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Nigerian Startup Becomes A Finalist At The 2018 Harvard Business School New Venture Competition
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Nigeria’s digital publisher, Publiseer, has been announced as one of the 14 finalists of the 2018 Harvard Business School’s New Venture Competition, taking place in Boston, MA, United States, on March 2, 2018. The Africa Business Club at Harvard Business School will be hosting the competition to showcase the diversity of entrepreneurs making a difference…

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Not all African startups need VC money
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Not all African tech startups will feel the need to raise VC funding, but those that do must ensure they are adequately prepared for what is a lengthy process. That is according to panellists speaking during a session on the African investment landscape during last week’s Africa Tech Summit in Kigali, which brought together stakeholders…

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7 insights we learnt about disruption on the continent at Africa Tech Summit
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Disruptive tech in Africa is “accelerating and picking up speed” and there is a need for people to change their mindsets to keep up. This is according to Ecobank head of research Edward George, speaking at the Africa Tech Summitin Kigali last week Wednesday (14 February). “We are genuinely at the inflection point, so much has…

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In another record-breaking year, African Tech Start-ups Raised US$ 560 Million in VC funding in 2017, a 53% YoY Growth
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The African tech scene has definitively turned another corner this year with increasing venture capital commitments to African start-ups towards a larger number of transactions, 128 in total, and a broader geographic distribution. Africa is not just grabbing the world’s attention: African entrepreneurs are leveraging tech & digital to tackle the continent’s fundamental challenges, they…

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iHub to open innovation centres in North Kenya
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iHub is set to establish innovation hubs in Marsabit and Garissa counties that will aim to develop solutions for drought-stricken communities. The innovation hubs will run for 21 months and will be established in partnership with Mastercard International and Adeso, a Nairobi-based humanitarian organisation. The project is funded by UK Aid. iHub says the goal…

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Applications open for global D-Prize Competition
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Entrepreneurs from around the world have been invited to apply for the D-Prize Competition, which offers funding of up to US$20,000 to social impact startups. The D-Prize Global Competition is aimed at social ventures in any region of the world where extreme poverty exists that have the ability to positively impact millions of lives. Its…

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Microsoft celebrates graduation of Insiders4Good East Africa Fellows
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20 East African entrepreneurs have graduated from the Insiders4Good programme after completing a six-month training programme. The Fellowship, which was launched by Microsoft in partnership with a network of local experts, including the Kijiji – a hub for social business, aimed to identify high-potential entrepreneurs and help them turn their outstanding social business ideas into…

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Rwanda to Host the Global StartupsBootCamp
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The government of Israel promised to finance five best 2017 startups focusing on business management and technological innovation in Africa. Rwanda will host the forthcoming global Startup Boot Camp (SBC) on 19th March 2018 in Kigali. The event intends to nurture science and innovation and rewarding top talented startups within and outside the continent. Besides,…

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A peek inside Alphabet’s investing universe
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Chances are high you have heard of Google. You are likely a contributor to one of the 3.5 billion search queries the website processes daily. But unless you’re a venture capitalist, an entrepreneur or a slightly obsessive technology journalist, you may not know that Google — or, more properly, Alphabet, the corporate parent to the search and…

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LauchinAfrica Teaches People How to pitch Startups at Social Media Week
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LaunchedInAfrica, is a platform for African led-early-stage startups to advertise their product and services for innovative industries in Africa. Some of Nigeria’s most innovative early-stage business can be featured as companies in the LaunchedInAfrica Pitch Event and Digital Demo Space. Those judging the startups will be top VCs, corporate investors, and angels. There will be incredible investors,…

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Silicon Cape appoints new leadership and operations team
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Silicon Cape has appointed a new leadership and operations team that will be led by Kerry Petrie as interim general manager and Tumi Boitumelo Menyatswe as ecosystem manager. Silicon Cape chairperson Sumarie Roodt told Ventureburn the appointments were made on Tuesday (13 February). Roodt said the announcement of the new all female “super-star team” is…

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Capria targeting $200m raise, applications re-open
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The Capria Network of venture capital (VC) fund managers is aiming to raise a combined US$200 million by the end of 2018, with applications currently open to new funds wishing to join the network. Disrupt Africa reported in September 2015 Capria launched as an accelerator for VC fund managers in developing markets, offering investment, support…

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