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  • African startups have just one day left to apply to attend EU-Africa startup fair

    Want an all-expenses paid trip to Abidjan to showcase your startup? You better hurry. There is less than a day left to apply to attend the Startup Fair at the sixth EU-Africa Businesss Forum. The European Commission will foot the travel and accommodation costs for 50 Africa based tech entrepreneurs (up to two people per startup) looking to pitch to investors and showcase their services and technology during the EU-Africa Business Forum to be held next month in Abidjan on 27 November. 50 winners will get an opportunity to showcase their innovations at the EU-Africa Business Forum Startup Fair Emma Fau Startup Europe Africa Network (SEC2Africa)...

  • Despite slow growth of tech ecosystem, those in Gambia remain optimistic

    Touching down at the Banjul International Airport, a first-time visitor would be impressed with the petit nature of the continent’s fifteenth least populated country. At the arrival lobby where the ATM machines are, several banners of telecoms companies encourage travellers to choose their network as preferred roaming service. Getting an active line is free at the airport and its activation takes few minutes of registration and Banjul’s streets and main roads are lined with billboards advertising various offerings by telecoms providers and internet service providers. With several operators and operational ISPs, one would expect basic tech devices such as the PoS machine...

  • Seedstars World launches call for applications from Angolan startups

    Seedstars World has launched a call for Angolan startups to apply to take part in the global seed-stage startup competition. Applications are open until next Thursday (October 5). The event is carried out by main sponsor TGI (Thomson Group International), local ambassador organization KiandaHUB, as well as various local and regional partners such as Enel Green Power, Merck, Orange and Microsoft 4Afrika, 7mobile, SOBA, and Thomson Art House, Seedstars World said in a press release yesterday. "As an Investment firm focused in Angola for over a decade, we are very happy to see and be part of organisations like Seedstars coming into the...

  • Microsoft 4Afrika teams up with Tony Elumelu Foundation to help IT firms

    Microsoft, through its 4Afrika Initiative, has collaborated with the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) to provide entrepreneurs in the foundation's entrepreneurship programme with technology-based tools, resources and mentorship. Microsoft said in a press release yesterday that through the support the two organisations will help entrepreneurs to use ICT to modernise their businesses. Microsoft Nigeria general manager Akin Banuso said the company has found that SMEs who adopt modern IT have seen 15% faster revenue growth than those not using IT. Microsoft and the Tony Emumelu Foundation will help entrepreneurs to use ICT to modernise their businesses Microsoft 4Afrika will provide TEF entrepreneurs with: Access to cloud-based software, online support and...

  • Google expands intake for new Launchpad Accelerator cohort to 10 African nations

    Google’s Launchpad Accelerator has opened applications for its next cohort -- and has added seven more African countries to the three countries it initially targeted when it first began including startups from the continent earlier this year. When the programme began targeting Africa in May it took applications only from startups based in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. In the new cohort startups from Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda will also be eligible to apply. Read more: JUMO first SA startup to be selected for Google Launchpad Accelerator The announcement was made by the Launchpad Programme's global lead Roy Glasberg last week Thursday, 31 August. Launchpad is...

  • With over a million downloads meet Cameroon’s file sharing service Feem

    Have you ever had issues with transferring files between devices? Then you might be happy to learn that there is a world-class file sharing solution that can solve your issue and it was built in Africa. In fact, it was built by Cameroonian entrepreneur Fritz Ekwoge and his team in Buea, Cameroon. It's called Feem. And it has over one million downloads from people all over the world. It was also covered by the renowned CIO magazine that covers tech. 'One of the features that makes Feem a great product is that you do not need an internet connection but only a...

  • Seedstars World launches call in Lagos in search of Nigeria’s next top startups

    Global seed-stage startup competition Seedstars World today launched a call for applications to search for Nigeria’s next top seed-stage startups. With the support of sponsors Orange, Merck, Enel and the local host Seedspace Lagos, Seedstars World will be holding a dynamic pitch event on 25 August in Lagos, Seedstars World said in a press release today. Seedstars World is travelling to more than 75 countries this year to identify the best seed-stage entrepreneurs and provide them with an opportunity to win up to $500 000 and network with investors and mentors from around the world. Previous participants have raised over $61-million collectively, providing employment to more than...

  • Still stuck in school — NITDA’s awkward romance with Nigerian startups [opinion]

    When many Nigerian founders of startups are asked to list their major challenges, they often mention the lack of support from the Nigerian government. While this is a widely accepted position in the country’s startup ecosystem, government officials and politicians at all levels believe the industry is getting more than enough support from the government -- which set up the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). The agency has been tasked with developing the country’s ICT industry. How it perhaps started So how did it come about? The theory is that some years ago some international tech experts visited Nigeria's then president Olusegun Obasanjo at the...

  • Q&A: Africa’s mobile money ecosystem and its opportunities for startups

    Ninety-nine percent of high school fees in the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) in 2015-2016 were paid via mobile money, while M-KOPA and Fenix International have sold over 600 000 home solar power kits in East Africa via mobile phone as of April. These are just two interesting insights provided by Gerry Rasugu (pictured above), GSMA’s mobile money market engagement director for Africa and the Middle East. Rasugu spoke to Ventureburn following a report that the international mobile operator association released earlier this month. More innovation in mobile money is taking place in those markets with enabling regulatory frameworks Ventureburn: To what extent would you say the growth...

  • SA, Ghanaian startup shortlisted for Swiss-based Kickstart Accelerator

    South African startup Libryo and Ghanaian startup Farmerline have been selected for Swiss-based Kickstart Accelerator’s second cohort of 30 startups which hail from around the world. The announcement was made by Kickstart Accelerator on Wednesday. Libryo, a legal platform which enables organisations to understand their legal obligations, and Farmerline, an information service for small-scale farmers in Africa, will take part in the 11-week programme in Zurich from 4 September to 17 November. The second cohort has been divided into four verticals, namely: fintech, smart cities and robotics and intelligent systems. Adel Raslan, who handles publics relations on behalf of Kickstart, told Ventureburn that 10% of the applications...