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HiiL selects 51 startups for 2016 Justice Innovations Challenges

HiiL selects 51 startups for 2016 Justice Innovations Challenges

HiiL, a worldwide pioneer in building and scaling up innovative justice ecosystems, has announced the startups selected to take part in its Justice Innovations Challenge for 2016. The selected startups are 51 in number – 25 from East Africa, 15 from West Africa, 8 from Southern Africa and 3 from Northern Africa. You can click


Tunisia’s Night Watch secures US$10,000 at the Imagine Cup Finals

Night Watch, a team of student innovators from Tunisia, have secured US$10,000 in the first final round of Imagine Cup, Microsoft’s premier global student technology competition. Night Watch, which developed Smart Hand, a prosthetic smart hand for those who have lost one or more limbs, was selected for the finals of the event, alongside 3


EasyPOS Restaurant launches to solve order management and payments problems in Nigerian restaurants

NetPlusDotCom, a Nigerian growth tech company, has launched an innovative app to solve order management and payments problem in Nigerian restaurants. Known as EasyPOS Restaurant, the app does exactly what it preaches. No stress! On the order side of things, it provides an easy and intuitive way for customers to select orders from an electronic menu


African startups invited to take part in the inaugural Global Fintech Hackcelerator

African startups have been invited to take part in the Global Fintech Hackcelerator, a 10 week virtual program to create impactful, market-ready, fintech solutions that solve real industry needs. From the applications received, up to 20 startups will be selected to join the virtual Hackcelerator. The selected startups, which are required to have solutions tackling one


There’s now a portal to help you learn about Ransomware

If you’re not living under a rock, you must have heard about ransomware. If you’ve not though, I’ll let you in on the gist. It is a type of malware that locks the victims’ computer or encrypts their data, demanding them to pay a ransom in order to regain control over the affected device or


MTN Nigeria set to list shares on the NSE next year

MTN Nigeria, the “everywhere you go” telecom operator, will be listing its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange next year, according to reports. The planned listing is part of an agreement the telco reached with the Federal Government of Nigeria as it concerns the fine it got slapped with over unregistered sim cards. The board


CDC makes €50million equity investment in Africa Internet Group (now Jumia)

CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, has announced it has made a €50million equity investment in Africa Internet Group (“AIG”), the leading Internet platform in Africa. The investment will help AIG improve its existing operations and expand into new countries. “CDC’s investment in AIG means that we’re backing a business that is playing a leading

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Orange launches new products to drive digital transformation in Africa

Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunication operator, has announced the launch of a new set of products in a bid to drive digital transformation in Africa and the Middle East. First up is the Orange Rural Electrification Programme, which it describes as “the first domestic solar-energy trial for consumers to generate electricity in rural


MEST’s “most pan-African class of Entrepreneurs-in-Training” to commence training in August

Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), a Ghana-based business incubator and accelerator, has announced its newest cohort will commence training in Ghana next month. The cohort, which consist of 60 entrepreneurs from across Sub-Saharan Africa – Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Sierra Leone – has been described as the most pan-African class of Entrepreneurs-in-Training


General TY Danjuma Is Ntel’s New Board Chairman

General TY Danjuma, a politician and multi-millionaire businessman & philanthropist, has been named the new board chairman of ntel, Nigeria’s most advanced 4G/LTE network provider. General Danjuma replaces Dr. Tunde Ayeni, who will now become Vice Chairman. Other members of the board include Captain Idahosa Okunbo, Abiola Ayeni, Kasheem Shettima, Philip Chukwu, Kola Adesina, John Darlington, Dan


GSMA launches innovation fund to support African startups, calls for applications

GSMA, a trade group that represents network operators using GSM technology for their networks, has announced the launch of an innovation fund to support innovative African startups and those from other emerging markets. Known as the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund, it will help identify startups with the greatest potential for growth and provide them with