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Startupbootcamp extends application to African startups for its accelerator programme in London

Startupbootcamp extends application to African startups for its accelerator programme in London

Startupbootcamp, a global network of industry focused startup accelerators founded in Copenhagen, Denmark invites startups to apply for its insurance-themed London accelerator programme taking place in 2016. To qualify for the Startupbootcamp, mini-pitches will take place in 12 countries where startups are expected to pitch their insurance-related business idea for five minutes to a panel


South Africa’s V&A Waterfront opens co-working space in Cape Town

Workshop 17, a V&A Waterfront-backed co-working space, located in an area bustling with shopping, dining and entertainment, attracting over 23 million yearly, has opened in Cape Town, South Africa. The co-working space, managed by OPEN, a collaborative community of creative and professional people, aims to become the hub of choice for collaborative and innovative technological


IBM’s SmartCamp 2015 Competition for startups to hold in four African cities

IBM is calling on entrepreneurs all over the world to sign up for its upcoming SmartCamp 2015 competition which will be powered by Jason Calacanis-founded LAUNCH, a company that support founders & inspire innovation. In Africa, the IBM SmartCamp will hold in Cairo, Egypt; Casablanca, Morocco; Johannesburg, South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya, with applications still open


Nigeria’s TopCheck raises €1 million in seed financing round

TopCheck, a price comparison platform for car insurance and financial services, has announced a seed investment of €1 million by investors around the world. The investment fund will be used by TopCheck to expand its team in Lagos, Nigeria and aggressively compete with other players in the business, especially South Africa’s Click n Compare which


Uganda’s UpEnergy closes new debt investment deal

UpEnergy, a Ugandan-based startup which provides energy-efficient technologies to rural communities and under-served areas, has closed a new debt investment deal with Global Hearthworks Foundation. The cash injection would provide UpEnergy with working capital for inventory purchases and help in the efficient distribution of its products to under-served areas across Uganda, and also help UpEnergy


Nest to provide African Start-ups a safe haven in Hong Kong

Nest, an accelerator involved in Seed and Early Stage Venture investments, has announced it’ll provide African startups a safe haven in Hong Kong as a result of a partnership with co-working spaces, Nairobi Garage in Kenya and Cape Town Garage in South Africa. The partnership will see startups housed in Nairobi Garage and Cape Town

Mintor wins #pitchvinny pitching competition in Cape Town

Mintor, a platform that connects students to employers offering micro-internships, has won the Vinny Lingham-sponsored #pitchvinny event held on Monday, August 17th 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. Mintor outclassed other startups, which included Cloudlife, HOWXIT, and SquirrelThat, to come out tops and take home the US$4,000 investment fund. The event was sponsored by Vinny

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AMPION Venture Bus winner to pitch at DEMO Africa

A collaboration between AMPION, an investment catalyst that provides mentorship, training and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs in Africa and DEMO Africa will see the winner of the AMPION West African Venture Bus pitch at the upcoming DEMO Africa event in Lagos. The winner will be joining thirty start-ups already earmarked to pitch at the DEMO Africa


Four Startups to pitch at #PitchVinny event in South Africa

Four startups have been selected to pitch at the upcoming #PitchVinny event from the numerous number of applications received, according to Silicon Cape. The four startups selected to pitch at the event are Cloudlife, an online marketplace for services; Mintor, a freelance platform where Small Businesses and Students help each other grow; HOWXIT, a real-time


SeedStars World Startup Competition set to hold in Ivory Coast

On August 12 2015, the SeedStars World Startup Competition will be held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast with 9 startups selected to pitch at the event. In no particular order, the startups to pitch at the event are Planéte Sports, Tounkaa, BaraChic, SabiCash, Airshop, Titrophone, LIFI-LED Cote D’Ivoire, Zoexpertiz, and Africa Media Group. According to


Two Kenyan Fintech startups to benefit from Chase Bank and iHub collaboration

Kenya’s Chase Bank and iHub have announced a collaboration which will see two Fintech startups receive financial and advisory support to help scale their products. As a result of the collaboration, the two selected Fintech startups will receive free financial consultation from Chase Bank and potential integration of the startup’s innovation into its systems. Also,


Cortadito Club wins Lean Startup Machine event in South Africa

Cortadito Club, a coffee delivery app, has won the third edition of the Lean Startup Machine event held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Cortadito Club pitched at the event with five other startups, which are Bring A Child To Poland, HandyConnect, Can I Buy, iBill South Africa and CardioGrid, before a panel of judges for a


Asoriba wins SeedStars World Startup Competition in Accra

Asoriba, a web and mobile app for seamless church administration, has booked a place at the grand finale of SeedStars World Startup Competition holding in Geneva, Switzerland next year after winning the Ghanaian edition of the event. Asoriba beat 10 other startups to the top prize at the event which was held at the Impact


Silicon Cape’s #PitchVinny event to offer $4000 USD to SA startups

Applications is now open to startups in Cape Town, South Africa for the Silicon Cape event for a chance to win US$4000 in funding. The event, aptly called #PitchVinny, is organized by Silicon Cape’s co-founder Vinny Lingham, a serial investor in African technology startups and an internet entrepreneur. According to Vinny, “I’m focusing on the