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Early-Stage Startup Owner? You can Win $10,000 from Aptive Capital’s Fund. Here is How to Apply

Aptive Capital, an investment organisation that provides capital, coaching, and community for social impact-driven startups and entrepreneurs, is calling on early-stage businesses in Africa; Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Egypt, and Ethiopia. Launched in 2020, arising from the funding gap as a result of the pandemic, Aptive Capital is a US-based $1m portfolio fund committed to supporting entrepreneurs and innovators dedicated to social impact within their community. The fund is given to support, coach, and increase the social impact of early-stage entrepreneurs and innovators who are changing the norm and creating social impact within their society. Aptive looks to invest in, and support the acceleration of 100 African startups...

Webinar: How can robotics startups respond to the urgent need for automation on the farm?

Another week, another part of the agrifood supply chain that's struggling from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Last month, the challenge facing the meat industry was top of the headlines, as large processing plants were forced to shut after numerous workers contracted the virus. This month, we're seeing whole workforces in the produce industry come down with the virus, threatening the summer harvest of fruits and vegetables. Other parts of the world are experiencing similar labor shortages; the #PickforBritain campaign in the UK is a case in point. But labor shortages are nothing new for agriculture -- the West Coast of the US has been...

Nigeria: Sanlam Emerging Markets acquires full stake in FBN Insurance

South African Insurance group Sanlam becomes the only shareholder in the Nigerian life insurance company FBN Insurance and its subsidiary FBN General Insurance. The acquisition follows a deal signed between FBN Holding (parent company of FBN Insurance and FBN General Insurance) and Sanlam which grants the South African company the ownership over the 65% stake held by FBN Holding in the two branches. Before the agreement was signed, Sanlam held 35% in FBN Insurance. Let’s note that FBN Holdings started the process of selling its shares in the capital of FBN Insurance since April 2020. The operation is in line with the development strategy of the Nigerian...

[APPLY] The GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize

The GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize aims to find Africa’s brightest young agrifood entrepreneurs. We are searching for agribusinesses that bring technology, innovation, and passion to the agriculture and food industries. Agrifood entrepreneurship is the biggest opportunity in Africa today. Before the global coronavirus pandemic, we liked to say agribusiness is a trillion-dollar opportunity. Now, everyone on the planet understands that agribusiness truly is a critical industry. YOU could win one of two US$50,000 cash prizes that will help you change your world and transform the agri-food business in Africa. We need strong agriculture and food businesses to get us through the pandemic and grow our communities and economies when it’s...

Awief opens nominations for its 2020 awards

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (Awief) is calling for nominations for the Awief Awards 2020. The awards, which are to be held in December, aim to honour female founders and entrepreneurs designed to recognise and celebrate their contribution to the growth of Africa’s economy. In a statement last week, the organisation said this year a new award category, the Energy Entrepreneur Award, has been created to recognise excellence in the power, oil and gas, and renewable energy sector. Nominations for the Awief Awards 2020 close on 30 June Said Aweif founder and CEO Irene Ochem: “We have an obligation, now more than ever, to recognise and showcase...

[APPLY] UNECA COVID-19 Innovation Challenge

Introduction to the Forum The novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) threatens to undo the hard-earned health, economic and social development gains that Africa has registered since 2000. COVID-19 has overrun well-resourced healthcare systems of some developed and developing countries and several organizations, including WHO, have issued cautionary statements encouraging African countries to boost their healthcare capabilities to meeting the impending surge in infections. Africa traditionally depends on external supplies of medical equipment, diagnostic reagents and tools, protective gear and medicines. With a global scramble for limited medical supplies, Africa may have to turn inwards. The continent may need to leverage the limited technology and innovation capabilities, harness and...

Daily Digest Monday, 1 June 2020

Funding In Africa African Neobank, Eversend Exceeds Target Of €550,000 In Seeders Crowdfunding Campaign. African Neobank, Eversend, has successfully exceeded its initial target of €550,000 crowdfunding target through its Seedrs crowdfunding campaign. This comes after Eversend announced Its plans to hold a crowdfunding campaign on Europe’s largest equity platform, Seedrs. Read more Funding In West Africa Benin Business Angel Network invests US$16K in Ylomi Ylomi, an online service that matches customers with vetted local professionals, has raised CFA10 million (US$16,600) in seed funding to strengthen its team with a focus on scaling.  Read more Funding In Southern Africa SA founded water drone startup Ranmarine Technology lands Series-A investment Netherland-based startup RanMarine Technology,...

[APPLY] MARINE INSTITUTE CULLEN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME 2020

Marine Institute Cullen Scholarship Programme 2020. The Marine Institute is pleased to announce a call for proposals from academic institutions to host Cullen Scholars and provide research training opportunities for scientists in marine and related disciplines leading to the acquisition of a higher degree (PhD). Proposals are invited from suitable research supervisors at Higher Education Institutions on the island of Ireland with the necessary competence to host/co-supervise the Cullen Scholar in collaboration with the named Marine Institute Supervisors. The Cullen Scholars will be based primarily at a Marine Institute location during their Scholarship in Fisheries Ecosystems Advisory Services (FEAS – Galway and Newport) Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO...

Daily Digest Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Funding In Africa Universal Launches Def Jam Africa as Its Latest Big Bet on the Continent Def Jam is going international. A little more than a half a year after launching Def Jam South East Asia, Universal Music Group today announced Def Jam Africa, a new division based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Lagos, Nigeria, that will focus on "hip-hop, Afrobeats and trap talent in Africa" and report to Universal Music Sub-Saharan Africa & South Africa Managing Director Sipho Dlamini. Read more Funding In East Africa Kenyan e-health startup Access Afya among first to receive funding from MIT Solve as part of $900k round Kenyan healthcare startup Access Afya has become...

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...

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