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Tigo partners Tanzanian Government to provide schools Internet connectivity

Tigo partners Tanzanian Government to provide schools Internet connectivity

Tigo, Tanzania’s digital lifestyle telecom operator, has announced a partnership with the Tanzanian Government to provide secondary schools Internet connectivity. The partnership will see Tigo rollout Internet access points in the country’s secondary schools to complement the e-Schools Project for a period of 2 years. Also, the telco will wire and install wireless LAN in the classrooms.


That Facebook-Owned Plane That’ll Beam Internet In Remote Places Has Completed Its First Test Flight

Facebook has announced that its unmanned solar-powered plane that’ll beam Internet to millions of people in remote communities around the world has completed its first test flight. Known as Aquila, the aircraft is Facebook’s answer to the problem of Internet connectivity for the over four billion people around the world who are not yet online.


Nigeria’s DropBuddies, VeriCampus, Nurlux, others secure investments from SpeedUPAfrica

Three Nigerian startups have secured investments from SpeedUPAfrica, an event seeking to transform African startups to “SpeedUPs” through mentorship, workshops and of course, money. The startups are DropBuddies, a crowdsourced errand running & on-demand delivery service; VeriCampus, which helps schools deliver timely & innovative services via mobile devices, and Nurlux, a WiFi company that runs


Second edition of PITCH DAY 237 to hold tomorrow at ActivSpaces Douala

The second edition of PITCH DAY 237, an annual program to support young Cameroonian entrepreneurs, will be holding tomorrow at ActivSpaces Douala in Cameroon. The event is aimed at supporting Cameroonian startups, helping them to grow and transforming their ideas into real businesses. At the event, shortlisted entrepreneurs will pitch their startups in front of


Business France invites Kenyan startups to a ‘Show & Tell’ at the iHub

Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, is inviting Kenyan startups to a ‘Show & Tell’ at the iHub, a Nairobi-based incubator and accelerator. The event is an opportunity for the startups to pitch on the French Tech Ticket, a program designed for entrepreneurs from all over the world


Seedstars World selects 11 startups to pitch at its competition in Angola

Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, has announced the selection of 11 startups to pitch at the Angolan leg of its competition. Called Seedstars Luanda, the competition seeks the most promising startup to represent the country at the grand finale, and possibly bring home the top prize. Following


Fans worldwide invited to take part in F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize and win US$50,000

The 2016 edition of the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize is here and the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team is inviting fans (and innovators as the case may be) across the world to take part. The fans are required to come up with virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) solutions that’ll help the team


MomConnect gets new Messenger bot to allow mothers access maternal health information easily (and for cheap too!)

MomConnect, a service that provides mothers maternal health information and whatnot via SMS, is set to get a new Messenger bot to allow mothers access these information, and more, even easily and for cheap too! The Messenger bot will be seamlessly integrated into MomConnect and provide cheaper, personalized and interactive maternal information to the mothers


South Africans will soon be able to withdraw medicines from ‘ATMs’

The South African Ministry of Health has announced that South Africans will soon be able to get their medicines from self-service “ATM-style” machines. Reports have it that the machines, known as the Pharmacy Dispensing Units (PDUs), are currently being piloted at Thembalethu clinic in Johannesburg. Just as they would withdraw cash from bank ATMs, patients

Dr Hadiza Audu (Consultant Psychiatrist for Gede Foundation) speaking about mental health and wellness

10 startups selected to take part in SLA Accelerator for Women

She Leads Africa (SLA), a social enterprise dedicated to supporting young African women and their journey towards professional success, has announced the selection of 10 startups into its Women-only Accelerator Program. The 3 months program is designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria’s brightest female entrepreneurs. Following calls for applications, over 120


EWB partners MEST to train its next cohort of aspiring technology entrepreneurs

Engineers Without Borders (EWB), an early-stage investor in Africa-based social enterprises, has signed a partnership with MEST, a Ghana-based business incubator and accelerator, to train its aspiring tech entrepreneurs. The training will be done by Tech Fellows recruited by EWB [1], who will provide the entrepreneurs hands-on training in areas of computer engineering, business, communications and


iHub partners uWakili to provide startups free legal services

In a bid to reduce the legal barriers for startups and entrepreneurs in its community, Nairobi-based incubator and accelerator, iHub has announced a partnership with uWakili, an online legal service platform, to provide free legal services to its startups. The partnership will see the startups, including those from m:lab, getting virtual legal consultation office hours and


Kenyan startup, WeFarm secures US$200,000 at The Venture finals

WeFarm, a Kenya based peer-to-peer farming information platform, has secured US$200,000 for placing second at the finals of The Venture, Chivas Regal’s global search for the world’s most promising entrepreneurs. Following the public voting period, which was used to decide how US$250,000 of the US$1 million prize money of the competition will be distributed amongst


Andela appoints Wambui Kinya as Chief Strategy Officer

Andela, a New York based talent accelerator co-founded by Nigeria’s Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, has announced the appointment of Wambui Kinya as its Chief Strategy Officer. Wambui’s role is to spearhead Andela’s partnership strategy in Africa and ramp up its efforts to recruit technical leadership across the continent. This wouldn’t overwhelm her one bit as she isn’t new


The July Edition of G3 Mobile Game Developers Meetup Is Holding Tomorrow in Lagos

G3, a monthly meet up for game developers to discuss issues related to the mobile games development in Nigeria and Africa, has announced its July edition will hold tomorrow in Lagos. Themed “Let Us Play!”, the event will be broken into segments with various activities lined up. There’ll be New Product Showcase [Show and Tell],


30 startups make it to the finals of Demo Africa

30 startups have been selected to pitch at the finals of Demo Africa, one of the flagship initiatives of LIONS@frica and described as the “launchpad for emerging technology and trends”. Following calls for applications, over 723 applications from 46 countries were received with 131 selected in the first adjudication round. The next round saw that number


Applications Open For Seedstars Lagos

Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, has announced it is accepting applications for the Nigerian leg of its competition. Aptly called Seedstars Lagos, the competition will see 10 selected promising startups slug it out for a chance to emerge winner (and crowned the most promising seed-stage startup