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Yoco and Mastercard partner for mPOS expansion in South Africa

Yoco launches free point of sale solution for SMEs

October 5, 2017 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Yoco launches free point of sale solution for SMEs

As the drivers of South Africa’s economy, SMEs should have unencumbered access to business tools that help to fuel their growth. The business tools they need, however, generally come at a high cost and are primarily designed for larger businesses. To help SME’s Yoco has launched a free Point of Sale (POS) solution. The solution [&hellip...

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Tantine Founders

Interview: Tantine continues to educate Rwandan teens

October 2, 2017 • East Africa, Features, Healthcare, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Interview: Tantine continues to educate Rwandan teens

A lack of awareness of reproductive health knowledge by many young people in Rwanda has prompted the creation of Tantine, which is an online platform that aims to inform and advise individuals about reproductive health knowledge. The platform was created by...

Angola's promising startups to pitch at Seedstars Luanda 2017

Cameroon: 11 startups shortlisted for Seedstars World

September 28, 2017 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Cameroon: 11 startups shortlisted for Seedstars World

Seedstars World, a global startup competition, announced on Thursday 27 September 2017 the selection of the 11 early-stage startups who will compete at its first-ever event in Cameroon. The startups will go up against each other with the winner earning the...

Jumia Nigeria offer N1 Million in Super Startup Campaign

Jumia Nigeria offers N1 Million in Super Startup Campaign

September 26, 2017 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Jumia Nigeria offers N1 Million in Super Startup Campaign

Jumia Nigeria has revealed that it has launched a “Super Startup campaign,” which will run from the 20th of September 2017 to the 30th of September 2017 and will have an N1 million (USD $2802) prize. This is according to a report by the Guardian...

AfriLabs Welcomes 7 New Hubs into it's Pan-African Network

Afrilabs welcomes 7 new hubs into it’s Pan-African network

September 26, 2017 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Afrilabs welcomes 7 new hubs into it’s Pan-African network

Afrilabs, a network of over 60 technology and innovation hubs across 27 African countries, has expanded by 7 new hub members, also extending its membership base to 3 new African countries – Sierra Leone, Somalia and Djibouti. Since its inception in...

Gartner Symposium 2017: Jeffrey Mann discusses Gartner’s aspiring innovator programme

Gartner Symposium 2017: Jeffrey Mann discusses Gartner’s Aspiring Innovator Programme

September 20, 2017 • Features, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Gartner Symposium 2017: Jeffrey Mann discusses Gartner’s Aspiring Innovator Programme

As revealed by Gartner, the goal of the Aspiring Innovator Programme is to both support the African startup technology community, as well as provide delegates access to exciting new local technology providers. Selected by a team of Gartner research analysts,...

Merck Accelerator

Merck starts fourth round of Accelerator program in Nairobi

September 20, 2017 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Merck starts fourth round of Accelerator program in Nairobi

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a science and technology company, has announced the new startups participating in its Accelerator program in Darmstadt, Germany, and Nairobi, Kenya. Although working separately, clear similarities can be identified between...

Virtual Reality, digital games

Goethe-Institut invites game developers for Game Mixer South Africa

September 15, 2017 • Gadgets and Gaming, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Goethe-Institut invites game developers for Game Mixer South Africa

Goethe-Institut invites seven game developers from South Africa and eight from Sub Saharan Africa to join an eight-day program with 16 game developers from Germany, Brazil and Indonesia in Johannesburg. The event, Game Mixer South Africa will start from 16 to...

EmptyTrips to compete for $1 million at Startup World Cup

EmptyTrips to compete for $1 million at Startup World Cup

September 15, 2017 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on EmptyTrips to compete for $1 million at Startup World Cup

South African startup, EmptyTrips, was named the winner of the Chivas Regal Venture Pitching Den that took place on the 8th of September 2017 at the Cape Town Stadium. EmptyTrips, an online transport marketplace that matches transporters, agents and shippers...

Fintech innovators reveal four core challenges

Two fintech startups win SWIFT’s global gpi industry challenge

September 14, 2017 • Finance, General, StartupsComments Off on Two fintech startups win SWIFT’s global gpi industry challenge

SWIFT, a provider of secure financial messaging services has awarded two fintech startups the opportunity to work with the co-operative and gpi banks over a three-month period to further enhance cross-border payments, leveraging on SWIFT gpi. The two startups...

Interview: Demystifying Bitcoin with ProsperiProp

Interview: Demystifying Bitcoin with ProsperiProp

September 12, 2017 • East Africa, Features, Finance, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, Video, West AfricaComments Off on Interview: Demystifying Bitcoin with ProsperiProp

IT News Africa recently sat down with the CEO and Founder of ProperiProp, Llew Morkel, who looked to demystify the world of Bitcoin by breaking down the facets that contribute to this disruptive technology. ProsperiProp is a fintech startup that makes it...

Safaricom elections

Safaricom invests in argi-tech startup iProcure

September 11, 2017 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Safaricom invests in argi-tech startup iProcure

Safaricom’s Spark Venture Fund has announced that it will once again be investing in iProcure, a supply chain platform in Kenya. iProcure offers farmers discounts of between 10 and 20 percent every time they purchase farming products. The online supply...

MTN Cote d'Ivoire launches startup incubator

Top 3 steps to move your start up to the cloud

September 6, 2017 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Southern Africa, StartupsComments Off on Top 3 steps to move your start up to the cloud

Cloud computing is transforming the way companies interact with their customers, with 93 percent of South African companies currently either implementing or planning the initial phase of their cloud strategy. Whether we know it or not, we are already reliant...

Vox

Online Marketing Toolbox launched for Startups

September 6, 2017 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Online Marketing Toolbox launched for Startups

Integrated ICT and telecommunications company, Vox, has launched its Online Marketing Toolbox aimed at providing start-ups and SMMEs with bundled services aimed at creating an online presence. “We wanted to simplify the digital tools available to small (and...

Nigerian invents brain for robots that can smell bombs

Nigerian invents computer that can smell explosives

August 30, 2017 • Hardware, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigerian invents computer that can smell explosives

Oshiorenoya Agabi, a Nigerian inventor based in Silicon Valley, has developed a computer that can identify the smell of explosives and aid in bomb detection. The Nigerian inventor unveiled his modem-sized technology which uses mice neurons at the TEDGlobal...

Invest using ProsperiProp South Africa's very own cryptocurrency

Invest Using ProsperiProp South Africa’s Very Own Cryptocurrency

August 30, 2017 • Finance, Online & Social, Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Invest Using ProsperiProp South Africa’s Very Own Cryptocurrency

ProsperiProp, a South African startup using blockchain technology to develop their own cryptocurrency, has announced that the company will open its Initial Coin Offering (ICO) on Friday, 8 September 2017. According to the company, the launch will help allow...