Innovators

Register for the African Diaspora Investment Symposium

African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2020 (ADIS2020) is the fifth annual global convening of leaders, innovators, investors, and entrepreneurs who seek to uplift the African continent by building bridges among Africans, Diasporans, and friends of Africa. Located in Silicon Valley, the innovation and entrepreneurial capital of the world, the conference aims to inspire and empower participants to …

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Apply: €100,000 Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Award

The 2019 Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards Program, in partnership with The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership is now open. The awards will celebrate inspirational young people from all over the world with existing initiatives, products or services that are tackling some of the world\’s social and environmental issues. This year\’s entries will focus …

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Nigeria\’s OneFi secures $5mn debt facility from Nairobi-based Lendable

One Finance Limited [OneFi] today announces that it has secured a $5M debt facility for its consumer facing platform, Paylater. The facility comes from New York and Nairobi-based Lendable, a technology-enabled funding provider to African consumer and SME lenders. The debt facility will be used to deploy more loans to Paylater customers, specifically through a …

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One Giant Leap for FinTech in Nigeria by Dewale Otolorin

Almost two years ago, I got the opportunity to contribute my quota to the adoption of Open Banking in the Nigerian financial industry; I did this from my corner at GTBank by helping to re-position the Bank’s corporate payment solutions as democratized APIs for consumption by FinTechs and MSMEs. It was a challenging experience — from convincing …

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11 Africans Selected for the Facebook Community Leadership Program

Facebook has announced the names of 116 people worldwide who have been selected to join the Facebook Community Leadership Program. Around a dozen African community leaders have been selected to become program residents and fellows.  The five (5) participants selected  as community leaders in residence, each will be awarded up to $1,000,000 to fund their community …

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Attend: Africa Fintech Summit

The Africa Fintech Summit gathers innovators, investors, policy makers and other key stakeholders in the Fintech sector to discuss technologies transforming finance on the continent, debate regulatory policies, compare best practices, and forge new ventures. The two-day event will feature investor missions from the US, UK, and UAE, an Alpha Expo featuring the most exciting startups …

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Introducing the 15 Companies Accepted into Facebook\’s Accelerator Program in Lagos

The teams went through an intensive 1-week bootcamp between the 27th and 31st of August 2018 and have now kicked off their six-month journey to build, modify and optimize their value-driven products. The selected teams will receive up to $20K in equity free-funding, partner credits, mentorship, technical and business support from Facebook and CcHUB.  RoadPreppers: Lara.ng is a …

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African Innovation Foundation (AIF) Announces the 10 Finalists for the Innovation Prize for Africa

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has announced the top 10 finalists for its prestigious 2018 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). This year’s call for applications with its theme “African innovation: Investing in Inclusive Innovation Ecosystems” attracted more than 3 000 applications from 52 African countries. Building on the AIF mandate, submissions this year demonstrate significant breakthroughs in ICT, …

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