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  • 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...

  • Vice-president in meeting with Google head to showcase Nigeria’s tech sector [Updated]

    Nigeria's vice-president Yemi Osinbajo, who is leading a three-day US roadshow to showcase the growth of Nigeria’s tech and entertainment sectors, yesterday met with Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Yesterday Pichai tweeted: "Happy to welcome the Vice President of Nigeria @ProfOsinbajo to the Googleplex today -- great to chat with him about the opportunities of Nigeria's digital economy". Osinbajo, who arrived in the US yesterday, is leading a public-private sector collaborative investment roadshow to the US, where he will be speaking to global industry leaders in IT and entertainment sectors in Silicon Valley in San Francisco and in Hollywood, California, until tomorrow (11 July). Osinbajo...

  • ‘SA education unable to support extensive development of tech entrepreneurship’

    A report commissioned by Google and released earlier this month has identified that "the foundations of the (South African) education system are unable to support the development of tech entrepreneurship within South Africa on a broad scale". Titled Tech entrepreneurship ecosystem in South Africa, the report features research by OC&C Strategy Consultants and Endcode. It aims to identify areas for improvement in policies and regulations which affect the success of tech startups. Topics covered include networks, culture, talent, business procedures, ICT infrastructure, financial capital, and market potential. Together with education, the Google-commissioned report identifies support services for tech entrepreneurs as one of the areas in need of...

  • 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...

  • Google opens applications for its second class of Launchpad Africa accelerator

    Google has opened applications for the second class of its Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme. The programme will now take applications from an additional 12 African countries -- to add to the six that it took applications from in the first class. The announcement was made by Google last Friday (8 June) in Lagos during the graduation of the first 12 startups from its first three-month programme. Applications for class 2 close on 8 July. The 11 new countries from which Google is accepting applications from are: Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Cameroon, Botswana, Senegal, Ethiopia and Cote d’Ivoire. The 12 startups from Google's first Launchpad Africa cohort together...

  • Google launches $6m Impact Challenge for SA, Nigeria, Kenya

    Google this week launched its $6-million Google Impact Challenge aimed at social enterprises and non-profit organisations based in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. The announcement was made by Google on Wednesday. Entrepreneurs that run social enterprises and those that head non-profits that use innovation and technology to achieve their goals can apply. In all 12 finalists from each country will be invited to pitch their ideas to Google's panel of judges at a final event. The judges will select three challenge winners from these finalists, and also announce the people's choice winner. Each of the 12 winners of Google Impact Challenge will receive a $250 000 grant Each of...

  • Google to invest in startups working in the digital assistant ecosystem

    Google has announced that it is opening a new investment initiative for startups developing solutions in the digital assistant ecosystem, namely the Google Assistant Investments programme. The announcement was made on Wednesday (2 May) in a blog post by Google vice president for corporate development Sanjay Kapoor, and Nick Fox, Google's vice president of product. "We’re welcoming companies across a diverse range of fields, including startups that are developing technologies that broaden the Assistant’s set of features, or are building new hardware devices for digital assistants, or that focus on a particular industry such as travel, games, or hospitality," Kapoor and Fox stated. The...

  • Lagos is perfect backdrop for startups says Google Launchpad Accelerator man

    Lagos, Nigeria provides "the perfect backdrop" for tech startups on Google's Launchpad Accelerator Africa to build, collaborate and accelerate. So, says Folagbade Olatunji-David, the tech company's head of startup success and services for Launchpad Accelerator Africa. Google's first class of 12 startups for its three-month Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme kicked off on Monday last week (19 March). Olatunji-David said Nigeria's thriving startup ecosystem and the country's formidable economy -- one of the largest in Africa -- are what has attracted Google to hosting its first Launchpad Accelerator Africa there. The country has about 90 million internet users, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission, the highest on the...

  • Google is backing it, but how does SA startup swiftVEE’s platform really work?

    Being selected by Google as one of 12 startups for the tech giant's first Launchpad Africa Accelerator has been "mind blowing", says Cape Town’s Russel Luck. Despite this, Luck won't say too much about how his online platform works. Luck is the co-founder of swiftVEE, an online platform that connects livestock agencies to a network of buyers and sellers. A technology lawyer by day, Luck says the idea for the platform came about when farmer and student Andrew Meyer approached him for help with an idea a few years back. Luck believed the idea had merit and in November 2016 together with...

  • Looking to get ahead SA startups? Apply for these accelerators in 2018

    What better way to start the new year than by signing up to one of the many accelerator programmes open to South African tech entrepreneurs? It's a great way to get some help, find new clients and tap seed funding -- all while gaining credibility in the market. In 2017, 19 accelerators tracked by Ventureburn helped over 1200 startups with $17-million in funding (see this story). Here are eight accelerators in 2018 that SA startups can apply for It's also a great idea to approach one of South Africa's leading corporates, many of which run their own support programmes or are on the look out for...