Global oil and gas company #Total has named 99 “Startuppers of the Year” from 33 African countries, with the winning startups set to be rewarded with financial assistance and coaching from the company and affiliates.
In November, Total had opened applications for the “Startupper of the Year” award in the 34 African countries in which it operates. Though the winners of the Nigerian leg have yet to be announced, 99 winning startups have already been declared.
The aim of the competition was to identify, reward and provide support to the best startups across the continent, with Total saying it was part of a global initiative supporting socio-economic development in countries where it operates worldwide.
“It is a very concrete action launched to locally contribute to the reinforcement of the industrial fabric and to employment on the African continent, by supporting the most daring and innovative entrepreneurs in realising their project. This approach targets the emergence of new initiatives while respecting the Total Group values,” the company said.
A jury of professionals originally pre-selected up to ten projects in each country based on specific criteria, which include innovation, originality, audacity and potential to impact on socio-economic development.
A candidates’ defence then took place on March 15, after which the final list of winners was announced.
Total operates in Cameroon, Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Guinea, Republic of the Congo, Reunion, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Fifteen African #entrepreneurs have been offered the chance to go on a 10-day Startup Safari to #India, in order to immerse themselves in the country’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.
The trip, which costs US$1,600 all-in, will take place in June and offers attendees the chance to interact with #startups such as Uber, Zomato, and Airbnb while attending entrepreneurship masterclasses at top Indian universities.
Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity of receiving mentorship from top Indian CEOs and thought leaders, as well as take part in innovation visits to global organisations such as Microsoft and Tata Group.
They will also have the opportunity to take part in a “Pitching Room” challenge to share their startups with VCs, angel investors and mentors.
The objective is to build bridges between the ecosystems and unlock potential opportunities across borders. Interested parties have until April 7 to apply, after which 15 entrepreneurs will be selected to take part in the trip.
Startups from South Africa, Nigeria, and Angola have been named among the 27 global finalists for Chivas Regal’s The Venture competition, and will now compete for a share of US$1 million in funding.
According to reports from disrupt Africa, in October last year, Chivas Regal had extended The Venture – which was already open to startups in Angola and South Africa as well as a host of other countries across the world – to Nigeria.
One Nigerian startup, agricultural production and processing company FreshDirect, has duly made it into the final, alongside Angolan company Habitec, which uses eucalyptus trees to produce desks, chairs and other wooden fittings for schools.
African tech startups are represented by South Africa’s CrashDetech, a smartphone application that automatically detects a serious car crash, pinpoints location, immediately dispatches the nearest ambulance and supplies paramedics with lifesaving information.
South African startups have form in The Venture, with fire detection startup Lumkani – which sells early warning fire detection systems for informal settlements – winning US$75,000 at last year’s competition.
The 27 finalists will now take part in an accelerator week, at the end of which US$20,000 will be distributed among them after a public vote. Finalists will then pitch at an event in July for a share of the remaining US$750,000 prize money.
A local loan app branch has received an investment of $9.2 Million from renowned venture capital fund #Andreessen Horowitz. The Series A equity funding will allow for expansion into the new markets , scaling operations as well as the hiring of talent in the Kenyan market.
Andreessen Horowitz is a $4 Billion VC fund launched in 2009 and has previously backed firms such as Facebook, AirBnB, Foursquare, Medium, Pinterest, Buzzfeed among others. Seed investors Khosla Impact and Formation 8 also participated in the Series A round bringing the total investment to $9.6 Million. To date, the company has raised a total of $10.8 Million.
After downloading the Branch app from the Google Play Store, users can sign in using their Facebook account. #Branch algorithms then scan through their phone data such as Call and SMS history among other metrics to determine creditworthiness and an amount of loans that the user can receive. When a user asks for a loan, based on their performance against these metrics they receive a loan which is deposited to their mobile money account instantly.
At the moment, Branch has set a loan limit of Kes. 50,000 for loans with the average loans by users set at Kes. 4,000. The repayment periods for these loans range from 3 weeks to 1 year with the interest rates charged between 6% to 16%. Branch says the default rate of these loans currently stands at 5% a significant drop from 25% when they began operations. Currently, Branch has 150,000 users in Kenya alone and recently issued its first loan in Tanzania.
The giant Kenyan tech blog, #Techmoran, has been in maintenance mode for some days now. During this time, all conversations around technology, mobile & internet in Africa will be re-directed to #Techcrunch-Africa.com
A lot of “fans” of Techmoran, myself inclusive are asking questions. “could Techmoran be facing technological challenges of keeping up in the swiftly evolving news ecosystem?” As of now, we keep our fingers crossed while waiting for Techmoran to give feedback to their “fans”, who have been news-starved for some days now.
