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  • Konga to host screening of ‘Crocodile in the Yangtze (The Alibaba Story)’

    Konga believes that 2014 will be a promising and rewarding year for the Nigerian technology and business ecosystems, not only because there will be growth, but because these sectors will provide solutions to Nigerians at large. In an effort to inspire, and kick off 2014 in style, Nigerian ecommerce site Konga, in collaboration with Porter Erisman, are hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary Crocodile in the Yangtze (The Alibaba story), taking place at the Ozone Cinemas, Yaba Lagos on 14 January. The film follows the remarkable story of China's ecommerce giant, Alibaba, from its humble beginnings back when internet...

  • Popular ecommerce trends startups should know about [infographic]

    Thinking of opening up shop in the cloud this year, or diversifying your existing services? In an effort to shed some light on where SMEs should focus on, Bigcommerce released this infographic highlighting the top current trends where the industry is showing growth. Bigcommerce is one of the world's most popular ecommerce platforms used by small businesses. Over 50,000 online stores currently use the software, including automotive, pet care and wedding merchandise. It's interesting to note how smaller etailers are given a voice and a presence to compete with larger companies. Bridal, toy, and arts and craft stores are...

  • 88mph seed fund expands accelerator programme to Nigeria this February

    In an attempt to further bolster West African tech startups, seed fund and accelerator 88mph will open up shop in Lagos, Nigeria in February. 88mph traditionally looks for early-stage companies with a mobile-web focus, especially those that serve local markets in Africa and have potential for global expansion. Previous programmes have offered up to US$100 000 funding as well as mentorship and three months of office space. Manager at 88mph, Sylvia Brune, told HumanIPO, “In mid-February 2014 we will be in Lagos and we are very excited. We will start to renovate the tech space, meet more investors, interesting...

  • Naija Workman set for early 2014, links Nigeria’s informal workforce to jobs

    Naija Workman is ready to take the new year's informal economy by storm as it preps itself to launch next month. The platform aims to become a pioneer in the Nigerian local services market by efficiently organizing the informal sector for local services and streamlining the hiring process for customers. Though booming, issues such as legitimacy and trust are still rife in the informal industry and access to West Africa's informal economy is extremely limited. Naija Workman wants to change this. The company is described as Nigeria’s online services marketplace that wants to redefine the procurement of local services...

  • USAID awards $13-million to empower clean tech in emerging markets

    In an effort to encourage innovative and environmentally friendly solutions in emerging markets, USAID (United States Agency for International Development) today announced the 12 winning organizations that will collectively receive US$13-million in funding via the Powering Agriculture initiative. This fund will support projects and entrepreneurs aimed at integrating clean energy technology into the agriculture sectors of developing countries. As reported by AllAfrica, out of a selected pool of 475 applications the winning organisations will design and deploy market-based, clean energy solutions for agricultural production in developing countries. Powering Agriculture is a programme that aims to link renewable energy technologies with...

  • Carmudi Nigeria finds sweet spot as motor industry changes shape

    Previously going by the name Carmido, Carmudi Nigeria is an online marketplace for vehicles that today announced it has hit a massive surge in popularity over the past months as it continues to show promising signs for Nigeria’s developing automotive industry. By offering diverse vehicle listings, Carmudi lets customers find or sell their cars, motorcycles or commercial vehicles online. With recent political changes, Carmudi has managed to hit the ultimate sweet spot in its market. Monthly visits to Carmudi Nigeria have increased by a massive 35,000% since April 2013. The Nigerian federal government has recently announced its efforts to promote...

  • Aerial photography SteadiDrone wins Step-Up Technology ICT category

    Aimed at South African inventors and innovators, the Step Up Technology Innovation Competition has finished with aerial vehicle design company SteadiDrone winning the ICT category, and a trip to the U-Start #Bloom showcase 2014 in Milan, Italy. The business idea competition, sponsored by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), and Sasol's enterprise development vehicle, Sasol ChemChity, focused on the development of, and support activities for, SMEs and entrepreneurs to help commercialise tech-based businesses that have the potential to stimulate South Africa's social and economic success in the long-term. The competition was open to all early-stage innovators working on concepts that had commercial...

  • On the Road: U-Start’s Zach George talks global investment for entrepreneurs

    We all know that Africa is an investment hotspot right now in the tech world, but just what are the parameters dictating how those investments are, and will be, made, and how can entrepreneurs best position themselves to be investment-ready when the time comes? Mich Atagana chatted to the COO of U-Start Africa, Zachariah George, an international investor who has settled in South Africa to focus on tech investments on the continent, about everything from which sectors are hot in Africa right now, to tips on how entrepreneurs can get their ideas noticed more quickly and efficiently. Watch the full...

  • Methys Labs offering R50k to Silicon Cape’s most innovative startups

    As part of an initiative to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in South Africa, international technology group Methys is offering Western Cape entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch an innovative project and receive a R50 000 subsidy in development value for either a website or mobile application. Dubbed The Methys Labs Innovation Challenge, this initiative is about providing entrepreneurs based within Silicon Cape the possibility to deliver a digital innovation for their startup or existing business that could then possibly disrupt and develop internationally. The Methys Labs is responsible for having successfully incubated or provided seed capital and technology to startups operating...

  • Government-backed site NigeriaForward launches to encourage investment

    To encourage both investment and promote awareness and understanding of Nigeria's growing economy, a new website called NigeriaForward launched this week. The initiative will focus on both the public and private sectors operating in growing industries ranging from manufacturing to agriculture. By now we have a rough guide of what the startup ecosystem looks like in West Africa and while Nigeria certainly isn't the sole provider of that landscape, it's definitely the largest. This government-backed website is supported by the Nigerian Ministry of Finance and is designed to become a resource for potential further foreign investment, with a...

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