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Mobile payments company, Paga now has 5 million users

Mobile payments company, Paga now has 5 million users

Paga, Nigeria’s leading mobile payments company, has just achieved a major milestone: it now has 5 million users In a Medium post announcing this development, Tayo Oviosu, co-founder of Paga, stated the journey to this point wasn’t an easy one. “It’s been a long journey, and success is still not guaranteed, but it has been

IMG_20160824_150637_226 Is Going Out Of Business At Month End, Nigeria’s premier online showroom for furniture and interior decor, will be putting up a sign that reads “Out of Business” at the entrance of its “door” at the end of the month. Launched in February of 2015,’s mission was to furnish Nigerian homes and make millionaires of 100,000 carpenters by 2020. The startup


CcHUB Is Organizing A Hackathon To Find Solutions For Stopping Violence Against Women

Co-Creation Hub, a Lagos based accelerator and incubator, has announced it is organizing a hackathon to help find tech-based solutions that’ll put a stop to violence against women. Tagged CHIMEHACK 3, the two-day hackathon will bring together hackers along with issue experts and non-profit leaders to create tech-driven solutions focused on gender equality. These tech


HiiL announces semi-finalists for 2016 Innovating Justice Challenge

HiiL, a worldwide pioneer in building and scaling up innovative justice ecosystems, has unveiled the semi-finalists for the 2016 edition of its Innovating Justice Challenge. The Innovating Justice Challenge is a competition that rewards justice entrepreneurs with the most promising innovations. Some of the semifinalists were selected after garnering enough votes during the voting period while


Lagos State Government approves ₦15.5 million for Ready.Set.Work participants

The Lagos State Government, under the leadership of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, has announced the approval of ₦15.5 million for participants of the Ready.Set.Work (RSW) program. Ready.Set.Work is an entrepreneurship and employability training program for final year students of tertiary institutions in Lagos State, aimed at preparing them for economic productivity as value-creating employees or employers of


Two African startups among The S Factory 4th Generation

30 startups from across the world have been selected to join the 4th generation of The S Factory, a pre-acceleration program aimed at supporting first time female entrepreneurs in building high impact startups, with two coming from Africa. They are Curacel Health, a Nigerian startup that has built an affordable and easy to use electronic health


IFC launches online portal to boost access to off-grid electricity in Tanzania

In a bid to speed the development of mini-grids in Tanzania, and helping to boost access to electricity through renewable sources such as solar and hydro, the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, has announced the launch of an online portal. The portal houses relevant information to support small, renewable power


Applications open for US$7.5 million Securing Water for Food Challenge

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Sweden has announced it is accepting applications for the US$7.5 million-worth Securing Water for Food Challenge. Launched in 2013, the competition seeks innovations that help farmers produce more food with less water, enhance water storage, and improve the use of saline water and soils to produce food. The


LaunchLab, NedBank launch Fintech & Big Data Challenge 

LaunchLab, a business incubator housed at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and South African bank, Nedbank have launched the Fintech & Big Data Challenge. The challenge seeks innovative ideas that will shape the future of banking in not just South Africa but across Africa. These business ideas must address any of the following to be considered for


GrowthAfrica opens applications for its programme in Kenya and Ethiopia

GrowthAfrica, a leading African impact startup accelerator, and business market and consulting company, has opened applications for its accelerator programme in Kenya and Ethiopia. The programme seeks startups with products and services that impact the lives of their communities and also improve the efficiencies of businesses. The programme provides a strong support on financial modelling


EdTech startup, Chalkboard Education wins Seedstars Accra

Chalkboard Education has won Seedstars Accra, the Ghanaian leg of Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes. The startup offers plug-and-play mobile learning solutions that work on any device and without an Internet connection. To emerge winner, it pitched in front of a jury – Selam Kebede, Mansa


11 startups selected to pitch at Seedstars Abidjan

Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, has selected 11 startups to pitch at the Ivorian leg of its competition. The startups were selected to take part in the competition, which is aptly tagged Seedstars Abidjan, following calls for applications. The startups are described below. Mon artisan, a


Kenyan startup, UmpireRef to represent Africa at Global Sport Innovation Competition in Rio 2016

UmpireRef, a Kenyan startup aiming to improve the visibility of amateur sports through data capturing services, will represent Africa at the Global Sport Innovation Competition in Rio 2016. The international startup competition seeks to bring together the best and brightest entrepreneurs from all across the globe that are disrupting the world of sports as we know


Mark Essien, E, Professor Adesola, others to speak at Hackjos 2016

The organizers of Hackjos, a software and apps competition designed to foster interest among young people in software development and the entire spectrum of ICT, has released the list of speakers for the event. The speakers include Mark Essien, CEO,; Professor Adesola Aderounmu, President, Nigeria Computer Society; Aboyeji E Iyinoluwa, co-founder, Flutterwave; Celestine Omin, Software


MEST’s first event in Lagos is happening next week at Cafe Neo

Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), a Ghana-based business incubator and accelerator, has announced its inaugural event in Lagos will take place next week at Cafe Neo. Tagged MEST Talks Lagos: Investing in Tech Startups, the event is an interactive session and fireside chat to talk about Investing in Tech Startups and will feature speakers with experience investing in


Affinis Labs organizes pitch competition for Kenyan startups

Affinis Labs, a social enterprise that leverages innovation and social entrepreneurship to tackle pressing global challenges, is organizing a pitch competition to support Kenyan startups. Known as +254 Rising, the competition is designed to support the next generation of innovative Kenyan startups. A select team of talented young Kenyan entrepreneurs will compete in the competition


iDea Hub is hosting a fireside chat with Google on PWA tomorrow

iDEA Nigeria, a Lagos-based accelerator for techpreneurs, has announced it will be hosting a fireside chat with Google on Progressive Web Apps (PWA) tomorrow. Progressive Web Apps (PWA), just like bots, are becoming the in-thing. They combine the best of the web and the best of apps, giving users an amazing experience. This involves pulling


Zambia based startup, Zoona raises US$15 million from multiple investors

Zoona, a Zambia-based mobile money and money transfer startup, has announced it has raised US$15 million from multiple investors in a Series B funding round. The startup will use the funds to scale its operations into new markets and develop new innovative products. The investment round was led by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of