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Startup news

  • AfriLabs expands footprint to four new countries, adds 23 new hubs

    Afrilabs, a pan-African network of innovation hubs, has announced the addition of 23 new hubs, while expanding its footprint to four new countries -- Burundi, Lesotho, Mozambique and Sudan. AfriLabs now covers 123 hubs across 34 African countries in its network. In June the organisation announced that its network had grown to 100 labs spanning 30 countries across the continent. In a statement yesterday (3 October), Afrilabs executive director Anna Ekeledo said the organisation was excited to have added the new members to its network and for extending its reach to more African countries. AfriLabs' network now comprises a total of 123 hubs across 34...

  • Innovation Edge offering up to R1m for tech solutions to early childhood needs

    Cape Town based investment platform Innovation Edge is offering up to R1-million to innovators with tech solutions to problems faced by young children and those who care for them. Innovation Edge will accept applications from individuals, non-profits and for-profit organisations, as well as early-stage ideas that are at the pre-proof or post-proof of concept phase. Qualifying ideas must address a defined need within early childhood and have a sustainable route to scale, that includes families living in poverty. The deadline for submissions is 19 October. 'This sector is desperate for innovative solutions that offer impact at scale,' -- Innovation Edge executive director Sonja Giese The...

  • Workshop 17 opens Paarl co-working space in former warehouse

    Workshop 17 have announced the opening of their latest co-working space in Paarl, in the Western Cape, in the heritage site, the Tabakhuis. The new site opened on Monday (1 October). The company is known for its various co-working spaces around the country -- including those at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town as well as a space at Maboneng, Johannesburg. Workshop 17 Tabakhuis, is located on the corner of Tabak and Louws Street in Southern Paarl, is in a historical building that was once used as a storage facility for tobacco, hence the name. It has been transformed into a...

  • German foundation Westerwelle launches startup hub in Kigali

    Berlin based non-profit the Westerwelle Foundation has, in partnership with the Evonik Foundation, officially opened the Westerwelle Startup Haus Kigali. The Westerwelle Startup Haus Kigali was officially opened at a grand opening ceremony that was held on Monday (1 October) in the Rwandan capital. In a statement today (3 October), the Westerwelle Foundation said the launch event, which was part of the two-day long Westerwelle Young Founders Conference, was attended by more than 100 guests who included representatives of the private sector and civil society, as well as politicians. Since Westerwelle Startup Haus Kigali's soft launch in August, more than 21 startups with over 90...

  • Global accelerator opens call to foster innovation in accounting, finance

    The US based Association of International Certified Professional Accountants and CPA.com have opened a call for candidates for their joint startup accelerator programme which aims to foster innovation in accounting and finance. Applications for the accelerator -- which launched last year and focuses on early-stage startups in tech and financial information as well as professional competency innovation -- will close on 30 November. The six-month long accelerator programme -- which is conducted both virtually and in person -- is open to entrepreneurial companies worldwide. To be considered, applicants must be at seed or pre-Series-A, have a working product or service and be focusing on fintech...

  • Agritech startup Bandim Online wins Seedstars Bissau

    Bissau-Guinean agritech startup Bandim Online has been selected ahead of four other startups as the winner of last Saturday's Seedstars Bissau pitch event. In all, five startups --Inovsat GW, Ubuntu 2S, Get Knowledge and Instituto Guineense de Opinião Publica e Estatística (Igope) -- pitched at the event which took place on Saturday (29 September). Bandim Online was placed first for its agritech solution which aims to mitigate producer losses by getting products to market quicker and with the best prices. Cleantech startup Ubuntu and opinion platform Igope placed second and third, respectively. Bandim Online will now represent Guinea-Bissau at Seedstars Summits in Switzerland and Tanzania Bandim Online will next year represent Guinea-Bissau at...

  • SA startup Tastepal selected for International World Summit Awards

    Johannesburg based food ordering startup tastePal has been nominated as best national digital solution for South Africa for the international World Summit Awards (WSA). The awards are a global initiative run within the framework of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The event aims to select digital innovation that is making a positive impact on society. There are eight categories and tastePal -- which allows employees to, via an app, order and make a direct payment to their corporate staff canteen to eliminate lunch queues -- was nominated along with about 60 other businesses worldwide, in the business and commerce category. In all, tastePal joins over 400...

  • Opinion platform WenaData comes out tops at Seedstars Maputo

    Opinion platform WenaData has emerged as the winner of this year's edition of Seedstars Maputo. The platform, which launched last December, aims to make it easier to collect statistical data in Mozambique by rewarding survey and poll participants through a points and rewards system. Since its launch, the Maputo-based platform claims to have conducted over 270 polls and 16 surveys. WenaData was placed first ahead of insurtech Umbrella and New Tech Lab's Agrolink marketplace which placed second and third respectively. WenaData claims on its website to have conducted over 270 poll and 16 surveys since its launch last year In all, 10 startups were selected...

  • Jumia, Rocket Internet still mum on whether African tech giant will list in US

    Lagos-based ecommerce giant Jumia and one of its main investors Rocket Internet remain mum on whether the tech firm intends to launch an initial public offering (IPO) in New York next year. This, after a Reuters report two weeks ago which cited three sources saying German venture builder Rocket Internet -- which it is understood has a 28% stake in Jumia -- was preparing a listing for the first quarter. The article further stated that shares of up to $250-million would likely be sold (a Reuters report in March had it that the company may list in Germany or London). Jumia Group head of public relations and...

  • Here are the five SA innovators tapped for All Africa Business Leaders Awards

    Five SA innovators behind some of the country's most innovative startups and social enterprises have been named as finalists of the eighth All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA). The five, along with other Southern Africa finalists, were announced at an event last week in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The awards, which are this year held in partnership with news channel CNBC Africa, honour remarkable leadership and salute game changers for their continuing commitment to excellence, developing best practices and innovative strategies. The  All Africa Business Leaders Awards Grand Finale will take place at a gala dinner in Johannesburg on 29 November The finalists were selected by...