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Nation, KPMG launch tenth edition of annual Top 100 SMEs survey
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The tenth edition of the annual Business Daily and KPMG Top 100 SMEs survey kicks off Tuesday, showcasing the growth of firms which have participated in previous editions. KPMG East Africa CEO Josphat Mwaura said during the survey’s launch Tuesday the criteria for eligibility have changed this year to include only the firms that participated…

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Afrobytes Tech Conference
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Afrobytes brings together entrepreneurs, business executives, CEOs, academics, innovators, investors, venture capitalists, tech enthusiasts and media to explore business opportunities between the African tech ecosystem and players in the global tech world. More than a conference, Afrobytes is a marketplace to meet key players of the global African tech ecosystem. The current list of participants…

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Nigeria’s CcHUB to take African startups on European fundraising tour
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Nigeria’s leading technology innovation centre, Co-creation Hub (CcHUB) has announced the launch of PitchDrive to take African technology startups on a fundraising tour of European tech hubs. PitchDrive will take a few tech startups from Africa on a three weeks, five-city European tech hub tour across London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich and Paris. At the end…

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Innovation rules the world, tap it for rare growth
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In the last one month alone, I have come across at least a job every week that had the mention of innovation as a key requirement. Mind you these are jobs outside of ICT and technology-related functions. Corporate leaders face an increasingly complex innovation and decision space characterised by ubiquitous connectivity, and the Internet of…

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The power of appropriate mentorship (Africa – disrupt-africa.com)
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The startup community is abuzz with the impact and power of mentors. But the word gets used too frequently in a variety of ways, but never truly gets defined for its purpose, writes JD Nel, portfolio manager at Stellenbosch University incubator the LaunchLab. At the LaunchLab we have been incorporating mentorship from the beginning of…

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AfriLabs welcomes new hubs into pan-African network ( Africa – disrupt-africa.com)
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Pan-African innovation hub network AfriLabs has welcomed 11 new members, expanding its network to over 50 technology and innovation hubs across more than 20 African countries. Founded in 2011, AfriLabs aims to build a community around the rapidly emerging tech hubs in Africa, and holds an annual gathering bringing together all member hubs and other…

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Nigeria’s KiaKia using big data to offer SMEs access to loans (Nigeria – disrupt-africa.com)
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Nigerian startup KiaKia is helping to make direct and peer-to-peer consumer and SME loans accessible and obtainable for underbanked and unbanked Nigerians without credit histories through its online proprietary credit scoring and risk assessment algorithm. Launched to the public in November of last year, KiaKia aggregates digital data and utilises machine learning, digital image forensics…

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Uganda’s Matibabu, Ghana’s Science Set & Kenya’s Sign.io to pitch for $500K from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Kenya – techmoran.com)
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Uganda’s Matibabu, Ghana’s Science Set & Kenya’s Sign.io are set compete for $500,000 from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers with other finalists from India and the USA among other non-cash prizes expected to help them bring these socially innovative hardware-led solutions to market. Founded by Brian Gitta, Matibabu, is a noninvasive device used to…

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DRC to host 1st conference on startup investment, digital economy (DRC – disrupt-africa.com)
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The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is to host its first international conference on investment in the digital economy, with the event aiming to provide a platform for the creation of a strong entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem in the country. The conference is set to take place on July 6 and 7 in Kinshasa,…

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Applications open for MTN Solution Space incubator in Cape Town (South Africa – disrupt-africa.com)
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Applications have opened for the MTN Solution Space Venture Incubation Programme in Cape Town, which will offer 10 early-stage startups access to mentorship, workshops and a community of other companies. The 12-week Venture Incubation Programme is held twice a year, with the latest mentor-led programme taking place from September 1 to November 30. The programme,…

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TechCrunch, Facebook to launch $25k Startup Battlefield Africa (Africa – disrupt-africa.com)
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TechCrunch and sponsor Facebook will bring the Startup Battlefield competition to Africa for the first time this year, offering startups the chance to win US$25,000 in non-equity funding. The TechCrunch Battlefield Africa 2017, for which applications are open here until July 17, will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 11, with the organisers looking…

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Cape Town event to connect startups with investors ( South Africa – disrupt-africa.com)
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Silicon Cape and French Tech have partnered to host the AfricArena innovation conference, which will take place in November with the goal of connecting African startups with investors. AfricArena, which will take place at the Century City Conference Centre on November 6-7, is a new platform that aims to connect investors from all over the…

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