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Africa Tech Summit Kigali to hold in three weeks

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 Africa Tech Summit Kigali is set to hold on February 14th and 15th to drive business and investment across the continent forward.

Supported by the Rwandan Ministry of ICT, Africa Tech Summit Kigali will chart progress in fintech, connectivity, mobility, blockchain, health, agriculture, education, ecommerce, digital media and creativity.

The event will have a panel of expert investors unpack the current investment landscape & opportunities from the ground up while connecting with leading ventures from across the region.

The Summit will feature speakers from Ecobank, Facebook for Developers, Liquid Telecom, BK TecHouse, Yego, DMM.He.He, iflix, Dalberg, Jumia Food, AC Group, IFC, IBM, Safaricom, MTN, Andela, Taxify, Paystack, BRCK, Boomplay Music, Bitpesa, Kobo360, TLCom, GSMA, Inmarsat, Kuunda 3D, Draper Dark Flow, iHUB, Kobo360, mSurvey, kLab, iRise, Ringier Africa, Fenix Intl, Charis UAS, Nairobi Garage, HydroIQ , Buni hub and many more.

Joining leaders from across Africa will be creatives, story makers, marketers, and communicators who will shine a light on engaging topics ranging from investing in the creative business, the rise of Africa’s digital superstar content creators, and the evolution of brands into storytelling and entertainment companies.

Sign up at www.africatechsummit.com/kigali /

 

What you need to do to pitch your startup at Nairobi Innovation Week 2018

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Kinshasa's finest startups that will represent DR Congo in Maputo

Applications into the Nairobi Innovation Week 2018 are open till 31st January 2018 then a panel of judges will go through the applications to select the 100 pitches to select 15 of the most promising startups.

For a startup to be among the 100 pitches, it needs to set up its profile on on the portal startups.niw.co.ke. The startup profiles capture criteria items for evaluation by judges including links to profiles of individual team members within the portal.

The four main criteria for judging are;

  1. Ingenuity of the Idea or Product
  2. Scalability & Impact
  3. Traction (progress) & Next steps
  4. Team composition & commitment

The judging criteria will look at the entreprise holistically and will be working with over 25 startup enables within the ecosystem such as Metta, Sinapis and Nailab as judges.

“Team composition will be a very important parameter in assessing startups throughout NIW.Startups. It will demonstrate how well the founder can sell their vision and line up the right talent for their business to grow”, said John Kieti who is the NIW.Startups Coordinator in 2018.

Once selected among the 100 pitches, winning startups that qualify will be announced on the website and our social media handles on 18th Feb 2018. On 29th Feb 2018, the startups that will be among the 100 pitches at NIW2018 will be announced. From these pitches, Kenya’s 15 most promising startups will be feted.

                     

Digital Transformation should be a priority for every organization

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Ms Laura Chite CEO CIO East Africa presenting at the summit

Digital Transformation is one of the major task organizations need to consider. However, it is among the issues that are not clear to many organizations. At the seventh annual summit of CIO100 East Africa Symposium and Awards held at Enashipai Resort & Spa in Naivasha, Kenya the hot discussion was around the main theme of the event; Digital Transformation.

The summit brought together top business executives in East Africa who through their organizations are able to reach out to millions of people using technology in solving challenges.

According to Laura Chite, Chief Executive Officer CIO East Africa, digital transformation is the role an organization plays in ensuring the fast technology advancements are embraced so as to enhance the delivery of services to consumers by bringing the offered services closer and ensuring maximization of profits with respect to costs that are incurred in the process.

It is basically the strategic infrastructure plans that entities put in place to ensure current technology is installed to improve the general performance.

“The benefits of digital transformation are priceless. Being disruptive, it has the ability and power to bring high value results for an organization in a short period of time. Corporations that develop their technology infrastructure stand a chance to improving sales and also through the feedback from the analytics,” Ms Chite cited.

Other benefits she shared were that through digital transformation, the decision making process of the top level management in organizations has been made easier since the data and feedback the infrastructures provide acts as a guidance on what decisions should be considered and implemented. The transformation being agile and innovative it has boosted creativity in organizations by enabling corporations to try out different things. It also improves the levels of customer satisfaction. As a result of all this, conversion rates are improved and this is what is important and the main reason for existence of any business.

