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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.

Lagos Set to Host CashlessAfrica Expo

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The CashlessAfrica expo is set to hold tomorrow – Tuesday, March 22nd and Wednesday, March 23rd 2017 at at the Lagos Oriental hotel, as experts will gather to discuss the future of finance in Lagos, the economic hub of Nigeria  at the Lagos Oriental hotel tomorrow.

The event, which has attracted more than 35 speakers from 30 countries to attend what has become a leading regional digital financial services conference in West Africa.

Opening the event, Ms Omokehinde Adebanjo, the Vice President and Area Business Head for West Africa, Mastercard and other notable experts and innovators will participate in nine sessions and panels. Mastercard is the headline sponsor of the expo with some leading innovators, companies and institutions joining as keynote sponsors: Ping-Express, WorldRemit, TransferTo, SoftwareGroup, Oradian, PharmAccess, IDM, CodersCode, Avante and APO.

Also during the event, exciting trends in digital financial services -such as innovative changes taking place across Africa as the continent leapfrogs into the digital economy – will be shared. The CashlessAfrica conference will not only highlight the challenges and opportunities in the Fintech space in Africa but will provide knowledge and networking platform that will bring the African Fintech industry at par with its counterparts across the globe.

According to Emmanuel Okoegwale, the principal Associate at MobileMoneyAfrica – Digital disruption is changing how traditional banking services, payments, remittances are now offered in the digital economy. Almost all sectors of financial services including payments, money transfers, banking and more – is being re-imagined by non-traditional providers and Fintechs, while the traditional incumbent providers are reinventing themselves very quickly to understand better the puzzle presented by the Fintech and how they can leverage on the digital movement.

To participate in the conference, you can register here. Attendance is is free! You can also join the discussions on Twitter using the hashtag, #CashlessExpo.

African Fintech Startups to Win $15,000 from the Fincluders Startup Challenge

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Fintech startups working on solutions and concepts for spreading financial inclusion in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) stand chance to win $15,000 from Fincluders Startup Challenge.

Organized by the Technical Assistance Facility of the SANAD Fund for MSME, the event is scheduled for 3-4 May in Jordan, Amman with the support of Jordan-based Oasis500.

According to SANAD Technical Assistance Facility Committee Chairman Ines Ebrecht, “The Fincluders Startup Challenge serves as a natural extension of our technical assistance activities. Providing mentors to help guide companies, especially new ones, is integral to our mission, and our capacity-building goals include the creation of platforms for entrepreneurs that provide access to much-needed capital for companies in their infancy. Such funding helps ensure startups can finance the critical phases of their product and business development.”

Since its inception, SANAD and its technical assistance facility have helped spread financial inclusion in MENA through investments totaling almost USD 300 million and a wide-ranging program of training seminars and workshops for local financial institutions and businesses.

The SANAD Technical Assistance Facility will offer finalists a trip to Jordan and accommodations during mentoring sessions conducted by fintech industry experts.

Finalists will pitch to investors in a format similar to the television shows Dragon’s Den in the United Kingdom and Shark Tank in the United States.

The Startup Challenge in Amman closely follows the Arab Day of Financial Inclusion on 27 April, a day designated by the Council of Arab Central Bank Governors to increase focus on expanding access to finance in the Arab region.

The Amman event builds on the success of the first Fincluders Startup Challenge, where organizers carefully weighed the merits of each of the more than 90 applicants before selecting 15 finalists.

Interested fintech companies and industry experts can learn more about the Fincluders event at sanad.fincluders.com.

China Europe International Business School(CEIBS) Alumni Hold Event In Lagos, Nigeria

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Alumni of the China Europe International Business school(CEIBS), the number 1 MBA in Asia according to Forbes, financial times, Bloomberg and Business week, and 11th in the world according to the financial times held their reunion and induction ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria on the 18th of March 2017.

CEIBS which according to Alumni and analysts is unparalleled in preparing internationals to do business in and with China, has 19,000 Alumni globally and was founded by the Chinese government and European union in 1994.

CEIBS Alumni Event
L-R: Head of SME banking, Stanbic IBTC Bank,Obinna Ukachukwu ; Council Member China Europe International Business School, Alumni Nigeria Chapter,Mrs Omoyemi Chukwurah; Acting President CEIBS/Group Head Private Sector, eTranzact, Mr Sunday Adebayo Agboola; Head,Business Development, Sales and Marketing, Africa, CEIBS Dr. Thelma Opara and Professor Mathew Tsamenyi, Professor of Accounting and Academic Director, Africa,CEIBS =during the reunion and Induction ceremony of CEIBS Alumni Association, Nigeria Chapter held in Lagos.

The reunion and induction ceremony was organized by the CEIBS Nigeria chapter headed by acting President, Mr Adebayo Sunday Agboola, Group Head, Private Sector, eTranzact International PLC and also had in attendance, Head of SME banking, Stanbic IBTC Bank,Obinna Ukachukwu , Head,Business Development, Sales and Marketing, Africa,CEIBS, Dr. Thelma Opara and Professor Mathew Tsamenyi. Professor of Accounting and Academic Director, Africa,CEIBS.

