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  • Seedstars World announces the nine startups set to pitch at Seedstars Kigali

    Seedstars World, one of the largest startup competitions for emerging markets, has announced the nine startups that will pitch at Seedstars Kigali in the Rwandan capital this Friday (20 July). The nine startups will pitch in front of a panel made up of the head of communications agency Studio Red, Tanya Mulamula; Rwa Business Group's Ephraim Rwamwenge; Westerwelle Startup Haus programme manager Guido von Westerholt; and Seedstars World Africa regional manager Claudia Makadristo. In a statement yesterday (16 July) Makadristo pointed out that Rwanda's entrepreneurial ecosystem has made significant improvements in recent years. Seedstars Kigali takes place this Friday and will be held in...

  • Ghanaian agritech startup CowTribe crowned winner at Seedstars Accra

    Ghanaian agritech startup CowTribe has been selected as the winner of the Seedstars Accra. Seedstars World, one of the biggest startup competitions for emerging markets, announced CowTribe's win in a post on Twitter following a pitch event held last week Friday (13 July) in the Ghanaian capital By winning Seedstars Accra, CowTribe has secured an opportunity to represent Ghana at the global Seedstars Summit set to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland next year. At the conference, the startup stands a chance to win up to $1-million in funding. CowTribe will now represent Ghana at the Seedstars regional and global summits Nine other startups pitched at...

  • DEMO Africa innovation tour: Here are the Cape Town, Douala winners

    DEMO Africa has selected four startups from South Africa and Cameroon that will pitch at its launchpad in Morocco this October at DEMO Africa 2018. The four were selected following pitch events held earlier this month in Cape Town and Douala. Recycling collections company Reginize was selected as the winner of the Cape Town pitch event. The Cape-Town based greentech startup is focused on creating a recycling culture in South Africa. The startup's founders Chad Robertson and Nkazimlo Miti (pictured above) aim to do this through a rewards-based app that uses gamification to motivate people to recycle. Three startups from Cameroon -- Zuoix, Dikorah...

  • 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...