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  • Just five days left to post solutions for MIT Solve’s global challenges

    Solutions for MIT Solve's four open global challenges are due next Sunday (1 July). The challenges offer selected "solvers" more than $650 000 in potential funding. MIT's Solve initiative seeks to crowd-solve four global challenges -- economic prosperity, health, learning, and sustainability -- through open innovation. Innovators who make it into this year's Solver class will each receive $10 000 in funding from MIT Solve Innovators from around the world can submit solutions to the challenges regardless of their stage of development. Finalists for each challenge will be selected by experts and industry leaders to attend a live pitch event where the best...

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    Blurring of fintech, agritech holds significant potential impact for Africa

    The transformative power of fintech innovations has had far-reaching consequences on the financial services sector, disrupting traditional banking models and bringing about previously unimaginable changes in the way customers bank and pay. Technology is also transforming other industries, such as agriculture and health services. And because most industries have a financial element, the lines between the technology changes in fintech and other industries such as agritech are beginning to blur. This makes for even more exciting possibilities. “More and more we are seeing the convergence across sectors, and for emerging markets this systemic approach is a useful way to address the complexity,”...

  • SA social enterprises have a week left to apply for Google Impact Challenge

    South African non-profits and social enterprises with innovative ideas regarding economic opportunity creation within their communities have until next week Wednesday (4 July) to apply for Google's Impact Challenge South Africa. The initiative, which is running for the first time in South Africa, provides 12 selected finalists with access to between $125 000 and $250 000 in grant funding, mentorship and other resources. The top four winners of the Google Impact Challenge South Africa will each receive a $250 000 grant A panel of local judges, which includes Basetsana Khumalo, Yvone Chaka Chaka, BCX chief digital officer and founder of Rekindle Learning...

  • Seedstars, Omidyar Network to launch Seedspace in Dar es Salaam

    Seedstars, the Swiss-based organisation that supports startups in emerging markets, has announced that it will next month -- in partnership with philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network -- launch a Seedspace hub in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Seedspace Dar es Salaam, set to launch on 10 July, will become Seedstars' fifth such entrepreneurial hub in Africa. The organisation currently operates Seedspaces in Lagos, Abidjan, and Cairo, as well as the recently launched hub in Cape Town. In a statement yesterday (26 June), Seedstars stated that the Seedspaces will increase the number of stakeholder events, programmes and training, with Seedstars as well as other partners such...

  • 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...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [25/06/2018]

    As June draws to an end, here are a few startup events happening across the continent this week that we think you should think about attending. If you're in Johannesburg, Red Bull Basement will be holding its first hatch event in South Africa on Saturday (30 June). Over the course of a day, participants will be exposed to lectures, workshops from industry experts and networking opportunities. Also in Johannesburg is the fifth annual Green Youth Indaba which will take place between Thursday and Friday (28 and 29 June). Watch out for the Green Innovators Pitch which is likely to be the highlight of the...

  • Two Kenyan startups make it into WEF’s 2018 Technology Pioneers Cohort

    The World Economic Forum (WEF) has named two Kenyan fintech startups, BitPesa and CarePay, as part of its 2018 Technology Pioneers cohort. BitPesa and CarePay are the only African companies in the cohort of 61 early-stage companies from around the world. Ovamba -- a US-based fintech which provides short-term capital to small businesses in Africa and the Middle East -- also made the cut. The cohort will over the next two years participate in the WEF's initiatives, activities, including this September's Annual Meeting of the New Champions in China, and next year's Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. BitPesa and CarePay are the only African startups in the...

  • All you need to know about Merck Accelerator’s Cape Town programme

    Southern African startups involved in innovation around healthcare, life sciences, or performance materials have less than a month to apply for Germany-based Merck Accelerator's Cape Town satellite programme. Applications close 20 July. The satellite programme, which is being run in collaboration with MEST Incubator in Cape Town, will provide each selected startup with: a $3000 cash prize, up to 12 months membership at MEST's incubator, and an opportunity to travel to the Merck Innovation Centre in Darmstadt, Germany to pitch for a collaboration project with Merck. Applications for Merck Accelerator's Cape Town programme close on 20 July In addition, selected startups will also receive access to...

  • 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...

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