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Farmcrowdy Group partners Livestock 247 to boost trading in Nigeria

Farmcrowdy closes $1 million additional seed funding

March 22, 2019 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Farmcrowdy closes $1 million additional seed funding

Nigeria’s digital agriculture platform, Farmcrowdy announced that it has closed on additional seed funding of $1 million. This follows on from the company’s initial investments of $1 million in 2017. International investors Cox Enterprises and Techstars, along with local investor Ajayi Solutions have participated in the round as the startup...

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Launchpad Accelerator Africa Class 3 starts in April

Launchpad Accelerator Africa Class 3 starts in April

March 20, 2019 • Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Launchpad Accelerator Africa Class 3 starts in April

Google has announced the third Launchpad Accelerator Africa class which starts on 1 April 2019, involves 11 startups from six African countries – Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda. Out of the 12 startups, 6 have female co-founders...

South African start-up named Best Digital Company

March 18, 2019 • Cloud Computing, StartupsComments Off on South African start-up named Best Digital Company

Wyzetalk, an employee engagement company that has built its own patented mobile, USSD and app technology solution, enabling businesses to connect and communicate effectively and efficiently with their workforces including non-desk workers, has been named Best...

Rwandan entrepreneurs benefit from Alibaba training programme

March 14, 2019 • East Africa, Education, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Rwandan entrepreneurs benefit from Alibaba training programme

Alibaba Business School, Alibaba Group’s university, last week hosted 30 Rwanda-based entrepreneurs at the company’s global headquarter in Hanghzou to learn from Alibaba’s experience and the tools needed to run successful business in the digital era....

Big names behind SiSebenza bringing change to South Africa economy

March 13, 2019 • Finance, StartupsComments Off on Big names behind SiSebenza bringing change to South Africa economy

SiSebenza, the new South African business that is driving social and economic change in South Africa, is already disrupting the local market through its work with global collaborative workspace provider WeWork. SiSebenza is supporting WeWork’s drive to...

Cortex Logic CEO awarded AI Leader Of The Year

March 13, 2019 • Artificial Intelligence, People, StartupsComments Off on Cortex Logic CEO awarded AI Leader Of The Year

South African based Artificial Intelligence Software & Solutions veteran and founder of Cortex Logic, awarded premium accolade at Africa’s Tech Week event, underlying a life dedicated to AI and Data Science Innovation. Dr Ludik is an African based...

20 African start ups enter World Bank Group tech acceleration program

20 African startups enter World Bank Group tech acceleration program

March 12, 2019 • Finance, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on 20 African startups enter World Bank Group tech acceleration program

Twenty Francophone African tech startups will participate in the L’Afrique Excelle residency in Mali, a full-week boot camp set to kick off the Francophone edition of the World Bank Group’s XL Africa, tech start-up accelerator. From 24 to 30 March,...

New venture firm focused on impact fintech

New venture firm focused on impact fintech

March 11, 2019 • StartupsComments Off on New venture firm focused on impact fintech

The Financial Inclusion Initiative at Omidyar Network announced it has spun off to launch Flourish, a new venture firm focused on backing entrepreneurs whose innovations are helping people across the globe to capture economic opportunity and achieve financial...

Nigeria: OneFi secures $5 mln debt facility

Nigeria: OneFi secures $5 mln debt facility

March 9, 2019 • Finance, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: OneFi secures $5 mln debt facility

One Finance Limited has announced that it has secured a $5 million debt facility for its consumer-facing platform, Paylater. The facility comes from New York and Nairobi-based Lendable, a technology-enabled funding provider to African consumer and SME...

Visa Everywhere Initiative celebrates women entrepreneurs

Visa Everywhere Initiative celebrates women entrepreneurs

March 8, 2019 • Finance, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Visa Everywhere Initiative celebrates women entrepreneurs

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Visa has announced the launch of the first Visa Everywhere Initiative: Women’s Global Edition. The global program invites women entrepreneurs from around the world to tackle FinTech and Social Impact challenges...

Fundanii, Google and SAP bring digital storytelling to life

March 5, 2019 • Education, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Fundanii, Google and SAP bring digital storytelling to life

Fundanii is a digital learning outreach program that was established by Sinovuyo Apleni and Luthando Gubevu in 2016. Based near East London in South Africa’s second-most populous township, Mdantsane. The company aims to educate pupils in surrounding...

Kenyan startups win Africa Business Challenge

March 4, 2019 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenyan startups win Africa Business Challenge

Over 20 innovators from Kenya joined 20 contemporaries from Basque to take part in the Africa Basque Challenge (ABC) in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. The challenge was to find social and technical solutions to help bridge the urban-rural divide in...

New venture firm focused on impact fintech

Boosting scarce data science skills in SA with top 20 fintech ideas

March 4, 2019 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Boosting scarce data science skills in SA with top 20 fintech ideas

South African businesses and startups are aware of the increasing importance of using data effectively, but the demand for data science skills exceeds supply. Explore, a joint initiative launched by The Explore Data Science Academy (EDSA) and Rand Merchant...

expands Series A Funding Round to $4 Million

Aerobotics expands Series A Funding Round to $4 Million

March 2, 2019 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Aerobotics expands Series A Funding Round to $4 Million

On Wednesday, 27 February 2019, Aerobotics announced that it expanded its Series funding round from $2 million to $4 million. The funding round expansion came through a signed deal with Paper Plane Ventures and brings Aerobotics total funding to $4.6 million....

Need branding help? Look to the Sisonke Design Sprint

March 2, 2019 • Southern Africa, StartupsComments Off on Need branding help? Look to the Sisonke Design Sprint

Johannesburg packaging design agency, Stratcom Branding, has announced the opening date for applications for the Sisonke Design Sprint– a bi-annual social responsibility initiative which gives two 100 percent black-owned SMME’s, a pro-bono packaging...

Google Cloud and SAP launch sustainability contest for startups

March 1, 2019 • Education, StartupsComments Off on Google Cloud and SAP launch sustainability contest for startups

As digital transformation grows at an astronomical rate, Google Cloud and SAP have partnered to launch global sustainability contest for social entrepreneurs that have revenue-generating ideas that use data analytics and machine learning. According to the...