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Jumia Travel launches flight booking service

Jumia Travel launches flight booking service

Leading online hotel booking company, Jumia Travel has announced the launch of a flight booking service which allows travellers to find, compare, and book flights. Travellers can use the service for both domestic and international flights and they can buy air tickets online with ease directly from various airline companies across the world right on


2016 Demo Africa winners to tour Silicon Valley this week

The Liberalizing Innovation Opportunity Nations (LIONS@FRICA) has announced that winners of the 2016 edition of Demo Africa will tour Silicon Valley, California this week as part of its annual Innovation Tour. The tour, organized by the Silicon Valley based African Technology Foundation, is focused on knowledge sharing and networking with leading Silicon Valley stakeholders that’ll lead


Jobpalava is a spanking new anonymous employer review site

If you’ve been following happenings in the technology side of Nigerian Twitter, you definitely would be in the know of a conversation concerning internships in the country. But first things first, how did the conversation start? Olori • Lade Tawak‏ (@deaduramilade) tweeted this 👇👇: Stop 👏 slapping 👏 intern 👏 on 👏 top 👏 of 👏


14 entrepreneurs graduate GE healthymagination Mother and Child Programme

General Electric and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship have announced 14 social entrepreneurs will graduate its healthymagination Mother and Child Programme, pitching to an audience of potential investors at a “Premier Pitch” event later today in Nairobi, Kenya. Announced last year, the programme was aimed at supporting social entrepreneurs solving maternal and child


Kenya-based mobile tech company, Tala raises US$30 million to launch in new markets

Tala, a US mobile technology and data science company, has raised more than US$30 million in a Series B funding round led by later-stage venture capital and growth equity firm, IVP. Launched in 2011, Tala, which has an office in Nairobi, Kenya and operates in East Africa and Southeast Asia, is working to change the way


UK’s Azuri Technologies raises funds to deploy solar products in sub-Saharan Africa

Leading UK based provider of PayGo Solar home systems, Azuri Technologies has raised US$5 million from Standard Chartered Bank to support renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa. The company will use the funds to manufacture its PayGo solar home systems for deployment in sub-Saharan Africa, where it claims 600 million people live without access to a reliable


Sage Foundation launches US$1 million Enterprise Fund for African non-profits

Sage Foundation has announced the launch of a US$1 million Enterprise Fund, which will see non-profits in Africa receive grants between US$5,000 and US$35,000. The Fund is aimed at non-profits in Africa that are helping to improve the lives of military veterans, young people or women and girls. It will help them generate further income,


Applications open for 2017 West Africa Mobile Awards

Applications for the 2017 edition of the West Africa Mobile Awards (WAMAS), the leading industry awards that celebrate the best in mobile and technology across West Africa, are now open. The awards seeks to identify, recognise and celebrate the individuals and companies that are the driving force of the region’s mobile ecosystem. The inaugural edition


Applications open for Village Capital’s Affordable Nutrition Forum

Village Capital, a company that finds, trains, and invests in entrepreneurs solving real-world problems, and The Hershey Company have opened applications for the Affordable Nutrition Forum. The forum aims to identify and support entrepreneurs increasing access to, and affordability of, nutritious food products locally in Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria. Up to 10 entrepreneurs will


Konga launches ₦500,000 developer challenge for university students

Nigeria’s largest online shopping mall, Konga has announced the launch of Game of Codes, a developer challenge for university students, with amazing prizes up for grabs. The challenge is for students currently studying in a Nigerian university/tertiary institution and have the ability to code. The students must apply in groups (minimum of 3 team members


Nairobi-based software engineers to attend Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Okal Otieno, Obat Okello and David Ngugi, software engineers from JUMO’s local office in Westlands, Nairobi, are heading to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on February 25, 2017. Mobile World Congress is the headline event on the GSMA’s calendar in the past hosting a strong line-up keynote speakers including Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.


5 startups graduate AUC Venture Lab Fintech Accelerator

The American University in Cairo Venture Lab (AUC VLab) has announced the graduation of 5 startups from its inaugural Fintech Accelerator. The Fintech Accelerator was aimed at providing specialized support to the participating startups in order to help them grow, through invaluable insights gained from Fintech aficionados, and increase their impact on the Egyptian economy. The


Fashpa’s CEO launches vlog to share entrepreneurial journey

Her name’s Honey Ogundeyi and she has been running Fashpa, an e-commerce platform for shopping African fashion for really cheap, for more than three years now. While Honey considers herself pretty young in the entrepreneurial space in Nigeria, she thinks she has learnt a gang load of stuffs in the course of building and running


Introducing Flip, a digital library for local books and comics

Flip, a digital library for local books and comics, has launched with the aim of making digital distribution and monetization easier for local authors and publishers. Claimed to be the first digital library in Africa with airtime billing enabled, Flip houses a large and expanding collection of Nigerian ebooks and comics for users’ reading pleasure.


Applications open for 2017 Anzisha Prize

The African Leadership Academy (ALA), an organization that develops and support future generation of African, and The MasterCard Foundation have announced the opening of applications for the 2017 edition of the Anzisha Prize. The Anzisha Prize, now in its seventh year, aims to scale the businesses of Africa’s brightest youth entrepreneurs, enabling them to employ other youth and


US$16,000 up for grabs at Cairo Angels’ Pitch Event

Cairo Angels, Egypt’s leading network of business angels, is accepting applications for its Q1 Pitch Event, the first for the year which will see a few startups receive equity investments. The event is open to early-stage startups in any sector that are close or beyond commercialization stage and have a clear and defensible competitive advantage.


TerraPay partners MoneyTrans, Paga for cross border money transfers to Nigeria

Mobile-first international payment network, TerraPay has launched cross-border remittances from Spain to mobile wallets in Nigeria through a partnership with money transfer & payment companies, MoneyTrans and Paga. The partnership will allow Nigerians living in Spain to send money to any mobile phone number in Nigeria through Paga, just by visiting the nearest MoneyTrans store. The recipient can cash out from


Andela, Sweep South, others selected for Praekelt Incubator for Free Basics

Praekelt Foundation, an African nonprofit using mobile technology to improve the lives of people living in poverty, has selected 100 social startups across the world for the Incubator for Free Basics launched in partnership with Facebook. First announced in 2015, the incubator seeks to accelerate the impact of the Free Basics by Facebook platform, an


Google’s Launchpad Start is coming to Johannesburg next month

Software giant, Google has announced its first ever Developers Launchpad Start in Johannesburg will take place at hold at Jo’burg-based co-creation space, JoziHub from March 27 – 31, 2017. A one week problem-solving bootcamp, Launchpad Start is designed for early stage startups focused on subjects including product strategy, UX and UI, technology, marketing and business