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British Airways, Safaricom Launch Emerging Enterprise Initiative For Kenyan SMEs

British Airways, Safaricom Launch Emerging Enterprise Initiative For Kenyan SMEs

British Airways, the UK’s largest international airline and Safaricom, a leading mobile network operator in Kenya have announced the Emerging Enterprise Initiative aimed at providing international exposure for business owners in Kenya’s Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector. Through the initiative, five business owners in the SME sector will be provided with access to international


GE and National Geographic Channel Develop TV Series To Explore Breakthroughs In Science And Technology

Life-saving, mind-boggling innovation is a part of everyday life, but we sometimes take it for granted. This new TV series explores the courage, imagination, passion and self-sacrifice of the scientists bringing scientific and technological innovations to life.


Eight Startups Join iDea Nigeria’s Business Incubator Programme

iDea Nigeria, a Lagos-based incubator and accelerator for techpreneurs has announced it has accepted eight startups into its business incubator. In no particular order, the startups are listed below. 1. Kangpe – A health management information systems. 2. Easyhire – A platform to hire/ rent anything with a focus on electronics, vehicles and aircrafts. 3.


Seedstars World Unveils Finalists For Seedstars Dakar

Seedstars World has unveiled the finalists for the Senegalese leg of its startup competition which will take place on November 17, 2015 at JokkoLab in Dakar, Senegal. In no particular order, the finalists are Karangue, Alien’ Com, Dakar Mode, KALANDA-APP, SAMASKULL, Jokko Sante, Teachers du net, Tekci, VoLo and Wutiko. The finalists will pitch to


Edusko Launches in Nigeria, To Connect Students With Schools Across The Globe

Edusko, an online platform that connects students and parents to schools abroad has launched in Lagos, Nigeria. Edusko’s mission is to make good schools available, accessible and affordable to parents, guardians and student looking for such in Africa and beyond. Edusko also provides schools with the opportunity to reach out to millions of parents and

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Etisalat Nigeria Unveils Finalists For Its 2015 Prize For Innovation

Etisalat Nigeria, a telecommunication service provider has unveiled the finalists for its 2015 Prize for Innovation. In no particular order, the finalists and their categories are listed below. Innovative Product Category Digital Back Books: a subscription-based e-book platform – the first in Nigeria. Study Math Lab: a repository of more than 1,300 videos of senior


Safaricom Invests Into Package Delivery Startup, Sendy Through Its Spark Fund

Safaricom, a leading mobile network operator in Kenya has announced that it has invested into Nairobi-based local package delivery startup, Sendy through its Spark Fund which was launched in November last year. Sendy, launched in 2014, offers a marketplace for last-mile package delivery and logistics services, allowing customers to send packages and documents within Nairobi


Applications Open For “Startupper of The Year by Total” Challenge

Total, a leading international oil and gas company has announced it is accepting applications for its “Startupper of The Year” challenge. The challenge seeks to “energize the ideas” of young people across Africa who aspire to start their own businesses and build a brighter future. The challenge is open to entrepreneurs under 35 years of


MWOT Announces Winners of SA Innovation Awards

MyWorld of Tomorrow (MWOT), an African-led movement inspired by technological innovation has announced the winners of the second installment of the SA Innovation Awards. In no particular order, the winners as adjudicated by a panel of judges and audited by Mazar, a global auditing group are: SMME Innovator: Jacques Malan, Director at Eternity Power and

L-R_ Guillame Leblond MD Hellofood, Obi Ejimiofo MD Lamudi, Sefik Bagdadioglu MD Kaymu Adaora Asala MD Easyatxi Amy Muoneke MD Carmudi

Trust is e-commerce’s greatest challenge in Nigeria, says industry experts

Although considerable progress can be said to have been made in the e-commerce world in Nigeria, trust has been identified as its greatest and biggest challenge. This much was stated by the Managing Directors of Africa Internet Group-backed Kaymu, Lamudi, Carmudi, Hellofood and EasyTaxi at the Fireside chat event hosted by iDea Nigeria, a Lagos-based


Barclays Africa Unveils The Finalists For Its Supply Chain Challenge

Barclays Africa, South African subsidiary of Barclays, a major global financial services provider has unveiled the finalists for its Supply Chain Challenge. In no particular order, the finalists are: Farm Input Authentication (Kenya) – a system to verify and track transactions in Kenya’s agricultural sector. Catch Counterfeits (Kenya) – a blockchain solution for the pharmaceutical


MainOne Donates ICT Tools, Provides Free Internet To Secondary School In Yaba, Lagos

MainOne Cable Company, an African-owned communications services company has announced the donation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools to Herbert Macauley Girls Secondary School in Yaba, Lagos. The donations were made under the auspices of “MainOne Connect”, the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative focused on education and youth development. The ICT tools –


South Africa’s WhereIsMyTransport Wins 2015 Global Grand MobiPrize

This post was updated on November 9, 2015. WhereIsMyTransport (WIMT), a South Africa-based company dedicated to improving and integrating the commuter experience in emerging markets has been named winner of the 2015 MobiPrize. The MobiPrize, also known as Mobility Enterprize, honours entrepreneurial ventures (and now city, state and national governments supporting entrepreneurial ventures) that are changing


Four Startups Qualifies For Finals Of SME Empowerment Challenge

Nigeria’s DIYLaw, Uganda’s Barefoot Law, and Kenya’s Shop Officer and MSMEgarage have all qualified for the finals of HiiL Innovating Justice SME Empowerment Challenge. The SME Empowerment Challenge is aimed at finding and strengthening new initiatives that can empower startups and SMEs in East and West Africa, thereby addressing problems such as insecurity, high and


Highway1 Is Accepting Applications For Its Hardware Accelerator Programme

Highway1, a US-based hardware startup incubator and accelerator has announced it is accepting applications for the Spring 2016 Class of its hardware-themed accelerator programme. Highway1 seeks the world’s best hardware startups that bring transformational technology to consumer markets, and possess the vision and drive to build a successful company. Startups selected for the accelerator programme


Applications Open For The 2016 Ashden International Awards

Ashden, a not-for-profit green energy-focused organization has announced it is accepting applications for 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. The awards is open to


Venture Capital Firm, 500 Startups To Invest In Nigerian Tech Companies

500 Startups, a US-based early-stage seed fund and accelerator program has announced it plans on investing in Nigerian tech companies next year. The firm, which already has 10 investments on the continent in markets including South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Egypt, seeks to add Nigerian assets to its impressive portfolio. Through a planned US$2million fund,