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WeCyclers grabs US$55,000 at Pitch for Lagos event

WeCyclers grabs US$55,000 at Pitch for Lagos event

Wecylers, an incentive-based household waste recycling service has won US$55,000 at the recently held Pitch for Lagos event at the Co-Creation hub. The event was backed by The Case Foundation, founded by Steve and Jean Case and supported by Co-Creation Hub, EchoVC, Lagos Startup Week and Africa 2.0. The 9 startups that pitched at the

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MyQ wins SeedStars World Startup Competition in Lagos

MyQ will be flying Nigeria’s flag at the grand finale of SeedStars World Startup Competition holding in Geneva, Switzerland in February next year after emerging the winner of the Lagos version of the event. MyQ, a road travel app for the Nigerian commercial road transport industry, pitched alongside 11 other startups at the event. The


10 Startups to pitch at Seedstars World Startup Competition in Lagos

On July 31st 2015, SeedStars World Startup Competiton will hold in Lagos and 10 Nigerian Startups will pitch at the event. The Startups, which include Skarabrand, CowriePay, NerveFlo, TalentBase, MBills, Intellectric, MyQ, Hello Tractor, Bazar NG and Food-I-Like, will pitch in front of a local and international jury comprising of Simeon Ononobi, CEO and Founder


Uber Lagos Invites Entrepreneurs To Pitch Their ideas To Investors On A Ride #UberPitch

Uber Lagos is looking for entrepreneurs with strong ideas to pitch to investors during a 15-minute ride in three cities in Lagos — Victoria Island, Lekki and Yaba — tomorrow, July 28, in partnership with Seedstars. The cab-hailing company says the ride, between 11am and 3 pm, which would offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to get


440 Wants To Fund Startups in Less Than 24 Hours at Deal Weekend Lagos 2015

Tech startup investment fund, 440, a Joint Venture between Nigeria’s L5Lab and and Kenya’s 88mph has launched Deal Weekend Lagos, a 24-hour event where startups will compete to receive equity-based investment of between $100k and $250k. Back in 2014 when it launched an accelerator programme, 9 startups who spent three months working with the 440


Gearbox plans to launch a ‘GE Garages’ manufacturing program in Kenya

Gearbox, a non-profit, open platform for hardware innovation based in Kenya is planning to launch a GE Garages manufacturing program to help build a skilled workforce and drive entrepreneurial development within the region. The program, which aims to develop a manufacturing ecosystem and contribute to bridging the technical skills gap in Kenya, will work with


Nigeria’s Online Retailer For Audio Books, TalkingBookz Receives Seed Investment

TalkingBookz, a Nigerian-based startup that makes audio books available online for sale has received seed investment from Marek Zmyslowski, the co-founder and managing director of Jovago, a leading hotel booking portal in Africa. The Lagos-based startup, which offers access to unique African content and international bestsellers boasting more than 3000 of these on its site, allows


Kenya’s Chase Bank to open innovation hub for Techpreneurs

The SME-friendly bank, as Kenya’s Chase Bank is called, is set to help small tech startups become profitable businesses by opening a state-of-the-art tech hub before the year runs out. This was made known to the public at the recently concluded Pivot East conference in Nairobi. #PivotEast2015 gold sponsors @chasebankkenya will be opening a state


DEMO Africa unveils 30 tech start-ups to pitch in Lagos

DEMO Africa today released a list of 30 technology start-ups from across Africa that will pitch their products at its 2015 edition to be held in Lagos, Nigeria in late September. The list features eight Nigerian startups, including Mavis Computel, Oga Venue, TalkingBookz, CarpartsNigeria, Zuvaa, SmartEdu, PoshRite, iKon Tracker as well as eight Kenyan startups

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FUTA Undergrads Launch Open Data Portal To Help Provide Datasets to Businesses

The business community in Africa is beginning to take interest in big data via social analytics platforms, gathering insights on how their products and services are performing or being talked about by customers. Today, emerging markets in the continent prove challenging to data scientists as verifying and authenticating data, a lack of entrenched collection of


Andela Closes $10 Million “Series A” Funding Round Led By Spark Capital

Andela, an Africa-focused technology talent accelerator that trains software developers and matches them with global employers, has closed a Series A funding round, believed to be over $10 million, according to a TechCrunch report. The latest funding round, led by Spark Capital, the $2 billion fund headquartered in Boston that counts Twitter, Oculus, and Tumblr


This Infographic Tells All You Need To Know About South Africa’s Startup Landscape

Recently, South African-based tech site, Ventureburn partnered with First National Bank (FNB), investment advisory firm, Clifftop Colony and analytics company, Qurio in a Startup Survey that polled about 200 tech startups, in order to learn insights about South Africa’s startup industry. By tech startup, they mean a company with annual revenues below R20-million, and staff numbers


Meet The 4 Startups That Pitched At iDEA’s First Demo Day in Lagos

Last Saturday, four startups pitched in front of venture capitalists, angel investors and the media at iDEA’s very first Demo Day held at its Yaba-based Lagos centre. The four startups — Afrobus, Hutbay, Nerve and Verge — had gone through iDEA’s 4-month accelerator programme consisting of 3 modules (Design, Build, Pitch), designed to help startups launch and


MTN Is Partnering With CNN To Grow SMEs Through #AfricaView Initiative

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iDEA Is Hosting Its First Demo Day This Weekend

Government-backed, not-for-profit organisation, iDEA which has been supporting the development of indigenous skills and capabilities in software development since 2013, is hosting its first Demo Day. iDEA’s Demo Day, scheduled to hold on June 20 at its Lagos center in Yaba, Lagos is strictly by invitation and will mark the graduation of its in-house businesses