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U.S. Embassy launches Ethiopia Hacks program

November 20, 2018 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on U.S. Embassy launches Ethiopia Hacks program

At the recent Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrations held between November 12 – 19 the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa launched the first in a series of 12 hackathons under its Ethiopia Hacks! Program. Ethiopia Hacks! is conducted in partnership with the Google Developers Group (GDG- Addis) and the Centre for Women’s Economic Environment (CAWEE). Each...

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Interview: Sandras Phiri gives insights on developing startups

November 16, 2018 • Features, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Interview: Sandras Phiri gives insights on developing startups

Africa is becoming a huge platform for entrepreneurship and start-ups in any industry. As the market for startups builds momentum, it is vital that there is mentorship and leadership in place to guide entrepreneurs and their small businesses. A leader who has...

Microsoft launches 'Head Start' to help startups this Global Entrepreneurship Week

Microsoft launches program to help tech startups

November 15, 2018 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Microsoft launches program to help tech startups

This Global Entrepreneurship Week, Microsoft announced that it is launching Head Start, a startup accelerator aimed at helping South African startups get off the ground and grow their business. The main goal of the program is helping startups get what they...

Microsoft launches end-to-end program to help boost start-ups

November 13, 2018 • Cloud Computing, StartupsComments Off on Microsoft launches end-to-end program to help boost start-ups

In-order help empower and build start-ups Microsoft South Africa has launched a support program that boosts tech startups by giving them open access to wide-ranging skills development resources, coaches and mentors, a fully-fledged customer network, and the...

iHub first tokenised African tech accelerator

Nairobi’s iHub becomes Africa’s first tokenised tech incubator

November 12, 2018 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Nairobi’s iHub becomes Africa’s first tokenised tech incubator

Kenyan innovation hub and tech accelerator iHub has recently partnered with Raise, a Bahamian and Kenyan technology company that has developed a company ownership platform to manage compliant digital securities in frontier markets. The announcement of this...

ShelterTech accelerator program comes to Kenya

November 7, 2018 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on ShelterTech accelerator program comes to Kenya

Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter has launched its first ShelterTech Accelerator Kenya program. The program aims to facilitate housing markets better meet the needs of the low-income households and seeks to identify,...

Oracle announced the opening of an Innovation hub in Johannesburg, a first for Oracle in Africa.

Oracle accelerates digital transformation in South Africa with new innovation hub

November 7, 2018 • Company News, StartupsComments Off on Oracle accelerates digital transformation in South Africa with new innovation hub

Reinforcing its commitment to South Africa, Oracle today announced the opening of an Innovation Hub in Johannesburg, a first for Oracle in Africa that will help drive the adoption of emerging technologies across the country’s corporates, public sector...

Gartner Announces Winners of the 2018 Gartner Eye on Innovation Award, EMEA

Gartner announces winners of the 2018 Gartner Eye on Innovation Award, EMEA

November 5, 2018 • General, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Gartner announces winners of the 2018 Gartner Eye on Innovation Award, EMEA

Gartner, Inc. has announced the winners of the 2018 Gartner Eye on Innovation Award for financial services in the EMEA region. The award recognises innovative use of digital-technology-enabled capabilities, products or services to highlight “best in...

Royole recently unveiled what could be the world's first commercially available foldable tablet-phone.

Chinese start-up unveil foldable smartphone

November 4, 2018 • Gadgets and Gaming, StartupsComments Off on Chinese start-up unveil foldable smartphone

Smartphone gaints, including Huawei, Motorola and Samsung have all hinted the release of new foldable smartphones, but undoubtedly achieving this is Royole, a little-known mobile company with offices in Fremont, California, Hong Kong, and China’s...

How alternative funders enable small business success

How alternative funders enable small business success

November 4, 2018 • Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on How alternative funders enable small business success

Up to 75% of South African small businesses fail within the first year. One of the biggest causes being a lack of funding, or poor financial management. Yet, many small businesses struggle to secure funding, either because they haven’t been in business long...

Mastercard Foundation Announces New Fund to Seed Young African Leaders' Social Ventures

Mastercard announces new fund to Seed young African leaders

November 3, 2018 • East Africa, Education, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Mastercard announces new fund to Seed young African leaders

The Mastercard Foundation today announced a new fund that will enable young changemakers to seed and kick-start promising social ventures and community projects, creating economic opportunities for themselves and others. Over the next two years, the...

Uber launches 24/7 phone line for South African riders and driver

Kenyan app billed as ‘Uber for upcountry travel’

November 2, 2018 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenyan app billed as ‘Uber for upcountry travel’

NipeLift is an app that connects drivers who have empty seats with passengers looking for better, cheaper & safer rides. Unlike Uber, drivers make no profit as the law prohibits non-psv from carrying passengers for ‘profit, gain or reward’....

Cisco launches incubation hub for SMMEs

Cisco launches incubation hub for SMMEs

November 2, 2018 • Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Cisco launches incubation hub for SMMEs

Cisco South Africa launched a R10 million cutting-edge Incubation Hub on Thursday,  November 1. A first in South Africa, the hub aims to help develop SMMEs in the digital age and speed up their entry to market. This is in keeping with the priorities of the...

How SMEs can harness shadow IT

How SMEs can harness shadow IT

October 31, 2018 • Opinion, StartupsComments Off on How SMEs can harness shadow IT

For many of us, the term ‘Shadow IT’ instantly evokes images of nasty ghouls lurking suspiciously behind servers and computer screens – waiting for the moment to cause mass cyber destruction. The true meaning of Shadow IT, however, is a little...

What SMMEs need to consider during the festive season

The Africa Top 30 tech Start-Ups competition closes for entries

October 26, 2018 • Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on The Africa Top 30 tech Start-Ups competition closes for entries

With entries for the 2018 Africa Top 30 Tech Start-Ups competition now closed and an expert judging panel evaluating the submissions, over 300 entrants from 36 African countries are now vying for their place among the continent’s most innovative young...

South African tech startup RapidDeploy partners with APD Communications

South African tech startup RapidDeploy partners with APD Communications

October 6, 2018 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, StartupsComments Off on South African tech startup RapidDeploy partners with APD Communications

Following the recent announcement of South African tech startup RapidDeploy’s partnership with multinational telecommunications company AT&T, RapidDeploy has announced an alliance with APD Communications to provide a complete hosted solution for control...