Apply for the Facebook London Startup Accelerator Program

The 12-week Facebook Accelerator London program will launch in November, and startups will gain access to the knowledge and expertise of Facebook employees, which includes practical workshops in product, engineering, growth, impact, and bespoke mentorship.

Product managers, data scientists, marketers, recruitment specialists and engineers from Facebook will offer mentorship to the startups involved in the program. Facebook Connectivity will support companies that are building solutions to bring faster, cheaper and better connectivity and internet services to people across Africa.

The program is designed for startups from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) that are creating impact at scale using artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR), blockchain and other Facebook technologies.

Apply here: Facebook London

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Apply for the 2020 Africa Energy Fellowship Program

In line with its growing international cooperation, the African Energy Chamber will welcome young professionals from across Africa, North and South America, Asia and the Middle East to join its office in Johannesburg for 12 months.

The Fellows will be provided with an opportunity to apply analytical skills on concrete challenges and problems across the energy sector, and an opportunity to specialize in upstream oil & gas and local content development. They will work in collaboration with the Chamber’s dedicated oil and gas sector advisors and experts located around sub-Saharan Africa, and help deliver research and consulting projects that address on-the-ground challenges faced by Africa’s oil & gas sector.

Selected fellows will join the African Energy Chamber for 12 to 16 months and join a team that provides comprehensive and thought-provoking research on the African oil & gas industry and energy sector at large, along with critical support to local content development programs across the continent. A large part of the roles will focus on sharing and presenting data and informed views to the Chamber’s partners and the industry, and developing the right capacity building programs to institutional and private parties across the continent.

How to apply: Interested applicants should send their resume at the soonest to mickael (at) energychamber.org and highlight the contribution they wish to bring to the work of the African Energy Chamber.

Venture Capital for Africa (VC4A) Announces Top 12 Ventures for its 2019 Series-A Venture Showcase

VC4A is proud to announce the 12 ventures (11 Series A and 1 Seed+) for its 2019 Venture Showcase. These companies selected represent the best investment opportunities on the continent. They have been vetted by 40 VC investors through a rigorous referral and selection process. The companies demonstrate strong revenues and competitive edge, are well-positioned for regional and internal expansion, and are working on important innovations in the healthcare, finance, transport, commerce and advertising sectors.

The founders will showcase their businesses in front of the investors at Africa Early Stage Investor Summit in Cape Town on 13 to 14 November 2019, with the aim of raising $250k-$5mln in Series A capital. All companies provide technology-intensive or innovation-based products or services that are currently available in one or more African markets.

Introducing the 2019 VC4A Venture Showcase companies

Without further delay, the 12 companies are: 7keema (Egypt), Brimore (Egypt), Buseet (Egypt), CredPal (Nigeria), CrowdForce (Nigeria), FinChatBot (South Africa), FlexClub (South Africa), LifeBank (Nigeria), Mobiz (South Africa), Snapnsave (South Africa), Yassir (Algeria), and VRapeutics (Egypt) for the Seed+ category.

  • 7keema is a technology-enabled healthcare services platform that enhances the accessibility and quality of nursing services while empowering female nurses everywhere.
  • Brimore is a social commerce platform that enables manufacturers to grow on a national scale through a powerful commercial arm of individuals, selling the products to their surrounding circles via all possible channels.
  • Buseet operates private high-end buses in transporting daily commuters. allowing businesses and employees to book trips on predefined routes through their apps.
  • CredPal is a financial technology company that enables consumers to make purchases across online/offline merchants and pay in fixed monthly installments by providing them with instant access to credit at the point-of-sale and also on credit cards.
  • CrowdForce is building an ecosystem of 1 million merchants that will render penetrative market research and financial inclusion services to the billions of consumers in Africa and other emerging markets.
  • FinChatBot develops bespoke Artificial Intelligence-powered chatbots to help financial service providers acquire and retain customers while reducing operating costs.
  • FlexClub is a managed marketplace helping independent drivers on digital platforms access vehicle ownership based on their skills while simplifying how purpose-driven investors can earn competitive returns from funding commercial fleets.
  • LifeBank is a medical distribution company focused on transporting supply chain-sensitive medical products such as blood, vaccines, and oxygen in developing countries using high and low technologies as well as smart logistics.
  • Mobiz is a powerful yet easy-to-use software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that offers businesses of all sizes cutting-edge customer engagement. Mobiz’s proprietary SmartSMS product combines the ubiquity of established mobile channels with the personalization of the web to create unique calls to action.
  • Snapnsave is South Africa’s #1 cashback coupon app that gives shoppers and independent traders cashback when shopping in-store, just by snapping a photo of their shopping receipts.
  • Yassir is an innovative transportation service that can be used with your smartphone anywhere, anytime. It allows everyone to book a driver and to move safely.
  • And last but not least, our special selection in the ‘Seed+’ investment category is VRapeutic . It develops virtual reality software for therapy, with a focus on learning disabilities and developmental disorders, such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and cerebral palsy.

