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MTN Ivory Coast launches startup incubator
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MTN Ivory Coast has launched the first edition of its startup incubation programme “Y’ello Startup”, designed to help young entrepreneurs design and deploy innovative digital solutions with a strong impact on the Ivorian socio-economic environment. The mobile operator will select four startups for the programme, giving them the opportunity to transform their business projects into…

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Experts urge SMEs to leverage brand building to grow sustainable business
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Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have been urged to consider growing their businesses through deliberate efforts that offer competitive advantages to their brands. According to experts, building a solid and enduring brand is imperative for business growth and confers comparative and competitive advantages to businesses. This position was reached at the SME Conference and Expo…Read…

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M-shule startup picked for Switzeland contest
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Education technology startup M-shule has been selected to participate at the Seedstars Summit in Switzeland, an opportunity that could win the company Sh51.8 million ($500,000 ) in equity investment. M-Shule emerged top in the Kenyan edition of the annual global seed-stage startup competition and will face off with other winners from over 75 countries across…

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Search for top innovative companies in Kenya starts
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Think Business Limited, organisers of an investment awards fete, has kicked off the ninth search for most innovative companies in Kenya. The organisers have started accepting entries for the competition whose winners will be unveiled at a gala dinner on November 23. Company evaluation performance will be done in four sub industry categories namely capital…

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African startups win M4D Utilities Innovation Fund backing
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Startups from Niger and Zambia have been awarded grant money by the M4D Utilities Innovation Fund, which awards grants to test and scale the use of mobile to increase access to energy, water, and sanitation services. Disrupt Africa reported in August startups were invited to apply for the M4D Utilities Innovation Fund, supported by the…

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Sinapis: Where start-ups blossom in the name of God
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When a Kenyan student, Karibu Nyaggah, and two Americans, Courtney Rountree Mills and Matt Stolhandsk, met at Havard University in 2010, little did know that the friendship will birth a non-profit organisation that is now the the source of livelihood for more than 750 Kenyan entrepreneurs. What started as a simple idea has seen four…

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Not everyone is an entrepreneur, startups need staff too
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Not everybody has the skillset to become an entrepreneur, and more focus needs to go on ensuring existing businesses have access to the talent and resources that can help them grow. This is according to Antoinette Prophy, founder and managing director at the 88 Business Collective, which accelerates Western Cape-based, female-owned businesses. Speaking at the…

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Digital platforms crucial for SME funding
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The efficient use of digital platforms is crucial in enabling convenient access to funding for South Africa’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This is according to Mike Vacy-Lyle, CEO of FNB Business, who says a pragmatic approach that prioritises the use of technology could be a game-changer in the way the country’s SMEs access funding…

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inCcelerate programme to back Ugandan startups
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A new accelerator programme – inCcelerate – has launched in Uganda, offering startups access to mentorship, training and at least US$10,000 in funding. inCcelerate, for which applications are open here until November, is offering startups access to a full-time, three-month programme that offers a practical pathway to design the best possible products through a hands-on…

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Why your startup should seek MNO partnerships
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Partnering with a mobile network operator (MNO) has the potential to propel your startup to the next level in much less time, but be warned: it is a time-consuming process. Panellists at last week’s AHUB event in Cape Town – representatives from mobile operators and startups alike – discussed the mutual benefits of such partnerships…

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Nigeria: IT Innovation – Nigeria Spends $70 Bn to Support Start-Ups
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The Minister for Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, has said that the only way Nigeria can get out of the economic woods is to embrace innovations in information and communications technology, ICT. Shittu who was a guest at the just concluded ICT Start-up Ecosystem stakeholders meeting organized by National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, in Abuja,…

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Africa: 20 African Start-Ups Enter World Bank Digital Acceleration Program
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Twenty of the most promising African digital start-ups will take part in the XL Africa residency, the flagship initiative of the business accelerator launched last April by the World Bank Group‘s infoDev program. From Nov. 6-17 in Cape Town, the entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to learn from their mentors and peers, increase their regional…

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