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  • Intel, She Leads Africa introduce workshops to empower female entrepreneurs

    In collaboration with the computing giant, Intel, women empowerment initiative She Leads Africa is starting the year off with the introduction of workshops on technology and entrepreneurship in Nairobi, Lagos and Johannesburg. This initiative follows a busy 2014, which saw the organisation take eight women-led startups to pitch at Diaspora Demo Day in the US last year, among other things. Read more: She Leads Africa announces top 10 young women entrepreneurs The first workshop session will be led by Intel, which will focus on building one's minimal viable product. The second session will be led by She Leads Africa and will teach...

  • TechWomen calls for 2015’s in-take of tech savvy ladies

    US exchange programme TechWomen is calling for its 2015 in-take of skilled women in tech and sciences from Africa, the Middle East and more recently, Central Asia. TechWomen is a three-year-old initiative of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) which aims to empower and mentor skilled women in the science, technology, engineering and maths fields. Participants in the programme will have access to networks, resources, and knowledge needed to help them reach their full potential. The initiative culminates in a five-week programme where participants will be placed in leading companies of the San Francisco...

  • Via Afrika partners with Tabtor for personalised math programme in SA

    Via Afrika Publishers has partnered with the tablet-based learning solution Tabtor, to bring world-class learning techniques in math to young South African students. Tabtor's groundbreaking concept that provides powerful student level Point-of-Learning Analytics along with time stamped Proficiency Matrix to teachers has attracted widespread adoption among consumers as well as media attention in the US because it delivers results. Via Afrika has been around for a while as a mover in the education space though have only recently moved onto the digital space. Part of major local publisher Media24, its tutoring technology is available on both iOS and Android devices. Read more:...

  • Spring startup accelerator wants to empower girls in East Africa

    Sponsored by UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Nike Foundation, the East African Spring Accelerator has recently launched in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with plans to expand to the rest of the continent as well as Asia. Slightly different to what we usually come across, Spring has a social-good edge to it that makes it stands out. The programme is looking to help build and scale businesses that can improve the lives of adolescent girls living in poverty. “What sets our accelerator apart is our work with local and global entrepreneur...

  • $100m Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme is calling for applications

    Applications for the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme have opened in a grand mission to forge over 10 000 entrepreneurs within the next decade. Founded by Nigerian billionaire Tony Elumelu, the pan-African programme is open to young compelling businesses with strong market feasibility, clear financial models and run by capable teams. The programme includes a 12-week training programme, mentorship, access to crucial networks and resources as well as possible funding. The qualifying startups that have progressed their business plans sufficiently will each receive second stage seed capital investment of US$5 000 that will be provided as returnable capital. Read more: $100m pan-African initiative...

  • Here are the speakers for eCommerce Africa Confex

    The eCommerce Africa Confex, set to take place early next year, has announced its speaker list, with BidorBuy CEO Jaco Jonker and Yuppiechef director Paul Galatis set to take up keynote slots. Jonker will be sharing the steps to your first online sale during his presentation. He will provide a layout of the basic steps required in order to make your first sale and the importance of getting to market quickly. Galatis meanwhile will discuss unconventional approaches to winning loyalty, inspiring passion and earning love from your customers. Paul will share his thoughts and anecdotes from a journey of...

  • Centre for Entrepreneurship hopes to eradicate poverty in Mpumalanga

    A new Centre for Entrepreneurship is being set up in Mpumalanga, South Africa in an effort to foster business activity and overcome poverty in the region. This comes as a welcome step in an effort to support one of the country's most impoverished provinces. Speaking at the Mpumalanga Provincial Small Business Summit on this week, Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu said the community where the centre will be located was identified through a thorough needs assessment, low startup costs and the number of new potential business. As reported by SA News, the centre will be located at the Gert...

  • Innotribe Startup Challenge seeking Africa’s top fintech talent

    Africa has a knack for financial startups. Now, to captalise and promote this growing sector, renowned global financial tech conference Innotribe Startup Challenge 2015 is coming to the continent. The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication’s (SWIFT) is hoping to find Africa's most talented fintech startups at the African Regional Conference (ARC) happening May 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. The Innotribe Startup Challenge 2015 will host tech startups financial service experts, angel investors, venture capitalists, and global leading fintech and financial decision-makers -- the whole shebang. Over 500 industry experts will judge the companies that have applied, ensuring that the...

  • Crowdsource location app Traffic Lite hits Nigeria’s streets

    New community-based app Traffic Lite by Nigerian software developer Panthelope Technologies has been launched in an attempt too curb Lagos' notorious traffic. Traffic Lite is said to crowdsource real-time information from its users. This means that the more people using it, the more accurate the information will be. Panthelope is responsible for Point of Sale apps Kollect and Uxie. Company founder Ikenna Iloeje hopes the app will enable people to help each other by just going about their usual business. He explains: By just driving or walking around with the app running passively on their phone they are immensely contributing to traffic...

  • How to value your startup? This podcast by StartUp tells you all about it

    The five-year-old ride-sharing app, Uber, is valued at US$40-billion while the three-year-old photo messaging app, SnapChat, is worth an estimated US$10-billion. The latter only recently started introducing some revenue-making features and was worth billions to Facebook last year. How do startups determine their value? Especially when they don't have a regular income. In this insightful podcast, simply called StartUp, renowned radio journalist Alex Blumberg and business partner Matt Leiber share their first-hand experiences on how to value a startup. Each episode of the "podcast startup documenting the launch of a startup" Gimlet Media takes listeners through the company's growth pains and...

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