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Government of Uganda launches web portal to improve business environment in the country

Government of Uganda launches web portal to improve business environment in the country

In a bid to improve the business environment in the country, the Government of Uganda, through the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), is has launched a One Stop Centre web portal, eBiz which will offer government services for investors, traders, and entrepreneurs. eBiz will allow businesses to apply for various licenses and permits required for doing


Rand Merchant Insurance Holdings launches fintech hub in South Africa

Rand Merchant Insurance Holdings, an insurance investment holding company and an enabler of innovation and leadership in financial services, has announced the launch of AlphaCode, a collaborative club for next generation financial services entrepreneurs, in Sandton, South Africa. The pioneering hub, which is expected to become the centre of a world-class financial services ecosystem in

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Venia Group launches another business hub in Lagos

Venia Group has announced the launch of its second business hub, a new enabling environment for startups and the small and medium enterprises (SME) community in Lagos. The new 120-businesses capacity co-working space is equipped with tastefully furnished offices, fully kitted conference room with video conferencing services, kitchenette/cafeteria, private meeting rooms, high-speed internet, ample parking


Carmudi partners AutoBox to offer customers vehicle pre-inspection and diagnostics services

Carmudi, a leading online premium vehicle marketplace in Nigeria has announced a partnership with AutoBox, an online platform that helps car owners repair their cars with ease. AutoBox works in a simple manner. They partner with reputable automobile workshops as well as spare parts dealers to help give car owners quotes on both parts and


SEACOM partners Ciena to expand terrestrial network, to drive web-scale services across Africa

SEACOM, Africa’s foremost network service provider and ICT enabler, has announced a partnership with Ciena, a US-based a global supplier of telecoms networking equipment, software and services, to expand its terrestrial network and upgrading capacity on key submarine links. This partnership with Ciena will help SEACOM deliver new network solutions to service providers across the continent and


MoneyGram Launches International Money Transfers into Nigerian Bank Accounts

MoneyGram, a global provider of innovative money transfer and payment services, has announced the launch of money transfers into personal Nigerian Naira bank accounts. The service – claimed to be the first by a money transfer company – offers customers in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain a way to send money to most personal


WorldRemit, Tigo Rwanda launch international money transfers to Tigo Cash mobile wallets

WorldRemit, an online money transfer service has announced a partnership with telecommunication service provider, Tigo Rwanda to launch instant transfers to Tigo mobile money accounts in Rwanda. This service, claimed to be the first of a kind in Rwanda, will enable WorldRemit customers from across the globe to send money to Tigo Cash customers in


Juliet Anammah becomes Jumia Nigeria CEO

Mrs Juliet Anammah, a B.Pharm holder from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Africa’s leading shopping platform, Jumia Nigeria. Mrs Juliet replaces co-CEOs, Jeremy Doutte and Nicolas Martin, who will now run Jumia Global across the 11 African countries where Jumia operates. “My objective is to


Applications Open for iDEA Nigeria’s Incubator & Accelerator Programmes

iDEA Nigeria, a Lagos-based incubator and accelerator for techpreneurs has announced it is accepting application to its incubator and accelerator programmes. Both programmes are aimed at allowing startups focus on running their businesses while resources are provided to let them succeed faster. The iDEA Incubator supports early stage tech startups for up to one year


Internet Service Provider, SimbaNET Partners Tata Communications to Drive Business Growth in East Africa

SimbaNET, a leading provider of Internet connectivity to businesses in Eastern Africa has announced a partnership with Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™ to provide technology and communication solutions for businesses growing ICT requirement in East Africa. The partnership will see Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan companies provided with access to


Telefonica and MTN Group Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement

Telefonica, a Spain-based world leading telecommunications company has announced the signing of a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) with MTN Group, a leading telecommunication operator in Africa. The Strategic Partnership Agreement will enable both telecommunication operators to work hand-in-hand to benefit from their joint scale, combined expertise and market access. Under the terms of the partnership,


Barclays Africa Officially Launches Rise Cape Town

Barclays Africa, the African subsidiary of Barclays Plc, a major global financial services provider has announced the official opening of innovation hub, Rise Cape Town. Rise Cape Town, located in Bandwidth Barn, a leading ICT business incubator in Cape Town, will provide Africa’s innovators and startups a physical space for collaboration and FinTech innovation. The


Applications Open For MITx Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Applications are being accepted for the MITx Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp which will take place in the Gangnam district of Seoul, South Korea from March 20-25, 2016. The Bootcamp seeks to connect entrepreneurs from around the world to the entrepreneurial ecosystem surrounding the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the purpose of accelerating their startups.


Online Marketplace, Kaymu Partners Interswitch For Secure Online Payments

Kaymu, Nigeria’s leading online marketplace has announced a partnership with Interswitch, a leading mobile payments provider in Nigeria and Africa to provide its customers with innovative and secure online payment options. This partnership will see Kaymu’s hundreds of thousands of customers currently conducting business transactions via its platform provided with reliable alternative pre-payment solution. “Trust


Website Builder, VIGO Partners Webnic To Expand Into Asia

VIGO, a South African-based website building company has announced a partnership with Asia’s leading domain registrar, Webnic to expand into Asia. As a result, VIGO’s website building tools will become available to the over a billion Internet users in Asia including Webnic’s customer base across Southeast Asia, mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Also, Webnic’s


MEST opens its incubator to external businesses

Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), a Ghana-based business incubator and accelerator has announced the opening of its incubator to exceptional entrepreneurial teams to join as Businesses-in-Residence (BIR). The external entrepreneurs, who are expected to be energetic, passionate and working on digital businesses with a focus on addressing pan-African opportunities, will directly benefit and bring


ABAN Partners Gust To Support Early-Stage Investment In Africa

Africa Business Angel Network (ABAN), a pan-African non-profit association that supports the development of early-stage investors across Africa has announced a partnership with Gust, a global platform connecting high-growth entrepreneurs and active early-stage investors, to support early-stage investment in Africa. The partnership establishes Gust as an official deal-flow management and investor relations platform for the


Visa Partners MyGate To Expand Visa Checkout in South Africa

Visa Inc., a US-based leading global payments technology company has announced a partnership with MyGate, an online payments leader, to expand Visa Checkout in South Africa. Visa Checkout enables consumers store their shipping and payment information in a secure account with Visa once and, after enrolment, customers can complete any future purchases in a just


Airtel Africa Partners IMImobile To Launch Tap2Bill

Airtel Africa, a leading telecommunication service provider in Africa has announced the launch of Tap2Bill, an innovative direct to consumer services for merchants and content providers across Africa in partnership with IMImobile, a customer engagement software provider. The Tap2Bill service will enable content providers and merchants to utilize Airtel’s billing infrastructure to charge and bill


Microsoft Partners COMESA To Promote Technology, Skills And Innovation In 19 African Countries

Microsoft, a US-based multinational technology company and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote access to technology, development of relevant skills and the fostering of innovation in COMESA’s 19 Member States. The MOU, signed through COMESA’s Business Council (CBC), will promote