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MTN Cote d'Ivoire launches startup incubator

MTN Cote d’Ivoire launches startup incubator

November 23, 2017 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

MTN Cote d’Ivoire has launched the first edition of its startup incubation programme, called Y’ello Startup. The programme is designed to help young entrepreneurs design and deploy innovative digital solutions with a strong impact on the Ivorian socio-economic environment. Four startups will be selected for the programme by the mobile operator, who...

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How startups can cash-in on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

How startups can cash-in on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

November 22, 2017 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Provided that SMEs prepare ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there is an opportunity to leverage off the global hype, where some simple alignment to the theme can result in big benefit without much investment into promotion. In the midst of low consumer...

MEST Launches Incubator Spaces in Lagos and Cape Town

MEST launches incubator spaces in Lagos and Cape Town

November 22, 2017 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

On Tuesday 21 November 2017 Pan-African entrepreneurial training program, seed fund, and incubator MEST announced the launch of two new Incubator spaces in Lagos, Nigeria, and Cape Town, South Africa, as the program continues to expand its presence across the...

South Africa: Makro buys last mile delivery startup WumDrop

South Africa: Makro buys WumDrop

November 22, 2017 • Retail, Southern Africa, StartupsComments (0)

On Tuesday 21 November, Makro, a cash and carry chain store in South Africa, announced that it has acquired a majority stake in South African last mile delivery startup WumDrop. The company believes that the move will allow it to speed up delivery of orders...

Nigeria: Uber like app for electricians launched

Nigeria: Uber like app for electricians launched

November 20, 2017 • Mining & Energy, Mobile and Telecoms, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

On Friday 17 November 2017, Nigerian startup Install.com.ng launched its on-demand electrician service. The newly launched service, which could be loosely described as an Uber for electricians, looks to offer easy access to installation and repair services as...

Digital platforms crucial for SME funding

Digital platforms crucial for SME funding

November 15, 2017 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

The efficient use of digital platforms is crucial in enabling convenient access to funding for South Africa’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This is according to Mike Vacy-Lyle, CEO of FNB Business, who says a pragmatic approach that prioritises the...

Google Launchpad Accelerator to support Africa startups

Google Launchpad Accelerator to support Africa startups

November 10, 2017 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Google has announced two major new developments with an aim to boost to African entrepreneurs and app developers respectively. Google Developers Launchpad Africa, is a mentorship program tailored exclusively to startups based in Africa. The Google Accelerator...

Rise hub to support women tech entrepreneurs

Rise hub to support women tech entrepreneurs

November 10, 2017 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Barclays Africa Group’s fintech innovation hub in Cape Town, South Africa has announced that they will support five women entrepreneurs in the information and communications sector. The Rise hub will provide a six months subsidised membership to the Rise...

MTN Cote d'Ivoire launches startup incubator

20 African startups selected for XL Africa

November 7, 2017 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on 20 African startups selected for XL Africa

On Monday 6 November 2017 the World Bank Group’s infoDev program announced 20 of the most promising African digital start-ups which will take part in the XL Africa residency, the flagship initiative of the business accelerator launched last April. The...

South African startup, Prago to join eFounders Entrepreneurship Programme.

South African startup to join eFounders Entrepreneurship Programme

November 7, 2017 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on South African startup to join eFounders Entrepreneurship Programme

South Africa’s high-tech logistics and fulfilment company, Pargo is the only South African company selected to join the eFounders Initiative Entrepreneurship Training Programme in the city of Hangzhou, China. The programme is organised jointly by the...

South Africa: 4 BEE fintech startups awarded $283 thousand

South Africa: 4 BEE fintech startups awarded $283 thousand

October 31, 2017 • Finance, Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on South Africa: 4 BEE fintech startups awarded $283 thousand

On Monday 30 October 2017, at a pitching event hosted by AlphaCode, four black-owned South African financial services startups each won R1-million ($71000). The Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) pitching event is an initiative of Merrill Lynch...

Mobile app to strengthen primary healthcare underserved areas

Innovative initiative to strengthen primary healthcare underserved areas

October 30, 2017 • Healthcare, Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Innovative initiative to strengthen primary healthcare underserved areas

Dr. Raymond Campbell, a urologist, has created a mobile medical application that aims to enhance patient care and decrease the cost of primary healthcare in South Africa. The solution includes a bus that can be used to reach underserved communities as well as...

Seedstars opens applications for Botswana leg of world competition

Seedstars open applications for Botswana leg of world competition

October 24, 2017 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Seedstars open applications for Botswana leg of world competition

Seedstars announced on Tuesday 24 October 2017 that applications for the Botswana leg of the Seedstars World competition in now open. The startups who will make up the participants of the competition will battle it out for the chance to earn up to US$1...

South Africa: Startup Campus set to launch in Johannesburg

South Africa: Startup Campus set to launch in Johannesburg

October 23, 2017 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on South Africa: Startup Campus set to launch in Johannesburg

The launch date for the startup campus, 22 On Sloane, has been revealed. The campus which will be in Bryanston, Johannesburg, will open its doors on November 10, 2017, and will aim to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs with its “360-degree turnkey...

Ghana: EWB invests into fintech startup Bloom Impact

Ghana: EWB invests into fintech startup Bloom Impact

October 23, 2017 • Finance, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Ghana: EWB invests into fintech startup Bloom Impact

Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) announced on Friday 20 October that the organisation has invested in Ghanaian fintech startup, Bloom Impact, to help it scale up its operations and give more people access to financial services. Bloom Impact is...

Mauritius launches $191 million renewable energy project

South African startup Sun Exchange raises $1.6 million in seed investment

October 20, 2017 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on South African startup Sun Exchange raises $1.6 million in seed investment

Sun Exchange, a South African startup which offers a peer-to-peer solar equipment leasing marketplace, announced on Friday 20 October 2017 that the company has raised $1.6 million in seed financing from several strategic partners to accelerate global access...