MIT Global Startup Lab Program Applications Are Now Open

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The MIT Global Startup Labs Program is headed to South Africa and  tech entrepreneurs, both new and established have until the end of May to submit their new and innovative tech ideas. The joint initiative by MIT, WITS University and the Johannesburg Center for Software Engineering (JCSE) will see students gain first hand experience in the entire process of developing tech startups. Since 2000, MIT Global Startup Labs has been sending over 150 MIT instructors to teach over 2,000 students in 14 countries through partnerships with universities in emerging regions.…

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The 10 Startups To Pitch at Seedstars World South Africa Have Been Announced

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It’s an interesting month for startups in South Africa as Seedstars World, a global seed-stage startup competition begins its tour this week in Cape Town. The ten startups that will pitch to a panel of judges have been selected for the event that will take place at Workshop 17 as techmoran reports. After the pitching, the top three startups out of the ten will be invited to Johannesburg where they will compete against the best startups from Durban and Soweto. After these competitions, one startup will be named the most…

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2016 Innotribe Startup Challenge Winners Announced

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The winners of the 2016 Innotribe Startup Challenge were announced yesterday in Mauritius. The winners were South Africa’s Hello Paisa, a low cost international money transfer solution and The Sun Exchange, which deals with crowd lending for solar energy and Cameroon’s WeCashUp, that deals with mobile money transfer across Africa. The three each received a 10,000 USD cash prize. They also received invitations to attend Sibos, SWIFT’s annual global financial services conference that will take place in Geneva from the 26th to the 29th of September, techmoran reports. Sido Bestani,…

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#ELLE101: #WomenInBusiness Twitter Chat with Sophia Bekele

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On 6th May 2016, Elle Afrique a blogzine for the #PowerfulAfricanGoddess, hosted an incisive Twitter Chat with Sophia Bekele, Business Executive and Philanthropist.  The #WomenInBusiness chat proved to be very enlightening for Women.  As a seasoned entrepreneur  Miss Bekele had a few nuggets of wisdom to share on women in business and what some of her experiences have been thus far. She touched on the importance of networking in business. “Networking is the subtle building of human capital through connections. Traditionally Business has been built and expanded via networks, tech has…

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Yahoo-backed E-commerce search startup Twiggle gets $12.5M Series A Funding led by Naspers

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E-commerce operator Naspers led a $12.5 million investment that Twiggle will use to expand globally. (Bloomberg)—A Yahoo Japan-backed Israeli startup, Twiggle, has lined up a funding round led by Naspers Ltd., the Cape Town, South Africa-based group known for its early investment in Chinese e-commerce site Tencent Holdings Ltd. Twiggle, a web- and mobile-based service focused on search, aims to license its software to leading online retailing companies around the world and will use the $12.5 million in funding to expand globally. Using machine learning, artificial intelligence and natural language…

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eMobilis Wins the 2015 USD 5000 Miss.Africa Seed Fund from DotConnectAfrica

eMobilis Wins the 2015 USD 5000 Miss.Africa Seed Fund from DotConnectAfrica
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Miss.Africa a pan-african trust program of DotConnectAfrica (DCA) Trust has announced the 2015 winner of the 2015 USD 5000 Seed Fund that was launched in July 2015. DCA Trust received an overwhelming number of applications of over 90 from more than 18 Countries in Africa across the African continent to apply for the Miss.Africa Seed Fund. The Mobile training institute eMobilis won the grand price of Five Thousand US Dollars, two other winners for the USD 1000.00 prize are a Madagascar based startup initiative Tech MDG / Pyladies Antananarivo, MDG…

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Miss.Africa Celebrates International Women’s Day equipping girls with Seed Fund for STEM Initiatives

DotConnectAfrica through is CSR initiative Miss.Africa Program today celebrated the International Women's Day and Women's History Month
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We are not only changing that but we are going a mile further by equipping girls with funding through our Miss.Africa Seed Fund so that they can pursue their dreams where they were told they couldn’t. DotConnectAfrica through is CSR initiative Miss.Africa Program today celebrated the International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month by paying a tribute to women who have achieved different successes through out their lives. Speaking through a press release on their website, DotConnectAfrica whose CEO and Founder Ms. Sophia Bekele themed this year, 2016 to be…

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Big Tech and Banking Firms Abandon Bitcoin For Their Own Blockchain

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The short history of Bitcoin and the blockchain proves that a second glance can definitely change one’s perception. From being a victim of skepticism and criticism since its debut in 2009, Bitcoin has come a long way. And it hasn’t been alone; it has brought with it the ‘blockchain’ – one of the hot topics of debate among prominent banking institutions. Several major companies from across both the technology and financial industries—including IBM, Intel, and Cisco as well as the London Stock Exchange Group and big-name banks JP Morgan, Wells…

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What’s next for Yahoo’s future of its core Internet Business

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WHAT’S NEXT? Yahoo is preparing to discuss the future of its core Internet business and its stake in Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant. “Yahoo’s management has faltered in its efforts to turn around its core business and it faces investor pressure to take more dramatic moves, though the people familiar with the plans say no transaction is assured,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “If Yahoo decides to sell its core Internet business, it could put into motion a deal for the Alibaba stake as well as its 35% stake in…

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Developing Future African Leaders — Q&A with Wadzi Katsidzira of the African Leadership Academy

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Africa’s future is bright, but realizing its potential will require the development of a new generation of African leaders ready to compete in a global economy. African economies are among the fastest-growing in the world, and the continent’s potential is widely recognized. Achieving this bright future will require a new generation of African leaders that are equipped with the skills and knowledge to compete in an increasingly global economy. That’s where organizations like the African Leadership Academy (ALA) comes in, identifying some of the most promising youth from around the…

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