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SA grocery delivery startup Zulzi raises R30m from JSE-listed company

Johannesburg based online grocery delivery startup Zulzi has raised R30-million from a JSE-listed company. Zulzi was founded by Vutlharhi Valoyi and Michael Netshipise The startup, which was founded by Vutlharhi Valoyi (pictured above, right with co-founder Michael Netshipise) in 2013 and launched in 2016, allows members via its platform to get direct access to thousands of grocery items through a mobile app. Netshipise joined as co-founder CTO after the launch of the Zulzi’s platform. Similar to startups like Cape Town based OneCart, the app allows customers to build their grocery lists and purchase items without ever visiting a store. Trained shoppers then handpick and deliver the items, transforming the...

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...

Nigeria Approves Research Grants For Startups With Digital Solutions To COVID-19

Agencies under Nigeria ‘s Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy have been directed to set up research grants for startups with promising innovative solutions that will help in the fight against COVID-19. What are the facts? The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr. Isa Pantami, disclosed this during the virtual Final Demo and Prize Giving Day of the Nigeria COVID-19 Innovation Challenge organized by the National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA).The concerned agencies include the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigerian Communications Satellite Systems, Galaxy Backbone and Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST). The COVID-19 Innovation Challenge was targeted at leveraging on using indigenous...

[APPLY] FOR ITU INNOVATION CHALLENGES 2020

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has launched applications for the 2020 Innovation Challenges. The ITU Innovation challenges bring together policy-makers, ecosystem builders, innovators, and resource partners to co-create ideas and projects that nurture an inclusive digital world. 1.) The Digital Change-maker Challenge covers a wide range of topics from cybersecurity and regulation, to digital inclusion and climate change, and calls for participants to provide innovative solutions to real-life problems faced by stakeholders in their communities, especially considering value chain competitiveness and global disruption due to COVID-19. 2.) The Ecosystem Best Practice Challenge looks for ecosystem builders to identify best practices that allow innovators to develop sustainable and resilient...

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” The facts The Azur Innovation Fund initially endowed with $20 million with contributions from Central Guarantee Fund (CCG), its first investor, AfDB, CIH Bank, Bank Of Africa and MASEN, was raised to $35 million as a result of the Development Fund of the Dutch Government (DFDG), the German development bank KFW and Saham Assurances joining during the first closing of the fund on March 11th,...

Get Funded Africa’s South, East, West Event List

The GFA team compiled a list of must attend events happening between September- November. The majority of these events are for individuals in connectivity infrastructure, disruptive technologies, digital services or ICT strategy, these events are the BEST events to network, learn and get deals done. Check out the list below and book your tickets. THE PREMIER STRATEGIC EVENT FOR TELECOMS, MEDIA, BROADCASTING AND TECHNOLOGY LEADERS Date: 14 - 15 September 2020 Venue: Radisson Blu, Nairobi Upper Hill,Kenya About East Africa Com East Africa Com, the regions leading telco and digital transformation event, brings together experts and industry stakeholders from across telecommunications, technology and digital media in a premium two-day...

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). The startup made the announcement in a blog post on Friday. Tencent, Ohara Pharmaceutical Co, HOF Capital, Y Combinator, VentureSouq, Chrysalis Capital, Kairos Angels and Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company also participated in the round. The startup, which was founded in 2016 by Dimeji Sofowora, Tito Ovia and Adegoke Olubusi (pictured above, from left to right), runs an online platform that helps hospitals and clinics to manage their electronic medical records. The healthtech said using  the new investment it plans to expand its footprint and grow its current customer...

COVID19: THE MIND OF THE CEO, WHAT EMPLOYEES NEED TO KNOW…

Due to the global pandemic COVID-19, the world as we know it is evolving rapidly and so are People as consumers of products and services. As consumers, we get forced into aligning our behavioural pattern to adjust to the demands of and survive the COVID-19 Pandemic, ultimately resulting in a “new normal” … a new way of being. In this new world, we prioritize, and our emphasis shifts from purchase of non-essential goods and services, to focusing on methods of obtaining essentials, which have become more efficient with limited or no physical interaction, where possible. Organizations must assess these changes in consumer behaviour critically to understand...

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