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  • Here are this year’s MTN Women in ICT Partnership for Change Awards finalists

    Telco giant MTN has announced the nominees of this year's MTN Women in ICT – Partnership for Change Awards. The awards aim to recognise, honour and celebrate the contribution made by women professionals to the growth and development of the ICT sector in South Africa. The nominees were shortlisted by the award's adjudication panel in a process that was audited by accounting firm BDO. In a statement earlier this week, MTN SA executive for corporate affairs Jacqui O’Sullivan said MTN was pleased with the quality of entries received and grateful for the "sterling work" done by the adjudicators. Winners of the 2018 MTN Women...

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    Mayibuye Film Festival on Wabona

    Wabona, one of Africa’s premiere video streaming services is happy to announce a ground breaking partnership with Cape Town based Gravel Road Entertainment. On the 13th of April 2014 Gravel Road Entertainment’s Retro Afrika Bioscope launches the Mayibuye Film Festival on SABC 1.  The festival will run for three weeks, airing two never before seen films every Sunday in which Wabona and Cinemo, Wabona’s mobile service, will be released 2 hours after broadcast free for its users on both services. This will be a first as Gravel Road and Wabona will be releasing film content on three media platforms within...

  • Kenyan hub Nailab busy identifying African partners for Jack Ma programme

    Kenyan hub Nailab, which has been selected to run Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma's $10-million Africa Netpreneur Prize, is in the process of identifying and selecting  hubs and other collaborative partners from across the continent, Nailab founder Sam Gichuru revealed yesterday. During an event held earlier this month in Johannesburg to launch the initiative, Ma revealed that the Nairobi-based hub would act as the lead continental partner for the programme, which kicks off next year. The programme will award $10-million to 100 African entrepreneurs over the next 10 years. Responding to an email enquiry from Ventureburn, Gichuru (pictured above) said yesterday that his hub, which he founded in 2011, has been playing a consultative role...

  • Get voting on your choice of finalists for the Southern Africa Startup Awards

    After receiving 3211 nominations the organisers of the inaugural Southern Africa Startup Awards have revealed the names of the startups and entrepreneurs that have made it into the national finals. The names will now be put to a public vote. The awards aim to celebrate and recognise the spirit of innovation and achievement in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). In a post on Facebook last Friday (24 August), the Southern African circuit of the Global Startup Awards said the standard of entries was very high, making the judges' task "extremely difficult". "The shortlist was decided by a series of national judging panels. This national shortlist will...

  • ADB, FAO commit to raise $100m to boost agricultural sector in Africa

    The African Development Bank (ADB) and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have pledged to raise $100-million over five years to support joint activities aimed at promoting investment in Africa's agricultural sector. This after ADB president Akinwumi Adesina and FAO director general José Graziano da Silva yesterday (27 August) signed an agreement in Rome, Italy. The agreement will help enhance the quality and impact of investment in food security, nutrition, social protection, agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development. In a statement yesterday, the ADB stated that through the partnership the two organisations "envisage" a collaborative programme that will among other thing see more effective bank-financed investment operations,...

  • SAP Next-Gen, Startupbootcamp AfriTech partner for Epic SDG Water Challenge

    SAP Next-Gen and Startupbootcamp (SBC) AfriTech have partnered to launch the Epic SDG Water Challenge, an initiative which seeks to tap startup innovation to accelerate solutions around clean water and sanitation. Entries for the challenge close on 12 September. From next month to January selected startups will collaborate with corporates to rapidly scale solutions for water-resource management challenges with potential for global impact. In a statement yesterday (27 August), Startupbootcamp AfriTech co-founder and CEO Philip Kiracofe described water resource management as a "critical challenge of our time" and stated that the accelerator believes startups can play a key role in developing disruptive solutions. The Epic SDG Water Challenge seeks to address...

  • Indonesian unicorn shows Silicon Valley model can’t beat going local [Opinion]

    It is said that Jakartans spend 10 years of their life in traffic. The populous and fast growing Indonesian capital city is a sweaty, gridlocked cacophony of just about every type of vehicle you can think of. It’s a problem that has been noticed, and tackled, by the region’s tech entrepreneurs. To this end, two massive tech “unicorns” dominate the ride-hailing market there. Both companies, Go-Jek and the Singaporean Grab, are effectively the Ubers of that region. In fact, both companies have been so successful that they brought the worldwide ride-hailing leader Uber to its knees, forcing the San Francisco company to...

  • SA startups Pineapple, Preeva win place in Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa

    SA startups Pineapple and Preeva will join nine other companies in Lagos soon, with the announcement today by Google of the second class of Launchpad Accelerator Africa. Pineapple last month launched its new insurance product (see this story). In a press release today Google said the 11 startups were selected from more than 250 applications. The programme kicks off today. It follows the completion earlier this year of the first cohort in which 12 startups participated, including agritech platform swiftVEE from South Africa (the founder Russel Luck details his experience of the programme in this story). The finalists will each receive three months of mentorship and support from Google, Cloud and Firebase Credits, three weeks all-expense-paid...

  • Fintech startup Agro Supply reaps top honours at Seedstars Kampala

    Ugandan mobile micro savings platform Agro Supply has been selected as the winner of this year's Seedstars Kampala pitch event. Agro Supply's platform enables smallholder farmers save money for agricultural inputs. The company beat 10 other startups that pitched at the event that was held in the Ugandan capital last Friday (24 August). The startup will next year represent Uganda at the global Seedstars Summit in Switzerland where it stands to win up to $1-million in equity investments. Agro Supply was founded in 2016 by CEO Ogwal Joseph, who is also a 2017 graduate of the Tony Elumelu Foundation programme. In addition to helping startups save for agricultural inputs, the...

  • Local startups to benefit from AWS Cape Town expansion with expertise, services

    African startups are expected to benefit from Amazon Web Services' (AWS) expansion in Cape Town with more user groups, hands-on developer labs and expert advice on technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), voice technologies and edge computing. So, says AWS regional manager for sub-Saharan Africa Geoff Brown (pictured above), who was responding to a Ventureburn enquiry on what implications AWS's expansion in Cape Town will have on the city's and SA's tech startup ecosystem. It follows a Reuters report last month that the company planned to expand its presence in the city. African startup will get access to more user groups, developer labs and expertise with AWS Cape Town...

  • Google to reveal names of second cohort of Launchpad Accelerator Africa today

    Google set to announce the names today of the startups that will take part in the second cohort of its Launchpad Africa Accelerator. A PR representative for Google South Africa told Ventureburn last Monday (20 August) that the ceremony would be held at 11am SA time (10am Nigerian time) today in Lagos. Google opened applications for the second class of its Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme in June, adding 12 more African countries from which it would accept application from -- to the six that it took applications from in the first class. Applications for closed on 8 July (see this story). Google set to announce the names...