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  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [16/07/2018]

    If you're thinking of expanding your startup outside of South Africa, you'll want to attend the Going Global workshop in Cape Town on Thursday (19 July) where representatives of startups that have taken that route will share their experiences with you. For those in Johannesburg, Heavy Chef is hosting serial entrepreneur Nic Haralambous on the same day (19 July) as he talks about failure. The Ghana Tech Summit which takes place between Wednesday and Friday (18 and 20 July) is one of West Africa's largest tech gathering with over 100 global speakers including representatives from Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, IBM, Microsoft and more. If you're in...

  • Here’s how startups that assist African women can tap $250k in funding

    Think you startup has the potential to "dramatically improve" the lives of women and girls in Africa? Then you could stand a chance to tap $250 000 in funding from US-impact investor Gray Matters Capital's GMC coLABS early-stage investment portfolio. The portfolio -- which invests up to $250 000 per company in revenue share investments -- issued a statement on Wednesday (11 July) that it is looking to fund six new enterprises every six months. GMC coLABS has two upcoming investment cycles that African social entrepreneurs can apply to. The deadlines for these are 15 September and 15 December. Earlier this week, Gray...

  • Meet the three winners of DEMO Africa’s innovation tour Ivory Coast pitch event

    Three companies -- EtuDesk, Maurice Communication Marketing, and WeFlyAgri -- have come out tops as winners at DEMO Africa's last leg of a West African innovation tour in Ivory Coast earlier this week. The three will now face off with other startups from Nigeria and Ghana for a chance to represent West Africa at the DEMO Africa Launchpad this October. The three companies out-pitched nine other startups -- ZenApi, Kalejob, JANDA SARL, Damansah, Akil Technologies, Asher Services, Myrhann, Traductions, Bahrocel and YOB Technologies -- at the event which was held on Sunday (8 July). Applications for the 2018 DEMO Africa cohort are still open and are set to close in three days Maurice Communication Marketing...

  • Here are the three winners of DEMO Africa’s Accra event

    Three Ghanaian startups, CompleteFarmer, Develess, and RedBird, have been selected as winners of the Accra leg of the Demo Africa innovation tour. The three out-pitched six other companies at the Accra event, held last Friday (6 July), for a chance to represent West Africa at this October's DEMO Africa launch event in Morocco. The Accra event was run in partnership with MEST Africa. A panel of judges that included MEST Africa's Philippe Greinacher, MTN Ghana's Abdul-Latif Issahaku, and Kofi-Armah from Viamo presided over the pitching event. Applications for the 2018 DEMO Africa cohort are still open and are set to close in four days Here's more on the...

  • Venture Science Academy opens entries for Digital Venture Build programme

    The Cape Town-based Venture Science Academy has opened entries to its newly launched Digital Venture Build programme which kicks off next month. Applications are set to close on 25 July. The six-month Digital Venture Build programme provides tech entrepreneurs with a step-by-step guide to developing a working model of their product or service offering. Participants of the programme will get to work with a software development team to build a prototype or beta version of their offering. Digital Venture Build programme participants will be provided with a software development team to assist them in building a prototype In a bid to celebrate the launch of the...

  • Want to exhibit at ITU Telecom World 2018? Enter the Industry 4.0 Challenge

    Think you've built tech relevant to the Fourth Industrial Revolution? Keen to showcase this innovation at an international exhibition? Then you have four days left to submit your entry for the Industry 4.0 Challenge. Applications close 14 July. The initiative, which is being run by the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (dtps), networking and telecommunications company Ericsson and Standard Bank, aims to identify tech entrepreneurs to showcase at ITU Telecom World 2018 set to be held in Durban between 10 and 13 September. 40 finalists of the Industry 4.0 Challenge will be selected to participate at a pitch event set to be...

  • Moroccan transit app Weego wins Seedstars Casablanca

    Weego, a collaborative transit app which enables users to track buses and trams in real time, has been selected as the winner of this year's edition of Seedstars Casablanca. Retail space marketplace Popaddress was placed second, while Zelij, a startup that produces ecological construction materials, came in third at the pitch event that took place last Friday (6 July) last week. Weego will now represent Morocco at the Seedstars regional and global summits In a statement today (9 July) Weego CEO Saad Jittou said he had been following the pitch competition for threee years and "never imagined that it would be up to me to win the regional...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [9/07/2018]

    MEST Africa is hosting two masterclasses this week in Cape Town. The first by MEST Lagos general manager Neku Atawodi will look at what startups should know about entering the Nigerian market. The second, by tech consultant Alexandra Fraser will focus on the seven steps to funding. If you're in Pretoria, join Startup Grind tomorrow (9 July) as it hosts Phathizwe Malinga, acting CEO of tech company SqwidNet. In West Africa, there are three Ghana Tech Week events scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday on female founders, smart city innovation and "exponential" tech. If you're in Nigeria and are into artificial intelligence, you...

  • Demo Africa Tour: Meet the four startups selected at Casablanca, Lagos events

    Moroccan healthtech startup MolDiag, and three Nigerian startups: Accounteer, E-pump and Termii have been selected as winners at two DEMO Africa tour events held in Casablanca and Lagos this week. The Lagos leg of the innovation tour was held on Tuesday (3 July), and saw 14 startups pitch for a chance to represent Nigeria in the West Africa regional finals. A total of 13 companies pitched at the Casablanca event which was held on Wednesday (4 July). The winners will now pitch at the DEMO Africa launchpad this October in Morocco. Applications for the 2018 Demo Africa are still open and will close...

  • Liquid Telecom to provide AfriLabs hubs with services in new partnership

    Communications services and solutions provider Liquid Telecom has partnered with AfriLabs, a pan-African network of 100 tech innovation hubs across 30 countries, to provide connectivity and access to cloud-based tools to the organisation's centres. The partnership, which was announced in a statement yesterday (5 July), will also see Liquid Telecom and AfriLabs launch a series of joint programmes -- including digital skills training, accelerator competitions, and workshops -- designed to accelerate growth within the region's tech startup communities. Liquid Telecom will deliver connectivity and provide access to cloud-based tools to AfriLabs innovation centres located within its fibre footprint In addition, Liquid Telecom...

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