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The event allowed the acting president of the Nigeria Alumni chapter to share his vision and mission with the Alumni body comprising of captains of various industries and graduates of CEIBS’s Global Executive MBA, Women Entrepreneurship & Leadership for Africa Programme (WELA) and the FCMBA.

In his address, the acting president, Sunday Adebayo Agboola thanked all the members for working hard to make the event a success.

He said; “As Alumni of CEIBS, we play a key role in extending the opportunity we enjoyed with CEIBS to other Africans. We have a lot of work to do in establishing and maintaining the CEIBS brand in Africa especially at a time where Asia- Africa relations are on the rise and more synergies for growth are emerging.

Today, we will be inducting new members into the Alumni as well as creating committees that will help us realize our goals”.

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The Alumni body also came together to present a cheque of N3 million naira to Mrs Adebimpe Talabi, the wife of the late president of the Nigerian Alumni chapter.

The CEIBS Africa project was launched in 2008 with a mission to prepare highly competent innovation oriented managers and executives who are capable of leading and growing their organisations in the increasingly dynamic African economic environment. These are leaders who are capable of negotiating the forces of globalisation and international competition for the benefit of their organisations.

Growing use of IoT devices and security sensors in South Africa requires unified and extensible open-architecture management

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Genetec Inc., a innovator of open architecture, IP-based security systems, says that local Internet-of-Things (IoT) IP devices and systems are growing at a rapid pace, but the implementation of adequate security management systems and cybersecurity is severely lacking.

Genetec will host a seminar this Wednesday, 15th March in Midrand to address these issues, as well as outline global trends in Internet of Things (IoT), cybersecurity and the advantages of subscription and cloud-based services.

Genetec regional sales manager, Brent Cary, says that prioritising Africa is a key growth sector: “The South African market is maturing. With physical and cyber security as a natural and obvious concern, the evolution of the market with new regulations enforced such as POPI and technology improvements such as IPv6, incredible change is happening rapidly. The country is ready for the innovative solutions that Genetec offers via efficient ways to better manage security technology.”

Genetec will host the IP security seminar on 15 March, 2017 at Tintswalo, in Waterfall City to outline and discuss industry trends, along with a review of the company’s technology product roadmap of impressive applications and solutions, which will be available locally.

“We are excited to premiere our new Genetec business intelligence and analytic application called Retail Sense, along with demonstrations of our decision support system for intelligent incident management, Mission Control, which provides an integrated and customised way to manage unexpected events in environments such as airports and transport hubs, education institutions and government / city facilities. We’ll also showcase Genetec Clearance, our new evidence management software application, that helps organise the growing amount of digital evidence from voice recordings, to captured video from body worn cameras and smart phones and more,” said Cary.

“Many customers still face complications when trying to connect alarm alerts to CCTV camera surveillance, especially when an event triggers a specific action,” said Cary. “The issue lies in the fact that customers usually have a video management system (VMS) from one manufacturer, older, legacy access control systems from another vendor, and an intrusion system from a third manufacturer. We would like to help end users imagine the reality of a combined platform, that incorporates all of these core security systems into one unified user interface. This is Genetec Security Centre, our open architecture IP platform that integrates VMS, access control and automatic license plate recognition (ANPR) to one single platform.”

An open architecture IP system gives end users freedom to choose a combination of IP cameras and edge devices, that can be federated, managed and controlled from a single unified platform.

DATE: Wednesday 15 March 2017

TIME:  10h00 – 12h00 followed by lunch

ADDRESS: Tintswalo at Waterfall, Cnr R55 & Maxwell Drive, Waterfall Equestrian Estate,

Waterfall City, Johannesburg.

For more information check here.

9th edition of annual Connected Summit set to be held in April

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Th 9th edition of the annual Connected Summit is set to be held on 9th to 13th April, 2017 at Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort, Diani, Kwale County.
The objectives of the summit include review progress and achievements in the sector since the last summit as well as allow participants to share knowledge, best practices and lessons learnt.
This year’s summit also aims to recommend policy, regulatory and operational interventions and chart a future for Kenya’s economic prosperity via ICT. It will also provide a platform for meaningful networking between the public and private sector and participants will evaluate key milestones in the National ICT Master Plan and Vision 2030 Blueprint.
Last year, the Summit was themed ‘Bridging the Service Gap’, aimed at helping to identify gaps in public sector service delivery and use ICT to solve them.Giving opening remarks, Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of ICT said the summit was “an opportunity to work together to bring about changes. ”

Mucheru said the summit is a chance for Kenyans to give the ministry ideas to make Kenya work in regards to ICT. A time for people to debate on issues such as VAT on devices, 4G an 5G licences, dominance,  regulation of over the top services like Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram and much more.

Five DEMO Africa 2016 winners join global startups for Startup Grind Conference

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The five DEMO Africa 2016 top startups will be part of the 2017 edition of the [email protected] Innovation Tour in California organized by the Silicon Valley based African Technology Foundation.

