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  • The Innovator Trust, CiTi call on black IT firms to apply for support programme

    The Innovator Trust, a Joburg-based enterprise development organisation, and the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) are calling on growth-stage black-owned ICT firms based in and around Cape Town to apply for an intensive two-year long enterprise development programme. Applications for The Innovator Trust programme -- which will be run in collaboration with CiTi at the Woodstock Bandwidth Barn, as well as remotely -- close on 22 February. The names of those selected will be announced on 4 March. The programme aims to help black participants to increase their IT company's annual turnover and profitability and to equip them with necessary...

  • Keen on operating in Europe? You’ll want to enter The Future Hamburg Award

    If you're looking to operate in Europe, The Future Hamburg Award could be your fast track to one of Europe's most vibrant startup hubs. The Future Hamburg Award -- a new support programme aimed at innovative tech entrepreneurs from around the globe -- will provide three international startup teams with immediate access to the German city. Applications close on 31 January. The city -- which hosts regional corporate offices of internet giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter -- has seen a growing number of co-working spaces, accelerator programmes and startup hubs. The Future Hamburg Award will provide three international startups with access...

  • MMH Accelerator to offer up to €50k in funding to African healthtech startups

    Ghanaian, Kenyan and Nigerian late-stage healthtech firms -- including those solving health challenges facing animals -- stand to benefit from up to €50 000 in funding from this year's Making More Health (MMH) Accelerator programme. The accelerator is an initiative of the social entrepreneurship network Ashoka and German-based pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim. MMH aims to improve health-care access for people, animals and their communities around the world. Through the 11-month long MMH Accelerator programme, the initiative supports healthtech innovators with an opportunity to strengthen and scale their work. Applications for this year's programme close on 15 February. Applications for this year's...

  • Here are 12 challenges and competitions African tech startups can enter in 2019

    Looking for funding, incubation, corporate partnerships or maybe even media exposure? Then why not enter an innovation challenge or startup competition. With an increasing number of such challenges and competitions on offer, Ventureburn has sought to list a few you can look to enter this year.We have scoured the internet and selected ones to which African tech entrepreneurs are be eligible to apply for. Here are 12 competitions and challenges African startups can enter. As the year progresses, a number of others will be announced. Ventureburn will keep you updated of these. Startup competitions and innovation challenges are a good way for...

  • Tech firm Cellulant to hold memorial for six employees killed in Kenyan attack [Updated]

    Nairobi based payments company Cellulant will tomorrow hold a memorial service for the six employees killed in last Tuesday's terror attack on the DusitD2 hotel complex at 14 Riverside Drive in the city. The company said on Saturday (19 January) that the memorial will be held, at the CITAM church, Valley Road campus on 22 January from 10.30am. On Twitter over the weekend, the company eulogised the six that were killed in the attack, in a special tweet (see below). A memorial service will be held on 22 January for the six Cellulant employees killed in last week's terror attack in Nairobi https://twitter.com/Cellulant/status/1086570022909161472 The six...

  • SA startup RapidDeploy opens office in Austin, Texas to meet growing US demand

    In a bid to meet growing demand from US customers, SA startup RapidDeploy has opened its US headquarters in Austin, Texas, the startup announced in a statement today (21 January). RapidDeploy claims that its cloud-based technology platform, offers emergency first responders relevant and accurate information in real time on a critical situation. This reduces response times dramatically, in scenarios where every second is a matter of life or death. In September last year RapidDeploy CEO and co-founder Steve Raucher (pictured above, far left during an unveiling ceremony of the new office) told Ventureburn that he planned to relocate to the US. The move to the US...

  • Meet the 10 startups selected for the #Africa4Future Accelerator programme

    Aeronautics giant Airbus and German development agency GIZ have announced the names of the 10 African tech startups that will take part in the latest Airbus Bizlab #Africa4Futute accelerator programme. #Africa4Future is a joint business accelerator initiative of Airbus and GIZ's Make IT Africa initiative together with the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) and SA-based innovation consultancy Innocircle. The programme identifies African tech entrepreneurs using innovative aerospace-based solutions to tackle the continent's most pressing challenges such as transportation, agriculture and healthcare The 10 #Africa4Future finalists were selected from 314 startups from 19 countries on the continent The 10 hail from...

  • It hits you that you are going to die – hub manager on Kenyan attack [Updated]

    UPDATE (19 January 2019): Nairobi-based payments company Cellulant today released the names of the six employees (and not seven as earlier believed) killed in Tuesday's attack they are: the company's head of product development Ashford Kuria, hub engineer Kelvin Gitonga, head of information security Dennis Mwaniki, quality assurance tester John Ndiritu, implementation engineer Wilfred Kareithi and hub head Jeremiah Mbaria (see below image). The company said a memorial service will be held on Tuesday (22 January) at the CITAM church, Valley Road campus from 10.30am. Maurice Otieno, the head of a Kenyan business club for startups, says he was waiting...

  • DFS Lab to host Dar es Salaam bootcamp on Mojaloop platform

    US-based fintech accelerator and investor Digital Financial Services Lab (DFS Lab) will in April host a bootcamp in Tanzania aimed at building on and improving Mojaloop, an open-source financial inclusion software that was released by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2017. Mojaloop helps create inter-operable payments systems in emerging markets. The platform was built in collaboration with leading tech and fintech companies that include Ripple, Dwolla, Software Group, ModusBox and Crosslake Technologies. DFS Lab, which is also funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, made the announcement in a press release to Ventureburn today (16 January). DFS Lab's Mojaloop...

  • UK government’s Go Global 2019 to support Kenyan, Nigerian, SA startups

    Are you running a tech startup in Kenya, Nigeria or South Africa that is solving pressing local issues? Then you might stand to benefit from 14 days of mentorship, workshops and networking in the UK -- through the British government's newly launched Go Global 2019 programme. The programme forms part of the UK Government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) new International Tech Hub Network and is run in partnership with the British High Commission in Kenya, Nigeria and Kenya. Through the Go Global 2019 programme, DCMS is looking to support post minimum viable product (MVP) startups in healthtech,...

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