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SA anti-piracy startup, Custos Media raises US$420,000 from TIA

SA anti-piracy startup, Custos Media raises US$420,000 from TIA

Custos Media Technologies, a South African startup that combats media piracy by using the bitcoin blockchain, has announced it has raised US$420,000 from SA company, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). The funds, which will be injected into the startup over the next two years, will be used to accelerate product development and marketing to bring the product

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Ìmísí 3D Is Organising A Virtual Reality Hackathon This October In Lagos

Now, I gotta give props to Ìmísí 3D, a Virtual Reality (VR) creation lab that came onto the scene not quite long. Their mission is growing a community of VR developers in Nigeria, and growing they’re doing. First, they invited Nigerians to a Virtual Reality Showcase on July 17 at the Co-Creation Hub in Yaba. Those

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Applications open for Seedstars Addis Ababa

Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, is accepting applications for the Ethiopian leg of its startup competition. Aptly tagged Seedstars Addis Ababa, the event will see 10 of the most promising startups in the country selected to pitch in front of a jury to emerge winner. The

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Starta is organizing a conference to teach African entrepreneurs how to build high growth businesses

Starta, a business support platform for startup and SME entrepreneurs in Africa, has announced it is organizing a conference for African entrepreneurs willing to learn how to build high growth businesses. Tagged High Growth Africa Summit 2016, the two 2-day conference will see the attendees learn how to build, scale and fund high growth businesses

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WhatsApp to start sharing users information with Facebook

This post was updated on August 26, 2016. Back in 2014 when Facebook acquired WhatsApp, the founders stated that nothing was going to change about the messaging app. In their words, they said “Here’s what will change for you, our users: nothing.” By nothing, they meant, among other things, WhatsApp will not share users’ information,

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aKoma Media launches media and content creation program for Africans

aKoma Media, a content platform and storytelling company focused on Africa, has announced the launch of a media and content creation program for Africans. Known as Amplify, the program seeks young, dynamic multimedia content creators who will write compelling stories about Africa. For six months, these creators will be immersed in the holistic and individualized

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Impact Hub Accra to host Health Hack Accra from August 26 – 28

Health Hack Accra, a health innovation hackathon seeking to improve health outcomes throughout Ghana, will be taking place at Impact Hub Accra from August 26 – 28, 2016. The 48-hour hackathon will bring together a diverse group of health entrepreneurs ranging from students to surgeons to develop solutions for improving health. These entrepreneurs, who will

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LaunchLab, ATTACQ launch US$7,000 retail innovation challenge

LaunchLab, a business incubator housed at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and ATTACQ, a leading capital growth fund in the Real Estate sector, have launched a retail innovation challenge. Known as Breakthrough Innovation Platform, the challenge seeks to capture new ideas and business models that may create the next breakthrough innovation in the retail industry. These

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Mobile payments company, Paga now has 5 million users

Paga, Nigeria’s leading mobile payments company, has just achieved a major milestone: it now has 5 million users In a Medium post announcing this development, Tayo Oviosu, co-founder of Paga, stated the journey to this point wasn’t an easy one. “It’s been a long journey, and success is still not guaranteed, but it has been

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Showroom.ng Is Going Out Of Business At Month End

Showroom.ng, Nigeria’s premier online showroom for furniture and interior decor, will be putting up a sign that reads “Out of Business” at the entrance of its “door” at the end of the month. Launched in February of 2015, Showroom.ng’s mission was to furnish Nigerian homes and make millionaires of 100,000 carpenters by 2020. The startup

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The Institute for the Future partners Ìmísí 3D to host an event on the future of Lagos

I’m sure you’ve watched that comedy skit where a bus conductor was suited up with an iPad in hand and calling out for passengers with a well brushed-up accent. To the creators of the skit, that’s the Lagos they want to see in the future. Others have come up with videos, images and whatnot of

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CcHUB Is Organizing A Hackathon To Find Solutions For Stopping Violence Against Women

Co-Creation Hub, a Lagos based accelerator and incubator, has announced it is organizing a hackathon to help find tech-based solutions that’ll put a stop to violence against women. Tagged CHIMEHACK 3, the two-day hackathon will bring together hackers along with issue experts and non-profit leaders to create tech-driven solutions focused on gender equality. These tech

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InterC Network, formerly Intercellular, launches 4G LTE in Nigeria

Back in March 2016, Intercellular Nigeria Plc announced the signing of a partnership with Chinese telecoms and networking equipment maker, Huawei to transform its CDMA network to LTE Broadband. At the time, the time table for the completion of the project and the eventual rollout of the 4G LTE network weren’t made public but it

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HiiL announces semi-finalists for 2016 Innovating Justice Challenge

HiiL, a worldwide pioneer in building and scaling up innovative justice ecosystems, has unveiled the semi-finalists for the 2016 edition of its Innovating Justice Challenge. The Innovating Justice Challenge is a competition that rewards justice entrepreneurs with the most promising innovations. Some of the semifinalists were selected after garnering enough votes during the voting period while

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Two African startups among The S Factory 4th Generation

30 startups from across the world have been selected to join the 4th generation of The S Factory, a pre-acceleration program aimed at supporting first time female entrepreneurs in building high impact startups, with two coming from Africa. They are Curacel Health, a Nigerian startup that has built an affordable and easy to use electronic health

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Applications open for US$7.5 million Securing Water for Food Challenge

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Sweden has announced it is accepting applications for the US$7.5 million-worth Securing Water for Food Challenge. Launched in 2013, the competition seeks innovations that help farmers produce more food with less water, enhance water storage, and improve the use of saline water and soils to produce food. The

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LaunchLab, NedBank launch Fintech & Big Data Challenge 

LaunchLab, a business incubator housed at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and South African bank, Nedbank have launched the Fintech & Big Data Challenge. The challenge seeks innovative ideas that will shape the future of banking in not just South Africa but across Africa. These business ideas must address any of the following to be considered for

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GrowthAfrica opens applications for its programme in Kenya and Ethiopia

GrowthAfrica, a leading African impact startup accelerator, and business market and consulting company, has opened applications for its accelerator programme in Kenya and Ethiopia. The programme seeks startups with products and services that impact the lives of their communities and also improve the efficiencies of businesses. The programme provides a strong support on financial modelling

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EdTech startup, Chalkboard Education wins Seedstars Accra

Chalkboard Education has won Seedstars Accra, the Ghanaian leg of Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes. The startup offers plug-and-play mobile learning solutions that work on any device and without an Internet connection. To emerge winner, it pitched in front of a jury – Selam Kebede, Mansa

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