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  • MaTontine co-founder predicts Senegal draw, shares inspiration, expansion plans

    Bernie Akporiaye, who in 2015 co-founded Senegalese digital financial services platform MaTontine along with his sister Dr Tosan Oruwariye, believes that Senegal will draw today's game with Colombia and make it to the next round of 16. "I believe we can make it to (the) quarter finals. Senegal has a tough group but I believe we will qualify with Colombia," says Akporiaye (pictured above). MaTontine provides the financially excluded in Francophone Africa with access to small loans and other financial services like micro-insurance. Akporiaye says the startup is addressing a problem being faced by a number of customers -- lack of access to small...

  • As Tunisia winds up its World Cup campaign, meet big data startup Datavora

    Tunisia winds up their 2018 World Cup Campaign when they take on Panama tonight at 8pm Central African Time. The match will be inconsequential for the team as they have already crashed out of the tournament, having lost their first two matches. As a result, expect to see some players who have not yet played at the tournament to feature in Tunisia's line up. For the last entry in our series, we've decided to feature a brilliant Tunisian startup that we feel hasn't received much "playtime" from African tech sites -- big data startup Datavora. Last year, Datavora raised $500 000 to expand into Europe and America....

  • ‘SA education unable to support extensive development of tech entrepreneurship’

    A report commissioned by Google and released earlier this month has identified that "the foundations of the (South African) education system are unable to support the development of tech entrepreneurship within South Africa on a broad scale". Titled Tech entrepreneurship ecosystem in South Africa, the report features research by OC&C Strategy Consultants and Endcode. It aims to identify areas for improvement in policies and regulations which affect the success of tech startups. Topics covered include networks, culture, talent, business procedures, ICT infrastructure, financial capital, and market potential. Together with education, the Google-commissioned report identifies support services for tech entrepreneurs as one of the areas in need of...

  • 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...