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Seedstars World opens wildcard applications for SA finals

The biggest seed stage startup competition for emerging markets, Seedstars World has opened wildcard applications in search of startups in other provinces in South Africa that’ll compete in the national finals of the competition. Seedstars World organized two events – one in Johannesburg and the other in Cape Town – in the country in search

CcHUB’s re:learn to improve Education in Nigeria via Educators’ Network 

A 2015 UNESCO report stated 17 million teachers will be needed in Sub-Saharan Africa to enable the region reach the 2030 Global Education goal of Education for All. Nigeria, being the region’s and Africa’s most populous country, will need a large chunk of those teachers to be able to provide every child quality primary and

In Nigeria, Small-Scale Solar Plants Are Letting The Sunshine In

Until recently, small-scale rooftop solar projects have been under-utilised in the country, with diesel generators a far more common source of primary energy supply to these locations. Now, advances in solar technology are making this clean energy more affordable.

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British Airways, Safaricom Launch Emerging Enterprise Initiative For Kenyan SMEs

British Airways, the UK’s largest international airline and Safaricom, a leading mobile network operator in Kenya have announced the Emerging Enterprise Initiative aimed at providing international exposure for business owners in Kenya’s Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector. Through the initiative, five business owners in the SME sector will be provided with access to international

Mobile

Kenyan youths spend about US$50 on sports betting every month, says report

A recent rapid survey to get insights into mobile gambling among youths in Sub-Saharan Africa has shown that Kenyan youths spend more money on sports betting (about US$50) per month. Their counterparts in other countries spend less than US$50 a month and most bet only once a month. Kenyan youths spend a large chunk on

40% of financial services business will be at risk of standalone Fintechs by 2020

The above statement is part of the findings of a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in partnership with its Strategy & platform focused on Fintech innovation, DeNovo. Insights were gathered from over 50 Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), and Industry leaders across various segments of Nigeria’s Financial Services (FS) industry to prepare the report, which is

Kenyan youths spend about US$50 on sports betting every month, says report

A recent rapid survey to get insights into mobile gambling among youths in Sub-Saharan Africa has shown that Kenyan youths spend more money on sports betting (about US$50) per month. Their counterparts in other countries spend less than US$50 a month and most bet only once a month. Kenyan youths spend a large chunk on

Entertainment

Twin Crown Studios launches Keke on the Run 2

Indigenous Nigerian game studio, Twin Crown Studios has announced the launch of Keke on the Run 2, the “part two” of its hit mobile game Keke on the Run. Released in 2012, Keke On The Run is a fun and highly addictive driving game in which the goal is to avoid other vehicles and collect

Orange is the New Black to have three additional seasons on Netflix

Netflix, the world’s leading Internet television network with over 75 million members in over 190 countries and Lionsgate, a premier next generation film production/distribution studio, have announced that the original series, Orange is the New Black has been renewed for three additional seasons on Netflix. Season four of the series will premiere on June 17,

Twin Crown Studios launches Keke on the Run 2

Indigenous Nigerian game studio, Twin Crown Studios has announced the launch of Keke on the Run 2, the “part two” of its hit mobile game Keke on the Run. Released in 2012, Keke On The Run is a fun and highly addictive driving game in which the goal is to avoid other vehicles and collect

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Ericsson signs multiple content deals for SVOD service, NuVu

Subscribers of NuVu, a subscription-based video-on-demand (VOD) service, will now have access to new, fresh content as Ericsson has announced the signing of multiple content deals for the service. Ericsson has acquired more than 2,500 hours of content from international distributors including Viacom (MTV, BET, Nickelodeon), MGM, CBS, Al Jazeera, DHX Media and Mattel. Titles

Safaricom partners Kwesé TV to offer Kenyans premium video content

Kenya’s largest integrated telecommunications outfit, Safaricom has partnered Econet Media’s multi-platform Pay TV network, Kwesé TV to offer Kenyan consumers premium video content. The video distribution partnership will allow Safaricom’s subscribers, leveraging its superfast 4G network, stream Kwesé’s content on their connected devices through innovative data bundles. The content includes the best Sports and Entertainment, including

InnJoo becomes official sponsor of Spanish club, Espanyol

One of the fastest growing smartphone brands across Europe, Middle East and Africa, InnJoo is now the official sponsor of Spain’s leading football club, RCD Espanyol de Barcelona. Popularly known as Espanyol, the club is one of the oldest and most prominent football clubs in the Spanish league, La Liga. Founded in 1900 by Ángel

