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  • CiTi, City of Cape Town to host Top Tech Tools for Women in Business course

    The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) in partnership with the City of Cape Town will next month host a 10-week Top Tech Tools for Women in Business course aimed at helping women entrepreneurs grow their businesses using tech. The Top Tech Tools for Women in Business course is set to kick off on 4 April at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock. The free course -- which is sponsored by the City of Cape Town -- hopes to empower female entrepreneurs by providing them with training on how to effectively deploy tech tools that are more suited for their businesses. Past participants of The...

  • HiiL opens applications for Innovating Justice Challenge 2018

    Think you're a legal disruptor? The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) has opened applications for the Innovating Justice Challenge 2018. The challenge is open until 30 May. To be considered applicants must be at least 18 years old and be the founder or co-founder of the venture. Next week Tuesday (13 March), HiiL will launch the challenge -- now in its seventh year -- at an event to be held at Tshimologong Precinct. HiiL will provide selected startups and innovators with seed funding, tailored business acceleration processes as well as access to its international network of potential investors. Applications to HiiL's...

  • LBS Africa Club looking for startups for Accel Entrepreneurship Awards

    The London Business School (LBS) Africa Club is calling on Africa's best early-stage startups to apply for consideration for the inaugural Accel Entrepreneurshp Awards. The Accel Entrepreneurship Awards aim to showcase emerging entrepreneurial talent from Africa to venture capitalists (VCs) and industry specialists. The awards, which take place in April in London, will see the top three startups get a share of £15 000. Interested applicants have up until 23 March to apply for consideration. The Accel Entrepreneurship Awards will see the top three startups get a share of £15 000 In an email to Ventureburn, Africa Club executive committee member Tseke Maserumule said for entrepreneurs to be...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [05/03/2018]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or brush up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or next week’s, please let us know in the comments below or send us an email. Not all of the events are free and some will require booking in advance. Please click on the event names to find out...

  • Applications open for 8th Orange Social Venture Prize competition

    Telecommunications giant Orange has opened applications for the eighth Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East. Applications, which opened on 1 March, will close 31 May. The Orange Social Venture Prize aims to reward innovation in information and communication technology -- particularly in education, healthcare, agriculture, mobile payments and sustainable development -- which improves the living conditions of people in Africa and the Middle East. Orange Social Venture Prize applicants have to be over 21 years old and must be resident in one of 17 countries where Orange has subsidiaries The prize, which was launched in 2011, has since its launch provided...

  • Edtech incubator Injini opens applications for second cohort

    Cape Town-based edtech incubator Injini has opened applications for its second cohort. It is looking for eight edtech innovations from across the continent to participate in Injini's five-month incubation programme it announced in a press release. The second cohort is set to run from July until December, interested innovators have until 3 April to apply. In a bid to drive applications and meet edtech entrepreneurs from around the continent, Injini will hold events across six African cities, with the first event to be held next week Tuesday (6 March) in Lagos, Nigeria. The other events will be held in Accra (13 March), Nairobi...

  • Launchlab named Top Challenger from Africa at World Incubation Summit

    Stockholm-based research and advisory firm UBI Global has -- as part of its World Benchmark Study -- named Stellenbosch-based business incubator Launchlab as the Top Challenger from Africa. The announcement was made last week after the research firm released its biyearly rankings at the at this year's World Incubation Summit in Toronto where more than 200 university-linked incubators and accelerators were represented. Although all of the top 20 are from Europe and North America, LaunchLab was named the Top Challenger from Africa, with UBI noting that they are the "most likely to crack the top 20 from Africa, and break the hold...

  • Meet the 8 African recipients of GSMA’s Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund

    The GSM Association, through its Mobile for Development team and as part of the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund, yesterday announced the 15 startups that it will award grants and add to its startup portfolio. Max Cuvellier head of the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator said the addition of the 15 now bring number of startups in the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund portfolio to 24 companies. "Collectively they tackle thirteen of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals introduced by the United Nations and embraced by the mobile industry as a whole," Cuvellier said in a statement. Eight of the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund's latest grant...

  • Nedbank commits R3.4m to enterprise development initiative with Fix Forward

    Nedbank has committed R3.4-million to an enterprise development initiative with non-profit Fix Forward which aims to develop the entrepreneurial skills of 100 tradespeople in the greater Cape Town area and Gauteng. The Cape Town-based non-profit, which was founded in 2012, matches skilled tradespeople from low income areas with construction and renovation projects from businesses and homeowners. The funding will see the tradespeople, who are registered contractors within Fix Forward network, take part in a 12 month entrepreneur development programme. This programme will reportedly equip them with the skills and experience necessary to run their own businesses. "We’re delighted with Nedbank’s support of...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [26/02/2018]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or brush up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or next week’s, please let us know in the comments below or send us an email. Not all of the events are free and some will require booking in advance. Please click on the event names to find out...

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