The lead-up to the main stage in Cape Town

These 12 selected startups will be linked to top VC investors as mentors in the coming weeks and receive bespoke investor readiness training that culminates in a 1-week residency in Cape Town, South Africa. During the residency, the startups will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from their mentors, peers, and partners, before delivering their pitches on the main stage of the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit. The program offers two days of networking opportunities at the Summit, where entrepreneurs will also engage with interested investors during deep-dive sessions. Moreover, the participants will pitch to a wider audience of corporates, investors and tech professionals at VC4A’s partner event, AfricaCom.

Investor participation has been outstanding this year, with 40 major VCs and multiple angel groups involved in the intensive vetting process. We believe initiatives like this help to build trust and foster collaboration between industry stakeholders, and importantly, create both co-investment opportunities and exit opportunities for our partners.

Interested in attending the 2019 VC4A Venture Showcase and meeting the entrepreneurs behind these 12 companies? Consider joining us in Cape Town in November! or get in touch with us by email at: team[at]africainvestorsummit.com.

Founder of AWP Network, Mary Olushoga to speak at the She-EO Conference in Maryland

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Mary Olushoga, Founder of AWP Network to speak at the She-EO 6.0 conference in Maryland.

She-EO is a powerful, soul inspiring and life transforming experience for purpose driven women. It is a talk-show style experience, which features experts and “battle tested winners” whose stories, authenticity and experiences transform the lives of our audience, and inspire us to think about  Money, Career, Impact, Love & Relationships, Health and Wellness, and Adversity from positions of wholeness and strength. The goal of She-EO is to provide safe platforms for multi-cultural women of color to retreat and discuss issues related to personal growth and community engagement. She-EO specifically addresses financial, mental and societal barriers that inhibit the growth and progress of women.

She-EO is a unique gathering of the most determined and diverse women of African descent. We are breaking cultural barriers by having no hold barred discussions about issues that are “taboo” topics in many cultures and communities, because these barriers have to be broken so millions of women can live more fulfilling lives, and make better contributions in their communities.

Register for the event here: She-EO 6.0

Do you want to play a pivotal role in shaping a Feminist and Women’s Movement Action Plan for Beijing+25?

Register now to join one of six Thematic Working Groups!

As we prepare to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and Beijing Platform for Action, take stock of our progress toward achieving gender equality and examine the threats, barriers and gaps that remain, we do not want to reinvent the wheel.

Let us use the Beijing Platform for Action, CEDAW and other human rights treaties, the SDGs, as well as a host of other international commitments such as the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action, New Urban Agenda of Habitat, UNSC Resolution 1325 and related resolutions and the Paris Climate Accord to measure our progress and make our demands clear.

What are the six thematic clusters?

  1. Inclusive development, shared prosperity and decent work
  2. Poverty eradication, social protection and social services
  3. Freedom from violence, stigma and stereotypes
  4. Participation, accountability and gender-responsive institutions
  5. Peaceful and inclusive societies
  6. Environmental conservation, protection and rehabilitation

This plan can be implemented at global, regional and national/local levels. Please adapt as you wish.

DEADLINE: August 25, 2019

Register here: CSW

Learn more here: Concept Note

African Women Entrepreneurs Nominated for the 2019 AWIEF Awards

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF)  has announced the top finalists for its annual awards to celebrate women leaders and entrepreneurs in Africa.

22 women founders and entrepreneurs have been selected as finalists, from different African countries, across 8 different categories. The AWIEF Awards Panel of Judges is made up of high-calibre industry experts and thought leaders spread across the continent.

Promoting excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation among women-owned businesses in all sectors and across all 54 African countries, is the aim of AWIEF which celebrates the five-year anniversary of its benchmarking annual Conference and Expo this year.

The Awards take place on the last evening of the two-day event, October 29 to 30, 2019, in Cape Town, South Africa.