Safaricom partners Kwesé TV to offer Kenyans premium video content

Kenya’s largest integrated telecommunications outfit, Safaricom has partnered Econet Media’s multi-platform Pay TV network, Kwesé TV to offer Kenyan consumers premium video content. The video distribution partnership will allow Safaricom’s subscribers, leveraging its superfast 4G network, stream Kwesé’s content on their connected devices through innovative data bundles. The content includes the best Sports and Entertainment, including

Apps

Nigerian online money transfer service Thrivesend officially launches

Online money transfer service ThriveSend has been around for while and has been pretty impressive – a lot of Nigerians, just like me, have used the service and can testify of its impressiveness. Thrivesend lets anyone with a with a local or international Mastercard, Visa or Verve card to send money to any verified Nigerian

Nigerian online money transfer service Thrivesend officially launches

Online money transfer service ThriveSend has been around for while and has been pretty impressive – a lot of Nigerians, just like me, have used the service and can testify of its impressiveness. Thrivesend lets anyone with a with a local or international Mastercard, Visa or Verve card to send money to any verified Nigerian

BlackBerry Ask Users To “let them know how you feel” Using #ILoveBB10Apps

I know you must wondering who the “them” are! A couple of weeks back, WhatsApp Inc announced that WhatsApp Messenger will no longer work on BlackBerry – including BlackBerry 10 and BBOS– by the end of 2016. As if that wasn’t a big enough blow, Facebook has also announced it will discontinue support of its essential APIs

On-demand home cleaning startup, SweepSouth is now live in Durban

SweepSouth, a South African on-demand home cleaning startup, has announced it has launched its services in Durban. #Durban! We’ve arrived to take the stress away from #home #cleaning. Book a #SweepStar today: https://t.co/zJ1KHQC1Zq pic.twitter.com/DN61MWhyk3 — SweepSouth (@SweepSouthSA) October 11, 2016 Customers in the city can now book cleaners, known as SweepStars, easily and conveniently via the

Nigerian online money transfer service Thrivesend officially launches

Online money transfer service ThriveSend has been around for while and has been pretty impressive – a lot of Nigerians, just like me, have used the service and can testify of its impressiveness. Thrivesend lets anyone with a with a local or international Mastercard, Visa or Verve card to send money to any verified Nigerian

Nigerian online money transfer service Thrivesend officially launches

Online money transfer service ThriveSend has been around for while and has been pretty impressive – a lot of Nigerians, just like me, have used the service and can testify of its impressiveness. Thrivesend lets anyone with a with a local or international Mastercard, Visa or Verve card to send money to any verified Nigerian

Kenyan government launches crime-reporting app

In a bid to give the fight against crimes in the country a fillip, the Kenyan government has launched a smartphone app, which will be available on Android, iOS and Windows Phones. The app will enable the public to report and document crimes as they happen, according to Attorney General Githu Muigai at a media

Money

Orange launches US$55 million investment vehicle for African startups

Leading telecommunications operator, Orange has announced the launch of a new US$55 million (€50 million) investment vehicle for African startups. The new vehicle, known as Orange Digital Ventures Africa, is an Africa-focused section of its flagship programme for investment in startups, Orange Digital Ventures. Orange Digital Ventures was launched in 2015 and armed with €20

South Africa’s GetSmarter acquired for US$103 million

GetSmarter, a South African online learning startup has entered into an agreement with U.S-based educational technology company 2U, Inc. to be acquired for US$103 million. Launched in 2008, GetSmarter delivers high-quality, high-touch digital higher education from world class colleges and universities to unlock a student’s full potential. It partners top notch higher education institutions such

Orange launches US$55 million investment vehicle for African startups

Leading telecommunications operator, Orange has announced the launch of a new US$55 million (€50 million) investment vehicle for African startups. The new vehicle, known as Orange Digital Ventures Africa, is an Africa-focused section of its flagship programme for investment in startups, Orange Digital Ventures. Orange Digital Ventures was launched in 2015 and armed with €20

MTN Nigeria targets $1 billion in its IPO

Africa’s largest operator by sales, MTN is seeking to raise about $1 billion in an initial public offering, a condition tied to the settlement of a record fine imposed by Nigeria’s telecom regulator, reports Fin24, citing people familiar with the matter.

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