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African Angel Investor Summit set for Cape Town
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The fourth annual African Angel Investor Summit will take place in Cape Town in November, bringing together the continent’s early-stage investor community to exchange best practices, share lessons learned and plot the roadmap for the future. The summit – which will also involve a bonus ‘Cape Town Innovation Tour’ – is an exclusive investor-only event that unites…

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Mobile Search and Google Maps Gain Q&A Feature for Business Listings and Places
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n the coming days, users and serial globetrotters will be able to get their queries answered within local business listings on mobile search and Google Maps. This feature was made official today and will be rolled out in Google Maps for Android and mobile search. Oftentimes, travelers ask themselves multiple questions when they want to…

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Lagos Startup Week 2017 to hold on September 25th – 29th
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For the third consecutive year, Lagos will play host to 60+ events and experiences that highlight and connect entrepreneurs. Lagos Startup Week, the annual weeklong celebration of startups in Lagos, now in its third year, will take place from September 25th – 29th 2017 at the Oriental Hotel . Lagos Startup Week provides an opportunity to bring…

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Second season of Santam’s Safety Ideas campaign seeks smart security solutions
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Do you have a workable concept or idea on vehicle, business and home safety? Entries for the second Santam Safety Ideas campaign are now open until 29 September. The initiative, which generated over 15o entries in its first season last year, is run by insurance company Santam, Stellenboch-based incubator Launchlab and innovation company Innovus. The campaign aims to encourage SA innovators…

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mLabs do more than simply create tech start-ups
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Over the last few years, there has been a lot of excitement around the potential impact of digital technologies to solve challenges and create jobs in the developing world. Those championing this strategy for growth and development have turned to young entrepreneurs with wildly imaginative ideas that just might work — if only they had…

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Google Allo is Now Available on Web, Works Like WhatsApp Web
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ou’ve probably come across Google Allo, the tech giant’s other attempt to have a killer messaging app like its competitor, Facebook. It introduced us to Google Assistant which is now available on your screens as part of Google Now and has gotten significant updates in its relatively short time. Well today, Google has rolled out Google Allow…

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The number of tech hubs across Africa has more than doubled in less than a year
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The commitment of investors and innovators to grow the local startup ecosystem has seen the number of technology hubs across Africa doubling in less than a year. Global telecoms industry body GSMA’s Ecosystem Accelerator says a total of 314 tech hubs and incubation centers were recorded in July 2016. This represents an increase from the 117 centers…

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Using data for business development and strategic decision making
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Last week GrowthAfrica hosted Ashley Speyer, Lean Data Senior Associate at Acumen who took a group of entrepreneurs through a Masterclass on: Using Data for Business Development and Strategic Decision Making. The session had great insights and we want to share them with you! Lean Data is an impact measurement approach pioneered by Acumen that uses new…

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Miss.Africa announces 2018 Seed Funding Tech Initiative for Africa women
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Having seen high level of success in the past consecutive years, the Miss.Africa Seed Fund, will again avail a sum of Seven Thousand United States Dollars (USD 7000), in grants to support women and girls in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to launch or expand their own initiatives that will increase digital…

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HOW TO GET A TOP INVESTOR OR CEO TO RESPOND TO YOUR EMAIL
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Your chance to make an impression or get a response, exists in a millisecond window of consideration. In the last ten years, I’ve worked closely with CEOs and CFOs in banking, technology and consulting. I ghostwrite for a growing number of venture capitalists and startup founders. I make a decent living landing consulting gigs by…

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The Benefits Of Clear Business Communication, And Where It’s Most Effective
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Businesses are only as effective as how well their staff can communicate. Part of this success is down to the communication infrastructure that the company embeds into the working day of its employees. Voice calls, emails, and now increasingly instant messaging applications, it’s likely that you’ll have had to use all three of these in your daily working life.…

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Benefits of soaring Internet use in Kenya
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Internet World Stats show that in less than four years, Internet penetration in Kenya jumped from less than 50 per cent to 82 per cent in 2017. Overall, Internet penetration in Africa stands at 28 per cent in the same period. Mobile penetration passed the 90 per cent mark in the same period. Social media…

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