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Startup news

  • Five Injini startups secure trials, partnership deals – incubator head

    At least five of the startups in Injini's second cohort have secured trials and partnerships with schools, corporates and government agencies since joining the edtech incubator's programme, Injini CEO and founder Jamie Martin has revealed. Martin was responding to Ventureburn questions earlier today (29 November) following the demo day the incubator held yesterday (28 November) at Amazon Web Services' offices in Cape Town to conclude its second cohort. The demo day saw the seven startups in Injini's second cohort -- namely Bluebic, eLimu, Langbot, Learning Factory, Lightbulb, Nahana Africa, ScholarX and SlateCube -- pitch to investors, companies and NGOs. The invite-only event was also...

  • Google Impact Challenge Kenya, Nigeria, SA winners announced

    Thirty-six African non-profits and social enterprises have each been awarded a share of $6-million in grants from Google. This, after the tech giant announced the Kenya, Nigeria and SA winners of the Google Impact Challenge last night (28 November). The announcement was made at events held in Nairobi, Lagos and Johannesburg. Through the challenge, Google aims to find the most innovative African non-profits and social enterprises using technology to solve societal problems. The challenge's top four winners across the three countries have won $250 000 each, while the eight runners up in each country take away $125 ooo. In a statement yesterday (28 November), Google said...

  • Meet the 25 startups that each got R50k grants from 22 On Sloane, Fortress REIT

    Joburg based property development investment company Fortress REIT has partnered with startup campus 22 ON SLOANE to award 25 companies each with R50 000 seed grants. The grant recipients include a startup that uses artificial intelligence (AI) in the car industry, an enterprise in the aviation sector as well as fintech, edtech and healthtech startups. Of the grant recipients, 15 operate outside the tech startup sector (being a publication that is focused on tech startups, we've listed only the tech-related firms that were awarded grants -- the names of the 15 non-tech firms are at the footer of the story). The 25 grant recipients are...

  • Jozi team wins Acsa, Tshimologong access management system challenge

    A Johannesburg-based team of developers comprising of Aaron Rseke, Gift Mogeni and Mosima Matlhwana has been selected as the winners of Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) and Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct's access management system challenge. The team, which goes by the name Authentic8, was selected for its single sign-on solution which it built on a collaborative development platform. In a statement today (27 November), Tshimologong said the team of three developers received R150 000 and a seven-month long incubation period at the digital innovation precinct where they will continue developing their winning solution. The winning team will receive a R150 000 and seven-month long incubation...

  • Tanzanian agri-business company Makaru Agro wins Seedstars Tanga

    Tanzanian agri-business company Makaru Agro has been selected as the winner of the Seedstars Tanga pitch event. The event took place last Friday (23 November) in the northern coastal town of Tanga in Tanzania. Makaru Agro specialises in agro product distribution as well as the cultivation of bird eye chili. In addition, the company states on its website that it also provides agricultural consultancy services. By winning Seedstars Tanga, the startup has secured an opportunity to pitch at Seedstars Dar es Salaam, where the company will compete against other participants to get the chance to be named the Seedstars Tanzania winner. Social enterprise Womenchoice was placed second for its...

  • Here are the regional winners of the inaugural Southern Africa Startup Awards

    The 15 regional winners of the inaugural Southern African Startup Awards have been announced, with SA companies having taken home just short of half of the awards. The 15, who hail from 14 countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) economic bloc, were announced last Thursday (23 November) at the awards grand finale held at an event in Johannesburg. In a statement on Medium yesterday, Southern Africa Startup Awards COO Flo Mosoane said the winners had been selected following a "rigorous process" of nominations, public voting and adjudication. SA companies walked away with seven awards at the inaugural Southern African Startup Awards Winners of six...

  • Uprise.Africa appoints former GEPF man to chair crowdfunding platform board

    Cape Town based equity crowdfunding platform Uprise.Africa today (26 November) announced the appointment of Prabir Badal, a former board member of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), as its new chairman. In a statement today (26 November) Uprise.Africa CEO Tabassum Qadir said the company is "exceedingly pleased" to have Badal (pictured above) join as chairman. Qadir said Badal will be an important mentor to her as well as a strategist to Uprise.Africa. She added that the new chairman will bring "his rich financial insight", entrepreneurial spirit and "far-reaching knowledge" of the investment industry to the table. Uprise.Africa also announced that its COO and co-founder Patrick Schofield...

  • Here’s all you need to know about the WHO Africa Innovation Challenge

    Are you working on new solution that could help address some of Africa's unmet health needs? Then you're just the sort of innovator that the World Health Organisation (WHO) is looking for. WHO is calling on innovators with scalable healthcare solutions to submit applications for the WHO Africa Innovation Challenge. Entries for the initiative close on 10 December. The WHO Africa Innovation Challenge will prioritise solutions across three categories, namely: product innovation, service innovation and social innovation. Applications for the WHO Africa Innovation Challenge close on 10 December The challenge is open to African nationals as well as foreign nationals that are either based...

  • Looking to spin-out your IP from a public institution? Here’s how Custos did it

    As any tech startup founder will tell you, raising funding from local venture capitalists is no easy feat. The task is made even harder for entrepreneurs who have developed intellectual property (IP) with the help of a university and now want to commercialise it. In accordance with the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research and Development Act 2008, all IP generated at public institutions remains under the ownership of these public institutions themselves. This makes it difficult for startups to take ownership of IP that they may have created with the help of a university. Yet Custos Media Technologies recently did just that -- and has become perhaps the first...

  • Here’s who made shortlist of the 2019 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

    UK-based Royal Academy of Engineering has announced the 16 innovators shortlisted for this year's Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. The shortlist includes a P2P currency exchange platform and another that tracks immunisation data. In a statement on Monday (19 November) Africa Prize judge and Cameroonian entrepreneur Rebecca Enonchong said the shortlist has come to represent "the most talented engineers on the continent". Now in its fifth year, the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation encourages sub-Saharan African innovators to develop local solutions to challenges in their communities. The prize provides selected innovators with support that includes funding, business training, mentoring, as well as access to the academy's network...

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