The finalists for the 2019 AWIEF Awards are:

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

  • Beatrice Haule, AfriAgric Products (Tanzania)
  • Lola Alli, Lagos Executive Cardiovascular Clinic (Nigeria)
  • Ola (Orekunrin) Brown, Flying Doctors (Nigeria)

TECH ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

  • Caroline Corbett, SmartBlade (South Africa)
  • Rebecca Enonchong, AppsTech (Cameroun)
  • Diane Temogne, Engineering Consulting and Services (Cameroun)

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

  • Sizani Ngubane, Rural Women’s Movement (South Africa)
  • Efua Asibon, Dislabelled (Ghana)
  • Laurence Esteve, Zip Zap (South Africa)

GLOBAL BRAND AWARD

  • Shantelle Booysen, Elim Spa Products (South Africa)

AGRI ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

  • Evelyn Namara, Vouch Digital (Uganda)
  • Caroline Pomeyie, ProFish (Ghana)
  • Affiong Williams, ReelFruit (Nigeria)

EMPOWERMENT AWARD

  • Mary Inzofu, Njia Empowerment Organisation (Kenya)
  • Nambula Kachumi, WeCreate (Zambia)
  • Charlot Magayi, Mukuru Clean Stoves (Kenya)

CREATIVE INDUSTRY AWARD

  • Kapasa Musonda, Mangishi Doll Co. (Zambia)
  • Genet Kebede, Paradise Fashion (Ethiopia)
  • Abby Ikomi, House of Irawo (Nigeria)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 

  • Kristine Pearson, Lifeline Energy (South Africa)
  • Oumou Sangaré, Festival International du Wassulu (Mali)
  • Joke Silva, LUFODO Group (Nigeria)

Call for Articles and Artwork – Center for Feminist Foreign Policy

The Center for Feminist Foreign Policy’s print journal ‘Disrupted’ seeks to understand, challenge, and critique mainstream foreign policy through highlighting both experienced and emerging voices from across the globe.

Feminist foreign policy is a relatively new political theory and praxis, and while several governments have implemented its methodologies, the surface has only just been scratched. Whether you are an academic or policy researcher, activist or student – we want to hear from you! 

The fourth edition of ‘Disrupted’ will focus on ‘Reproductive Health and Justice’. 

We are particularly interested in articles which:

  • Use feminist analysis to engage with and challenge global power structures,
  • Deconstruct the tendency toward Western-dominant foreign policy narratives,
  • Discuss how feminist foreign policy can push for change beyond how states are currently utilising it,
  • Are led by and incorporate marginalised voices to interrupt mainstream foreign policy ideas,
  • Question assumptions about the objectivity of foreign policy,
  • Paint the local into a larger global picture,
  • Focus on contexts other than Europe & the USA.

BE CREATIVE!

Our view is that a feminist foreign policy brings all voices to the table, through whichever medium they choose to express themselves, so we are also seeking artwork, poetry, and other creative forms of expression to highlight and breakdown similar ideas as listed above. Get creative – we would love to see what a visual representation of a feminist foreign policy looks like to you!

DEADLINE: August 31, 2019, 5pm (London time)

Apply here: Center for Feminist Foreign Policy

CANAL+ Group Acquires ROK

Mary Njoku

ROK, the leading African film studio and international TV network, has been acquired by CANAL+ Group, comprising production, content distribution and publishing channels. As part of the transaction, IROKO Ltd will also take full control of the JV IROKO+, the #1 SVOD platform in French-speaking Africa. The move comes as CANAL+ Group looks to strengthen its content production reach in Nigeria and across Africa. 

As part of the acquisition, ROK founder, Mary Njoku, will continue in a leadership role as Directeur General of ROK Productions SAS, and maintains a material shareholding in the company. 

ROK will produce thousands more hours of Nollywood content to deliver movies and original TV series for CANAL+ Group’s audiences in FSA. As part of the acquisition, CANAL+ Group will continue to collaborate with IROKO Ltd, with non-exclusive content distribution of ROK content via the IROKOtv SVOD app. 

ROK was incubated from 2013 onwards, by IROKO Ltd, the leading African digital content distributor for Nollywood content, whose flagship platform IROKOtv has transformed how Nollywood content is accessed and consumed around the world. 

Launched in 2013 by Mary Njoku, the Nollywood studio has grown in stature and in terms of pan-African and international viewership; ROK reaches 15 million subscribers across DSTV and GOTV platforms in Africa alone with its ROK channels and has produced over 540 movies and 25 original TV series, making ROK one of the most prolific production houses in Nollywood.

Startups Win $50,000 at the MEST Africa Pan-African Tech Summit in Nairobi

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Pan-African entrepreneurial training program, seed fund, and incubator MEST Africa, yesterday closed its fourth successful MEST Africa Summit, in partnership with Microsoft. The event saw entrepreneurs, investors, ecosystem players and executives from across Africa and the globe meet to explore innovations and rising stars in the African tech ecosystem. Panelists discussed topics ranging from data in the fintech space, to  the latest in agritech and healthcare, to ways we can cultivate a Pan-African tech ecosystem, and more.