During her opening speech at the event which was graced to capacity, Ms Chite also came out clear on some of the steps that organizations should follow for them to achieve success in digital transformation.

At first, company’s should understand its importance and the impact it has on the organizational goals then make it the first priority. As the top priority, it will have all the attention needed to ensure it build and updated to the current trends. Secondly, CIO’s should rely on the data analytics and interpret them accordingly as they act as business advisors. Lastly, to fully realize the potential of digital transformation organizations need to integrate the technology with its human resource.

“There’s no better time to be in IT as CIO’s are now in charge of taking the business digital as they are required to deliver modern products and services to their customers. Because of this, it’s imperative that CIO’s leverage the right technology and collaborate with their co-executives to provide the best possible experience for their customers,” she concluded.

 

 

Saudi Prince’s Misk bringing together global thinkers & youth to discuss the 4th industrial revolution

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The Misk Global Forum, the flagship platform of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince HRH Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s Misk Foundation, has announced details about its main annual gathering, which is titled ‘Meeting the Challenge of Change’.

Taking place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 15 – 16 November 2017, the event marks a major new evolution of the international platform focusing on youth, knowledge and innovation.   Assembling some of the world’s sharpest thinkers and innovators, it will give participants the opportunity to explore, experience and experiment with ideas and trends emerging in the knowledge economy, and the impacts these will have on the next generation.

Last year the Misk Global Forum saw addresses by CEOs of long established global tech giants Siemens and Cisco, the co-founder of Pixar Studios, and leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, alongside other inspirational figures from sports and culture, and senior international policy makers.

This year’s gathering will unveil important new initiatives and reports, including the first annual Global Youth Index, amidst an array of interactive workshops, seminars and masterclasses. Prepared in association with Populus, the Index will reveal young peoples’ confidence and preparedness for the fourth industrial revolution from 21 of the world’s most significant economies, including all G20 nations.

Shaima Hamidaddin, Executive Manager and Project Lead for the Misk Global Forum, said: “We are expanding the ambition and scope of the Misk Global Forum.  We are set on becoming the pre-eminent global platform to discuss vital issues relating to young people, their future and the knowledge economy.

“Young people are coming of age in a world that is more connected and more fundamentally changing than at any time in human history.  The fourth industrial revolution, of transformative technologies, is disrupting economies and will affect the way we live, learn, work and contribute to our communities.

“The Misk Global Forum’s annual gathering brings together some of the world’s sharpest minds in order to gain a deeper understanding of how to meet the challenge of change.  It will be practical, focusing on helping each young person to develop their own plan to meet this pressing goal.”

A range of different activities will cover four main areas for discussion:

  • Living:  from health and wellbeing, constructive habits and social interactions, to new entertainment and media consumption, and smart investing, what will it take to lead the good life over the long term?
  • Learning: when change is constant, how best to integrate the right lifelong learning subjects and practices in order to achieve sustained success?
  • Working:  in the age of intelligent machines, what new working structures will emerge?  What is the payoff between more traditional forms of employment and the new, more dynamic entrepreneurial and freelancing opportunities that will arise?
  • Contributing:  how can people most effectively give back to their communities to deliver more sustained positive impacts and create wider virtuous circles of development?

 

Seedstars World returns to Luanda to find the most promising tech entrepreneurs

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Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes is coming for the third time to Angola.

The event is line with its mission to place the spotlight on entrepreneurs from emerging markets to provide them with an opportunity to win up to USD 1,000,000 while networking with investors and mentors from around the world. Its previous participants have raised over USD 61M collectively, providing employment to more than 800 employees worldwide.

The companies selected to pitch at Seedstars Luanda need to be less than 2 years old, have raised less than USD 500 000 in funding and have built a minimum viable product, ideally with existing traction. The Seedstars World team is searching for one additional criterion – the startup’s regional and global scalability.

The event will be held at TGI Building on October 13th and up to 10 of the best seed stage startups in Angola will be invited to pitch. Applications are open until October 5th and startups can apply here: https://www.seedstarsworld.com/event/SSW-Luanda-17/.

All the local winners will be invited to the regional summit, which will take place in Maputo Mozambique on December 14th  to meet with startups, mentors and investors from over 20 African countries. Some of the partners working with Seedstars include Enel Green Power, BBVA, Merck, TRECC, TGI, Kianda hub and Standard Bank.

