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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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TinyLoop wins H2O Hackathon, bags R20 000 grand prize
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TinyLoop has been announced as the winner of the H20 Hackathon which was held last weekend (9 and 10 February) by accelerator Startupbootcamp Cape Town (SBC) and financial services provider RCS Group. The winning project, submitted by the TinyEco team led by Thomas Bartleman (pictured above), walked away with a R20 000 grand prize and…

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AfriLabs Annual Gathering moves to Tanzania
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Pan-African network of tech hubs AfriLabs has announced its Annual Gathering will take place in October, with the event moving to Tanzania for the first time. This year’s edition of the AfriLabs Annual Gathering will take place on October 11-13, and will take the theme of “Innovation in the Data Age”. AfriLabs has partnered with…

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BAKE’s State of the Internet Report 2017: WhatsApp Still The Most Popular Network in Kenya
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Internet use in the country has seen tremendous growth and this is thanks to the wide adoption of mobile phones, 3G and 4G network rollout and the laying of fiber optic cables countrywide. According to the latest figures from Communications Authority of Kenya, there are 51.1 million Internet users which was a 12.5% jump in…

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Meet the Investor: Nichole Yembra, GreenHouse Capital
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Nigerian VC firm GreenHouse Capital is planning to further leverage the initial coin offering (ICO) market as an alternative channel for accessing capital in 2018. The company recently played an active role in the US$7 million raise by Nigerian fintech startup SureRemit on the ICO market, the most successful in Africa to date. “Many of…

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