This year’s Summit was held in partnership with Microsoft. Additional sponsors included Liquid Telecom, Africa’s Talking, Oracle, Intel, Lori Systems, Flutterwave, Stratlink, Ethiopian Airlines and a number of ecosystem partners.

The Summit was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi on Conference Day, and the Nairobi Garage, home of MEST Africa’s Nairobi Incubator, on Ecosystem Day – both buzzing atmospheres as more than 300 guests came together.

The day culminated in the finals of the MEST Africa Challenge; an annual Pan-African pitch competition, and ended with a twist. Rather than choosing one winner, the judges awarded $50,000 in equity investment from MEST and $25,000 in credit from Microsoft to each of three startups: Oze from Ghana, Snode Technologies from South Africa and WayaWaya from Kenya.

MEST Africa has been training, supporting and investing in tech entrepreneurs on the continent for more than 10 years. Over 330 individual entrepreneurs have been trained at MEST, and nearly 60 tech companies have been launched via seed funding and mentorship. Five companies have exited, including Amplify Payments Ltd. (Amplify) who was recently acquired by leading Nigerian fintech player, One Finance Limited (OneFi), to further develop the payments ecosystem in Nigeria.

Since its 2008 launch in Accra, Ghana, MEST has been at the forefront of driving some of the continent’s most successful entrepreneurs – pushing them to scale, while achieving Pan-African and global reach and recognition. MEST has invested over $22M to date, with portfolio companies going on to receive follow-on funding.

 

 

 

CoinCola – Person-to-Person (P2P) Bitcoin platform now in Nigeria

Blockchain Technology is rapidly growing in different continents and many more people beginning to see the importance and relevance of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology in their different fields of life. Nations and companies are gradually adopting cryptocurrency in exchange for goods and services instead of fiat. However, the African continent seems to be lagging behind in the adoption of this upcoming technology resulting from the lack of political will to accept the risk of innovation (in Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency). This can further be perceived in the reluctance to adopt the use of cryptocurrency in day-to-day transactions.

Though based in Hong Kong, Coincola aims to provide trustworthy trading and exchange services to all its users all around the world with Africa being a key place of interest. Coincola believes that Blockchain technology will be essential to providing secure banking and payment services in the future and also that cryptocurrency will greatly improve the convenience of daily transactions and help to create a world that is financially borderless. Hence, our mission is to “connect everyone to this new digital asset economy.

Coincola is an OTC cryptocurrency marketplace and exchange designed to offer the best cryptocurrency trading experience for users and also offer fast and secure trading services at competitive fees and exchange rates.

In the OTC Marketplace, the trading platform allows people around the world to use their local FIAT currency to buy and sell Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), Dash (DASH) ,Tether (USDT) and Ripple (XRP). This is done on a person-to-person (P2P) basis. Users can post adverts for free and are only charged a trading fee of 0.7% of the traded amount once the transaction has been completed.

In the exchange market, CoinCola offers Bitcoin (BTC) and Tether (USDT) as base currencies and supports crypto-to-crypto trading pairs with Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Litecoin (LTC).  A trading fee of 0.2% is charged for an exchanged amount. However, there is a fixed withdrawal fee.

At Coincola, security is of utmost priority hence there are multiple layers of security including bank-level encryption, cold storage and SSL, ensuring that customers can trade with 100% confidence.

CoinCola provides an intuitive and easy verification process by building trust and transparency in the Blockchain ecosystem and ensuring compliance using KYC/AML regulations.

A mobile app is available to enable users to transact and trade comfortably while on the move.

Compared to Paxful trading fee which is 5% for every traded amount, CoinCola charges a fee of 0.7%, now, a lot is saved. Trading of your cryptocurrencies can be done via our mobile app or web version however Paxful only has its web version.

CoinCola supports BTC, ETH, LTC, BCH, XRP, USDT, and Dash but Paxful supports only BTC.

Security and users’ satisfaction are our priorities, therefore CoinCola provides a 24/7 full support and inquiry on their platform as well as on their Telegram channel.

We are going into an era where fiat will be one of the least currencies used. Blockchain technology and Cryptocurrency is gradually sipping into different sectors. At CoinCola, our customers are valuable to us, so whether you’re a knowledgeable cryptocurrency investor or a newbie, our platform makes crypto exchange very for you with few clicks and a dedicated support team to guide you whenever you need any form of assistance.



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