Seedstars World is Coming to Douala

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Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes is coming for the very first time to Cameroon.

With the support of  ActivSpaces and regional partners Enel, Merck, Orange and Microsoft 4Afrika, Seedstars World will be holding a dynamic pitch event on September 29th at ActivSpaces.

Cameroon is among the more than 75 countries Seedstars World is travelling to this year to identify the best seed-stage entrepreneurs and provide them with an opportunity to win up to USD 1,000,000 while networking with investors and mentors from around the world. Its previous participants have raised over USD 61M collectively, providing employment to more than 800 employees worldwide.

The companies selected to pitch at Seedstars Douala need to be less than 2 years old, have raised less than USD 500 000 in funding and have built a minimum viable product, ideally with existing traction. The Seedstars World team is searching for one additional criterion – the startup’s regional and global scalability.

Anis Kallel, Associate at Seedstars World said, “Every year, we try to add more countries to our map, and prove that talent is truly everywhere. This year, we are coming to Cameroon for the first time, and we are excited to work closely with entrepreneurs and identify the role that Seedstars can play to support the local ecosystem in the future.”

Up to 10 of the best seed stage startups in Cameroon will be invited to pitch. Applications are open for a few more days, and startups can apply here by September 22th.

Meet the 9 most promising startups selected to pitch at Seedstars Dakar 2017

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On September 22th, 9 of Senegal’s most promising seed stage startups will compete to represent the country at the Regional and Global Seedstars Summits, and to win up to USD 1 million in equity investments and other prizes.

The 9 promising tech startups will pitch at the Seedstars Dakar pitching event on September 22th at 4pm at Pullman Teranga (10, Rue Colbert, Place de L’ independance, Dakar 18524, Senegal).

The top startups selected to advance to the pitching event are:

1)      ADN an IT consulting company specialized in Data Analytics and focused on providing business analytics solutions for African organization

2)      BAYSEDDO 2.0: a platform that allows farmers to finance their crop

3)      Carvi Writer: the first publishing company of books and audiovisual production in Africa, it makes money and movies with your writings.

4)      Dassur: an insurance distributor which uses Messenger

5)      MaTontine provides access to small loans and related financial services like micro-insurance by digitizing traditional savings circles.

6)      PayDunya: is a one stop shop to create, manage & grow sales on social networks and get paid from all relevant payment methods in Africa with CRM toolbox

7)      SenCivilities: allows the management of civil status, request of remote birth certificate, and geolocation of the undeclared children

8)      Walam: a mobile platform based on sharing economy that let people put their skills to the service of other people without having money.

9)      SKILLAKE: a job marketplace, to help American and European companies find qualified IT professionals in Africa with a perfect match

Seedstars World is closely working with Groupe Cofina, main supporter for Seedstars World Senegal Groupe Cofina.

Beyond the local event, Seedstars World is working very closely with Enel Green Power to source the most innovative business models in the energy sectors and ones that are fostering socio-economic development in rural villages in Africa. Up to 5 best startups in this sector will be invited for an exclusive RES4Africa networking event taking place later this November in Nairobi and compete for an Africa Energy Prize which consists of a financial contribution and a three-month acceleration programme for a total value of up to $50,000.

Registrations for the event can be made here.

Startup Grind Lagos Host Oluyomi Ojo of Printivo At Her June Meetup

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Startup Grind Lagos will host Oluyomi Ojo, the CEO of Printivo, at her monthly Meetup holding on Saturday, 24th of June.

Oluyomi founded Printivo alongside two co-founders to make printing seamless for Nigerians.

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Also included in the programme is the learning curve section where Elda David Kehinde Samuel, the Executive Director of the Nirmala Chellarams Centre for Entrepreneurship, will be teaching attendees how to grow and scale their business in line with the theme “Scaling Your Grind”

Tickets for this event cost only N1000 online and N1500 at the venue.

