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  • Kenya’s health management software ZiDi bags ICT innovation award

    Kenya's ICT Authority has named health management software ZiDi as a 2014 Innovation Award Winner in the Health Care Delivery sector. ZiDi is a monitor service that automates a range of things like stocktaking, personnel administration, financial management and service delivery in health centers. The application is developed by MicroClinic Technologies with support from Microsoft's 4Afrika initiative. The software has been implemented and is being trailed in six health centers across Kenya which together sees over 3 000 patients daily. ZiDi was founded by Hoffman Moka Lantum and Mary Matu in 2012 with the aim of tackling the administrative...

  • Jovago extends hotel booking services to Zanzibar, Djibouti and Malawi

    Online hotel booking service Jovago is continuing its expansion across Africa as it heads to Zanzibar, Djibouti and Malawi. Founded by Africa Internet Holding (AIH), Jovago wants to become the leading online to offer easy and transparent hotel booking. The company kicked off the launch at the luxury Sheraton Djibouti. Sagal Mohamed, commercial director of the Sheraton Djibouti hotel commented, "We are very happy to be working with Jovago; it is a superb initiative that will open the doors of Djibouti to the rest of the world. We are proud that the Sheraton is leading the way in bringing the...

  • 10 online tools to help you run your startup better [Video]

    Welcome to the first episode of our brand new YouTube show VentureTV -- a weekly show for entrepreneurs where we'll share tools, tips and insights to help you run your startup better, or anything we think will add value to you on your startup journey. Ventureburn receives a lot of requests from startups about which online tools they should be using to run their business the best way they can. In this episode, managing editor Mich Atagana shares 10 tools that we can't live without at Ventureburn and neither should you -- from storage to newsletter management, these tools are...

  • Jumia bags another award: named best Nigerian ecommerce site of the year

    It seems like Jumia is making a habit of winning. The Nigerian online retailer was awarded the Best ecommerce Website of the Year at the Beacon of ICT awards in Nigeria last week. This follows last year's honour for the Rocket Internet-backed startup, when it became the first African company to win The Best New Retail Launch of the Year award at the 2013 World Retail Congress in Paris. Beating other popular competitors such as OLX and Konga to the chase, Jumia was congratulated for using innovative techniques to help Nigeria's expand ecommerce market. While the company is hailed as the Amazon of Africa,...

  • Jumia partners with African Fashion Week Nigeria, empowers local designers

    Rocket Internet's ecommerce flagship and one of Nigeria's biggest online retailers, Jumia Nigeria, is partnering with African Fashion Week Nigeria in order to promote and empower the country's fashion industry. In a recent press release, the popular ecommerce outfit noted that it was committed to lending a hand to Nigeria's fashion industry and its designers by showcasing their products online, and thus giving them the opportunity to increase their reach and access new markets. Jumia Nigeria currently features more than 20 000 fashion items online, and by partnering with African Fashion Week, has found a way of extending its offering even...

  • Onyx showcases its ground-breaking Glass tech at big international vending event

    South African display technology startup, Onyx Display Media, is off to Italy to showcase its display Glass solution at Venditalia, an international vending trade show. Onyx describes its glass solution as a "revolutionary patent pending solution, that may be retro-fitted to any cooler, horizontal freezer, and it may even stand completely alone – not depending on either". The glass allows for a host of static and interactive content to be display in...

  • Want some funding? Net Prophet is looking for startups

    Popular Cape Town conference Net Prophet is back for another year. According to the organisers, this year's event is "gearing up to be better than ever". A big move for the event this year is its startup workshop, Spark up, which the organisers say "is coming into its own". The three day workshop runs for free over the weekend of 16 - 18 May ahead of Net Prophet. According to Net Prophet, it...

  • Kaymu partners Global Oceon, WHO to combat malaria in Nigeria

    Malaria remains a prevalent disease that affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of people every year, especially in Africa. In an effort to raise awareness of the disease, Kaymu, one of Nigeria's online marketplaces, has partnered with Global Oceon, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Lagos State Ministry of Health by donating mosquito nets that will be distributed to the Itedo Community in Lekki Area of Lagos -- coinciding with World Malaria Day which took place on 25 April. The MD and co-founder of Kaymu, Massimiliano Spalazzi, expressed that malaria is a "life-threatening disease and all efforts must be...

  • Mobile education startup FunDza a finalist in 2014 WISE Awards

    The South African non-profit literacy trust FunDza has been named one of the 15 2014 WISE Awards Finalists. The international WISE Awards seeks to identify and promote unique and novel solutions to real-world education challenges and has thus chosen FundZa as one of its inspiring initiatives. With an aim of making reading accessible and appealing to the youth of South Africa, FunDza is behind the Growing Communities of Readers programme. This provides people across the country with access to quality, locally-generated reading content via their mobile phones. The reading material is available in a variety of formats, such as mobi or a Mxit app...

  • Hotel booking startup Jovago expands to South Sudan

    Africa Internet Holding's (AIH) online hotel booking service has recently expanded to South Sudan. This comes after it initially launched in Nigeria last year in August and then opened up its doors to Kenya and Senegal's hotels last month. It now covers over 3 000 local listings from Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal and aims to serve an even wider audience across the continent. As previously noted, the World Bank suggests the tourism industry has contributed just over 2.8% to Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP. Moreover, between 1990 and 2012, the number of tourists have tripled. Managing director of Jovago, Marek Zmyslowski...