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  • Tech sector can help drive future growth in Western Cape says Wesgro head

    The tech sector has the potential to be one of the most critical drivers of future economic growth in the Western Cape believes Wesgro CEO Tim Harris. The head of the Western Cape government's investment agency says with the services sector already making up more than 70% of the province's gross domestic product (GDP), a strong opportunity exists for the province to position itself as a leading hub for innovation on the continent. "Central to this process is the development of a strong tech ecosystem that has global recognition, and in turn attracts multinational entities, capital and talent to the province,"...

  • MaTontine co-founder predicts Senegal draw, shares inspiration, expansion plans

    Bernie Akporiaye, who in 2015 co-founded Senegalese digital financial services platform MaTontine along with his sister Dr Tosan Oruwariye, believes that Senegal will draw today's game with Colombia and make it to the next round of 16. "I believe we can make it to (the) quarter finals. Senegal has a tough group but I believe we will qualify with Colombia," says Akporiaye (pictured above). MaTontine provides the financially excluded in Francophone Africa with access to small loans and other financial services like micro-insurance. Akporiaye says the startup is addressing a problem being faced by a number of customers -- lack of access to small...

  • As Tunisia winds up its World Cup campaign, meet big data startup Datavora

    Tunisia winds up their 2018 World Cup Campaign when they take on Panama tonight at 8pm Central African Time. The match will be inconsequential for the team as they have already crashed out of the tournament, having lost their first two matches. As a result, expect to see some players who have not yet played at the tournament to feature in Tunisia's line up. For the last entry in our series, we've decided to feature a brilliant Tunisian startup that we feel hasn't received much "playtime" from African tech sites -- big data startup Datavora. Last year, Datavora raised $500 000 to expand into Europe and America....

  • Ahead of Nigeria’s do-or-die match, here’s what you should know of top fintech Lidya

    Tonight's match pitting Nigeria against Argentina, kicking off at 8pm Central African Time, is arguably the biggest game of the day. The match is a must win for both sides as the victor will proceed to the last 16. Going into the do-or-die match, La Albiceleste have won the two teams' past encounters at the 1994, 2002, 2010, and 2014 World Cup tournaments -- history is against the Nigerians on this one. Nigeria, and indeed the rest of the continent, will be pinning their hopes on Nigerian forwards Ahmed Musa. The forward scored a brace against Iceland last week, becoming the only Nigerian...

  • As Morocco heads into its last match, meet Moroccan startup Manageo

    Morocco takes on Spain tonight (8pm Central African Time). The Atlas Lions are yet to find the back of the net in the tournament this year (bar their own goal against Iran), and this will be the last time for any of the team's players to get their name on the board at this year's World Cup. Getting one past the Spanish will not be an easy feat -- with a solid defence featuring the likes of Sergio Ramos -- given that Spain is also out to top Group B as well. Moroccan players might as well start thinking of what to do after...

  • Ahead of the Arabian derby, meet Nafham the biggest edtech platform in MENA

    Egypt takes on Saudi Arabia later on this afternoon (4pm Central African Time) in a dead rubber that is being dubbed as the Arabian derby. The derby is expected to be fraught with tension as the two teams both desperately want to make an impression before leaving the tournament, and because of public quarrel. The Pharaohs will want to win this one for pride's sake. The last time the two teams faced off at major tournament was at the 1999 Confederations Cup and the Saudis won that match. Nafham is one of the Middle East and North Africa's biggest edtech platfroms If the...

  • Nigeria’s young squad could learn a thing or two from agritech startup Farmcrowdy

    After Nigeria's poor showing in their first Group D match with Croatia, The Super Eagles can ill-afford to lose this afternoon's game with Iceland. The country has the youngest squad at the tournament, but that shouldn't stop them from doing well. In fact, the football team should take a leaf out of Farmcrowdy's book. Despite being only two-years old, the Lagos-based agritech startup is already racking in funding, accolades and awards from not only Nigeria, but around the world. The startup was founded in 2016 by CEO Onyeka Akumah, CFO Akindele Phillips, COO Tope Omotolani, CTO Jimoh Maiyegun, and vice president for products and data Ifeanyi...

  • Seven SA insurtech startups to watch [Digital All Stars]

    Digital All Stars is a series of articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs, business people, advertisers, and media professionals among others. Insurtech. Say the word and investors are already losing their grip on their wallets. In the last two years investors have put millions of rands into startups that are promising to disrupt the way traditional insurance models work -- using artificial intelligence (AI) and technology to deliver insurance more affordably and quicker to clients. Last month Dominique Collett, head of AlphaCode, a club for fintech...

  • Morocco will need to be innovative like startup Hooplacar to shock Portugal

    Morocco take on Portugal this afternoon at 2pm (Central African Time). After Portugal's spectacular match with Spain, which saw Cristiano Ronaldo pull off a hat-trick, the Atlas Lions will have to be a little innovative to shock the Portuguese. Good thing that the Moroccans are an innovative bunch, take Moroccan startup Hooplacar and its approach to advertising for example. The startup was founded last year by CEO Salmane Berraoui (pictured above, right), managing partner Jounaid Anasse and Mehdi Benayad (pictured above, left). Hooplacar is only a year-old and already has 6500 drivers on its platform The trio manage a fleet of 6500 cars carrying...

  • Can Egypt help Africa save face? This savings platform could show them how

    After last week's agonising 1-o loss to Uruguay, Egypt will tonight, at 8pm Central African Time, take on hosts Russia amid speculation on the fitness of top scorer Mohamed Salah. Will Salah, the Egyptian King, be able to deliver like he promised? And more importantly, can the Pharaohs win their first match at the World Cup tonight, and possibly help Africa save face? Maybe the team should look to Egyptian startup Money Fellows for inspiration -- the company knows all there is to know about saving. Money Fellows is reported to have raised up to $800 000 in funding since launch CEO Ahmed Wadi (pictured above) founded collaborative...