Date: June 24th, 2017
Venue: The Preneneur Centre, Kingsley Emu Street, Lekki Phase 1.
Time: 3 – 5pm
Fee: N1000 online and N1500 at the venue

Reserve your seat here – https://paystack.com/pay/Startupgrindlag-ticket

You can join the conversation with #StartupGrindLAG

Here are the 10 Inventors Pitching for $500K+ Global Competition for Hardware with a Social Purpose

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Ten social-minded inventors from Kenya and the region are competing in the first global competition to recognize hardware with a social purpose organized by ASME’s Innovation Showcase (ISHOW).

The competition saw 28 finalists of more than 150 who submitted designs. Three Grand Prize-winners per region will receive a share of more than $US500,000 in awards.

ASME winners will be announced to the audience in the evening at events in Nairobi, Kenya.

Ten finalists (four from Kenya, four from Uganda, and one each from Ghana and Tanzania):

  • Emmanuel Kamuhire (Uganda) – Locating a patient’s vein is difficult and requires complex skill. Vein Locator offers a low cost solution for first needle success.
  • Roy Allela (Kenya) – Sign-io is a sign language to speech translation glove developed to address language barriers between sign language users and the general public.
  • Victor Shikoli (Kenya) – HydroIQ‘s GPS and internet-enabled device plugs into traditional water supply systems to automatically monitor water use, quality, and leakages, effectively creating a smart water grid.
  • Adriana Garties (Tanzania) – Farmers spend days or even weeks threshing their grains through laborious manual methods. Multi-Crop Thresher is a portable, locally manufactured machine that threshes up to 90x faster.
  • Brian Gitta (Uganda) – Matibabu is a noninvasive device used to test for Malaria. It uses custom-made hardware connected to a smartphone to aid easy diagnosis within households.
  • Charles Antipem (Ghana) – Science Set is an affordable, portable, practical and highly scalable science lab that can fit in the bag and on the desk of students.
  • Esther Mwangi (Kenya) – Social Inclusion Project is a social enterprise that increases access of sanitary items like pads, diapers, and condoms through locally produced vending machines in Kenya.
  • George Chege (Kenya) – Smart Brooder supplies chicks with supplemental heat while monitoring and controlling the brooding space for optimal growth, using SMS to convey data.
  • Kathy Ku (Uganda) – The Purifaaya filter requires no energy, eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from boiling water.
  • Angeline Awiti Muga (Uganda) – BabyScope is a mobile phone-based fetal heart monitor that provides maternal health caregivers comprehensive, accurate, and reliable fetal health data effectively and economically.

ASME originally created ISHOW three years ago after its research showed a tremendous lack of support for hardware innovators seeking to enter global markets and make a societal impact, according to K. Keith Roe, president of ASME. With this year’s entries among the most promising ASME has seen since ISHOW first launched, the global organization of mechanical engineers is confident they all have the potential to address some of the most challenging issues faced by mankind.

 

 

TechPlus 2017 To Focus On Startups

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One of the most anticipated tech events in Nigeria, TechPlus is back again and this time it is focusing on enhancing and promoting startups.

A statement released by the organisers says that the 2017 edition will feature seasoned experts who will share ways on how to make startups stand out, and how best to take advantage of Nigeria’s ecosystem for expansion.

Beyond empowering startups, the conference will also feature Women in Tech, Tech Money, Tech for Development, C-suite, Content, Media and Marketing, Tech Kids, e-Sports and Tech Meets Life among others.

Among the speakers for the event which will be held between July 6 and 8 at the Landmark Event Centre in Lagos include Silas Adedotun Adekunle; Reach Robotics, Dr. Adetunji Adegbesan, CEO Gidi Mobile, Folusho Gbadamosi, Industrial & General insurance, Mayokun Fadeyibi, OLX, Adedayo Adesanya, Virtual Nigeria, Sampson Adotey, CowTribe; and Bowale Agboade, Kid Entrepreneurs.

TechPlus is an annual gathering of everything technology is a unique platform that provides a robust tripartite tech experience through its conferences, exhibitions and gaming structures whilst serving as a nexus for knowledge sharing and networking for consumers and businesses.

You can register for the event here.

NaijaSecCon: Nigeria’s Premier Cybersecurity Conference + Hackathon to Hold in May

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With the rising cyber security issues in the country, Nigeria Security Conference 2017 (NaijaSecCon17) is poised to educate the participants on how to keep themselves secure.