The trip is part of the fifth edition of [email protected] Innovation Tour aimed at fostering knowledge sharing, networking and initiating deeper engagements with partners and startups in Silicon Valley.

The startups incliude Sortd,   SolsticeMediaBoxStrauss Energy and ConnectMed.

According to Aliesha Balde, Communications Manager for the [email protected] program, “These five startups have been prepared for the tour through a series of learning activities over a two month long virtual bootcamp. We want them to engage the Silicon Valley ecosystem on their own terms, but armed with the right tools and equipped with the necessary resources”.

Launched in 2013,  DEMO Africa has seen twenty-five (25) African startups raise around $16 million in funding and gained mentorship from  top Silicon Valley VCs. Some of the startups that have already participated in the tours include SokoFlowgearSpacepointeZuvaa and Chura.

“After emerging as winners from an application pool of over six hundred startups on the continent, we are eager to ensure that these five companies successfully assume an ambassadorial role for African innovation”, said Stephen Ozoigbo, Managing Partner of the [email protected] Program. “They are re-inventing Africa’s future, and we are supporting their strategic actions to increase their likelihood of success”.

About the companies

ConnectMed

ConnectMed  is an online medical practice that allows patients to seek treatment from General Practitioners over video for common ailments directly through a web & mobile application.

Country of Origin— Kenya

Key Executive

Melissa McCoy

MediaBox

MediaBox  is a video-on-demand content aggregation platform that gives viewers the easiest way to watch international and local content, both on demand and live over the internet.

Country of Origin— South Africa

Key Executives

James Muir

Roeland Van Nieuwkerk

Solstice

Solstice Home Energy Solutions offers a simple multi-energy source management and energy control system for homes and buildings. Solstice uses data from their integrated hardware/software system to provide clean, reliable and affordable energy solutions.

Country of Origin— Nigeria

Key Executives

Ugwem Eneyo

Cole Stites-Clayton

Strauss Energy

Strauss Energy is a solar energy and manufacturing company that produces innovative BIPV Stima solar roofing tiles. Strauss energy offers a cost-efficient alternative to modern solar roof panels and distributes and sells energy at a significantly reduced price.

Country of Origin  — Kenya

Key Executives

Tony Nyagah

Charity Wanjiku

Sortd

Sortd is a Gmail smartskin that expands the functionality of an email inbox by providing users with the option of organizing emails as a flexible set of lists or tasks.

Country of Origin— South Africa

Key Executives

Rodney Kuhn

Snaphubr is a stock photography site allowing photographers in Africa to earn from their work

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Chief Executive Officer, Snaphubr Investment Limited, Oluwaseun Babajide

Snaphubr, is an image stock platform similar to Shutterstock, but exclusively dedicated to African-related content offering professional photographers the opportunity to earn money by uploading high-resolution African pictures of guests taken at events on event.snaphubr.com.

Oluwaseun Babajide, the Chief Executive Officer, Snaphubr Investment Limited said, “The era when African event and celebrity photographers, as well as photojournalists, did not get monetary rewards for their works is gone, as Snaphubr Investment Limited has launched a stock photography website, Snaphubr.com to give them a chance to earn from their photography skills and hardwork regardless of their location on the continent.”

Snaphubr also aims to cater to guests whose photographs at events are not actually delivered denying event photographers an opportunity to earn monetary rewards from their work. However, by simply uploading their event photos on the site, guests can claim and use any pictures uploaded for as low N315 ($0.99).

Babajide says the photos on the site are of high resolution, original and are powerful tools for personal use, corporate marketing and branding.

“An image is a representation of your brand and this is why it is important to make sure you are choosing the right high-quality image from Snaphubr.com,” Babajide said. “Therefore, if you ever had a hard time finding high-resolution African images, your search now ends at Snaphubr.com, a platform aimed at pushing indigenous photographers and quality African images.”

At the moment, Snaphubr.com has over seven million high resolution African images provided by African photographers for Africa and beyond.

“Our recent partnership with YAY images has further strengthened our ability to provide authentic and realistic images that you won’t find anywhere else. In all, Snaphubr provides an easy to access and affordable means to boost the marketing of your business and take it to a whole new level with lovely photographs and images,” he said.

Snaphubr is open to individuals who are motivated and smart, and want to be a part of the platform changing lives and brands across Africa and the world. The platform’s mission is to help individuals make a decent income, whether they are professional photographers or students in college or even stay at home dads or nannies as long as they have a passion for photography and can take great shots. Everyone has the potential to earn money from their photos.

In order to engage professional photographers, the company has also launched another platform event.snaphubr.com. It is a reward system for photographers where they can upload and sell pictures of event guests.

“It often happens that pictures of guests taken by photographers at an event do not actually reach the guests even though guests have requested to send them at a later date. Even if the guests get those images, the photographer doesn’t get monetary reward for it.

“Snaphubr has recognised this problem and, therefore, has come up with a solution that helps photographers get monetary reward for disseminating images to guests from an event,” said the CEO.

The event.snaphubr.com is a platform designed to actually record event and upload pictures of guests taken from an event for easy claims. The guests can actually claim their pictures for as low $0.99 (N350).