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SA’s Cape to monitor VAST Networks’ vast Wi-Fi network

SA’s Cape to monitor VAST Networks’ vast Wi-Fi network

VAST Networks, South Africa’s first open access and leading Wi-Fi provider has selected South African Wi-Fi monitoring company, Cape to monitor its vast Wi-Fi network in the country. Formerly known as Assimetric, Cape Town-based Cape is a software as a service (SaaS) and hardware company on a mission to make the Internet better. It is doing this

Nigeria’s Oga Taxi unveils new app, integrates Splyt global roaming API

Oga Taxi, a Nigerian community focused taxi app has announced the launch of a brand new ride-hailing app, featuring social ride-pooling which allows passengers know who they’re riding with. Launched in 2014, Oga Taxi aims to make movement of people within Nigeria quick, safe and convenient. It operates a system that provides equitable fare rates

North African startups invited to apply for Fincluders Startup Challenge

The Technical Assistance Facility of the SANAD Fund for MSME has invited North African startups to participate in the first Fincluders Startup Challenge to be held outside Europe, giving them a chance to win up to US$15,000. The Fincluders Startup Challenge is a Fintech-focused event seeking to identify and promote innovative startups using technology to

1000 entrepreneurs selected for 2017 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), described as Africa’s largest business incubator, has selected 1000 African entrepreneurs for the 2017 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP). Now in its third year, TEEP is TEF’s 10-year, US$100 million commitment to train, mentor and fund African entrepreneurs in every African country. Since launch, the programme has assisted nearly 2,000 entrepreneurs and created hundreds of jobs across the continent. Applications for this edition

Ushahidi’s new apps work even without Internet connection

Ushahidi, a Nairobi based technology company has announced the launch of an Android and iOS app to enable anyone gather reports from anywhere, anytime. Launched in 2008, Ushahidi empowers people to raise their voices and equips organizations with the tools they need to better listen to and respond to their audiences. Its crowdsourcing data platform

Nigeria’s Solstice Energy wins Berkeley Cleantech University Prize

Solstice Energy Solutions, a Nigerian clean energy startup has been named winner of the 2017 Berkeley Cleantech University Prize (CUP), taking home the US$50,000 prize at stake. An annual competition, the Berkeley CUP is a collaboration between the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) and BERC, and a part of a US$2.5 million program funded by the

Applications open for Chilean female-only acceleration program, The S Factory

Applications are currently being accepted for the fifth edition of The S Factory, a Chilean female-only pre-acceleration program which provides selected startups equity free funding and 4 months of acceleration. Launched in 2015 by the Government of Chile and Start Up Chile, the program is aimed at supporting first time female entrepreneurs in building high

Three African startups selected for The Venture’s global final

Chivas Regal has announced the 30 startups selected for the global final of the third installment of The Venture, with the list including three African startups. Launched in 2014, The Venture is a US$1million annual fund and global search to reward entrepreneurs with businesses that are creating positive changes. The Venture seeks to inspire, discover and reward

SA’s Pargo secures US$1.18 million to expand its offering

Pargo, a South African high tech logistics and fulfillment startup has secured US$1.18 million (ZAR15 million) from a group of investors to expand its offering. Launched in 2015, Pargo has developed a convenient logistic solution that lets customers collect and return their parcels at a trusted and well-known local store whenever it suits them best

Ghana’s Peach Health selected for Merck KGaA Accelerator

Merck KGaA, a leading science and technology company has selected Ghana’s Peach Health Technologies for its Accelerator program in Nairobi, Kenya. Launched last year, the equity-free Accelerator Program runs for three months and is specifically designed for digital health startups in Africa. Two editions have been held with six startups (three each) participating. Applications for

Three startups win Nailab’s Innovate 4 Life contest

Nailab, a Kenyan technology business incubator has named three startups winners of the Innovate 4 Life contest, providing them access to an acceleration program and seed capital of US$3,000. Organized in partnership with AMREF Health Africa and Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the Innovate 4 Life contest sought solutions to help curb Maternal Mortality and Infant Loss rates in

Azuri, Niger Delta Power Holding Company launch PayGo Solar Home Systems

Leading UK based provider of PayGo Solar home systems, Azuri Technologies has announced a partnership with Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) to launch its PayGo Solar Home Systems in Nigeria. Azuri’s PayGo Solar Home systems can power four LED bulbs providing up to 8 hours of lighting, a radio and a USB port with charging

Azuri Technologies has sold 100,000 PayGo solar home systems in sub Saharan Africa

Azuri Technologies, a leading UK based commercial provider of PayGo solar systems to rural off-grid communities, has now sold 100,000 PayGo solar home systems in sub Saharan Africa since launching in 2011. Azuri ensures people without access to grid electricity are able to enjoy power by delivering lighting, phone charging, radio and TV access in affordable packages

SA’s Eventerprise raises US$400k to expand globally

Eventerprise, a South Africa based global events platform that connects event-related businesses with potential clients, has raised US$400,000 in a seed funding round to take its offering to the ‘global market’. Launched in 2014, Eventerprise provides a platform where event hosts can source, review and choose the very best suppliers based on transparent, peer-reviewed and

Azuri Technologies crowdfunds US$172k for PayGo solar in Kenya

Azuri Technologies, a leading UK based provider of PayGo Solar home systems, has raised US$172,000 via crowdfunding for PayGo solar in Kenya. The funds will be used by Azuri’s partner Raj Ushanga House to deploy 1,200 Azuri Solar Home Systems in Kenya, providing clean electricity to approximately 6,000 people. “We congratulate Raj Ushanga House and TRINE on this

Uganda’s MamaOpe wins Pitch@Palace Africa contest

Uganda’s MamaOpe, a biomedical smart jacket that helps doctors identify pneumonia faster and more accurately, has been named winner of the 2017 edition of the Pitch@Palace Africa contest. Established by The Duke of York, Pitch@Palace offers tech entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch in front of a global audience of influencers who can support and take

Egypt’s Yumamia expands to more locations

Yumamia, an Egyptian homemade food ordering and delivery startup, has expanded to more locations in the country, thereby ensuring more people have access to its continuously-improving service. Launched in 2014, the startup caters to working class Egyptians who are too busy to cook healthy meals and resort to patronizing restaurants, who, more often than not,

Malawi’s InCUBE8 opens applications for Youth Entrepreneurship Program

InCUBE8, a Malawian business incubator/accelerator, has opened applications for its Youth Entrepreneurship Program, offering mentorship from successful business men and women and seed capital to graduands. Launched in 2016, InCUBE8 aims to tackle youth unemployment and startup failure by nurturing innovative entrepreneurs and help them became the next generation of successful business leaders. Through the

Nigeria’s Sliide Airtime named Most Innovative Mobile App in the world

GSMA has named Nigeria’s mobile advertising technology platform Sliide Airtime the Most Innovative Mobile App at the 2017 edition of the most prestigious telecom awards in the world, Global Mobile (Glomo) Awards. Sliide Airtime, Africa’s first lock screen content and mobile advertising delivery platform, is changing the way people interact with their phones by subsidising their airtime. Launched

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