According to organisers, the conference, which would hold on the 1st of May happens to be the first of its kind as there shall be display of practical hack sessions showcased and delivered by ethical hackers and security experts. The NaijaSecCon has also been tagged as Nigeria’s biggest hacker convention.

There is no doubt that cyber crime has being on the increase in the country in particular and the West African sub region in general, however the most prevalent have being the “Yahoo Yahoo” syndrome, perpetrated through various phishing and spearphishing scams. Several businesses have become victims to these scams and the need to know how these attacks are conducted, with a view to knowing how to avert such attacks, is the more reason why the NaijaSecCon17 is a must attend.

Businesses have continued to receive attacks in the form of ransomwares and the likes. Ransomwares are malicious programs created to carry out sophisticated attacks against businesses. Crippling of businesses is the mainstay of these malwares and the need to be on the defensive is very paramount.

Practical sessions on how these attacks are carried out shall be revealed during the presentations, which shall be brought live to you by experts in the field.

As an additive to the Conference, there shall be a Capture The Flag (CTF) competition, where there shall be a test of wills and skills by hackers and security experts on several challenges that cut across Reverse Engineering, Web Application Security, Cryptography, Network Security, Programming and Digital Forensics.

The CTF competition promises to rewards the winners with the sum of N200,000.00 duly donated by PhynxLab.

Kwesé TV scores exclusive rights to bring the 2018 FIFA World Cup and FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 to Africa

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Econet Media’s Kwesé TV has secured the rights for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 to its impressive roster.

Just months after it brought NBA, ESPN among others on board signalling a growing rivalry between it and South African Multichoice.

Kwesé says it will give Africa a front row seat with all the action LIVE on Kwesé.

The broadcaster has secured exclusive free-to-air (FTA) rights for sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa). Kwesé will broadcast the tournaments through its pan-African FTA channel Kwesé Free Sports (KFS) currently Africa’s largest FTA channel which boasts a potential audience in excess of 100million.

In addition to its exclusive FTA rights Kwesé has also secured non-exclusive Pay-TV rights for sub-Saharan Africa excluding South Africa. Kwesé’s broadcasting rights will include coverage on all Kwesé platforms including TV online and mobile platforms.

“There is no doubt that the FIFA World Cup is a highlight for sports fans all over the globe and Africa is home to some of the game’s biggest fans.  We had to have these major sporting events on our platforms. With exclusive rights to broadcast the tournament free-to-air, we are staying true to our intention to deliver the best sporting programming to as many people as possible across the continent”, said Joseph Hundah, President and Chief Executive Officer, Econet Media.

The exclusivity of the FTA rights for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 means Kwesé is the only platform on the continent licensed to bring live action from these two iconic events free of charge.

FIFA Chief Commercial Officer Philippe Le Floc’h said FIFA has decided to award media rights to Econet Media because it trusts Kwese’s professionalism and capacity to provide a high-quality viewing experience through the Kwesé network.

“In Econet Media we believe to have found a reliable partner exploring new distribution paths, particularly on the digital side, working with Econet Media’s growing Free To Air network Kwese Free Sports as well as established broadcasters in the region to give millions of fans an unforgettable experience of the 2017 and 2018 FIFA events,” he said

The deal includes FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017, FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017, FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2018 and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018 on all Kwesé platforms including Kwesé Free Sports, Kwesé Sports 1 & 2, KweséSports.com and the Kwesé App.

Kenyan fintech innovators pitch at the 2017 Africa Fintech Unconference in Ghana

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Kenyan Fintech innovators had the chance to learn from each other and network with other Fintech innovators from across the continent at the 2017 Africa Fintech Unconference in Ghana.

The  two-day event kicked off on March 23 and brought together fintech innovators, thought leaders, banks and other established financial players in the emerging Fintech sector to engage in smarter pan-African partnerships.

The Unconference was organized by FIBR, an initiative of BFA and The MasterCard Foundation, and partners Nomanini and Catalyst Fund.

‘We are looking to the growing fintech market in Ghana as a complement and counterpart to the East Africa Fintech sector, by cultivating, comparing and connecting what is happening in the West and East regional markets. Fintech companies across the continent, including those based in Kenya, are also turning to Ghana as an attractive market to expand into, for which bringing the Unconference to Ghana, was compelling and exciting,” Amolo Ng’weno, East Africa Regional Director at BFA.

