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Looking at the Untimely Death of BookNow, Kenya’s Uber for Buses (Kenya- techmoran.com)
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Image courtesy of booknow.co.ke BookNow, a bus booking platform was founded in September of 2013 and headquartered in Nairobi – Kenya, and was the first and only bus travel market place for East Africa. BookNow aimed to aggregate multiple bus companies in East Africa in a move to help users to easily search for and…

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We could stop tons of food losses by scaling these African-made low-tech cooling units (East Africa- qz.com)
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Throughout the world, food waste and spoilage is a significant problem facing supply chains from farm to fork. The Rockefeller Foundation says one-third of all the food that is produced is never consumed—a staggering loss that would have fed the nearly 800 million people who are food insecure of undernourished worldwide. “How long is the…

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#theTrend: The best of Nairobi Innovation Week 2017 Kenya (ntv.nation.co.ke)
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The innovation week brings together partners from government, private sector, development partners and research centres with an aim of providing a platform for show-casing and encouraging innovation over and above networking and sharing knowledge. Ernest Kimani showcases a suction machine for fluids that was fabricated at the University of Nairobi. Brian Mutoro and Michael showcase…

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Nigerian app named World’s Most Innovative (Nigeria – itnewsafrica.com)
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Sliide Airtime has today been named as the World’s Most Innovative App at the Global Mobile World awards, dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the global telecom industry. Beating off strong competition from big-name (and big budget) apps from around the world, this award comes as Sliide prepares to launch the service into its second and third…

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Africa: Scale, Scale, Scale – the Mantra African Start-Ups Need to Chant Every Day to Achieve a Sustained Breakthrough (Africa- allafrica.com)
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A large number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa now have some form of start-up ecosystem. A smaller number of countries have investors willing to put money into start-ups. But what all too many of these countries lack is a cadre of start-ups that have achieved scale. Russell Southwood looks at what scale means for African…

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Graça Machel on Boosting Women’s Role in African Economies (Africa – allafrica.com)
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Graça Machel explains why the trust she leads has launched networks for women in business and in agriculture. The interviewer is Bronwyn Nielsen of CNBC Africa. Watch more at http://allafrica.com/view/resource/main/main/id/00100555.html

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Moving Analytics: A Disruptive Telehealth Innovation for Patients with Cardiovascular Diseases (Nigeria – venturesafrica.com)
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In June 2013, Ade Adesanya, an electrical engineer, and his partner, Harsh Vathsangam, a computer scientist, were in the research phase of a revolutionary digital healthcare solution; an innovation that would greatly improve the standard of treatment for patients who have suffered a heart failure, heart attack, or have recently undergone angioplasty, a digital home…

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Fintech Innovation Africa events set for Cape Town, Joburg (Africa – disrupt-africa.com)
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Fintech Innovation Africa, a new series of events and workshops that will be run in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, kicks off next week. The roadshow, which is supported and run by the Sw7 accelerator and South African legal firm Webber Wentzel, will act as a feeder event for the SWIFT Innotribe Startup Challenge, which is…

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Air France supports innovation in Africa (Africa – rustourismnews.com)
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Air France is taking part in the first edition of the “100 African startups to invest” in selection published today by MyAfricanStartUp. This initiative aims to increase the visibility of start-ups with strong potential in Africa. In total, 22 African countries* are represented in the 100 start-up selection, including two Portuguese-speaking countries, five French-speaking countries,…

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Sage launches enterprise fund to inspire African innovation (Africa – bizcommunity.com)
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Sage this week launched the Sage Foundation’s new $1 million Enterprise Fund which is open to non-profits in Africa with enterprising ideas to help improve the lives of the youth, military veterans, women and girls. Every day, across Africa inspiring non-profit leaders, volunteers and their supporters are working to make their communities better places to…

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Five DEMO Africa 2016 winners join global startups for Startup Grind Conference (Africa – techmoran.com)
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The five DEMO Africa 2016 top startups will be part of the 2017 edition of the Lions@frica Innovation Tour in California organized by the Silicon Valley based African Technology Foundation. The trip is part of the fifth edition of Lions@frica Innovation Tour aimed at fostering knowledge sharing, networking and initiating deeper engagements with partners and startups in…

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This is how Microsoft has demonstrated its commitment to African innovation (Africa – Techmoran.com)
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Microsoft has started a tradition for building Africa as a continent. They have started an initiative known as NexTech Africa that is demonstrating in action Microsoft’s commitment to support and invest in African creativity and innovations. Africa as a continent has become the ideal place to explore, experiment and invest in because of its untapped…

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