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  • BeneFactors crowned best Rwandan startup at Seedstars Kigali 2018

    Rwandan factoring firm BeneFactors has been selected as the best startup at Seedstars Kigali, winning an opportunity to represent the country at next year's Seedstars global Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland. BeneFactors was selected ahead of eight other startups that pitched at the event held last week Friday (20 July) in the Rwandan capital. The Kigali-based business-to-business financing company was founded last year by Olivia Zank (pictured above, centre) and Jani Moliis. The startup provides its clients with tailored working capital solutions in exchange for their unpaid invoices. BeneFactors was founded last year by CEO and founder Olivia Zank In a statement on Saturday (21 July),...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [23/07/2018]

    Johannesburg has its share of exciting tech startup events this week, starting with a fireside chat tomorrow (24 July) with GEM Group executive chairman Leno Gunguluza. He will explore how the Fourth Industrial Revolution will impact businesses. In West Africa, Ghana will this week host its first environment-themed Startup Weekend between Friday and Sunday (27 and 29 July). Also in Ghana, MEST is hosting a masterclass on market research with Dominic Rasden on Wednesday (25 July). This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup events, competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences in Africa. If you have any...

  • Start-Up Chile opens applications for Generation 21 seed programme

    Chilean seed accelerator Start-Up Chile has opened applications for its Generation 21 seed programme. Startup founders from around the world looking to scale into Latin America have up until 4 September to apply. Start-up Chile, which is an initiative of the Chilean government, announced that it had opened applications to its seed programme in a blog post on Tuesday (20 July). Tomorrow (24 July) at 2pm Chilean time (8pm Central African Time) the Start-Up Chile team will stream an event on their Facebook page which will explain the application process. In the blog post last week Start-Up Chile executive director Sebastian Diaz...

  • DEMO Africa innovation tour: Meet the Cairo and Tunis winners

    DEMO Africa has announced the two startups selected from Egypt and Tunisia to pitch at its launchpad in Morocco this October at DEMO Africa 2018 following pitch events held earlier this month in Cairo and Tunis. In Egypt, healthtech startup Cheefa out-pitched 10 other companies, including Niotek, TriggerIt, MedMiser and 7aweshny to win the Cairo pitch event which was held last week on 11 July. Cheefa's app helps patients order and pay for medicine online. In a statement yesterday (19 July), the startup's founder and CEO Doaa Aref (pictured above) pointed out that the startup also has a corporate social responsibility (CSR) platform that assists the less fortunate...

  • Quesnay in global call for applications to Female Founders in Tech competition

    US-based innovation consulting firm Quesnay has opened applications for its second Female Founders in Tech competition and is calling on women-led startups from around the world to apply. The competition is aimed at startups with tested insurance products and entries are set to close on 30 July. Tech solutions applicable in the  The top three finalists are set to receive cash prizes of $35 000, $25 000 and $15 000 for the first, second and third place respectively. In addition, the top five selected finalists -- set to be announced on 28 August --  will get to present their solutions to an audience of judges at a final...

  • Knife Capital launches fourth edition of Grindstone Accelerator programme

    Cape Town based venture capital firm Knife Capital has launched the fourth edition of its Grindstone Accelerator programme in partnership with Johannesburg-based management consultancy Thinkroom. Applications for the year-long programme – which aims to assist high-growth South Africa tech startups to become more “investable, sustainable and exit ready” – close 31 August. The programme’s selection process kicks off next month with an interactive Exit Readiness Workshop aimed at providing tangible information to 50 small businesses and unpacking some of Knife Capital’s exit case studies. Only 10 companies will be selected to join the year-long Grindstone Accelerator programme Thereafter, twenty companies will then be shortlisted for Grindstone’s...

  • Sun Exchange, Powerhive to provide energy access for 175 000 Kenyans

    Cape Town based solar micro-leasing marketplace Sun Exchange has partnered with US-based rural mini-grid solutions provider Powerhive to use the crypto-economy to fund energy access for 175 000 people in rural Kenya. The partnership, which Sun Exchange announced in a statement yesterday (18 June), is expected to raise $23-million, which will fund 150 new projects that will provide clean power to 175 000 people in Kenya who are currently living without electricity. As part of the new partnership Powerhive becomes the exclusive recipient of proceeds designated for solar project pre-financing from sales of the Sun Exchange SUNEX digital rewards token. Powerhive will in-turn use the funds to...

  • Wearables startup MyLifeline wins R200k in 2018 Santam Safety Ideas Challenge

    Herman Bester, the co-founder of Stellenbosch-based wearables startup MyLifeline, has emerged the victor of the second season of the Santam Safety Ideas Challenge, walking away with R200 000 in seed funding. The finals of the challenge, an initiative of insurance company Santam run in collaboration with Stellenbosch-based business incubator Launchlab, were held yesterday at Santam's head office in Cape Town. The competition aims to encourage South African innovators to develop innovative safety and security solutions. The panel of judges was made up of Santam executives Mokaedi Dilotsotlhe, Ebrahim Asmal, John Khawulezile Lomberg, Ray-ann Sedres and Johan Etsebeth; the Department of Trade and Industry's director of innovation and technology Nontombi Marule; Launchlab CEO Philip Marais; and...

  • 33 African startups make it into 2018 Innovating Justice Challenge finals

    A total of 33 African justice innovators and legaltech startups have made it into the final round of the 2018 edition of the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law's (HiiL) Innovating Justice Challenge. The Hill Justice Accelerator (HJA), which runs the challenge, announced the finalists in a blog post earlier this month. The accelerator stated that finalists were selected based on their impact, scalability, sustainability, uniqueness, and team. HJA also considered feasibility, social impact and institutional roadblocks facing applicants. The 33 finalists are from Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe The 33, along with other finalists from Bangladesh, India,...

  • Entries to one of Nigeria’s first female-focused tech accelerators close Friday

    African women-led tech startups looking to apply to join GreenHouse Capital -- one of Nigeria's first-female focused tech accelerators -- have just under three days to submit entries. Applications close on Friday (20 July). The three-month acceleration programme is run by Lagos-based venture capital (VC) firm GreenHouse Capital. The programme is also open to US or UK-based startups run by African woman-founders which have products that are scalable in African markets. To qualify for the programme startups must have at least one female member on their founding or leadership team. Those startups selected will receive a minimum of $100 000 investment on reaching specific programme milestones, office space at Vibranium Valley...