Attendees to the unconference also included: The MasterCard Foundation, Branch.co (who offer micro financing and credit to emerging markets easily and fast without the barriers of traditional microfinance) and Ecobank among many others. Some of the other Kenyan firms present were Lendable, PayGo Energy, Umati Capital, Interpay, Musoni, Sokowatch, Farmdrive and Rafode Ltd.

The Unconference focused on different sessions such as:

  • For Fintech actors working towards financial inclusion, customers need more than services or products — they need tools in which they can make money “work” in different ways for their needs and how they live.
  • Best practices for Fintech companies seeking partnerships with established players means ensuring customer needs inform partnership, understanding and defining clear goals, fostering trust and transparency early on, as well as structuring fair upside for each partner.
  • Best practices for Fintech companies seeking to gain trust with their customers need to take great care to be consistent and transparent, follow through with promises, leverage channels that are already trusted by customers and hire local people who have knowledge and networks in the target markets.

 

 

 

 

 

Zain Verjee’s Amplify Fellows’ to Graduate First Cohort in Nairobi

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Amplify, Africa’s first paid-fellowship for content creators, heads to Nairobi on Friday 7 April 2017, to celebrate the inaugural graduation of the program’s first cohort. The 25 Amplify fellows from Nigeria, Rwanda and Kenya, have spent the last six months receiving training and mentoring in content creation and media, as well as working together on digital projects for aKoma. Launched in September 2016, and in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, Amplify’s mission is to develop a fellowship of young, dynamic multimedia content creators who will craft compelling stories about Africa.

To celebrate Amplify’s first graduation, Rwandan Fellow Cynthia Butare has produced a short film, that chronicles the Amplify experience, describing the journeys of some of the fellows and how the experience has brought them together as a community.

aKoma co-founder, Zain Verjee credits the fellows for, “creating stories, owning them and showcasing images that we don’t typically see in international media.”

As a final project, each country cohort has been tasked to create a digital campaign for aKoma’s brand partner and Amplify sponsor, GE Africa. The Fellows will face each other in a final presentation event in front of an African who’s-who panel of tech, business and media judges, comprising Professor Bitange Ndemo, Pamela Sittoni of Nation Media Group, Patricia Obozuwa of GE and Google Kenya’s Charles Murito.

The final presentations will take place on Friday 7 April 2017 between 3-5pm at the Villa Rosa Kempinsky in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

 

Asus Sets Up Tournament for Nairobi’s Best Gamers

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Device manufacturer Asus has set up a gaming tournament in Nairobi Saturday April 8th at Sarit Centre to bring Nairobi’s top gaming enthusiasts together.

Dubbed the Asus Republic of Gamers Tournament, the event will start at 11 am and will see gamers compete against each other playing games such as Call Of Duty; Modern Warfare 3.

Players will be required to join teams such as Ninja clan, Plus Ultra gaming, Bandits among others to fight terrorists who have invaded a country with the most sophisticated weapons on earth.

In the game, the terrorists are ruthless, inhumane with one goal in mind total destruction of anything and anyone who crosses their path. As a gamer, you have being recalled and selected to join an elite squad to stop the terrorists from taking control of the city. Your primary weapon the M4, Air support depending on level we have the majestic B2 bomber or the Apache helicopter, that’s enough air power to wipe out an entire country. You need to watch out for mines and the lone ranger snipers hidden on the roof top.

Team work is essential as you navigate the torturous street, No man is left behind. Like Pegasus the winked horse in greek mythology, this task requires wisdom, knowledge, skill and lots of firepower. Soldier this is your call of duty, service to your country. Kill as many terrorists as you can to unlock new levels and get as many rewards as you can to unlock a diverse range of abilities.

Asus will also be showcasing its latest Asus Republic of Gamers hardware which are pretty awesome as they enhance your gaming experience, battles are displayed on screen in high definition and the bass sound is out of this world.

Like the Facebook page ASUSROG.KE for more.

It’s a fun filled day so leave the suit behind put on that coloured T-shirt you so love and join the republic.

If you can’t play but can dance, then there is room for you. Come show us your dance moves. Turn, twist hop in our dancing competition for awesome giveaways.

Halloween comes early for us gamers, do you have that comic gear you have being dying to try out? We have a cosplay fashion show.

