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Final call for startups to enter Lagos Urban Innovation Challenge

Utopia, an organisation that helps foster and fund innovation in emerging market cities, has made a final call for startups to enter the Lagos Urban Innovation Challenge. Utopia Lagos managing partner Emmanuel Adegboye said the challenge aims to promote solutions that can help solve critical urban issues in Lagos, Nigeria. The challenge is open to early stage startups and social entrepreneurs with solutions that can shape the Lagos of the future. Winners of the Lagos Urban Innovation Challenge will get access to Africa’s first ever virtual urban accelerator Applications close on 31 May. Winners will get access to Africa’s first ever virtual urban accelerator, over $10 000 worth of resources and...

Must-attend Events For The Energy Sector

The Power & Energy Series from Clarion Energy continues to have an extensive presence in Africa over the next year including events in Kenya, Nigeria & South Africa. Following the acquisition of PennWell Corporation last year, Clarion Energy now runs DISTRIBUTECH, Future Energy, HydroVision, POWERGEN & Utility Week events on a worldwide scale. Take a look at the must-attend events for the sector taking place in Africa below. Future Energy East Africa Date: 1-2 September 2020Venue: Nairobi, KenyaEvent: Future Energy East Africa is the largest and longest running regional power conference and exhibition in East Africa, making it a well-known and trusted brand. With an expected audience of more than 1,800 power and T&D professionals from...

Africa Data Science Intensive (DSI) Program 2020 for African Students (Fully-funded)

Application Deadline: 31st May 2020. Note due to the impact of Covid-19, this year's program will still be divided into 4-modules but the first 3 will be done online and the final module will be a 2-week workshop hosted in Cape Town in January 2021. You will only be eligible to attend the final workshop upon completion of the first 3 modules. About the Award: Big Data, data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence are driving a revolution around the world as companies rush to take advantage of their data and turn it into a competitive advantage. However there is a shortage of skilled data scientists and managers worldwide...

Daily Digest Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Funding In West Africa Niger’s govt sets $250mln credit line to support affected businesses  The government of Niger has initiated a financing mechanism to give a helping hand to businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. According to authorities, the strategy is based on two lines: one for SMEs (CFA50 billion) and the second for large companies (CFA100 billion), for a total amount of CFA150 billion ($249.6 million). Read more Funding In Southern Africa South Africa: Pharmaceutical group Dis-Chem bids $23mln for Baby City South Africa’s pharmaceutical group Dis-Chem announced it has entered in talks to buy the baby care product retailer Baby City. The group, co-founded in 1978...

[Apply] Southern African start-ups have 2weeks to apply for SAIS’s Boost Up 2020 Training

BOOST UP is a three-part startup support programme organised by the Connected Hubs network and the Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme (SAIS 2) in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia. BOOST UP targets startups that use technology to solve a societal challenge and are looking for skills that could help them articulate their business. The BOOST UP series comprises the Set Up online training events, Stand Up pitching competitions, and Scale Up incubation programme. Eligibility Your startup is located in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, or Zambia.You use technology to solve a societal challenge in Southern Africa.You are eager to scale up your business and have a scalable...

Daily Digest Thursday, 14 May 2020

Funding In Southern Africa Absa invests in SA startup stock exchange A2X Markets SA startup stock exchange A2X Markets has netted an undisclosed amount in investment from Absa bank. Read more Loon signs deal to expand commercial internet service to Mozambique Loon,  the Alphabet -owned company that’s using stratospheric balloons to provide high-speed bandwidth to hard-to-serve areas without strong ground infrastructure, has signed a new deal with carrier Vodacom  to expand its offering in Africa to Mozambique. Read more...

[Apply] Startups In Somalia Are Invited To Apply To Innovate Ventures’ $30k Somali Accelerator Programme

Early stage startups based in the Somali region are invited to apply to Innovate Ventures accelerator programme, which offers up to US$30,000 in equity investment. What do you get from the program? 12-week intensive training and mentoring on business and operational skillsAccess to leading telecoms and banks in the Somaliland and SomaliaPitching in front of local and international investorsFeatures in local and international mediaEquity funding for at least 3 startups of up to $30,000. What’s the process?Complete the application form before June 31th to qualify for the accelerator program. You will hear back from the Innovate Ventures team within four weeks whether your start-up has been selected. If selected, you will be...

Webinars For The Week 12-15 May

Covid-19 and your finances This LifeQ webinar looks at how your prepare your career or business for what’s coming around the corner. How do you position your professional and entrepreneurial ventures to not only survive but thrive and help our economy bounce back? This talk combines insightful analysis, model-based story-telling and scenario analysis to help you plan your career during the greatest crisis of our time. Book your spot here Date: 12 May, 5.30pm Covid-19 funding available for your business In this webinar, hosted by Stellenbosch Network, Jeremy Lang, the regional general manager of Business Partners, will talk on the various Covid-19 relief funding available to SMEs in South Africa. Book your seat...

Daily Digest Monday, 11 May 2020

Funding In West Africa Nigeria’s Helium Health raises $10m in Series-A round [Update] Nigerian healthtech Helium Health has raised $10-million in a Series-A funding round co-led by UAE-based investor Global Ventures and Singapore and Nairobi headquartered Africa Healthcare Masterfund (AAIC). Read more Funding In North Africa Azur Partners Launches A $35m Innovation Fund To Invest In Morroccan Startups Azur Innovation Management, a subsidiary of Azur Partners has launched a $35 million Innovation Fund to invest in Moroccan startups. The public-private fund targets Moroccan companies with less than 18 months of activity, “having a proven innovative product / service concept with successful marketing” Read more Funding Against COVID-19 Nigeria Approves Research Grants For Startups With...