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  • Meet the nine startups pitching at Seedstars Harare

    Seedstars World, the startup competition for emerging markets, has selected nine startups that will pitch at Seedstars Harare 2018 this Friday (29 June). The nine will pitch for an opportunity to attend the regional and global Seedstars Summits. Startups that get to pitch at the global summit in Switzerland stand to win over $1-million in investment. The startups selected to pitch on Friday are solving local issues that include energy, agriculture, and education. This year's event, which takes place weeks before Zimbabweans head to the polls, will feature an extra focus on civic technology, with two of the nine finalists addressing civic participation. This year's...

  • Ahead of Nigeria’s do-or-die match, here’s what you should know of top fintech Lidya

    Tonight's match pitting Nigeria against Argentina, kicking off at 8pm Central African Time, is arguably the biggest game of the day. The match is a must win for both sides as the victor will proceed to the last 16. Going into the do-or-die match, La Albiceleste have won the two teams' past encounters at the 1994, 2002, 2010, and 2014 World Cup tournaments -- history is against the Nigerians on this one. Nigeria, and indeed the rest of the continent, will be pinning their hopes on Nigerian forwards Ahmed Musa. The forward scored a brace against Iceland last week, becoming the only Nigerian...

  • As Morocco heads into its last match, meet Moroccan startup Manageo

    Morocco takes on Spain tonight (8pm Central African Time). The Atlas Lions are yet to find the back of the net in the tournament this year (bar their own goal against Iran), and this will be the last time for any of the team's players to get their name on the board at this year's World Cup. Getting one past the Spanish will not be an easy feat -- with a solid defence featuring the likes of Sergio Ramos -- given that Spain is also out to top Group B as well. Moroccan players might as well start thinking of what to do after...

  • Ahead of the Arabian derby, meet Nafham the biggest edtech platform in MENA

    Egypt takes on Saudi Arabia later on this afternoon (4pm Central African Time) in a dead rubber that is being dubbed as the Arabian derby. The derby is expected to be fraught with tension as the two teams both desperately want to make an impression before leaving the tournament, and because of public quarrel. The Pharaohs will want to win this one for pride's sake. The last time the two teams faced off at major tournament was at the 1999 Confederations Cup and the Saudis won that match. Nafham is one of the Middle East and North Africa's biggest edtech platfroms If the...

  • Two Kenyan startups make it into WEF’s 2018 Technology Pioneers Cohort

    The World Economic Forum (WEF) has named two Kenyan fintech startups, BitPesa and CarePay, as part of its 2018 Technology Pioneers cohort. BitPesa and CarePay are the only African companies in the cohort of 61 early-stage companies from around the world. Ovamba -- a US-based fintech which provides short-term capital to small businesses in Africa and the Middle East -- also made the cut. The cohort will over the next two years participate in the WEF's initiatives, activities, including this September's Annual Meeting of the New Champions in China, and next year's Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. BitPesa and CarePay are the only African startups in the...

  • Nigeria’s young squad could learn a thing or two from agritech startup Farmcrowdy

    After Nigeria's poor showing in their first Group D match with Croatia, The Super Eagles can ill-afford to lose this afternoon's game with Iceland. The country has the youngest squad at the tournament, but that shouldn't stop them from doing well. In fact, the football team should take a leaf out of Farmcrowdy's book. Despite being only two-years old, the Lagos-based agritech startup is already racking in funding, accolades and awards from not only Nigeria, but around the world. The startup was founded in 2016 by CEO Onyeka Akumah, CFO Akindele Phillips, COO Tope Omotolani, CTO Jimoh Maiyegun, and vice president for products and data Ifeanyi...

  • Cloud accounting platform Accounteer wins $50k MEST Africa Challenge

    Nigerian cloud accounting platform Accounteer was yesterday selected as the winner of the inaugural $50 000 MEST Africa Challenge. The pitch competition was held yesterday (21 June) on the final day of the MEST Africa Summit at the Waterfront in Cape Town. Accounteer out-pitched three other startups to win the MEST Africa Challenge $50 000 equity investment prize Accounteer pitched against Ghanaian agritech startup Cowtribe, Kenyan fintech Data Integrated, and South African livestock trading platfrom Swift Vee for the grand prize. Read more: MEST Africa announces four regional winners that will pitch in $50k challenge During the pitch, Accounteer business developer Adegboye Henry (pictured above) said the startup has 200...

  • Morocco will need to be innovative like startup Hooplacar to shock Portugal

    Morocco take on Portugal this afternoon at 2pm (Central African Time). After Portugal's spectacular match with Spain, which saw Cristiano Ronaldo pull off a hat-trick, the Atlas Lions will have to be a little innovative to shock the Portuguese. Good thing that the Moroccans are an innovative bunch, take Moroccan startup Hooplacar and its approach to advertising for example. The startup was founded last year by CEO Salmane Berraoui (pictured above, right), managing partner Jounaid Anasse and Mehdi Benayad (pictured above, left). Hooplacar is only a year-old and already has 6500 drivers on its platform The trio manage a fleet of 6500 cars carrying...

  • Can Egypt help Africa save face? This savings platform could show them how

    After last week's agonising 1-o loss to Uruguay, Egypt will tonight, at 8pm Central African Time, take on hosts Russia amid speculation on the fitness of top scorer Mohamed Salah. Will Salah, the Egyptian King, be able to deliver like he promised? And more importantly, can the Pharaohs win their first match at the World Cup tonight, and possibly help Africa save face? Maybe the team should look to Egyptian startup Money Fellows for inspiration -- the company knows all there is to know about saving. Money Fellows is reported to have raised up to $800 000 in funding since launch CEO Ahmed Wadi (pictured above) founded collaborative...

  • ‘Rating platform Hi5 bagging 20 to 40 new clients a month after R2.5m funding’

    Four months after securing R2.5-million in seed funding from Cape Town-based investment fund Getihu, Hi5 CEO and founder Gary Willmott claims the startup is adding an average of between 20 and 40 new clients monthly. "We are just about to go over the the 6000-user mark and have just hit a milestone for the 10 000th Hi5," says Willmott (pictured above), who platform allows staff in workplaces to rate one another. He says the R2.5-million investment deal -- which was concluded in March for a 25% stake in the startup -- will enable the platform to "scale product and business development within South Africa and the region over...