The hunt is on.

Entry is Free, like our Facebook page here for more updates.

 

SpeedUPAfrica & F6S to invest over US$1 million into startups in cohort II of bootcamp

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Following the event’s success in 2016,  SpeedUPAfrica Bootcamp is returning to Nigeria from July 5-9 with the goal of empowering a new wave of African start-ups.

Organized by the team behind VC firm Draper Dark Flow, SpeedUPAfrica will provide hands-on practical help from international experts including financiers, strategists and brand builders – as well as entrepreneurs who have built their own successful businesses both in Africa and overseas.

According to Toro Orero, Managing Partner at DraperDarkFlow, “Our focus is on Mentors, Workshops and Investments as well as networking and socialising with like-minded enterpreneurs. We will ensure that the SpeedUPAfrica week is a defining moment in the life of the start-ups who attend.”

SpeedUPAfrica last year invested into Africa’s Tress, Swiftly, VugaPay, DropBuddies, Planete Sports, VeriCampus, Nurlux and TrendingshoW.

This year’s attendees will have the opportunity to pick the brains of senior representatives from Google, Singularity and Draper Universities, and some 60 potential investors. F6S – whose online platform provides entrepreneurs with access to start-up programs and investment funds as well as a host of other benefits – will be providing US$1 million of benefits to selected SpeedUp Africa participants. 

Promising start-ups with live products or prototypes are invited to apply to participate. Last year’s 100 participants came from 18 countries and had an average of 60,000 users. The deadline is May 1 although SpeedUPAfrica advises people not to wait that long to make their interest known. The bootcamp is free to attend with airport transfers and hotel accommodation being covered by SpeedUPAfrica.

 

Jumia Travel Set To Hold Tourism Submit

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Jumia Travel, an online travel agency, is set to hold a tourism summit in Lagos on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

Experts from various sectors of the tourism industry will converge to brainstorm on what Nigerian/African travelers are searching for – the new trends and how these expectations can be met by each stakeholder responsible for enriching their travel experience.

The company’s Head of PR & Marketing, Olukayode Kolawole made the disclosure in a press statement, adding that facilitating a summit to discuss critical industry issues has always been a key focus for the company. He also stated that the panellists for the summit have been drawn from various sectors within the hospitality industry.

“These experts have hands-on experiences from interacting with travelers at different point of their journey. The selection of the panellists was meticulously done to allow for a rich and diverse contribution from each of them.

For instance, Mr. Ikechi Uko is the CEO & organiser of Akwaaba African Travel Market. He’s also the publisher of ATQ magazine – the first (if not only) travel magazine in West Africa. The event is a convergence point for Africans to discuss, impact and share ideas on how to advance the African hospitality industry by highlighting the inevitable roles of each stakeholder, the government inclusive. Mr. Uko is a well-respected expert in the industry. His presence at any travel & tourism event will no doubt leave the participants in awe and intellectually enriched at the end of the programme”.

Other panellists billed to speak at the event are: Kushal Dutta, MD Jumia Travel Nigeria; Anthony Shishler, MD Fahrenheit Hotel; Bakare Abiola, Kenya Airways; Sam Adeleke, Afro Tourism; Chiamaka Obuekwe, Founder Social Prefect Tours; and Tosin Ajibade, Founder, Olorisupergal & Travel Africa Story.

The press statement also highlighted some of the questions the panellists will be providing answers to, such as: What are travelers looking for – the new trends? How can these expectations be met? What differentiates the 20th-century traveler from the 21st? What roles do airline operators play in contributing to a traveler’s experience? What are the flight booking trends? What class enjoy the most bookings? How do airline operators make the flight more than just flying? How does the interaction with the airline add up to the traveler’s gross experience? What kind of hotel accommodations do travelers expect? What kind do they get? What is the booking pattern/trend for leisure travelers? What amenities are these travelers searching for the most? How much in advance do travelers book hotels? How do hoteliers plan to make travelers experience more interesting? Beyond keeping one’s head under the hotel roof, what extra do hotels offer? What would make a traveler want to return to the same hotel every single time? Are Nigerian travelers difficult to satisfy? Do they ask for more than they can get or deserve or pay for?

Merck Accelerator announces 3 startups to join its program in Nairobi

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Merck Accelerator has announced the three startups that will join its programme in Nairobi this season.

