Startup

FRENCH: Un hackathon dédié à la jeunesse

Dans le cadre de la lutte contre le Virus Ebola, Internews a organisé un Hackathon dans la ville de Goma, au Nord Kivu, faisant suite à celui qui a eu lieu à Kinshasa en marge de la Kinshasa Digital Week 2019. Les 30 et 31 mai derniers 60 jeunes ont eu pour mission d’imaginer et de développer des projets dans le but d’aider les agents de la … Continue reading FRENCH: Un hackathon dédié à la jeunesse

AGRICULTURE: INNOVATION RUSH AIMS TO HELP FARMERS, RICH AND POOR, BEAT CLIMATE CHANGE

In decades to come, African farmers may pool their money to buy small robot vehicles to weed their fields or drones that can hover to squirt a few drops of pesticide only where needed. Researchers also are trying to train crops like maize and wheat to produce their own nitrogen fertiliser from the air – a trick soybeans and other legumes use – and exploring … Continue reading AGRICULTURE: INNOVATION RUSH AIMS TO HELP FARMERS, RICH AND POOR, BEAT CLIMATE CHANGE

Business

MR EAZI’S TALENT INCUBATOR EMPAWA AFRICA LAUNCHES SECOND PHASE OF FUNDING AND MENTORING PROGRAM

Superstar Nigeria-born artist and music executive Mr Eazi is investing in the next generation of African talent through emPawa Africa, an incubator program for emerging artists. Following a successful launch earlier this year, emPawa Africa’s accelerator program reopens to entries on Friday, August 15. In this second phase of the program, 30 African artists will be selected to receive a non-repayable grant to fund their … Continue reading MR EAZI’S TALENT INCUBATOR EMPAWA AFRICA LAUNCHES SECOND PHASE OF FUNDING AND MENTORING PROGRAM

Startup

Lira changes the game with the first African Barbie doll

South African musician and businesswoman Lerato “Lira” Molapo has coined the term “African Barbie” by becoming the first African to have a Barbie doll made in her image. Barbies 60th campaign includes Lira “Barbie has been celebrating female role models and inspiring girls since 1959. But she isn’t done yet. There are glass ceilings left to be shattered. Barbie believes this generation of young women … Continue reading Lira changes the game with the first African Barbie doll

Startup

Sparkle Launches to Change the Face of Retail Services in Nigeria

Uzoma Dozie, one of Nigeria’s leaders in the financial sector and the last Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank, Nigeria, today announced that he is launching a new financial technology community and ecosystem, Sparkle; a mobile-first platform focused on the country’s retail sector. Sparkle will tackle how retailers can achieve their daily objectives and scale their businesses, providing a suite of innovative lifestyle services, in addition to typical … Continue reading Sparkle Launches to Change the Face of Retail Services in Nigeria

TECHNOLOGY

Nigerian agri-tech startup EZ Farming “fired up” after 500 Startups participation

Nigerian agri-tech startup EZ Farming says it is “fired up” after taking part in the Silicon Valley-based 500 Startups accelerator programme and accessing US$150,000 funding, and is now striving to build the biggest agriculture-focused micro-lending platform in Africa. EZ Farming is an agricultural crowdfunding startup that allows users to lend to smallholder farmers to help them increase productivity and revenues, and earn returns in the process. … Continue reading Nigerian agri-tech startup EZ Farming “fired up” after 500 Startups participation

African Startups

10 more African countries are working towards local Startup Acts

Development of Startup Acts, entrepreneurship policies or policy visions are ongoing in at least 10 African countries as efforts continue to legislate to ensure the growth of startup ecosystems on the continent. he first specific startup law globally was passed in Italy in 2012, while Africa’s first Startup Act was passed by the Tunisian government last year. Both Senegal and Mali are also making progress towards passing startup-focused legislation. … Continue reading 10 more African countries are working towards local Startup Acts