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VC4A launches learning resource for African startups
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African startup ecosystem support organisation VC4A has launched its Startup Academy, offering direct access to expertise proven to work for successful entrepreneurs and investors operating across Africa. VC4A said the VC4A Startup Academy will help founders take their business to the next level by learning about the latest insights, downloading tools and listening to advice…

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40 women start-ups eye StanChart’s Sh20m fund
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Forty Kenyan start-ups are set to battle for Sh20 million from Standard Chartered Bank Women in Tech Incubator Fund in collaboration with the Strathmore University. The 40 were selected from a pool of over 200 applications. The fund targets women-led start-ups drawn from the public, schools, colleges and universities. The start-ups should have teams of…

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Safaricom Introduces “Innovative” M-Pesa Services for the Blind
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Safaricom has this morning announced the coming to life of M-Pesa IVR (Interactive Voice Response) Solution that is aimed at the visually impaired. Safaricom’s “innovation” is aimed at driving financial inclusion further. The service will allow Safaricom customers to access their M-Pesa services by dialing 234 from their phones and interacting with the system. As…

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Nova Pioneer Teachers Raise $30,000 for Innovation and Scholarship Programs
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Nova Pioneer’s initiative dubbed Kilimanjaro 4 The Kids (K4TK) has raised over $30,000 for Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM) programs and scholarships. The activity was preceded by Nova’s teachers and staff who managed to reach the peak of Africa’s highest point at Mt. Kilimanjaro. An upcoming network of innovative private schools across Kenya and…

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How Kenya’s StartUpNow is helping identify, grow and manage unbeatable startups
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Wilkings Fadhili is the founder and CEO of StartUpNow, formerly Fashion Torch Incubation Hub. This is an accelerator that offers startups a unique way to develop, grow and manage unbeatable brands, in a rapidly growing industry in Kenya and across Africa. In this interview he tells us more about himself and his company. Tell me…

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Startupbootcamp cohort signs 32 corporate deal
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The first Africa-based Startupbootcamp accelerator concluded with a demo day in Cape Town last week, where it was announced participating companies had signed a total of 32 agreements with corporate partners. Disrupt Africa reported in August 10 startups were selected to take part in the inaugural Startupbootcamp programme in Africa, namely Brownie Points, Fo-Sho, Strider,…

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European Investment Bank funding African entrepreneurs
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  The European Investment Bank (EIB) used the fifth African Union-European Union summit in Abidjan this week to announce a raft of funding initiatives for entrepreneurs and SMEs in Africa. The EIB formally agreed financing to support more than EUR230 million (US$272 million) of private sector investment across Africa at the summit. It will commit…

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Kenyan, Nigerian startups make global Fintech 100
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Fintech startups from Kenya and Nigeria have been named amongst the 50 best emerging fintech companies in the world as part of the annual Fintech 100 report compiled by KPMG and H2 Ventures. The Fintech 100 report offers an in-depth view of the most exciting tech-enabled financial services startups and organisations globally, with this year’s…

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African startups selected for Google Launchpad accelerator
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Startups from Nigeria and South Africa have been selected to take part in the fifth class of the Google Launchpad accelerator, a six-month, equity-free mentorship programme. Disrupt Africa reported in February Google was bringing the Launchpad Accelerator to Africa, aimed at assisting startups in leveraging Google’s latest technologies to scale their businesses through mentoring. It…

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What makes a successful African accelerator?
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Incubators and accelerators in Africa do not prepare entrepreneurs for the realities of operating in African markets, and need to stop trying to clone Silicon Valley-models of incubation. So says Paul Cook, managing director at Silvertree Internet Holdings. But what does make a successful African incubator or accelerator? And what do programme managers need to…

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SMEs provide opportunity for Africa to grow its debt market
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Investments into private firms in Africa are funded by a relatively low proportion of debt compared to equity, especially in contrast to developed markets, where debt is more readily available and affordable, writes Kelsey Tanner, senior private equity analyst at RisCura. This is according to RisCura’s latest private equity update of its Bright Africa report,…

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Africa start-ups in dire need of angel investors
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Demo Africa, a launchpad conference for emerging technologies and trends, concluded a successful sixth edition last week in South Africa. This was the second time it has been held in a southern African country. In this year’s edition, there were more than 210 startups from across Africa, launching to the world in front of an…

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