The three aim to help solve healthcare problems by  fighting drug counterfeiting with AI, using medical records to predict and detect diseases early, and using data management to improve global health supply chains.

One of the startups, Peach, is a cloud-based medical records system for hospitals and healthcare providers in developing countries which was initially developed during the Merck KGaA Health + Innovation Hackathon Accra.

Medical records are often hardly transportable to other places. Important patient medical records get lost easily, and can result in missing the detection or prediction of diseases. Peach, headed up by Cobby Amoah, Qwame Akpalu, Oteng Kwame Appiah Nti and Charles Kunene, are developing a cloud-based and scalable software platform to collect, store and access the healthcare information of patients.

Peach will help community health officers to find all the information they need to detect complications in time, anywhere, at any time.

The second startup to join the Merc Nairobi Accelerator is
RxAll, from New Haven, US. RxAll addresses the proliferation of counterfeit drugs which results in about 100 000 deaths in Africa every year as pharmacists often don’t have the means to test whether a medicine is fake or not.

The RxAll team, led by Adebayo Alonge, is developing an AI platform that aims to solve this problem. Pharmacies will be able to authenticate medicines through the platform, which uses deep learning to improve spectrometer readings in the field, providing real-time feedback about changes in drugs. In addition, the pharmacies can order the medicines directly through a digital procurement platform from the manufacturers.

The third startup is Secure Data Kit (SDK), a data platform that helps global health providers relieve suffering.

SDK is led by Atlanta based Jared Malan and is focused on making data collection, data storage, and data sharing simple. SDK enables donor programs to capture disparate datasources and manage the complexity of a global supply chain. Donors are able to view the effectiveness of their programs in realtime through customizable metrics, reports, and workflow diagrams. Secure Data Kit is used by leading Global Health organizations and pharmaceutical companies.

Fintech startups to be awarded over $5000 from the Re:Code Nigeria Hackathon

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The Re:Code Nigeria hackathon, set for Friday the 24th of March at 1PM until Sunday the 26th of March at 4PM aims to bring together fintech entrepreneurs and stakeholders in Nigeria to transform the existing mode of engagement in the banking industry; the customer experience, and create value for customers beyond payments.

The organizers, not related to Silicon Valley’s Re:Code say the event is expected to create a balance between the traditional institutions and the emerging fintech institutions by awarding winning teams up to $5000 in prize money.

The competition will see winners awarded $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000 for the winner, runners up and the third best brilliant solution.

Re:Code Nigeria believes financial services sector is in flux, more and more it feels like the users are the ones serving instead of being served. With so much disruptive technologies coming up, there is no better time to change the flow of service, than now. That’s the reason the organization has set up the event.

 

 

Events marketplace Eventerprise.com nets $1.4 million to expand operations globally

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South Africa’s Eventerprise.com, an events platform that connects event-related businesses with potential clients globally has raised funding to fuel its global expansion plans.
The funding was led by prominent Indian businessman and chairman of diversified multinational conglomerate, the Dodsal Group, Dr Rajen Kilachand, as well as John Martin St Valery and Omar Rahman, two UAE-based event industry experts.

According to co-founder Charlie Wright, “This shows that there’s a definite groundswell of support from the international events and business community for what we are trying to achieve, which is making the global events industry a more transparent and easier place to do business in. It is especially gratifying to receive this level of endorsement from individuals with great insight into the opportunities and challenges that face the events industry.”

With a conservative estimate of $560 billion at play in the global events industry and a rapid rise in Event Tech investment over the past few years it seems that Eventerprise’s new investors are following an upwards trend with huge potential.

“The world of events is still very much fragmented, without a central platform where event professionals across all verticals can display their services, products or venues, so that potential clients can find and compare them in a faster and more transparent manner. Eventerprise’s dedicated search algorithm and use of verified reviews and custom profiles for event professionals aim to solve the current disconnect, and it is wonderful to know that prominent business leaders are buying into our mission,” says Götz Thümecke, the other co-founder and CEO.

Eventerprise had raised funding from UK and German investors already but the new group of investors forms part of an eventful March for Eventerprise, with the launch of the beta version of EventerScore, a digital performance tool for event professionals, and an impending North American road show.