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  • 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...

  • Sage Pastel’s My Payroll Online updated with multi-user login, live chat

    Sage Pastel Payroll & HR recently announced added new features to the My Payroll Online software to make it easier for entrepreneurs and small businesses to see who gets paid what, when and where. The new features with the payroll software include support for multiple usernames on a single My Payroll Online account as well as customer service support via Live Chat on the Web. Sage Pastel Payroll & HR notes that this would be especially welcomed by accountants and outsourcing firms that use a My Payroll Online account to administer payrolls for more than one company. "This eliminates the...

  • eLearning Africa Conference kicks-off end of May, to focus on innovation

    In an effort to unite developers, researchers, techies and teachers, the eLearning Africa Conference will be taking place from 28 to 30 May in Kampala, Uganda. An annual event, this year the conference will run with the theme of Opening Frontiers to the Future to focus on some of the incredible innovations happening in the field of education and learning on the African continent. Some of these innovations we've come across in recent years, and include startups such as Daptio and Serio.me or social projects such as the Maendeleo Foundation's solar-powered ICT class rooms. The same organisation behind the event, eLearning Africa...

  • Integr8 boosts SA’s tech skills, opens up new internship programme

    ICT management company Integr8 recently announced that it has invested in the future of South Africa’s ICT sector by making available its new internship program to fifteen young candidates. The South African government's National ICT Plan aims to address the skills shortage that is estimated to be 27%. Most of the demand comes from the specialised sectors such as technology and is where Intrgr8 hopes to ultimately contribute. This latest move, the company says, highlights its commitment to skills development and reinforces its view that skills is a prerequisite for any credible business wanting to compete. The company’s internship programme...

  • Seedstars World 2014 startup competition kicks off in April

    Seedstars World has recently announced that it's gearing up to continue its global startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes in 2014. Earlier this year, we saw the 20 regional startup finalists (five of them from Africa) of SeedStars World 2013. Hailing from Dubai to Rio de Janeiro and Seoul to Lagos, these businesses pitched their innovative ideas to a global audience in Geneva, Switzerland in February. Seedstars World will hit the...