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Applications open for #Winsiders4Good Nigeria Fellowship Program

Applications open for #Winsiders4Good Nigeria Fellowship Program

Following the launch few days back, Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) has announced it is accepting applications for the inaugural Windows Insiders for Good (#WINsiders4Good) Nigeria Fellowship Program. The program seeks to provide selected Nigerian entrepreneurs the necessary tools to bring their world-changing ideas to life and impact the lives of others. From the applications received, only 20


Unmissable tweets from Michael Seibel Fireside Chat at Ventures Platform

Y Combinator CEO, Michael Seibel and COO, Qasar Younis have been in the country for a few days now on YC Office Hours, a tour to enable them learn more about Nigeria’s budding tech community. This tour has taken them to various events in Lagos such as OIIE’s StartUP Friday, which happened on September 23, 2016 and


PwC Nigeria launches tax app for quick access to tax information

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Nigeria, a multinational professional services network, has announced the launch of a tax app for easy access to all relevant tax and related laws in the country. Called Tax247, the app enables Nigerians keep abreast developments in the economy especially as it relates to their tax obligations, government policies and the implications on


Take this simple quiz to know what type of (tech) entrepreneur you are

There are entrepreneurs and there are entrepreneurs but how do you know what type you are? Over time, different people have come up with different docs to help you find out where you belong. Well, there’s another one – yet another way to find out. It’s a simple quiz from the guys at Design Hill,


Women In Tech Week To Hold Across 40 Countries This Month

From September 26 – 30, 2016, the first and largest ever global Women in Technology Week will hold, both physically and virtually, across 40 countries around the world. The event brings together stakeholders supporting growth of women in technology and leadership. It includes curated user generated events with event partners across 40 countries with 400


Wecylers CEO got a business offer on a live BBC programme

A business offer on a live programme? Who does that? Eric Guichard, CEO of Homestrings, an investment platform that facilitates Diaspora investments into their own communities, did that. The occasion was the live recording of Business Daily, the BBC World Service’s international business news programme, and Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, CEO of Wecyclers was in attendance with Eric.


Micro-health insurance startup, Jamii wins Seedstars Dar es Salaam

Jamii, a mobile micro-health insurance product for the low income and informal sector population at just $1 per month, has won Seedstars Dar es Salaam, the Tanzanian leg of Seedstars World Startup Competition. Founded by Lillian Makoi, Jamii is “determined to save lives and enable over 47 million Tanzanians afford health insurance”, and plans to


These are the winners of Health Hack Accra 2016

Four teams have been named winners of the inaugural Health Hack Accra, a health innovation hackathon seeking to improve health outcomes throughout Ghana. The event took place at Impact Hub Accra from August 26 – 28, 2016 with over a hundred health entrepreneurs – students, surgeons, et al – present to develop solutions for improving


d.light raises US$22.5 million to expand PayGo Business into new markets

d.light, a for-profit social enterprise that manufactures and distributes solar lighting and power products, has secured US$22.5 million to expand its PayGo Business into new off-grid solar markets. The funds will be used to ramp up sales for its D30 solar home system, and launch new products to market that can power other appliances, like TVs


Forbes Editor, Zack O’Malley Greenburg, to discuss the business of hip-hop at MEST’s Show & Tell

Zack O’Malley Greenburg, the Senior Editor of Media & Entertainment at Forbes, will be in Ghana to speak at MEST‘s Show & Tell, an event that takes place from time to time. Zack, who has spent a decade at Forbes, is the author of two books: Michael Jackson, Inc and the Jay Z biography Empire State of


Innovating Justice Boostcamp (West Africa) to hold in Lagos this month

The West Africa edition of the 2016 Innovating Justice Boostcamp is set to hold in Lagos, Nigeria this month. The Boostcamp will feature keynote addresses, panel discussions, interactive working sessions, and a pitch session. The pitch session will see the semi-finalists for the HiiL SME Empowerment and Family Justice Challenges pitch their justice innovations to


Energy tech company, Uncharted Play raises US$7 million to expand its core technology

Uncharted Play, an energy tech company that aims to democratize access to energy worldwide, has raised US$7 million in a seed funding round to expand its core technology, ‘MORE’ (Motion-based, Off-Grid, Renewable Energy). MORE is a platform for customizable, low-cost micro-generators that can be seamlessly integrated into almost any product, harnessing ambient kinetic energy to power


Nigerian startup, raises US$1.2 million to expand across the country, a Lagos-based online property platform, has raised US$1.2 million in a Series A funding round to expand across the country over the next 12-18 months. The investment was secured from Frontier Digital Ventures, a Malaysia-based investment firm that has invested in several classifieds companies in Africa such as Ghana’s meQasa and Cameroon’s Afribaba. “We


Afrostream is now available on Orange TV

Afrostream, a subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, is now available on Orange TV, an on-demand video service owned by telecommunication giant, Orange. Available on Orange TV in the Pass Vidéo section, Orange TV customers in mainland France with Livebox 4 or Livebox Play and their respective decoders will be able to enjoy Afrostream for


10 startups to pitch at Seedstars Dar Es Salaam

Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, has selected 10 startups for the finals of its event in Tanzania. In no particular order, the startups are described below. Bahari Technologies: A software that tracks and manages subscription services. PHS (Geek Technologies Limited): PHS stands for Paperless Hospital Systems


Google is accepting applications for the female edition of its Demo Day

Search giant, Google has announced it is accepting applications for the female edition of its Demo Day, an event for startups to showcase their products and meet investors and mentors. The female edition – Google Demo Day: Women’s Edition – will feature some of the world’s best early stage startups founded or co-founded by women.


Applications open for Seedstars Nairobi

Applications for the Kenyan leg of Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, have opened. The competition seeks startups that are less than 2 years old, have raised less than USD 500,000 in funding and have built a minimum viable product, ideally with existing traction. After the application