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Pushing for a Vision Driven Economy One Laptop at a Time, Meet Kenya’s Cool4Skul
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“I am Sankei Kenga, CEO of Cool4Skul, a startup that provides digital access to university students as a way of pushing for a vision driven economy.” Before we get down to what Sankei had to say and what Cool4Skul is all about, anyone who has passed through university will tell you that laptops are a…

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Safaricom launches Daraja portal to make it easier for businesses to integrate Mpesa
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Safaricom has announced the release of a feature-rich M-PESA Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) portal to businesses in the country. Dubbed Daraja, the portal will enable businesses to easily integrate with M-PESA cutting down the more than 60 days it took businesses to link to M-PESA. Through Daraja, businesses can now integrate both Lipa Na M-PESA, Buy…

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Emakatt bringing on-demand laundry services to Tanzania
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Launched early this year, Emakatt has developed a mobile application that enables users to request for their dirty clothes to be collected from their home or office, cleaned, and returned to them. Relatively common globally and in some other African countries, on-demand laundry is a new concept in Tanzania, which Emakatt plans to take advantage of. Founder…

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Cape Town IoT startup Sensor Networks raises 4Di funding
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Founded by Mark Allewell, previously known for location-aware travel guide Tourism Radio, Sensor Networks has built a bespoke platform aimed at helping insurance companies reduce risk through integration with IoT sensors. “Traditionally, insurance companies base risk and premiums on historical data. The rise of the IoT has brought about the seamless integration of millions of sensors –…

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SA’s hearX Group crowdfunding for smartphone device
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Disrupt Africa reported last week the hearX Group, which was developed at the University of Pretoria in 2013 and launched as a startup during 2015, had raised just over US$2.8 million in investment and grant funding to help it expand internationally and build its product range. Its first product, hearScreen, was a smartphone app that detects hearing loss and…

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Co-working space Nairobi Garage launches tailored services for startups to bolster its revenues
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Co-working space Nairobi Garage has launched Business Services, in a move expected to bolster its revenues. Dubbed Nairobi Garage Business Services the space will be working with Kenya’s top professional service providers to give its members access to Accounting, Legal, and Leadership Coaching packages from local professional services firms. The initiative also aims to help connect…

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14 startups join GE, Miller Centre healthymagination programme
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GE and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship have named the 14 African social enterprises selected to join the second cohort of their jointly-run healthymagination programme, which supports startups addressing maternal and/or child health. The programme sees the chosen startups participate in a six-month, online accelerator programme with in-depth mentorship from Silicon Valley-based…

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CcHub, Google choose 14 startups for $22m European Pitch Drive
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Nigerian incubator Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) and Google for Entrepreneurs have announced the 14 African tech startups chosen set to participate in PitchDrive, a three-week European tech hub tour with a specific goal of raising of EUR20 million (US$22 million) in investments. Disrupt Africa reported in May CcHub and Google for Entrepreneurs had partnered to launch…

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Search on for contestants for new SA entrepreneur TV show
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Applications are open to a new televised startup challenge show, Hangman, set to launch in South Africa, with the winner to walk away with ZAR1 million (US$77,512) in investment funding. South African mobile operator Cell C announced the launch of the new TV show, which will put innovative startups through a series of challenges. Their…

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Applications open for latest Start-Up Chile programme
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Applications have opened for the government-funded Start-Up Chile programme, offering startups from around the world the chance to apply for the chance of receiving US$30,000 in equity-free funding. Startups can submit their applications for the Start-Up Chile Seed programme until September 5. More than 1,400 founding teams having passed through the programme’s doors in the…

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Innovation Doesn’t Have To Be Disruptive
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It is clear that technology is changing the landscape of financial services in rural Africa. From the largest banks to the smallest fintechs, financial service providers are gearing up for a world in which finance is digital first and in which anyone with access to a mobile phone can also derive benefits from formal financial…

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Here’s another opportunity to launch your startup in Korea
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The Korea-based International Startup Centre run by the Global Entrepreneurs Foundation is inviting applications from entrepreneurs around the world to launch their startup in Korea, offering US$26,000 equity-free investment and 10 months business acceleration. The International Startup Centre has been selected as a partner host of the Korean government’s support programme for international entrepreneurs, which…

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