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Mobi Moola wins MTN TADHack 2016

Mobi Moola wins MTN TADHack 2016

TADHack, a global international telecoms developer hackathon, took place at the MTN Innovation Centre, Johannesburg last week with Mobi Moola emerging winner. The event, sponsored by MTN, brought together coders and developers from across South Africa to build apps and win prizes. After forming teams and brainstorming, the developers came up with apps/ideas. 20 teams


SA’s Hello Paisa wins US$150,000 MasterCard Foundation Prize

Hello Paisa, a South African low cost international money transfer solution for remittances, has emerged winner of The MasterCard Foundation Clients at the Centre Prize. Now in its second year, the Clients at the Centre Prize finds and recognizes the most customer-focused organizations working to deliver access to formal financial products and services to poor


SA’s The Student Hub raises US$300,000, launches innovative e-learning platform

The Student Hub, a South African e-learning startup, has raised US$300,000 from three angel investors to launch an innovative e-learning platform. Launched in 2015, The Student Hub started out as a platform where students can buy, sell or rent textbooks and access study support before pivoting to e-learning. The startup raised the funds from Maude


Egyptian startup, Yumamia among winners of Publicis90

Yumamia, an Egyptian homemade food ordering platform, has been named among the winners of Publicis90, a contest to mentor, support and fund 90 entrepreneurial projects in the digital field. Publicis90 was announced back in January 2016 by Publicis Groupe, a global leader in marketing, communication, and business transformation, in celebration of its 90th anniversary. More


Here are the winners of BudgIT’s Transparency Hackathon

The Transparency Hackathon organized by BudgIT, a civic tech organization, in collaboration with Open Alliance held over the weekend at CoLab, Kaduna’s first co-working space and innovation hub. The event brought together developers and programmers to create tools that will strengthen governance – the relationship between government, citizens and civil society organizations. The event kicked off with


Ericsson signs multiple content deals for SVOD service, NuVu

Subscribers of NuVu, a subscription-based video-on-demand (VOD) service, will now have access to new, fresh content as Ericsson has announced the signing of multiple content deals for the service. Ericsson has acquired more than 2,500 hours of content from international distributors including Viacom (MTV, BET, Nickelodeon), MGM, CBS, Al Jazeera, DHX Media and Mattel. Titles


Nine startups to graduate from C4DLab this November

C4DLab, the innovation lab of the University of Nairobi, has announced nine startups will graduate out of its lab following the expiration of their incubation period. The exiting startup are M-KULIMA, a company that utilizes the Internet of Things to increase efficiency of farming; Learnmine, an online learning platform; and CipherTech, a company that provides a home security


Winners of 2016 Innovating Justice Awards announced

HiiL, a worldwide pioneer in building and scaling up innovative justice ecosystems, has announced the winners of the 2016 Innovating Justice Awards. The Innovating Justice Challenge is a competition that seeks to reward justice entrepreneurs with the most promising innovations. Following calls for applications, 51 startups across Africa were selected to take part in the competition –


Flat6Labs secures US$1 million from International Finance Corporation

Flat6Labs, a leading startup accelerator in the MENA region, has secured US$1 million in funding from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) through its Startup Catalyst initiative. The funds will be used by the accelerator to back more Egyptian startups through a US$5.6 million fund. “With the Startup Catalyst funds, Flat6Labs will close a 50 million


BudgIT’s Transparency Hackathon is happening tomorrow at CoLab

The Transparency Hackathon organized by BudgIT, a civic tech organization, is holding tomorrow at CoLab, Kaduna’s first co-working space and innovation hub. The hackathon is aimed at bringing together young brilliant minds (individuals or teams) to create a tool that will strenthen governance – the relationship between government, citizens and civil society organizations The tool is to


Bolt VC’s Chris Quintero is visiting Lagos this November to learn about the tech ecosystem

Chris Quintero, an associate at Bolt, a venture capital fund for early-stage startups at the intersection of hardware and software, will be visiting Lagos in November 2016. @hardwarelagos Hey Guys! Will be in Lagos for a week starting on November 12th. Any events planned? Would love to meetup. — Chris Quintero (@Chris_Quintero) October 17, 2016


CcHUB is hosting the Interswitch API Integration Jam next week

Because technology startups in Nigeria still have issues monetizing their offerings & receiving payments from customers, Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) and Interswitch have teamed up to organize an event to help in that regard. The Interswitch API Integration Jam will feature practical demonstration of five new APIs – Quickteller, Interswitch Payment Gateway, Paycode, eWallet Services and


Finalists for Appsafrica Innovation Awards 2016 announced

Appsafrica, a leading dedicated portal for mobile, apps developers, startups and the tech community across Africa, has announced the finalists of its innovation awards. The Appsafrica Innovation Awards is aimed at promoting and honouring the fantastic innovation across the mobile and tech ecosystem in Africa. The finalists, who were chosen by an independent panel of leading


KPMG is hosting a FinTech Summit in Lagos this November

KPMG, a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services, has announced it is hosting a Fintech Summit in Lagos, Nigeria this November. Themed “The FinTech Disruption – Understanding the Value Proposition”, the Summit is planned in recognition of the numerous opportunities and potentials in the African FinTech market. A variety of top-level

Akanka Design shared some of its works, and we think they’re awesome

Akanka Design is a top design agency in Nigeria. The company creates beautiful and effective brand identity, package design and website designs for businesses. Its services include web development/design and graphic design (logos, product packages, posters, infographics, presentations, reports, brochures). The company took out time out of their busy schedule to share some of their


Here are the speakers for Starta’s High Growth Africa Summit 2016

The High Growth Africa Summit, a two days conference dedicated to teaching entrepreneurs how to build, scale and fund high growth businesses in Africa, is around the corner and the list of speakers have been announced. Here they are: Mark Essien, CEO of Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, co-founder of Flutterwave. Tomi Davies, co-founder & President of African


Loystar wins ₦1 million in Arise fintech competition

Loystar, a customer loyalty app, has emerged winner of #arisepitch, a competition organized by Arise, a group of angel investors that seek to invest in innovative entrepreneurs and startups at a very early stage. The competition sought fintech startups that wouldn’t mind receiving ₦1 million from passionate investors in exchange for 5% (or less) in their company.


Co-Creation Hub is organizing a series of programming events for kids

Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB), a leading Lagos-based startup incubator, has announced a series of programming events targeted at kids between ages five and eighteen. First on the list in the re:learn Weekend Club, an event to kindle a child’s interest in programming through fun and learning. Each lesson is project based, and designed to be hands-on


Mozilla, just like Facebook, wants to bring the next billion online, launches US$250,000 challenge

According to reports, more than 4 billion people are not online. Several companies have been working tirelessly together to ensure no one is left unconnected. Mark Zuckerberg-owned Facebook is leading the pack. Through Free Basics, it has brought many online. It also plans to bring more people online through air-hanging solar-powered planes. Mozilla, popularly known for