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African Innovation Foundation announces finalists of its Innovation Prize for Africa

African Innovation Foundation announces finalists of its Innovation Prize for Africa

The African Innovation Foundation, an organization which works to increase the prosperity of Africans by catalysing the innovation spirit in Africa, has announced the finalists of its Innovation Prize for Africa. Innovation Prize for Africa seeks to strengthen African innovation ecosystems and spur the growth of market-driven African solutions to African challenges. In no particular


Mest Is Organizing An App Challenge To Solve Accra’s Transport Problem

With a current population of about 4 million and more than a million people commuting to the city for various socio-economic activities, Accra is faced with a significant public transport and mobility challenge. Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), a Ghana-based business incubator and accelerator, has announced it is organizing an app challenge to help


iDEA Hub Will Host The DEMO Africa Innovation Tour Today

iDEA Nigeria, a Lagos-based accelerator for techpreneurs, will host the Demo Africa Innovation Tour (West Africa Edition) today (May 26, 2016) from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at its Lagos hub. The tour aims to bring together startups and technology industry players to look at ways through which innovations can be turned into sustainable business ventures. Entrepreneurs


Innovation Hub Is Accepting Applications For The GAP Innovation Competitions 2016

The Innovation Hub, a Guateng-based internationally accredited Science Park, has announced it is accepting applications for the 2016 Gauteng Accelerator Programme (GAP) Innovation Competitions. GAP Innovation Competitions seeks to reward small enterprises and research groups with solutions that improve the efficiency of government service delivery, increase the competitiveness of the local economy and enhance the


CcHUB to officially launch re:learn in Abuja on May 27

Co-Creation Hub (CcHub), a social innovation centre and open living lab and pre-incubation space, will officially launch re:learn in Abuja on May 27, 2016. Re:learn, which is CcHUB’s first home outside of Lagos, is an open living lab focused on learning and smart application of technology in schools. Through a combination of projects targeted at


Skype To Give US$20,000 To The Winner of Its Shoot The Future Competition

Skype in Media has announced it will be giving out US$20,000 to the winner of Shoot The Future, a competition designed to discover new entertainment concepts that are truly innovative and inclusive. Not only must these concepts/ideas be creative, innovative and inclusive, – all the values that Skype embodies – they must also incorporate the power


10 startups selected to pitch at Seedstars Cape Town

Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, has selected 10 startups to pitch at Seedstars Cape Town. In no particular order, the startups are described below. The Student Hub is an EdTech company that delivers tailored content, tools and systems for students to get homework done and preps them


TechnoVera wins #Hack.Jozi Challenge

Medical startup, TechnoVera has been crowned winner of the #Hack.Jozi Challenge, a competition which seeks to reward entrepreneurs with great digital ideas that can transform their communities. TechnoVera, alongside 9 other startups, was selected to compete in the finals of the competition. The judges were impressed with its idea. TechnoVera seeks to reduce the average


HiiL Is Accepting Applications For Its Justice Innovations Challenge

HiiL, a worldwide pioneer in building and scaling up innovative justice ecosystems, has announced it is accepting applications for the 2016 edition of its Justice Innovations Challenge. Last year, HiiL hosted the SME Empowerment Challenge East & West Africa, which seeks to promote justice solutions that empower SMEs across Africa. The competition was won by


Google I/O 2016: Google launches Allo – a highly intelligent messaging app

Google has announced the launch of Allo, a highly smart and intelligent messaging, at its annual software developer-focused conference, Google I/O which comes to an end today. The messaging app seeks to help users share moments with friends and family the instant they happen, whether it’s the naming ceremony of a bouncing baby boy or


South Africa’s Easy Blue Energy Selected To Join The S Factory’s 3rd Generation

Easy Blue Energy, a South Africa-based energy startup, has been selected to join the third generation of The S Factory, a pre-acceleration program aimed at supporting first time female entrepreneurs in building high impact startups. Easy Blue Energy develops bio-gas equipment for small to medium scale bio-gas producers to allow for this renewable energy source

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Hello Paisa, The Sun Exchange & WeCashUp wins 2016 Innotribe Startup Challenge for Africa

South Africa’s Hello Paisa and The Sun Exchange, and Cameroon’s WeCashUp have been selected winners of the 2016 Innotribe Startup Challenge for Africa. The competition is aimed at giving young African financial technology startups the opportunity to showcase their products and receive expert coaching and mentoring. Following call for applications, 12 FinTech startups were selected


Online Survey Platform, Evey Wins Seedstars Tunis

Evey, an online survey platform, has been named winner of Seedstars Tunis, an international startup competition investing in top entrepreneurs from emerging markets. Following calls for applications, Evey, alongside 13 other startups, was selected to pitch in the finals of the competition. The finals took place on May 18, 2016 at the conference hall of


SA’s micro-jobbing platform, M4JAM now has new owners

Back in March, we reported that M4JAM, a South African micro-jobbing platform, was shutting down operations because it couldn’t make a profit. CEO of the startup, Andre Hugo confirmed the report in a statement and further said the startup was in the process of selling its assets to interested parties. “We are in the process


Applications open for Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa

Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunication operators, has announced it is accepting applications for the 2016 edition of its Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa. The competition, which has been extended to the Middle East and includes a Special Cultural Content Prize, is aimed at encouraging startups that use innovation to fuel development on


Abuja residents can now pay their electricity bills with Paga

Residents of Nigeria’s capital that are fed up of queuing to get their electricity bills paid can now use Paga, Nigeria’s leading mobile payments company, to do so. In four simple steps, they can, from the comfort of their homes or offices, conveniently recharge their AEDC prepaid meter. The steps are described below. Visit


nHub to host Hackjos in November

The biggest and first technology hub in Northern Nigeria, nHub has announced the second instalment of Hackjos, a software and apps competition designed to foster interest among young people in software development and the entire spectrum of ICT, will hold in November 2016. The four days event will bring together together techy-savvy citizens, scientists, entrepreneurs,


CcHUB takes its #BuildForMyCity hackathon to Abuja

Lagos-based incubator and accelerator, Co-creation Hub (CcHUB) has announced it is taking its #BuildForMyCity hackathon to Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. The hackathon is aimed at developing solutions that will improve the lives, in all ramifications, of residents of Abuja. At the hackathon, submitted ideas, either by individuals or teams, will be rapidly developed into prototypes. These


Ericsson now part of the SMART Africa Alliance

Ericsson, a Swedish multinational telecommunication company, is now part of the SMART Africa Alliance after entering an ICT-based partnership to develop a more connected and fully functioning knowledge-based society in Africa. The partnership sees Ericsson join the Smart Africa Alliance as technical advisor and platinum private sector member collaborating with the Alliance to craft blue