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Kenya’s WomenWork Raises Funding From Mastercard Foundation To Offer Loans To Women-Owned SMEs

WomenWork in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, has launched Rebuild, a program that offers emergency loans and business expertise to women entrepreneurs in Kenya. The Rebuild Program includes an emergency interest-free short-term working capital loan for businesses, expert-driven business training and support from an engaging peer community of other women entrepreneurs – all delivered online. According to Asha Mweru, Co-founder WomenWork Network, “The Rebuild Program is an exciting and significant milestone in the history of our organization. It provides us the opportunity to offer the much-needed support to our community of women entrepreneurs who are facing significant challenges arising from the effects of COVID-19 and have either closed...

Egypt ’s Hydro Farms Raises New Funds, Launches New Products

Egypt’s pioneer hydroponic farming company, Hydro Farms, has secured new funds from a group of angel investors from Egypt and the Gulf Region, with a plan by the company to further expand to additional markets.   “We started this 8 years ago, now is the time to take it to the next level!” says Adel El Shentenawy, founder of Hydro Farms; “We are an exceptional start-up with a combined 8 years of experience and an incredible amount of passion and hard work in the business has helped us to come out of this and thrive in the most difficult and difficult times for a company or...

[Opinion] Why The Healthcare Industry Must Adapt To The Cyberthreat Landscape

While healthcare providers must accelerate their digital health maturity as it directly improves operational efficiencies, quality of patient care and improves the protection of personal and sensitive information, it also provides a greater platform and risk for cyberattacks. This is according to Shiraaz Joosub, Healthcare Sales Executive at T-Systems South Africa, who says that healthcare is a booming industry. It is fraught with strict regulations and high revenues that provide an environment for cybercriminals to target every aspect of its operations, especially where technology is optimally utilised. “Due to regulations related to the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act, the need to use, manage and store sensitive...

Ericsson Innovation Awards 2020 looking for innovators supporting climate change

Ericsson has officially launched its annual Ericsson Innovation Awards (EIA) 2020, to offer university students around the world the chance to develop new, innovative ideas with support from Ericsson experts.  Ericsson Innovation Awards 2020 are themed “Reclaim the future,” which centers on addressing current and future climate challenges and focuses primarily on how information and communications technology (ICT) can provide radical climate change mitigation for consumers and industries alike. Based on Ericsson research, ICT solutions have the potential to improve energy use in industrial operations, minimize negative environmental impacts, and enable a reduction of global carbon emissions by up to 15 percent by 2030.  Heather Johnson, Head of...

Daily Digest Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Funding In North Africa Egypt-based food-tech startup secures six-figure seed funding Egypt-based food-tech startup Ordera, a mobile application focusing on enhancing the pick-up and drive-thru experience in the food and beverage industry, has announced the closure of its six-figure seed round. Read More Latest News Ethiopian Airlines Launches New World Class Terminal at Addis Ababa Airport Addis Ababa Bole International Airport which is Africa’s leading airline, disclosed that the airport will be expanding its global hub by blending modernity and bio safety.   Read More SA tech company secures major contract with Britain’s National Health Services Signapps, a South African health technology company Healthcent has won a prestigious contract with Britain’s National Health Services (NHS)....

Goodtalent Launches Accelerator Program for Fresh Graduates

The Goodtalent graduate accelerator program is designed to help introduce beginners into the world of technology to enable them to launch a career in tech and upgrade their earning potential. Termed Goodtalent Labs, it is a free on-going 3-month program to teach Nigerian youths certain areas of software development and employability skills from scratch. It is aimed at total beginners who don’t need to know anything about programming / tech enabled tools to participate The program curriculum is structured for beginners to equip recent or soon-to-be graduates with relevant tech skills to begin a career in the tech industry. No prior experience is required to join the...

SA tech company secures major contract with Britain’s National Health Services

Signapps, a South African health technology company Healthcent has won a prestigious contract with Britain’s National Health Services (NHS).  In terms of the contract, Signapps will provide its software as a service communication platform for the management of clinical communication to NHS Trusts. Signapps has secured a contract with Britain’s National Health Services (NHS). Andrew Davies, CEO of Signapps comments on securing the major contract with NHS.  “The contract with the NHS is a major coup for us, as a South African company, proving that our product engineering teams can create a product to compete with the very best internationally.”  Davies explains that as most of the development involved in fulfilling...

Ethiopian Airlines Launches New World Class Terminal at Addis Ababa Airport

Ethiopian Airlines Group has revealed its brand-new passenger terminal at its hub Addis Ababa Bole International Airport with emphasis on Bio Security and Bio-Safety measures.  It can be recalled that Addis Ababa Bole International Airport which is Africa’s leading airline, disclosed that the airport will be expanding its global hub by blending modernity and bio safety.   Speaking about the new terminal, the Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam.  We are very pleased about the realization of what was part of our larger dream of blending bio security and bio safety. The new terminal is expected to cement the milestone the company attained last year as the leading gateway to Africa.   He also stated that, the airline customers’ will be appreciative of the modernity and safety that the brand-new airline offers, as it will enhance the protection...

Daily Digest Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Latest News Meet The Entrepreneurs Shortlisted For Africa Prize For Engineering Innovation 2020 . The 2020 shortlist represents six countries, including, for the first time, Malawi. In addition, six of the 16-strong shortlist are female innovators.Read more Partnerships To Watch MONEYGRAM Partners With THUNES To Expand Digital Network And Mobile Wallet Capability The global partnership will see additional payment services progressively rolled out in two phases. The first will be in Africa where countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda lead the continent in mobile wallet usage, while the second will focus on Asia Pacific region and Latin America. Read more MFS AFRICA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH MONEYGRAM MFS Africa, a...

APPLY: New Economy Booster Programme In Nigeria And Ghana

Impact Hub Lagos and Accra are accepting applications for the New Economy Booster programme, which seeks to find actionable solutions to the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic across various industries including the creative sector.  It will be conducted in a non-linear schedule between September 2020 and February 2021. Early-stage creative ventures, startups, NPOs or initiatives contributing to the post-pandemic economic recovery in Nigeria and Ghana are encouraged to apply. The programme will be conducted virtually for seven months after which the successful candidates will receive a range of customised content and resources to develop and grow their business and network. They will be guided by a team of local...

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