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Applications open for 2016 edition of British Council’s Enterprise Challenge

Applications open for 2016 edition of British Council’s Enterprise Challenge

If you’re brimming with innovative ideas or solutions which can make a huge difference in Nigeria, then you should check out the 2016 edition of the British Council’s Enterprise Challenge. The Enterprise Challenge is an online competition which is designed to promote the development of entrepreneurial skills in Nigerian youth aged 18 to 35. The


BongoHive’s ‘Launch’ programme kicks off

The Launch programme, an initiative of Zambia’s first technology and innovation hub, BongoHive aimed at startups looking to scale their growth, has kicked off. Launch, a 3-month accelerator programme, was established so as to assist aspiring entrepreneurs with their business ideas through a process where they could refine their ideas and eventually exit with a


LifeBank to hold largest blood drive in Nigeria

LifeBank, a startup which uses technology to end blood shortage, has announced it will hold #LoveDrive, the largest blood drive in Nigeria, in Lagos on February 13, 2016. Through #LoveDrive, a movement of ready young blood donors who will give blood every 3 months to prevent blood shortage related deaths in Nigeria will be built.


Rwandan startup, MERGIMS to launch WebApp today

MERGIMS, a payment platform for basic products and services in Rwanda, is set to launch a WebApp later today. Through the WebApp, users would be able to access MERGIMS on any kind of phone, table and computer. For one year now, the platform was only available on Android. The launch will take place on the


Facebook invites developers to its FreeBasics & FBStart event at CcHUB

California-based Facebook will be hosting an event comprising of tech-talks and networking opportunities at Co-Creation Hub, a leading Lagos-based incubator and accelerator. At the event, developers and tech innovators will be shown how they can take advantage of the Free Basics platform and FBStart to grow their startups and/or apps and engage a wider audience.


Attend Facebook’s event on How to Leverage Social for Android

If you’re an Android developer, then you should attend Facebook’s half-day event comprising of tech-talks and hands-on code labs that will show you how to effectively leverage social in the design and implementation of Android apps. During the event, the following topics will be covered: Improving user engagement on my android app; Getting a better


Ghanaian startup, Asoriba wins Seedstars Best African Startup award

Asoriba, a MEST portfolio startup that’s revolutionizing church administration, has been named the Best African Startup at the just concluded inaugural Seedstars Africa in Morocco. Asoriba is web and mobile application that enables effective church administration for leaders, and seamless engagement with members. To emerge winner, Asoriba pitched in front of a panel of judges


Merck launches equity-free accelerator program for digital health startups in Africa

Merck, a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials, has announced the launch of its equity-free accelerator program for digital health startups in Africa. The accelerator program, which will last for three-month, will support three startups in the field of digital health with working space at the Nairobi Garage, a


Applications open for Sony’s FinTech Innovation Challenge

Japan-based multinational electronics giant, Sony Corporation has announced it is accepting applications for its global FinTech Innovation Challenge. The Challenge seeks the global FinTech community to showcase their innovative products/solutions in selected areas The areas are: Web Bank Interaction for High Net Worth Individuals Financial Services for Travelers Entertainment x Blockchain Education/ Financial Management Services


Starta is giving out NGN200k worth of products and services to entrepreneurs

Starta, a business support platform for startup and SME entrepreneurs in Africa, has announced it will be giving out NGN200,000 worth of products and services in the Starta Giveaway competition. The aim of the competition is to help address some of the challenges entrepreneurs face whilst setting up their business as well as to highlight


Three startups to represent Nigeria at Regional Finals of 1776 Challenge Cup in Nairobi

On January 22, 2016, the finals of 1776 Challenge Cup Lagos, an opportunity for world-class Nigerian startups to compete on the global stage for access to intellectual, social and financial capital, took place at the Cre8 Innovation Hub, Victoria Island., Tech4Her, Redbank, Grit Systems, Total Prep, APMIS Limited, Agric Hub Nigeria, E-Medic, Foodstantly, Talking

cchub-header to host technical workshop at Co-Creation Hub Nigeria

Just a few days ago, a team from, a non-profit building open and accessible financial platform, was at iDEA Nigeria to discuss open source payment technology in Nigeria. The team will make another stop at Co-Creation Hub (CcHub), a leading Lagos-based incubator and accelerator, to give developers who are implementing payments into their apps


Nigerian startup, GiftedMom among winners of Mobile Challenge Africa

GiftedMom, an SMS and voice notification application system for mothers has been named among the winners of the Mobile Challenge Africa (MCA) competition. GiftedMom, alongside 8 startups pitched in front of the judges for 3 minutes in the final round of the competition – some startups were unavailable at the event. After the Q&A session and


Applications open for inaugural West Africa Mobile Awards

Applications are currently being accepted for the first instalment of the West Africa Mobile Awards (WAMAS), an awards targeting the leading mobile and technology companies across the region. The awards will recognise the global brands, dynamic startups, and visionary individuals who are shaping mobile content and commerce in West Africa. The awards will comprise 10


Four startups to represent Africa at the World Finals of Get in the Ring in Colombia

Four African startups have booked their place at the global finals of Get in the Ring (GITR), a competition which puts startups in the spotlight – giving them a podium to create fans and connect with opportunities related to capital, talent and expertise. In no particular order, the startups are Adfire Creative M3dia; NewTech Rail; LIK;


American singer, Keri Hilson to mentor Season 2 winner of Airtel Trace Music Star competition

Airtel, a leading telecommunications service provider in Africa has announced that American singer and songwriter, Keri Hilson will mentor the winner of Airtel Trace Music Star (ATMS) Season 2. The competition, claimed to be the biggest pan-African talent search competition, will see Niger join Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania,


Publicis Groupe launches Publicis90, to mentor & fund 90 digital startups

Publicis Groupe, a global leader in marketing, communication, and business transformation, has announced the launch of Publicis90 in celebration of its 90th anniversary. Through Publicis90, whose goal is to provide entrepreneurs with the support they need to bring their projects to life, or to take it to the next level, Publicis Groupe will mentor, support


Applications open for Innotribe Startup Challenge for Africa

Back in December 2015, TechLoy reported that SWIFT African Regional Conference (ARC), a unique forum for networking, education, discussion and debate, will host the 2016 edition of Innotribe Startup Challenge, a competition that bridges the gap between the startup ecosystem and the financial service community. Yesterday, SWIFT announced that applications for the competition, which will


Lagos to host Remittance and Mobile Money Expo in February

The 6th Remittance and Mobile Money Expo will take place in Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria, Africa’s largest remittance nation on February 2-3, 2016 at the prestigious Lagos Oriental Hotel. The two-day event will bring together leading innovators and decision makers from international money transfer operators, financial services providers, financial technology providers, agent network