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Africa

  • What is the future of the African Startup?

    What is the future of the African startup? This question was posed to me a couple of days ago and I have battled with the answer. The easy answer is somewhere between tech and agriculture, that’s what surface me would say. I truly believe in the power of technology to change people’s lives. Also, let’s face it if we fix some of the basic infrastructural issues that plague the African agricultural space, I think we would be aces. This is too easy, tech is broad enough to be a non-answer. Agriculture?!? This is a no brainer. So I started thinking...

  • Startup which helps owners find lost pets going global by 2017

    When Ivan Loh's two Labrador retrievers ran away from home two years ago, he "couldn't eat and sleep." While he found his dogs after two weeks, Ivan wanted to prevent a repeat of this "traumatic" episode. He started developing a NFC (Near-field communication) and QR code-enabled pet badge that was launched in March this year. By scanning a QR code shown on the badge, one can obtain the owner's contact details, the pet's allergies and medication needs. Alternatively, the badge shows an alphanumeric code that can be entered on Pet Widget's website. Next steps in expansion With about 1,000 badges sold in Singapore,...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [03/10/2016]

    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...

  • Seedstars World crowns health startup winner in Dar Es Salaam

    Micro health insurance company, Jamii has won the Seedstars World Dar Es Salaam event. The startups will go on to represent Tanzania at in the Seedstars World finals next year. The event, which took place on Saturday at the Buni Hub, saw many startups pitch for their ticket to the finals. Jamii pitched its health insurance scheme for low-income families, which costs US$1 a mont. The event was carried out with support from the Swiss Embassy, TANZICT as well as Buni Hub, VC4Africa and Lionesses of Africa. Jamii offers health insurance for low-income familes for US$1 a month. "Winning a competition alone has never been a guarantee to...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [26/09/2016]

    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...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [19/09/2016]

    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...

  • Online event marketplace crowned winner of Seedstars World Ethiopia

    Online event marketplace Hulubet has been selected as the Seedstars World winner for Ethiopia. The pitching competition took place on 14 September at Ice Addis, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Hulubet will go on to compete against over 60 other startups in Switzerland in 2017 for the grand price of US$50 000 in equity investment. Other prizes will be available and contestants will pitch in front of a crowd over 1000 people. The runners up for the Ethiopian leg were big data for farming startup, Abithrone, and books distribution platform, Berhan Books. "Startups in our community hugely benefit from this initiative and gain impactful support and networking," explains the...

  • Seedstars World is looking for 10 startup contestants in Uganda

    Ugandan startups are in luck as international pitching competition Seedstars World is heading back to the country on 30 September. The event will be looking for the country's best tech-based startup out of 10 contestants. Entrepreneurs wanting to enter their startups will need to have a company that is less than two years old, has raised under US$500 00o in funding, and has a minimum viable product with traction. The competition is looking for profitable products that solve regional issues. "This year's theme of finding startup companies that will solve regional issues means that they will be able to drive their profitability while...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [12/09/2016]

    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...

  • Here are the 11 startups pitching at Seedstars World in Ethiopia

    International pitching competition Seedstars World is heading to Addis Ababa, Ethiopa on 14 September to crown the country's top tech startup of 2016. The goal of the competition is to find the top startups from over 60 countries. The winners will then head to Switzerland in 2017 to compete for a US$500 000 equity prize. There is also a range of other prizes available, such as the Intel Solutions Challenge, which looks to find the best startup in hardware, IoT, Cloud, or Analytics. "We are very excited to bring Seedstars World for the second time to Ethiopia. Last year we were impressed by the quality...