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  • SA’s popular site Gumtree joins Project Isizwe in free Wi-Fi crusade

    Project Isizwe seems to be raking up partners its grand mission to provide free information to low-income communities across South Africa. To help the startup achieve its vision, it will be partnering with one of South Africa's most popular online classifieds sites -- Gumtree. A bit more than a week ago, Project Isizwe, boldly announced it will be rolling out more than 200 new hotspots across the City of Tshwane, South Africa. The partnership between the eBay-owned site and Project Isizwe, founded by former Mxit CEO Alan Knot Craig, see both ventures and the City of Tshwane commit to make...

  • Innovation Prize for Africa seeks creative pioneers across the continent

    Have an ingenious invention hidden in a lab or your garage? If so, listen up. The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) is currently looking for entries across the continent for the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2015. The fourth edition of this initiative seeks to encourage Africa's pioneers to present creative technologies and ideas that could solve some of the region's biggest problems. In turn, the AIF will provide a sum of US$150 000 to selected innovators in order to support sustainable development. The prize also pushes private equity investors and governments to invest across sectors and build environments contributive...

  • Tech4Africa conference coming to Cape Town 28 August

    Tech4Africa has just announced that it will be running its first ever Cape Town event on 28 August. The popular South African annual tech conference has been running for the last five years in Johannesburg, and this year decided to include the Mother City in the mix. Tech4Africa focuses on deep technical workshops and sessions for practitioners, and then engaging talks which impart knowledge, perspective, African context and inspiration. The unapologetic vision for Tech4Africa is that the best tech ecosystems in the world have regular events that bring together everyone in tech to learn, meet new people and have lots of...

  • Standard Bank highlights US investment opportunities in Africa [Infographic]

    According to recent research done by Standard Bank in South Africa, the greater continent offers US multinationals a compelling trade and investment opportunity thanks to the rapid economic growth rates across the continent, along with burgeoning population growth and increasing urbanisation. This nifty infographic below gives a comprehensive, colourful overview of US -- Africa's trade and investment opportunities: Click on image for actual size. As also found by an Ernst & Young report earlier this year, Foreign Direct Investment has increased together with Sub-Saharan Africa's attractiveness to investors. As shown in the infographic above, economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa has exceeded five...

  • The Hope Factory business programme seeks Top 50 SA entrepreneurs

    South Africa-based incubator, The Hope Factory, has opened applications for small businesses for its fourth mentorship programme intake. Based in Johannesburg, the Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme is currently looking for 50 entrepreneurs to help small businesses become more sustainable. "At The Hope Factory, we place great value on mentorship as part of all our programmes. We believe that if we can help to grow the individual business owner, or entrepreneur, then the business will be more likely to grow and remain sustainable," says Sean Krige, Johannesburg Programme Manager. On joining the Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme, each business owner will...

  • Worldreader brings mother-tongue ebooks to feature phones in Africa

    Literacy in empoverished lands is a pressing issue, especially on the African continent. But NGOs and other organisations are looking to eradicate this discretion entirely. The latest partnership formed will see the African division of the Cambridge University Press partner with NGO digital book provider, Worldreader, to make over 390 ebooks available for Africans across the continent for free. Thanks to the dropping price of technology, and increased adoption rates, it's easier to spread educating materials in developing countries. Using the Worldreader app, users can access a digital library of ebooks without the need for expensive or specialised hardware. The content...

  • Project Isizwe launches 213 free Wi-Fi hotspots in Tshwane

    The City of Tshwane, in partnership with the free Wi-Fi crusade Project Isizwe, has launched more than 200 new free internet zones. Centered at schools in the Tshwane area, this move sees the city become one of largest free Wi-Fi providers in South Africa. The move follows Phase 1 of the non-profit, Project Isizwe, which last year in November rolled out free internet zones to Soshanguve, Hatfield, Church Square, Tshwane North College and Mamelodi Community Centre. Besides allowing users 250Mb per day of free browsing, a specialised content portal, Tobetsa, is available for unlimited access and designed to give free WiFi...

  • Global startup Easy Taxi bags $40-million in funding

    Transport app, Easy Taxi, has secured US$40-million led by the Russian Phenomen Ventures and German Tengelmann Ventures. Backed by Rocket Internet, the startup operates in Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia and is often dubbed the world’s farthest-reaching taxi app. Dennis Wang, co-CEO at Easy Taxi says the new round of Series D funding will be used to help scale operations in existing markets. He explains: “We are very proud to have secured this new round of funding, which will allow us to continue our growth trajectory in existing markets, advance our technology, scale our operations and improve our...

  • Rwanda’s Think tech incubator calls for Africa’s savvy entrepreneurs

    Based in Kigali, Rwanda, and brought to us by Tigo and Millicom, the Think tech incubator has now opened its doors and is looking for savvy entrepreneurs to fill its office space. Selected tech entrepreneurs from across the African continent will undergo a six-month incubation programme that would support the startups in developing their digital solutions. Tigo Rwanda General Manager, Tongai Maramba says, “We are excited to welcome the first batch of talented entrepreneurs at Think. We are calling on tech entrepreneurs across the continent with solid ideas for digital innovation for Africa. Tigo is looking forward to invest...

  • Carmudi zooms in on Africa’s mobile generation with new Android app

    Since it launched mid-2013, Carmudi has shown to be one of Rocket Internet's fastest expanding startups. The online car classifieds startup has launched an app across 17 countries in Africa and the Middle East to leverage some of the world's largest mobile markets. Carmudi lists more than 200 000 vehicles and, through the app, people can browse or buy cars on-the-go. Africa and the Middle-East is often referred to as the fastest growing mobile region. To give you an idea, in Africa and Asia mobile accounts for more than 30% of all internet usage. Carmudi notes that smartphone usage...