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Tanzania’s Ubongo launches learning app for kids (Tanzania – Disrupt-Africa.com)
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Tanzanian edutainment startup Ubongo has launched its Math Rats app, which aims to teach children mathematics skills through interacting with a story and has already had over 16,000 downloads. Source; Disrupt-Africa.com (http://disrupt-africa.com/2016/11/tanzanias-ubongo-launches-launches-learning-app-for-kids/)

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The Seedstars Africa Summit Is Happening In Kigali This December (Rwanda – Techcabal.com)
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Seedstars World is hosting the second Seedstars Africa Summit  in  Kigali, Rwanda,from December 7 to December 9, 2016. Source: Disrupt-Africa.com (http://techcabal.com/2016/11/01/the-seedstars-africa-summit-is-happening-in-kigali-this-december/)

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Kenyans Can Now Enjoy 4G-Specific Data Bundles Courtesy Of Safaricom (Kenya – Techcabal.com)
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Safaricom in a bid to get more customers to use its 4G network, is launching 4G-specific data bundles for them. Customers who are switching to 4G for the first time will get 4GB data, free of charge. Subsequently, the telco plans to charge KSh 99 for 100MB, and KSh 1,499 for 5GB. Source: Techcabal.com (http://techcabal.com/2016/10/27/kenyans-can-now-enjoy-4g-specific-data-bundles-courtesy-of-safaricom/)

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Kenya’s FarmDrive wins Thomson Reuters startup challenge (Kenya – Disrupt-Africa.com)
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Kenyan agri-tech startup FarmDrive has been named the winner of the Thomson Reuters Africa Startups Challenge, beating off competition from 13 other companies to bank the US$10,000 prize. Source: Disrupt-Africa.com (http://disrupt-africa.com/2016/10/kenyas-farmdrive-wins-thomson-reuters-startup-challenge/)

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Ghana’s Loystar begins expansion in Lagos (Ghana – Disrupt-Africa.com)
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Ghanaian startup Loystar, a mobile app that helps merchants keep their customers coming back using loyalty programmes, has begun its expansion by moving into Lagos, Nigeria. Source: Disrupt-Africa.com (http://disrupt-africa.com/2016/10/ghanas-loystar-begins-expansion-in-lagos/)

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E-health startup Dr CADx wins Seedstars Harare (Zimbabwe – Disrupt-Africa.com)
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Computer-aided diagnostics startup Dr CADx was named the winner of the Seedstars World event in Harare, Zimbabwe, over the weekend, and will now proceed to the global final to pitch for up to US$1 million in funding. Source: Disrupt-Africa.com (http://disrupt-africa.com/2016/10/e-health-startup-dr-cadx-wins-seedstars-harare/)  

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NSE Named Most Innovative Stock Exchange In Africa (Nigeria – leadership.ng)
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The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has emerged the most innovative stock exchange in Africa in 2016. This award was presented to The Exchange by The Business Year Magazine in Lagos, recently. Source: Leadership.ng (http://leadership.ng/business/556113/nse-named-most-innovative-stock-exchange-in-africa)

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Cellulant shines at African financial technology awards (Kenya – Businessdailyafrica.com)
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Kenya’s financial technology provider Cellulant was declared the winner of the Payments and Transfers segment of the 2016 African FinTech 100 awards held in Johannesburg, South Africa last Thursday. Source: Businessdailyafrica.com ( http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Cellulant-shines-at-African-financial-technology-awards/1248928-3427032-14wve5oz/)

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300 teams for DS-IHUB innovation floodgate hackathon 2016 (Nigeria – nigeriatoday.ng)
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No fewer than 300 teams from knowledge society will converge at the Delta State Innovation hub, DS-IHUB,  Asaba knowledge city  in the first week of  December  this year for software coding adventure  in all areas of innovation. Source: nigeriatoday.ng (http://www.nigeriatoday.ng/2016/10/300-teams-for-ds-ihub-innovation-floodgate-hackathon-2016/)

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SA’s InvoiceWorx will speed up loan applications for SMEs (South Africa – Disrupt-Africa.com)
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Seventy per cent of South African SMEs are rejected when applying for credit, for reasons such as non-compliance and credit health. Yet a solution is set to enter the market, promising to increase access to credit for small businesses and lessen the timeframes involved. Source: Disrupt-africa (http://disrupt-africa.com/2016/10/sas-invoiceworx-will-speed-up-loan-applications-for-smes/)

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12 Somali startups accepted onto Innovate accelerator (Somali – Disrupt-Africa.com)
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Innovate Ventures has announced the 12 early-stage Somali startups that have been accepted onto the inaugural Innovate Accelerator in Hargeisa, Somaliland, with the top three to receive a total of US$10,000 in equity investment. Source: Disrupt-africa.com (http://disrupt-africa.com/2016/10/12-somali-startups-accepted-onto-innovate-accelerator/)

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MEST to host tech summit in Lagos (Nigeria – Disrupt-Africa.com)
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The Ghana-based Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is to host the second edition of its Africa Tech Summit (ATS) in Lagos, Nigeria in December. Source: Disrupt-africa.com (http://disrupt-africa.com/2016/10/mest-to-host-tech-summit-in-lagos/)

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