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  • Entries now open for AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2017

    Think you are one of Africa’s best mobile and tech ventures? Submissions for the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2017 are now open and will close on 10 September. The awards are held by AppsAfrica.com, a news portal and advisory service, in collaboration with Mobile Monday South Africa and Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF). To qualify, applicants must have launched services in at least one African country. Applicants can apply for awards under any one of 12 categories, namely: best disruptive innovation, best social and messaging, best African app, enterprise solutions, news and entertainment, education, fintech, social impact, brand campaign, mobile commerce, changing Africa and the outstanding industry. The...

  • Egyptian wins $100 000 Innovation Prize for Africa with smart magnetic bearings

    Egyptian Aly El-Shafei was last night awarded the Innovation Prize for Africa's grand prize of $100 000 for his innovative magnetic bearings which help increase energy generation. The competition is run by the African Innovation Foundation. Shafei (pictured above), whose prize was presented by the President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo at a ceremony at Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, Ghana, said he plans to use the prize money to further develop his product which he patented in the US in 2010. Instead of the normal oil bearing, his patented innovation – SEMAJIB – includes a magnetic bearing embedded in the oil bearing, which will...

  • 12 days left to submit proposals for the Open Innovation Challenge

    The Swiss Embassy in South Africa, in collaboration with The National Research Foundation, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and the University of Basel, are calling for proposals for the Open Innovation Challenge. The deadline for the challenge will be on  Monday 31 July 2017. Accepted submissions need to be feasible and must be at least in the proof of concept stage. The challenge brief states that the organisers are looking for entries in the following areas: waste disposal, water access, affordable environmentally friendly building materials, affordable renewable energy, sanitation and hygiene. Innovators behind the chosen submissions will get to participate in the Swiss-South...

  • Don’t rush to get backers, African Innovation Foundation head tells hubs

    Those running tech hubs in poor areas of Africa should not rush to get corporate and government sponsors, but should rather grow their hubs organically and produce success stories before getting outside partners, says entrepreneur Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais. Speaking on the sidelines of the 2017 Innovation Prize for Africa event in Accra, Ghana, Bastos de Morais, who is also the founder of the African Innovation Foundation, detailed his new project, an innovation hub in the Cazenga slum in Luanda, Angola. The 49-year-old Swiss entrepreneur founded Fabrica de Sabao, a former soap factory, in 2015. It includes a co-working space, a MakerSpace with equipment such as...

  • Second round call for Innovation Summit’s Pitching Den, Inventors Garage

    The SA Innovation Summit has announced round two of their call for applications for the Pitching Den and Innovators Garage competitions. The final round for submissions will now be open until Monday 31 July. In an earlier press release, summit director, Audrey Verhaeghe said the Pitching Den competition was aimed at high growth tech startups that had innovative solutions that could significantly impact Africa's growth. Winners of the Pitching Den will win PR exposure worth R500 000, acceleration and business networking opportunities. Additionally they will get an opportunity to compete for a $1-million investment prize at the 2018 Startup World Cup grand finale in San Francisco. Winners...

  • Seven days left to apply for #cocreate2ACCELERATE 2017

    There are seven days left to apply for the #cocreate2ACCELERATE initiative, with this year's deadline falling on 24 July 2017. #cocreate2ACCELERATE is an initiative by the Kingdom of the Netherlands through the Dutch Consulate General in South Africa. The programme will focus on five sectors this year, in the form of agritech, bluetech, fintech, healthtech and edutech. The programme will be held between 28 August 2017 and 8 September 2017 in Cape Town. Successful applicants will also be able to participate at the Innovation Summit. Last year's winning participants covered video games, application development and agritech. Read more: Five tech startups chosen for Dutch #cocreate2ACCELERATE challenge Cocreate SA stated...

  • PeaceTech Accelerator looking for more startups for its next cohorts

    PeaceTech Accelerator, a Washington DC based cloud innovation centre and scale-up programme devoted to peace technology, is looking for more participants for its next cohort starting on 8 September with the third planned for January next year. PeaceTech Accelerator was launched earlier this year by tech investment firm C5 Accelerate and PeaceTech Lab , a peace building non-profit, in collaboration with cloud computing service provider, Amazon Web Services, and has since graduated its first cohort. It runs eight week programmes for companies and non-profit organisations involved in the development of innovative technologies that promote peace and build stronger, safer societies. Dimitra Hatzudis, external relations coordinator at C5 Accelerate,...

  • Seedstars, Enel seeking energy entrepreneurs for Africa Energy Prize

    Global startup competition Seedstars  in collaboration with Enel Group, a global power company, have announced the creation of the Africa Energy Prize. The competition, which is aimed at African startups, is looking for startups that focus on increasing energy access. The collaboration, which was announced on 7 July, will form part of the existing annual Seedstars World Competition.  Seedstars and Enel representatives will evaluate startups' business models and the Enel team will announce the top finalists in December at the RES4Africa event. The winner will be announced at the global Seedstars Summit in Switzerland in April next year, whereupon they will enter Seedstars' three-month growth...

  • Seedstars World heads to Harare

    Seedstars World is heading to Zimbabwe on 30 October 2016 for the very first time, in search of the nation's most innovative startup. With the support of local host Impact Hub Harare, Seedstars World is looking for smart startups who are able to solve regional issues through innovative products and services. These startups are to be able to produce and develop profitable products for the global market as well as support their regional business and growth. Eligible startups need to be less than two-years old, have raised less than US$50 000 in funding and have already built a minimum viable product with suitable traction. "Seedstars...

  • Raizcorp, Nedbank to host SimplyBiz workshop for Cape Town entrepreneurs

    South African business incubator Raizcorp in partnership with major local bank Nedbank will be hosting the SimplyBiz Shift Questions workshop in Cape Town 12 September. The workshop is part of a national effort to equip entrepreneurs with the tools needed to think differently about their businesses and accelerate success. CEO of Raizcorp, who will also be facilitating the one-day session, explains that the SimplyBiz Shift Questions workshop will teach entrepreneurs to shift the paradigms of their thinking. “Many people have this notion that if they follow the exact steps that a successful entrepreneur took in their own journey, they too will...