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Flat6Labs secures US$1 million from International Finance Corporation

Flat6Labs secures US$1 million from International Finance Corporation

Flat6Labs, a leading startup accelerator in the MENA region, has secured US$1 million in funding from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) through its Startup Catalyst initiative. The funds will be used by the accelerator to back more Egyptian startups through a US$5.6 million fund. “With the Startup Catalyst funds, Flat6Labs will close a 50 million


BudgIT’s Transparency Hackathon is happening tomorrow at CoLab

The Transparency Hackathon organized by BudgIT, a civic tech organization, is holding tomorrow at CoLab, Kaduna’s first co-working space and innovation hub. The hackathon is aimed at bringing together young brilliant minds (individuals or teams) to create a tool that will strenthen governance – the relationship between government, citizens and civil society organizations The tool is to


Bolt VC’s Chris Quintero is visiting Lagos this November to learn about the tech ecosystem

Chris Quintero, an associate at Bolt, a venture capital fund for early-stage startups at the intersection of hardware and software, will be visiting Lagos in November 2016. @hardwarelagos Hey Guys! Will be in Lagos for a week starting on November 12th. Any events planned? Would love to meetup. — Chris Quintero (@Chris_Quintero) October 17, 2016


CcHUB is hosting the Interswitch API Integration Jam next week

Because technology startups in Nigeria still have issues monetizing their offerings & receiving payments from customers, Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) and Interswitch have teamed up to organize an event to help in that regard. The Interswitch API Integration Jam will feature practical demonstration of five new APIs – Quickteller, Interswitch Payment Gateway, Paycode, eWallet Services and


Finalists for Appsafrica Innovation Awards 2016 announced

Appsafrica, a leading dedicated portal for mobile, apps developers, startups and the tech community across Africa, has announced the finalists of its innovation awards. The Appsafrica Innovation Awards is aimed at promoting and honouring the fantastic innovation across the mobile and tech ecosystem in Africa. The finalists, who were chosen by an independent panel of leading


Django Girls is accepting applications for its Abuja workshop

Following its event in Lagos and Ota, Ogun State, Django Girls, a non-profit organization that empowers women through free computer programming workshops, is heading to Abuja. The Django Girls Abuja will follow same pattern as other Django girls workshop: it will run for a day, teaching women and young girls, irregardless of their prior coding


KPMG is hosting a FinTech Summit in Lagos this November

KPMG, a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services, has announced it is hosting a Fintech Summit in Lagos, Nigeria this November. Themed “The FinTech Disruption – Understanding the Value Proposition”, the Summit is planned in recognition of the numerous opportunities and potentials in the African FinTech market. A variety of top-level


Here are the speakers for Starta’s High Growth Africa Summit 2016

The High Growth Africa Summit, a two days conference dedicated to teaching entrepreneurs how to build, scale and fund high growth businesses in Africa, is around the corner and the list of speakers have been announced. Here they are: Mark Essien, CEO of Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, co-founder of Flutterwave. Tomi Davies, co-founder & President of African


Loystar wins ₦1 million in Arise fintech competition

Loystar, a customer loyalty app, has emerged winner of #arisepitch, a competition organized by Arise, a group of angel investors that seek to invest in innovative entrepreneurs and startups at a very early stage. The competition sought fintech startups that wouldn’t mind receiving ₦1 million from passionate investors in exchange for 5% (or less) in their company.


Co-Creation Hub is organizing a series of programming events for kids

Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB), a leading Lagos-based startup incubator, has announced a series of programming events targeted at kids between ages five and eighteen. First on the list in the re:learn Weekend Club, an event to kindle a child’s interest in programming through fun and learning. Each lesson is project based, and designed to be hands-on


Mozilla, just like Facebook, wants to bring the next billion online, launches US$250,000 challenge

According to reports, more than 4 billion people are not online. Several companies have been working tirelessly together to ensure no one is left unconnected. Mark Zuckerberg-owned Facebook is leading the pack. Through Free Basics, it has brought many online. It also plans to bring more people online through air-hanging solar-powered planes. Mozilla, popularly known for


French Development Agency, BPI launch Digital Africa Startup Challenge

The French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Public Investment Bank (BPI), in partnership with French Tech Cape Town, have announced the launch of a digital innovation competition. Tagged Digital Africa Startup Challenge, the competition is aimed at promoting the development of digital startups in Africa. The challenge will focus on four sectors – fintech,


Nest, MTN Solution Space launch bootcamp for mobile startups

Nest, an early stage venture capital (VC) firm and global accelerator based in Hong Kong, has partnered the MTN Solution Space at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) to launch a bootcamp for mobile tech startups. Tagged Mobile Tech Bootcamp, the two days event is designed to create a platform


Uber Nigeria, First Bank sign used-vehicle finance deal

Uber Nigeria and Nigeria’s First Bank have announced the signing of a finance deal, in conjunction with other smaller financiers, which will see Uber’s top rated driver-partners access low-interest, used-vehicle loans. The loans will be accessed by these special group of Uber driver-partners at a very competitive interest rate of just 20% per annum over a


Ventures Platform is organizing a series of events you shouldn’t miss

Since Y Combinator visited, Ventures Platform, an Abuja based world-class full-service innovation hub, seemed to have found new strength and ideas. Between that time to date, it launched Office Hours and organized a developers hangout. The unusually stylish tech hub (if you’ve been there you’ll corroborate that fact) is going further to organize a series


SA’s SPARK Schools raises US$9 million for expansion

SPARK Schools, a South Africa based independent school network, has raised US$9 million from multiple investors to expand across the country. Launched in 2013, SPARK Schools operates a network of private primary schools dedicated to delivering accessible, high quality education. There are currently eight primary schools across South Africa in the network, with SPARK planning


Semifinalists for Pitch AgriHack 2016 announced

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) has announced 52 startups have been selected for the semifinals of the 2016 edition of Pitch AgriHack, a competition to reward entrepreneurs with agricultural solutions. The competition targets entrepreneurs with agricultural solutions that needs business model improvements (Early stage platform) and those with solutions that


SoftBank to create fund for investment in tech companies around the world

SoftBank Group Corp. (“SBG”), a Japanese multinational telecommunications and Internet corporation, has announced plans to launch a fund for investment in the technology sector globally. Tentatively named the “SoftBank Vision Fund”, the fund will aim to be one of the world’s largest – some sort of super-fund – of its kind. SBG will invest at least


Naspers sells Allegro Group for US$3.2 billion

Naspers, a South Africa-based global Internet and entertainment group, has announced the sale of Allegro Group, which includes both and, for US$3.2 billion. Allegro is the most popular online shopping destination in Poland with more than 20 million registered users. Allegro provides an online marketplace for companies and private sellers to sell their products to


Thomson Reuters launches innovation lab in Cape Town

Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of news and information for professional markets, has announced the launch of a data and innovation lab in Cape Town, South Africa. The lab, named Thomson Reuters Labs™ – Cape Town, will enable the company engage with the region’s innovation ecosystem and startup community to fuel growth and empower