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French Tech Has Launched An Incubator In South Africa (SouthAfrica– Techcabal.com)
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French Tech, a French startup development hub, launched its first physical incubator yesterday, November 16 and it picked South Africa as the location of choice. Source: Techcabal.com (http://techcabal.com/2016/11/17/french-tech-has-launched-an-incubator-in-south-africa/)

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Kenya’s WeFarm Has Raised $1.6 Million In Seed Funding (Kenya– Techcabal.com)
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Kenyan peer-to-peer farming information platform, WeFarm, has raised $1.6 million in seed funding in a round led by venture capital firm LocalGlobe. And that’s not all, the company also reached a milestone of over 100,000 farmers on its platform. Source: Techcabal.com (http://techcabal.com/2016/11/17/kenyas-wefarm-has-raised-1-6-million-in-seed-funding/)

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Sendy, Taxify set to Exit the Taxi Hailing Space in Kenya (Kenya– Techweez.com)
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A while back, Sendy,a Kenyan logistics startup that uses a mobile application to connect  motorcycle riders, drivers of vans and pickup trucks to customers wishing to send packages ventured into the taxi hailing space offering both cab and boda-boda services. Source: Techweez.com (http://www.techweez.com/2016/11/18/taxi-hailing-in-kenya/)

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m:lab, World Bank launch ‘Traction Camp’ to support mobile entrepreneurs across East Africa (EastAfrica– Techmoran.com)
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M:lab East Africa and the World Bank Group have launched ‘Traction Camp,’ to support emerging digital and mobile entrepreneurs across the region. Source: Techmoran.com (http://techmoran.com/mlab-world-bank-group-launch-traction-camp-support-growth-oriented-entrepreneurs/)

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Airbnb Expands Beyond Homes with the Launch of Trips & Experiences in Nairobi & Cape Town (Kenya– Techmoran.com)
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Airbnb has today moved beyond accommodation with the launch of Trips bringing together where you stay, what you do and the people you meet all in one place. Source: Techmoran.com (http://techmoran.com/airbnb-expands-beyond-homes-launch-trips-experiences-nairobi-cape-town/)

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On-Demand Ridesharing App,Taxify Is Set To Launch In Nigeria This November (Africa– Allafrica.com)
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Taxify, an Eastern European ridesharing company that is currently operational in 20 cities across 15 countries, is making its way to Lagos, Nigeria on November 18, 2016. Source: Techcabal.com (http://techcabal.com/2016/11/16/on-demand-taxi-apptaxify-is-set-to-launch-in-nigeria-this-november/)

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The First Mile Innovation Challenge – Deadline: Jan 10 2017 (Africa– Allafrica.com)
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The Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health and GE Healthcare have launched the next round of the #FirstMileChallenge and are calling for innovative solutions that can address critical challenges in global primary care with a focus on #maternalhealth, #cardiac care and #safesurgery. They will be awarding $25k USD…

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African startups winners of Orange Social Venture Prize (Africa– Disruptafrica.com)
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Mobile operator Orange has announced the winner of its sixth annual Social Venture Prize for Africa and the Middle East, giving away a total of EUR55,000 (US$59,000) in grant funding. Source: DisruptaAfrica.com(http://disrupt-africa.com/2016/11/african-startups-winners-of-orange-social-venture-prize/)

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Kenya’s Vivi integrating e-commerce with loyalty programmes (Kenya– Disruptafrica.com)
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Kenyan startup Vivi is integrating e-commerce with mobile rewards through its phone-based loyalty programme that builds a network of online vendors. Source: DisruptAfrica.com (http://disrupt-africa.com/2016/11/kenyas-vivi-integrating-e-commerce-with-loyalty-programmes/)

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African startups need better internet – AHUB (Africa– Disruptafrica.com)
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Internet services across Africa must improve and become cheaper in order for the potential of the continent’s tech startups to be realised, according to panelists speaking at the AHUB. Source: Disruptafrica.com(http://disrupt-africa.com/2016/11/african-startups-need-better-internet-ahub/)

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Solar innovators get $4m USAID investments (Africa– Disruptafrica.com)
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The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced US$4 million in new investments to eight companies that are revolutionizing household solar power across Africa; with two African startups among the awardees. Source: DisruptAfrica.com (http://disrupt-africa.com/2016/11/solar-innovators-get-4m-usaid-investments/)

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Domestly launches subscriptions and business service (South Africa– Disruptafrica.com)
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South African on-demand cleaning startup Domestly has added a subscription-based model to its service, as well as launching services for small and medium businesses. Source: DisruptAfrica.com (http://disrupt-africa.com/2016/11/domestly-launches-subscriptions-and-business-service/”)

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