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ASOdesk Raises $1M in Funding

ASOdesk, a Moscow, Russia-based company that is focused on helping app developers make their mobile apps more discoverable in both the iOS and Android app stores, raised $1M in funding. Embria made the investment. The company intends to use the money for active product growth in 2020, team growth, as well as for expansion to Europe while retaining its leading market position in the CIS market. Founded in 2016 by the students of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology as their thesis project and led by CEO Sergey Sharov, ASOdesk provides tools for App Store Optimization (ASO), competitor Insights, app monitoring, and store analytics. It is used...

The impact of Covid-19 pandemic on Oil and Gas Projects in Nigeria

Introduction COVID19, first discovered in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China in December 2019, has now become a global pandemic as declared by WHO. Statistics indicated that as at 23rd of May, 2020, a total of 5,061,476 cases have been confirmed with 254,045 deaths worldwide. Unfortunately it is the same story in Nigeria with 7,261 confirmed cases and 221 deaths. The economic impact of COVID-19 may result in the suspension of key oil and gas projects running into millions of Dollars, which invariably would have a significant effect on the Nigerian economy. Oil and Gas Projects impacted by Covid -19 Governments’ reaction to curtailing the spread of COVID-19 via...

Profile: Martin N. Chukwuezi

About Martin Martin is currently the Managing Director of Opal Oil and Gas Ltd, a sub-surface engineering company that provides services to the oil and gas company in Nigeria. Prior to working at Opal Martin worked as a Reservoir Engineer with more than 20 years experience in oil and gas industry as well as in the training and development of human resources. Martin has a background in the fundamental principles of petroleum engineering with specialization in classical reservoir engineering, reservoir simulation, production optimization and petroleum economics. Martin's Educational Background Martin obtained his Master's and Bachelor's of Engineering degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Univeristy of...

Egypt’s EYouth raises USD180K in SEED funding from EdVentures

EYouth, a community of entrepreneurs leading sustainable enterprises has raised USD180K in SEED funding from EdVentures.  EYouth, a social enterprise based in Cairo that empowers youth through a wide range of services, has raised USD 180K in a round investment as SEED fund from EdVentures, the venture capital arm of Egypt’s Nahdet Misr Publishing House. Founded in 2010 by Alaa Obeida and Mostafa Abdellatif, EYouth aims at empowering youth, especially in Egypt’s different governorates, through providing them with diversified training programs in entrepreneurship, employability and personal skills enhancement, and community development. They also provide young entrepreneurs with mentoring, advising, and consulting services they need to start and grow their own businesses, and...

Kenyan Agritech Startup Apollo Agriculture Raises $6m Series A To further Scale Its Business

Apollo Agriculture, the Kenyan agri-tech startup has secured a US$6 million Series A funding round to continue rapidly scaling by partnering with more farmers, expanding its product offerings, and growing its team. Founded in 2016, Apollo Agriculture  offers a mobile-based product suit for farmers that includes working capital, data analysis for higher crop yields and options to purchase key inputs and equipment. “It’s everything a farmer needs to succeed. It’s the seeds and fertilizer they need to plant, the advice they need to manage that product over the course of the season. The insurance they need to protect themselves in case of a bad year…and then, ultimately, the financing,” Apollo Agriculture CEO Eli...

Edtech startup Syafunda lands R2.5m investment from Edge Growth

SA edtech startup Syafunda has received a R2.5-million investment from Edge Growth which will allow the startup to scale its platform to meet the growing need amid the coronavirus pandemic for online learning in South Africa. Edge Growth invests in high growth small enterprises, and is capitalised using corporate companies’ enterprise and supplier development spend under the BEE codes. Next Article: 1K1V provides funding to HEPSA The startup partners with local content developers and publishers, setting up digital libraries in places like township and rural schools where connectivity is limited or non-existent. Syafunda partners helps set up digital libraries in places like township and rural schools The digital libraries have five terabytes of pre-loaded...

Naspers Foundry invests R100 million in agritech business, aerobotics

Naspers announced a R100 million investment in agritech business Aerobotics, through its early-stage business funding initiative Naspers Foundry. Aerobotics is a subscription-based artificial intelligence (AI) company that provides intelligent tools for the agricultural industry to manage its crops.  Aerobotics, founded by James Paterson and Benji Meltzer in 2014, is a leader in the application of artificial intelligence in agriculture. The insights Aerobotics provides to its clients include tree counts, the identification of missing trees, and the size and health of trees. The company has progressed its technology to engineer fruit counts, and to provide data on fruit size and colour. Farmers use the intelligence to manage...

Daily Digest Thursday, 21 May 2020

Funding In West Africa Tomato Jos Raises €3.9M in Series A Funding Tomato Jos, a Kaduna, Nigeria-based agro-processing company focused on the local production of high-quality tomato paste for the African market, raised €3.9m in Series A funding. Read more Groupfarma Boost Food Security In Nigeria, Cultivates 2,500 Hectares Of Premium Rice In order to drive food security in Nigeria, an agricultural technology company, Groupfarma, a brand owned by Timesellers Limited, is cultivating a total of 2,500 hectares of premium rice in Ogun State. Read more...

1K1V provides funding to HEPSA

Higher Ed Partners South Africa, an online education company in Johannesburg, South Africa, has secured an undisclosed amount of funding. The investor was One Thousand & One Voices. One Thousand & One Voices® (1K1V®), a private family capital fund backed exclusively by industry-leading families from around the globe, today announced its investment in Higher Ed Partners South Africa (HEPSA), a leading online education company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The investment marks 1K1V’s first investment in the education sector in Africa. Other Articles: South Africa: Pharmaceutical group Dis-Chem bids $23mln for Baby City HEPSA is an integrated provider of online program management services to leading tertiary educational institutions in...

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