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SunFunder Receives US$15 million Loan From OPIC To Fund Solar Companies In Africa

SunFunder Receives US$15 million Loan From OPIC To Fund Solar Companies In Africa

SunFunder, a solar energy finance business, has received a US$15 million loan from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government’s development finance institution, to fund startups in Africa that are developing manufacturing, distributing and installing solar lighting and energy systems. The loan, which was approved for SunFunder’s US$50 million investment vehicle, “Beyond The Grid Solar


Twitter To Give Out US$250,000 In The #Promote Ads API Challenge

Microblogging platform, Twitter has announced the #Promote Ads API Challenge, an opportunity for developers, partners and agencies to build the best advertising tools using the Twitter Ads API. Twitter Ads API Challenge: Build great advertising tools for a shot at $250,000 $ — TwitterDev (@TwitterDev) April 11, 2016 Interested participants are required to build the


iHub Research To Discuss How To Promote Safer Internet For Women In Next NRBuzz Series

The research arm of Kenya’s iHub, iHub Research will be hosting a discussion on how to promote safer Internet, especially for women who are a minority group, in the next instalment of its popular NRBuzz series. iHub Research is hosting this discussion because online safety for women is an important issue, especially in Kenya. Over


iDEA Nigeria, Jovago To Teach Startups How To Effectively Acquire Customers

iDEA Nigeria, a Lagos-based accelerator for techpreneurs and Africa’s leading online hotel booking platform, Jovago have teamed up to organize a fireside chat for startups to learn how to acquire and retain customers. The event, which is themed “How To Effectively Acquire Customers And Strategies To Retain Them”, will create an enviroment where startup founders


Two SA Business Schools Invest R2million For Development Of African-focused Business Learning Materials

The Harvard Business School (HBS) Alumni Club of South Africa and the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) have announced the investment of R2 million for the development of African-focused business learning materials. The collaboration between the two top business schools will see the development of emerging market-focused business learning material that will contribute to


Nigeria’s Wecyclers Among 2016 Class Of Global Urban Innovators

Wecyclers, a Lagos-based recycling startup, has been selected to join the 2016 class of Global Urban Innovators, a competition with a mission of shaping a better urban future for all and sundry. The competition seeks cutting edge startups and social enterprises that use technology to address urban challenges in their cities in four focus areas:


Twitter Updates Its Abuse Reporting Process

Gradually, social media (and the Internet generally) has become a place where some people are targeted by some other set of people for whatever reason. Microblogging platform, Twitter isn’t an exception. However, they take abuses and whatnot seriously and that’s why a means of reporting such incidences was created in the first place. The process


‘Team Ivory’ Wins NASA Space Apps Challenge At nHub

‘Team Ivory’ has won the NASA Space Apps Challenge, an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world, which took place at the biggest and first technology hub in Northern Nigeria, nHub on April from April 22 – 24, 2016. The Challenge brings together participants to work together to address current challenges relevant to


Ericsson launches IoT Accelerator to enable customers rapidly develop and deploy new IoT solutions

Swedish multinational telecommunication company, Ericsson announced the launch of IoT Accelerator at Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, yesterday. To be offered as a service, IoT Accelerator will enable customers to overcome the barriers of cost and complexity and rapidly develop and deploy new IoT solutions. It combines horizontal, feature-rich IoT


EcoAct Tanzania Wins US$2000 At GIST Startup Boot Camp In South Africa

EcoAct Tanzania, a startup which utilizes used plastic to manufacture durable, cost efficient and environmentally friendly plastic lumber, has emerged winner of the GIST Startup Boot Camp in South Africa, scooping US$2,000 in the process. The Boot Camp brought together 32 young African teams to learn how to effectively get out of the building and interview


Int’l Money Transfer Service, Tuniar Wins GIST Startup Boot Camp In Senegal

Tuniar, a Benin-based international money transfer and online payment service based on mobile networks, has won the GIST Startup Boot Camp in Senegal. The Boot Camp, the second to be hosted in the country, took place from April 19-21, 2016 with twenty-seven two-person science and tech entrepreneur teams representing eight countries taking part. The countries


Three African Startups Selected For Finals Of 2016 Ashden International Awards

Ashden, a not-for-profit green energy-focused organization, has selected three African startups for the finals of its 2016 International Awards. The Ashden International Awards is aimed at rewarding innovative enterprises and programmes that is involved, either directly or indirectly, in the delivery of renewable energy for the betterment of people and the environment. In no particular


Two African Startups Selected For Finals Of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards

Unilever, a UK-based multinational consumer goods company, has selected two African startups for the finals of its Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards. In particular order, the startups are described below. Ignitia is a social enterprise that has developed the world’s first accurate tropical weather forecasting model. Based in Ghana, forecasts are sent to small-scale farmers


Unreasonable East Africa Unveils Class Of 2016

Unreasonable East Africa, an accelerator program giving “unreasonable advantage” to entrepreneurs creating solutions to East Africa’s biggest social and environmental problems, has unveiled its class of 2016. The class of 2016 consist of 9 startups that are innovating new technologies, transforming systems and pioneering new ways of thinking. The class includes Bidhaa Sasa, which enables


Nigerian Newspaper, The Guardian Launches Online TV Platform

The Guardian, Nigeria’s most trusted newspaper, has announced the launch of an online TV platform, Guardian TV. Guardian TV will provide exclusive video interviews, as well as up-to-the-minute videos from across the world. The platform will provide viewers the best in news entertainment and sport from partners such as Al Jazeera, AFP, Reuters, CNBC Africa,


Africans Talked More Of Politics On Twitter In 2015

According to a report by Portland, a London-based integrated communications agency, Africans talked (or tweeted) more of politics on Twitter in 2015. Portland analysed 1.6 billion geo-located tweets and the top 5,000 hashtags¹ on the continent as part of its third “How Africa Tweets” report. The report showed that almost 1 in 10 of the


African Startup TV Launches To Tell Stories Of African Entrepreneurs

African Startup TV, an indigenous web-based TV, has been launched into the Nigerian media industry, with the aim of telling the stories of African entrepreneurs. The web TV will feature news, interviews, how-tos, stories and interesting articles about the African Entrepreneurship spirit. According to the CEO of the startup, Roberta Edu‎, the initiative became necessary