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Delivery management app, Tookan now has offline payment capability

Delivery management app, Tookan now has offline payment capability

Tookan, a delivery management app for field workforce, now has an offline payment capability, allowing delivery businesses to process payments without Internet connection. The new feature lets service providers to proceed with their next task, creating a more seamless experience for both businesses and customers. With offline payment capabilities, businesses with a mobile workforce will no longer depend on Internet connection to carry out

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WDB & Grovest now stakeholders in SA startup accelerator, Seed Engine

WDB Investment Holdings (WDB), a leading South African investment firm, and Grovest, a venture capital company, are now shareholders in Seed Engine, a South Africa based startup accelerator. A 30% stake was bought by WDB Investment Holdings (with the possibility of an increment to 51%) while Grovest bought a 27.5% stake in the company. Through the


Avast to acquire AVG for US$1.3 billion

Avast Software, an industry-leading maker of the most trusted security software in the world, has announced it is to acquire AVG Technologies, a leading provider of software services to secure devices, data and people, for US$1.3 billion. Both companies have signed an agreement to that effect, and will see Avast purchase all of the outstanding ordinary


SA cloud solution startup, Digital Cabinet raises funds to expand internationally

Digital Cabinet, a South Africa based cloud solutions and digital post technology startup, has raised an undisclosed amount of funds to grow and expand. The funds was secured from HAVAIC Limited Partners, a boutique African focused investment and advisory firm. The startup will use the funds to continue on its current growth path in South Africa


Next Economy Accelerator kicks off with 10 startups

The Next Economy Accelerator, a 3-month accelerator for early stage businesses in Nigeria, has kicked off with a cohort of 10 high potential early stage businesses. The program is aimed at growing businesses into profitable & sustainable enterprises to stimulate the creation of jobs in Nigeria. In no particular order, the selected startups are described


Microsoft launches Skype Meetings for small businesses

Microsoft has announced the launch of Skype Meetings, a free video conferencing tool for small businesses. In a blog post, Microsoft said: “Skype Meetings is a new online meetings tool that provides small businesses with real-time audio and HD video conferencing and includes collaboration features like the ability to share screens and content during meetings.”

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Orange completes acquisition of Airtel Burkina Faso

Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunication operator, has announced the completion of the acquisition of Airtel Burkina Faso. The acquisition was completed after Orange obtained all the official approbations from the relevant authorities. “We are pleased to announce that the acquisition of the mobile operator Airtel in Burkina Faso has been finalised,” said Bruno


Liquid Telecom & RBH to acquire SA telco, Neotel for ZAR6.55 billion

Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of the privately held and diversified telecommunications group, Econet Wireless Global, has announced it will be acquiring South African communications network operator, Neotel for ZAR6.55 billion. It will acquire the telco in agreement with Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH), a South African empowerment investment group, which has committed to take a 30%

Twitter launches Twitter Dashboard app for managing business accounts

Twitter has launched an app exclusively for business owners to manage their business accounts called Twitter Dashboard, which is aimed at helping small to medium-sized businesses manage communication and engagement with their followers. Following the launch of Twitter Engage which was geared towards creators, Twitter Dashboard is geared towards small and medium sized businesses as


Spacepointe raises funds from multiple investors, launches business solutions for SMBs

SpacePointe, a Nigerian fintech startup, has announced it has raised US$1.2 million in a seed funding round from multiple investors. On the back of this, the company has launched two business solutions for small and medium businesses in the Nigerian market. One of the business solution is CommercePointe, which enables businesses in the informal sector


SEACOM peers more Internet Exchange points in Europe & Africa, customers to enjoy better Internet

SEACOM, Africa’s foremost network service provider and ICT enabler, has announced it has peered with Internet Exchange points (IXP) in Europe and Africa, adding to the growing list of Internet exchange points it currently peers with. Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (DE-CIX) in Marseille and France Internet Exchange (FranceIX) in Paris are the Internet Exchange points it


SA’s iKhokha now offering merchants cash advances

iKhokha, a South African disruptive fintech startup, has announced the launch of a new product, offering its merchants cash advances. The product, which will be adminstered by iKhokha’s financing partner, Retail Capital, will help merchants get around the hassles associated with obtaining loans from banks and other similar financial institutions. To get cash advances from iKhokha, merchants


Rack Centre Now Houses Addax Petroleum’s Business Data

Rack Centre, Nigeria’s premium data centre, has announced the successful migration of Addax Petroleum’s business data to its world class data centre. Addax Petroleum, a leading oil and gas exploration and production company with focus on Africa, the Middle East and the North Sea, has grown significantly since it began operations in Nigeria in 1998.


SlushPay gets a new name that reflects its vision better

Because a name is really important when building a lasting brand, the guys behind SlushPay, a startup that’s powering recurring payment, have announced a rebrand of the startup to reflect its vision. The rebrand has led to the renaming of the startup to Amplify and has birth a redesigned website, which isn’t just about changing


MainOne launches all-in-one telecoms solution for SMEs in Nigeria

MainOne, a leading provider of telecom services and network solutions for businesses in West Africa, has announced the launch of an all-in-one telecoms solution for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria. Known as SME-IN-A-BOX, the solution is a converged Internet and voice solution tailored specifically to meet the needs of SMEs in the country.


Egyptian tech startups to benefit from new US$50 million Fund

Ziad Mokhtar, an Egpytian investor and Partner at Cairo-based Venture Capital Firm, Ideavelopers, has announced the launch of a new Fund that’ll invest in technology and technology-enabled startups in Egypt. Known as Algebra Ventures Fund, the new US$50 million Fund will make Series A and B investments primarily in technology startups in Egypt. Startups that


Ventures Platform Is Accepting Applications For Its First Incubation Program

Ventures Platform, a world-class full-service innovation hub based in Abuja, has announced it is accepting applications for its inaugural incubation program. The incubation program seeks to provide accepted startups workspace, business strategy and capacity building, short term residency and seed funding. During the program, the accepted startups will be mentored by successful entrepreneurs, investors and industry leaders. Also,

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Cell C subscribers can access Giraffe via Free Basics for free

Subscribers of South African telecommunications company, Cell C can now access Giraffe‘s mobile recruitment service via Facebook’s Free Basics after both companies entered into a partnership. Free Basics is an initiative by Facebook to provide people with access to useful services on their mobile phones in markets where Internet access may be less affordable. The websites


Gauteng-based Giraffe expands to Cape Town & Durban

Giraffe, a Gauteng-based mobile recruitment startup, has announced the expansion of its low-cost recruitment agency service to Cape Town and Durban. Giraffe aims to reduce unemployment in South Africa by being the fastest and cheapest way for businesses to recruit medium skilled workers. Giraffe works by enabling medium-skilled jobseekers to create a CV on their


Naspers makes US$60 million investment in Udemy to aid its global expansion

Naspers, a South Africa-based global Internet and entertainment company, has announced a strategic investment of US$60 million in Udemy, the leading marketplace for online courses. This investment comes three weeks after Naspers invested US$15 million in Brainly, a social learning network, and exactly a year that Udemy closed a US$65 million Series D financing round