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Tech FinTech-Hub Abu Dhabi Global Market attracts 166 global startup applications for its Innovation Challenge
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Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the International Financial Centre in Abu Dhabi, announced that it had received 166 applications from over 39 countries for its inaugural FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge. The impresive global participation was achieved in under two weeks of outreach activities coordinated by both ADGM and KPMG. All applicants have proposed game-changing…

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Kenya’s BitPesa secures Greycroft as lead investor, raises Sh 1.0 Billion in total funding
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BitPesa, one of the first and largest blockchain payments platform for Africa, with offices in Nairobi, Lagos, and London, has announced Greycroft as its lead investor in a follow-up to its Series A funding round. Oversubscribed — with a majority of existing shareholders topping up and another new investor, Plug and Play — the firm…

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Paystack’s Y Combinator Application
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Hello, my name is Shola Akinlade, and I’m CEO of Paystack, a payments company that helps African merchants accept payments from anyone, anywhere in the world. On 11th November 2015, Paystack became the first Nigerian company to be invited to join the Y Combinator Accelerator program. The experience quite literally changed my life, opening doors…

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How the country’s Silicon Savannah side-lines start-ups
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Over the last decade, Nairobi has drawn praise and commendation from across the world as Africa’s technology hub, earning the country the nickname — Africa’s “Silicon Savannah”. In the last 14 months alone, Nairobi has played host to Mark Zuckerberg, founder of world’s largest social networking site Facebook, as well as Jack Ma, founder of…

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Safaricom, ShowMax and Jumia Heads Among Key Speakers in TechCrunch’s Battlefield Africa
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For the first time, TechCrunch will host its Startup Battlefield competition in Africa in an event that will go live on October 11 in Nairobi. The event will offer an opportunity for startups to walk away with USD 25,000 in non-equity funding, among other additions like getting a chance to take part in TechCrunch’s top-of-the-line…

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African female entrepreneurs can apply for Y-HER accelerator
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African female entrepreneurs have been invited to apply for the Y-HER Accelerator Programme, with offers mentorship and a total of US$50,000 in prize funding. The Y-HER programme, which will take place in Johannesburg in November, is run by Spark and bills itself as an opportunity for passionate female impact entrepreneurs with early-stage startups. A total of 15…

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She Leads Africa launches accelerator for beauty startups
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She Leads Africa has opened applications for its Dark and Lovely x SLA Beauty Accelerator, a 10-week entrepreneurship development programme aimed at supporting early-stage entrepreneurs building businesses in the beauty industry. Five entrepreneurs will be selected participate in an intensive programme which includes a bootcamp in Johannesburg, South Africa and access to business coaches with…

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World Bank selects 20 startups for XL Africa accelerator
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The World Bank has chosen the 20 startups that will take part in its XL Africa accelerator programme, which offers participants help in securing up to US$1.5 million in early stage capital. Disrupt Africa reported earlier this year on the launch of XL Africa, which will offer startups access to a tailormade curriculum and the chance to…

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Meet The 20 Nigerian Startups Selected For The 2017 She Leads Africa Accelerator
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She Leads Africa has announced twenty early stage businesses accepted into the 2017 SLA Accelerator. The program will in three locations namely: Lagos, Abuja and Kaduna, Nigeria. She Leads Africa has partnered with the Work in Progress! Alliance (including VC4Africa and Oxfam), OCP, Guaranty Trust Bank, Cointreau and Intel Corp to create a 3-month accelerator program designed to…

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Civic Innovation Lab Opens Applications For Civic Accelerator Programme
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+ If you are into business strategy, you should check out this talk by Adam Atler, an NYU Professor, on how to make an experience addictive. Link Not long after launching in Abuja, Civic Innovation Lab has opened applications for the Civic Accelerator Programme. So, if you’re working on solutions for environmental problems, you should check this…

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See The Southern African Startups Selected To Pitch At The Regional Semifinals of HiiL Justice Accelerator
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The seven startups will have the opportunity to present their ideas to a panel made up of representatives from HiiL’s Bootcamp, legal and innovation experts. They were chosen from 80 applicants from the Southern African region. They include South African startups Lady Liberty, NuvaLaw, Comic Contracts and MoLLy and Zimbabwean startups Road Rules, Transparency International Zimbabwe, together with the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association. Their…

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Safaricom’s Sh 100 Million VC Fund Makes Final Investment in Agri-Tech Startup Iprocure
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Safaricom’s Sh 100 Million venture capital Fund dubbed Spark Fund announced its sixth and final investment in agri-tech startup iProcure. iProcure is a Kenyan agricultural inputs supply chain platform, linking farmers and farmer cooperatives to manufacturers of agricultural inputs. Through accrued efficiencies, iProcure offers farmers discounts of between 10 and 20 percent every time they purchase…

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