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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...

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...

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