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Google Launches The First Android One Phone in Africa, Infinix Hot 2 in Six African Countries

Google today announced the launch of Android One, its affordable smartphone program for Africa, with an official launch in Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Morocco today in partnership with device manufacturer, Infinix Mobility. The phone, called Infinix HOT 2, will be available in Nigeria starting today at select retail outlets and via online


Online hotel booking platform, Jovago expands operations into Mozambique

Africa’s leading online hotel booking platform, has expanded its operations into Mozambique with more than a hundred hotels already listed on the platform. Located in south eastern Africa, bordered by Zimbabwe to the west, Swaziland to the south, Malawi & Tanzania to the north and Madagascar to the east, Mozambique is officially a Portuguese


Truemessenger app launches globally to make SMS smarter by blocking spam

True Software, the company behind the popular Truecaller and Truedialler apps, has just launched a new application called Truemessenger, which hopes to do for SMS what Truecaller does for calls: remove spam. The app, which was launched on the Play Store today and available worldwide, is a free mobile app that aims to make SMS

Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., gestures as he speaks at SoftBank World 2014 in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. As SoftBank Corp. Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son pushes for a takeover of T-Mobile US Inc., the Japanese billionaire is asking banks to commit financing for a longer-than-usual amount of time, underscoring the intense regulatory review he faces. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Jack Ma

Meet The World’s 10 Richest Billionaires In Technology

FORBES magazine has released its first-ever list of the world’s 100 Richest People In Tech, which features over half of them from the America, with thirty-three people hailing from the Asian region, eight people coming from Europe and two from the Middle East.


Uber Lagos Invites Entrepreneurs To Pitch Their ideas To Investors On A Ride #UberPitch

Uber Lagos is looking for entrepreneurs with strong ideas to pitch to investors during a 15-minute ride in three cities in Lagos — Victoria Island, Lekki and Yaba — tomorrow, July 28, in partnership with Seedstars. The cab-hailing company says the ride, between 11am and 3 pm, which would offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to get


440 Wants To Fund Startups in Less Than 24 Hours at Deal Weekend Lagos 2015

Tech startup investment fund, 440, a Joint Venture between Nigeria’s L5Lab and and Kenya’s 88mph has launched Deal Weekend Lagos, a 24-hour event where startups will compete to receive equity-based investment of between $100k and $250k. Back in 2014 when it launched an accelerator programme, 9 startups who spent three months working with the 440


Gearbox plans to launch a ‘GE Garages’ manufacturing program in Kenya

Gearbox, a non-profit, open platform for hardware innovation based in Kenya is planning to launch a GE Garages manufacturing program to help build a skilled workforce and drive entrepreneurial development within the region. The program, which aims to develop a manufacturing ecosystem and contribute to bridging the technical skills gap in Kenya, will work with


DEMO Africa unveils 30 tech start-ups to pitch in Lagos

DEMO Africa today released a list of 30 technology start-ups from across Africa that will pitch their products at its 2015 edition to be held in Lagos, Nigeria in late September. The list features eight Nigerian startups, including Mavis Computel, Oga Venue, TalkingBookz, CarpartsNigeria, Zuvaa, SmartEdu, PoshRite, iKon Tracker as well as eight Kenyan startups


W.TEC Is Now Accepting Applications To Its 2015 Girls Technology Camp

Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC), a non-governmental organisation working to empower girls and women socially and economically, using ICTs in Nigeria has began accepting applications for its 2015 Girls Technology Camp. This year’s tech camp, themed: ”Geeky Divas – Grooming ICTpreneurs”, which takes place from August 2 – 15, 2015 would help Nigerian girls develop an


With 120 Million Facebook Users in Africa, Facebook Officially Opens For Business

Facebook has opened its first office in Africa to further the company’s commitment to help businesses connect with people and grow locally and regionally, according to a company statement made available to TechLoy. The company’s Africa approach will see it partnering with governments, telecom operators, agencies and other stakeholders to deliver localised solutions to advertisers


Andela Closes $10 Million “Series A” Funding Round Led By Spark Capital

Andela, an Africa-focused technology talent accelerator that trains software developers and matches them with global employers, has closed a Series A funding round, believed to be over $10 million, according to a TechCrunch report. The latest funding round, led by Spark Capital, the $2 billion fund headquartered in Boston that counts Twitter, Oculus, and Tumblr


Nigerian-born scientist wins prestigious award for cancer-seeing glasses

Nigerian-born scientist, Samuel Achilefu, has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Louis Award for creating cancer-seeing glasses, according to several media reports. A professor of radiology and biomedical engineering, Dr. Achilefu and his team developed the imaging technology in cancer diagnosis into a wearable night vision-like goggles so surgeons could see the cancer cells while operating.


This Infographic Tells All You Need To Know About South Africa’s Startup Landscape

Recently, South African-based tech site, Ventureburn partnered with First National Bank (FNB), investment advisory firm, Clifftop Colony and analytics company, Qurio in a Startup Survey that polled about 200 tech startups, in order to learn insights about South Africa’s startup industry. By tech startup, they mean a company with annual revenues below R20-million, and staff numbers


Meet The 4 Startups That Pitched At iDEA’s First Demo Day in Lagos

Last Saturday, four startups pitched in front of venture capitalists, angel investors and the media at iDEA’s very first Demo Day held at its Yaba-based Lagos centre. The four startups — Afrobus, Hutbay, Nerve and Verge — had gone through iDEA’s 4-month accelerator programme consisting of 3 modules (Design, Build, Pitch), designed to help startups launch and


Diamond Bank’s BET Programme Is Offering N3 Million Grants To ICT Businesses

Diamond Bank’s Building Entrepreneurs Today (BET) programme, an annual capacity building and business education project aimed at generating interest in entrepreneurship has began accepting applications for its fourth season. Launched in 2010, the programme is designed to train 50 budding entrepreneurs over a period of six months after which the top five entrepreneurs are awarded


iDEA Is Hosting Its First Demo Day This Weekend

Government-backed, not-for-profit organisation, iDEA which has been supporting the development of indigenous skills and capabilities in software development since 2013, is hosting its first Demo Day. iDEA’s Demo Day, scheduled to hold on June 20 at its Lagos center in Yaba, Lagos is strictly by invitation and will mark the graduation of its in-house businesses

Ecobank and MasterCard

Ecobank to roll out MasterCard payment solutions to millions of its customers in Africa

Ecobank Transnational Inc., arguably Africa’s largest bank by geographical reach, has signed a landmark multi-country agreement with global payments technology company MasterCard to bring MasterCard’s payment solutions to more than 32 sub-Saharan African markets. The agreement culminates the multi-country licensing agreement signed by MasterCard and Ecobank in January 2014, which will see Ecobank issue MasterCard