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8 local start-ups among firms to benefit from Sh1.8bn USAid grant
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Eight Kenyan start-ups are amongst 18 companies to benefit from a Sh1.8 billion ($18.4 million) innovation programme by the United States Agency for International Development (USAid). Most of the local awardees are using technology to address agriculture and energy challenges. Companies picked for the Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) programme include FarmDrive, an IT firm that…

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Patent data raises doubts on Kenya status as an innovation hub
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Dominic Wanjihia is a tinkerer whose inventions have taken him on many bumpy journeys, both physically and intellectually. This year, he took the final step to join a club so exclusive that there are less than 100 Kenyan members. One of his inventions, a flexible biogas digester, was finally granted a patent. Kenya opened its…

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African startup ecosystems will not be built overnight
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African startup ecosystems take time to develop and will not be built overnight, according to Alexandra Fraser, former Silicon Cape chair and director of Fraser Consulting. Fraser was speaking at the recent African Angel Investor Summit in Cape Town last week when she said the average startup ecosystem in Africa is only 4.7 years old,…

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Kenya’s Jobsikaz helping SMEs recruit more easily
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Kenyan e-recruitment startup Jobsikaz is helping SMEs talent-source more effectively via its online platform, which it claims reduces the workload, time and money spent on recruitment by up to 70 per cent by providing tech-powered order and interaction mechanisms. Launched last year, Jobsikaz provides a ready database of qualified CVs across various categories, shortlisting tools…

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How to prepare your startup to successfully raise Angel Investment
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One of the first challenges, when someone begins a startup, is undoubtedly seeking investment. That is an important stage in the development that can have both a positive and negative impact on the final result. I personally consider that this stage has not much relation to the amount of the investment or the value of…

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Facebook partners CcHub to launch Nigerian startup incubator
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Facebook has partnered Lagos-based incubator Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) to NG_HUB, a physical space that will serve as a centre for learning and is aimed at helping to develop Nigeria’s tech and startup ecosystem via an incubation programme. Facebook is launching NG_HUB as part of a new nationwide initiative in Nigeria, which also incorporates a series…

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Facebook to open Nigerian hub next year in African tech drive
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Facebook will open a “community hub space” in Nigeria next year to encourage software developers and technology entrepreneurs and become the latest technology giant to pursue a training program in fast-growing Africa. The U.S. social media company said the center would host an “incubator program” to help develop technology start-ups, while it will also train…

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Somali youth launch country’s first technology innovation hub
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Mogadishu, 8 October 2017 – Somalia has launched its first technology innovation hub, iRise, which will provide technology solutions to some of the challenges facing the country. The hub’s vision is to invest in the young generation and its future leaders, by attracting social investors who can support youth enterprises. “We want to give a…

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Safaricom uses Kenyan startup Sendy “like a guinea pig”
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Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom is using one of its portfolio companies – e-delivery service Sendy – like a guinea pig, according to the startup’s co-founder and chief operating officer (COO). Launched in 2014, Sendy offers a marketplace for last-mile package delivery and logistics services, allowing customers to send packages and documents using a mobile application…

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MEST launches Lagos, Cape Town incubator spaces
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Pan-African entrepreneurial training programme, seed fund, and incubator the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) has announced the launch of two new incubator spaces in Lagos, Nigeria, and Cape Town, South Africa, as the programme continues to expand its presence across the continent. The MEST spaces will join the flagship hub headquartered in Accra, Ghana,…

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Now’s the time for African incubator models – Silvertree
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Incubators in Africa don’t prepare entrepreneurs for the realities of operating in African markets, and need to stop trying to clone Silicon Valley-models of incubation, according to Paul Cook, managing director at Silvertree Internet Holdings. Speaking at the fourth annual African Angel Investor Summit held in Cape Town last week, Cook said all too often,…

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3 SA startups win Mercedes-Benz Innovation Challenge
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Four South African startups walked away with a total of ZAR900,000 (US$64,000) in funding to pilot their solutions after winning the inaugural Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) Innovation Challenge. Disrupt Africa reported in August MBSA, Stellenbosch University incubator the LaunchLab and Startup Autobahn had partnered launch the challenge, asking interested students and professionals, and existing startups,…

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