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  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [15/08/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • 3000 Kenyan women receive ecommerce training through Jumia

    Nigerian ecommerce store, Jumia, in collaboration with SheCares International, is awarding 3000 Kenyan women the chance to undergo ecommerce training. This programme looks to empower them within the digital market. The individual women were selected by the SheCares foundation at the inaugural Globel Women's summit by Cabinet secretary for public service, youth and Gender affairs, Sicily Kariuk. The event was hosted in partnership with Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). "In a world that is going virtual, it is crucial that all actors in society have the training and tools they need to exploit the marketplace of tomorrow. This program is tailored to train these ambitious,...

  • Pitching competition Seedstars World heading to Mali for the first time

    Global seed startup competition Seedstars World is heading to Mali for the first time. The competition will be looking for the ten best startups from the country. "We are constantly expanding into new countries to learn about ecosystems and discover new talent. We are therefore very excited to come to Mali for the first time and see what the country has to offer," writes associate for Seedstars World Claudia Makadristo in a press release to Ventureburn. The winner of the Mali round will go on to compete with over 60 other startups in the finals in Switzerland next year. There they will participate...

  • Applications now open for Apps Africa Innovation Awards

    One of Africa's leading technology news portal, AppsAfrica.com has opened its entries to find the best innovations suitable for the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards. The event, which saw much success last year, crowned 10 winners from over 200 entries and 21 countries. AppsAfrica provides strategic operational planning services for mobile and tech ventures launching in Sub-Saharan Africa. Their AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards celebrate those ventures which provide winners with global publicity and networking with over 500 industry peers and investors attending the awards ceremony. "Our mission is always to promote and honour the fantastic innovation across the mobile and tech ecosystem in Africa. We...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [08/08/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • Dadaab refugees learn app development through iHub

    Innovation hub, iHub, in partnership with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), have joined to offer refugees of Dadaab in Garissa County, Kenya mobile application development training. The first phase of training will only see 90 refugees take part in the development program in four main camps which will compromise of theoretical and practical aspects of android programming. According to iHub, the curriculum will consist of: Knowing how to make a profit distributing the app on the Google Play Store Using simple programming language to develop applications Understanding the business opportunities for developing an app Understanding development, platform tools and the mobile ecosystem Understanding and...

  • Pitch Day 237 selects 4 startups for second leg of Activation Bootcamp

    The second leg of  Pitch Day 237, organised by the African Centre for Technology, Innovation and Ventures Spaces (ActivSpaces) alongside Cameroon Angels Network (CAN), has come to an end. ActivSpaces is a tech hub which aims to progress the state of technology in Cameroon through an intense six-month incubator programme called the Activation Bootcamp. CAN is the first angel investor network within the country which seeks to invest in all sectors and industries who have an interest in technology. The event saw 12 startups pitch to startup investors for seed capital, eventually being whittled down to four: Kemi Store  - An online store that lets...

  • Côte d’Ivoire entrepreneurs can apply for Seedstars World pitching competition

    Côte d'Ivoire tech entrepreneurs have a chance to partake in the next Seedstars World challenge. The pitching competition is looking for the 10 best startups in the country. “We see that Abidjan is become more and more vibrant, with a lot of startup activity going on. We have also noticed that more entrepreneurship support organisations are becoming interested in entrepreneurial activity," says associate for Seedstars World, Claudia Makadristo, in a press release to Ventureburn. The overall winner of the Côte d’Ivoire leg of Seedstars World will compete against contestants from over 60 other countries for a chance to win up to...

  • Tunisian smart prosthetic gains recognition at Microsoft Imagine Cup

    When you hear about amazing developments in technology and science, you seldom think of "Africa" sadly, and more about developed Western and Eastern nations. However, the runner-up in Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2016 is proving otherwise. Tunisia's Night's Watch is a technology startup founded by students Amir Ben Said, Soumaya Tekaya, Mohamed Zied Cherif and Mohamed Assil Mekki, from Espirit University. Their Smart Hand project took home second prize in the Imagine Cup 2016 World Citizenship Category, being cheaper than most prosthetics. The prosthetic doesn't require any surgical integration, while also being incredibly customisable with a mobile application. The idea for a more affordable smart-prosthetic...

  • Free internet startup selected as Seedstars World Angolan winner

    Free internet startup Wi-Connect has been crowned the winner of the Seedstars World Angola pitching event. The event took place on 27 July at Banco Económico in Angola. "We have created this startup because we believe that making everyone connected has the opportunity to make Angola a better place," says the founder and CEO of Wi-Connect, Paulo Aurojo, in a press release to Ventureburn. Wi-Connect will go on to compete with 60 other startups from around the world at the Seedstars World finals in Switzerland in 2017. There, they will compete for an equity prize of up to US$1-million. The first runner-up at the Angolan event...