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Jumia Travel launches flight booking service

Jumia Travel launches flight booking service

Leading online hotel booking company, Jumia Travel has announced the launch of a flight booking service which allows travellers to find, compare, and book flights. Travellers can use the service for both domestic and international flights and they can buy air tickets online with ease directly from various airline companies across the world right on


2016 Demo Africa winners to tour Silicon Valley this week

The Liberalizing Innovation Opportunity Nations (LIONS@FRICA) has announced that winners of the 2016 edition of Demo Africa will tour Silicon Valley, California this week as part of its annual Innovation Tour. The tour, organized by the Silicon Valley based African Technology Foundation, is focused on knowledge sharing and networking with leading Silicon Valley stakeholders that’ll lead


Jobpalava is a spanking new anonymous employer review site

If you’ve been following happenings in the technology side of Nigerian Twitter, you definitely would be in the know of a conversation concerning internships in the country. But first things first, how did the conversation start? Olori • Lade Tawak‏ (@deaduramilade) tweeted this 👇👇: Stop 👏 slapping 👏 intern 👏 on 👏 top 👏 of 👏


14 entrepreneurs graduate GE healthymagination Mother and Child Programme

General Electric and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship have announced 14 social entrepreneurs will graduate its healthymagination Mother and Child Programme, pitching to an audience of potential investors at a “Premier Pitch” event later today in Nairobi, Kenya. Announced last year, the programme was aimed at supporting social entrepreneurs solving maternal and child


Kenya-based mobile tech company, Tala raises US$30 million to launch in new markets

Tala, a US mobile technology and data science company, has raised more than US$30 million in a Series B funding round led by later-stage venture capital and growth equity firm, IVP. Launched in 2011, Tala, which has an office in Nairobi, Kenya and operates in East Africa and Southeast Asia, is working to change the way


UK’s Azuri Technologies raises funds to deploy solar products in sub-Saharan Africa

Leading UK based provider of PayGo Solar home systems, Azuri Technologies has raised US$5 million from Standard Chartered Bank to support renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa. The company will use the funds to manufacture its PayGo solar home systems for deployment in sub-Saharan Africa, where it claims 600 million people live without access to a reliable


40% of financial services business will be at risk of standalone Fintechs by 2020

The above statement is part of the findings of a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in partnership with its Strategy & platform focused on Fintech innovation, DeNovo. Insights were gathered from over 50 Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), and Industry leaders across various segments of Nigeria’s Financial Services (FS) industry to prepare the report, which is


Safaricom opens applications for 2017 internship programme

Kenya’s largest integrated telecommunications outfit, Safaricom has announced applications for its 2017 internship programme are now open The programme, which will now be known as the Safaricom Technology Academy, will see 63 university students selected, with at least 40 being females, and four persons living with disabilities. The selected students will take courses on IP


Safaricom launches ‘fibre for business’ in Kisii town

Kenya’s leading telecommunications company, Safaricom has launched its high-speed Internet service, dubbed Fibre ‘fibre for business’, in Kisii, a town in south-western Kenya. Targeted at Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), the service, delivered through fibre, has unlimited bandwidth capabilities and offers the fastest high-speed data connectivity. The launch means SMEs in Kisii town can now


Kenya’s Gearbox launches Fab lab platform for Fab Academy

Gearbox, Kenya’s first open makerspace for design and prototyping, has announced the launch of a Fab lab platform for Fab Academy, a distributed educational model providing a unique educational experience. The Gearbox Fab lab program will run for 6 months complete with activities such as technological empowerment, peer-to-peer project-based technical training, local problem-solving and small-scale


Sage Foundation launches US$1 million Enterprise Fund for African non-profits

Sage Foundation has announced the launch of a US$1 million Enterprise Fund, which will see non-profits in Africa receive grants between US$5,000 and US$35,000. The Fund is aimed at non-profits in Africa that are helping to improve the lives of military veterans, young people or women and girls. It will help them generate further income,


Andela takes boot camp to Calabar, Abuja

Andela, a Nigeria-based talent accelerator, has announced it is expanding within the country by taking its boot camp to two different locations outside of Lagos; Calabar and Abuja precisely. Calabar will serve the South-South & South East regions of the country while Abuja, the country’s capital city, will serve the North-Central & North-West regions of Nigeria. The


Applications open for 2017 West Africa Mobile Awards

Applications for the 2017 edition of the West Africa Mobile Awards (WAMAS), the leading industry awards that celebrate the best in mobile and technology across West Africa, are now open. The awards seeks to identify, recognise and celebrate the individuals and companies that are the driving force of the region’s mobile ecosystem. The inaugural edition


Applications open for Village Capital’s Affordable Nutrition Forum

Village Capital, a company that finds, trains, and invests in entrepreneurs solving real-world problems, and The Hershey Company have opened applications for the Affordable Nutrition Forum. The forum aims to identify and support entrepreneurs increasing access to, and affordability of, nutritious food products locally in Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria. Up to 10 entrepreneurs will


African Property Group launches online real estate marketplace in 8 African countries

African Property Group has launched eight new online real estate platforms in eight countries in Africa to allow people search for properties from their PCs or mobile phones. The countries are Lesotho (, Malawi (, Somalia (, Seychelles (, Zambia (, Botswana (, Swaziland ( and Zimbabwe ( “With a combined population of more than


DHL Express launches on-demand delivery service in Sub Saharan Africa

World’s leading international express services provider, DHL Express has launched an on-demand delivery service for its clients in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) in response to significant growth in premium cross-border e-commerce volumes. The new service, known as On Demand Delivery, allows shippers and receivers globally to select from a range of standardised delivery options. It offers


Konga launches ₦500,000 developer challenge for university students

Nigeria’s largest online shopping mall, Konga has announced the launch of Game of Codes, a developer challenge for university students, with amazing prizes up for grabs. The challenge is for students currently studying in a Nigerian university/tertiary institution and have the ability to code. The students must apply in groups (minimum of 3 team members


MEST Accra appoints Ashwin Ravichandran as new Incubator General Manager

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) Accra has announced the appointment of Indian national, Ashwin Ravichandran as its new Incubator General Manager. Ashwin started working with startups after graduating with a Computer Science degree in 2011. He has worked with startups in the recruitment, lifestyle, education, and data & social impact sectors. He joined the


ntel is now live in Port Harcourt

ntel, Nigeria’s most advanced 4G/LTE mobile network operator, has formally announced the commencement of commercial operations in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The network operator commenced commercial operations in the city on December 1, 2016, offering customers free on-network calls and unlimited data. “I am delighted to announce that beginning Thursday December 1, 2016 you can