

  • Nigerian startups sceptical of state’s sudden interest in ecosystem [Opinion]

    The Nigerian government may have moved to get stakeholders in the country’s tech ecosystem on its side, but those in the ecosystem remain sceptical. It follows a tour last month by the vice president Yemi Osinbajo of Lagos's tech ecosystem, which was described by several experts in the sector as geared towards garnering the support of the sector for President Muhammadu Buhari, who is seeking re-election next year. Just months after it secured its latest funding of $325 000 investment from the GSMA, Farmcrowdy, Nigeria’s digital agricultural platform, was among the Nigerian tech startups that the vice president visited while in Lagos. He also visited Paystack, Andela,...

  • You won’t be able to draw dollars – crypto exchange Golix tells Zim customers

    Five days since the Zimbabwe central bank issued a circular prohibiting banks from processing transactions linked to cryptocurrencies, crypto exchange Golix today informed Zimbabwean customers that they would not be able to use the exchange to draw currency like US dollars or Euros. In a blog post addressed to its customers today, Golix said "unless the central bank changes its position prior to the expiry of the 60-day window, you will not be able to send or receive fiat currencies for cryptocurrency trades". It follows the launch last month by the Harare-based exchange launched of the country's first Bitcoin ATM. As of Q4 2017, the...

  • New mapping tool like Strava for public transport planners says GoMetro founder

    Cape Town mobility startup GoMetro yesterday launched a new self-service application for transport planners to better map and plan transport routes. The startup will partner with Italian company GMG Technology to help distribute the app in foreign markets. Speaking at a launch at the MEST Incubator in Cape Town, the startup's CEO and founder Justin Coetzee called the new business intelligence and planning platform that his team has spent two years working on "like Strava, but for public transport". The platform links to a data manager and planning tool that produces maps and graphs in real time from data collected via a smartphone app. Transport planners and software developers can use the service...

  • Kenya’s Selina Wamucii to use $100k grant to add 2000 farmers, enter Europe

    Kenyan agritech platform Selina Wamucii plans to use a $100 000 grant it received from a Dubai-based innovation and partnership programme to improve its mobile platform, recruit 2000 more farmers and to enter European markets, says its communication officer. The Nairobi-based B2B sourcing platform -- founded in 2015 by Karuiki Gaita and CEO John Oroko (pictured above) -- made the announcement of the grant it received from Dubai-based Expo Live's Innovation Impact Grant Programme yesterday. Expo Live aims to accelerate and promote life-improving innovations and provides grant recipients with business guidance and promotion, and a chance to showcase their work at Expo 2020 Dubai. In an email...

  • Africa startups, investors to connect at London tech summit today

    The third Africa Tech Summit London -- which aims to connect the African tech startups with European investors is set to kick off today. The annual summit will feature a line up of over 25 expert speakers, including representatives from Thomson Reuters, London Stock Exchange Group, MTN, Ecobank and the British parliament. Tech investors from Cairo Angels, Ventures Platform, UpRise Africa, Echo VC, AHL Venture Partners, Draper Dark Flow, and TPG Africa will also be at the summit. In an earlier statement, Africa Tech Summit London founder Andrew Fassnidge said the London gathering "continues to build a bridge between the African tech industry, global...

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