Online news consumption has risen sharply in the past years. In fact, online was the only category of news that showed growth in Pew Research Center’s 2012 News Media Consumption survey, with 50% of participants testifying that they got information about the survey from online. This Detail is enough reason to prove to anyone that there is high demand as years unfold for online news consumption.
In the Meantime, the Kenyan audience is expected to turn to Techcrunch-Africa.com for online content focused on technology.
Saturday, April 9, 2016, marks the 3rd anniversary of #Docker and the Docker Meetup Group Buea is inviting everyone to join them in celebrating Docker’s birthday.
Docker is the original author and primary sponsor of the Docker open source project. Together with the community of maintainers and contributors, Docker aims to deliver open tools to help developers build applications with open APIs to help sysadmins better manage these applications.
Docker has a strong community of developers that organizes #meetups in various cities across the world. The developer community of Buea is seeing it’s first Docker Meetup Group with #Check Nyah as it’s the main organizer.
During this event, the Buea Docker Meetup Group will welcome newcomers into the Docker community, they will provide Docker training to show people how they can build, ship, and run a distributed application with ease thanks to the Docker platform.
“We need a network of mentors who understand the Docker platform to answer any questions that newcomers may have.” Said Check Nyah on their event page on meetup.com.
Anyone interested in attending the meetup should follow this link and grab a ticket.
The African Entrepreneurship Award (AEA) is a competition power by the BMCE Bank of Africa offering a mentoring journey plus a chance to share in a $1,000,000 fund. The Award aims to inspire African Entrepreneurs (home and abroad) to develop businesses across the African continent. As a result, creating jobs that improve lives.
AEA partners with Entrepreneurs, business leaders and leading academics from Africa, Asia,America, UK and Europe. These partners are mentors who provide coaching to african Entrepreneur at every step of this journey.
You the entrepreneur must meet the following criteria as u submit your business proposal:
• You must be a citizen of an African country
• You must be a minimum of 18 years old as of October 1,2016
• Your business must be applicable in an African country
• Your business proposal must contain a technological component(digital, machinery,computer, ITC, automated processes and field related technologies etc.)
• Your business must be for profit
• Your business must be relevant to one of these categories:
o EDUCATION – Positively impact education I Africa
o ENVIRONMENT – Positively impacts the environment in Africa
o UNCHARTED – a high- impact business venturing unexplored or untested markets.
Applicants can submit a proposal for a business already in operation. These proposals will be viewed in one these three categories Education, Environment , Chartered.
African Entrepreneurs willing to win this Award they should apply here
Cameroon’s Leading Technology hub, ActivSpaces, has announced that it is offering FREE Space for all non-profit tech events.
Since its inception in 2011, #ActivSpaces has had offices located in Buea and Douala — and both offices will serve as the venue for tech events taking place in the respective cities.
The office in Buea is located at Fakoship Plaza, Shop 4, Buea, Cameroon while the Douala office is at Immeuble TECNO, Boulevard de la Liberté, Akwa Douala, Cameroon. Both offices are airy and comfortable enough to host an event of about 20 persons.
Both offices begin work at 8am to 5pm daily, with the exception of Saturdays and Sundays. Office hours may change temporarily, so interested persons who need to host an event should contact the on-site manager to verify and make all necessary arrangements.
This is indeed a great opportunity for Cameroonian youths to grab. The aim of this effort is to create success stories and decent work for young Cameroonians by focusing on technology and innovation as a means of self-employment and as job creation for others.
Ringier Africa Deals Group, a newly founded joint venture by Swiss #Ringier Africa AG and South African Silvertree Internet Holdings, has acquired one of Nigerian online shopping platform, DealDey. The acquisition represents an expansion of Ringier Africa’s portfolio beyond publishing and digital marketing in Nigeria and Silvertree’s first e-commerce investment in the country.
#DealDey was launched in 2011 by serial entrepreneur Simdul Shagaya together with Investment AB Kinnevik. DealDey has over 1 million users, 15,000 active merchants and 20,000 verified listed businesses. It also comprises of the couponing platform Promohub and discovery platform Lyf.
Kehinde Oriola will continue as the CEO of DealDey as part of RADG, while Etop Ikpe will be moving on to new ventures. As acting CEO of RADG, Damien Bonnabel, current Head of e-Commerce for Ringier Africa and General Manager of Ringier Kenya, will be working with the management of DealDey and the group’s other companies.
Ringier Africa Deals Group (RADG), the purchasing holding company, has been created by a carve-out of Kenyan online deals business Rupu from Ringier Kenya, and of Ghanaian online deals platform Tisu from Ringer Ghana.
#Google Code Jam is here again! The 2016 edition application deadline is around the corner, and that’s an opportunity right there. Write some code, win the $15,000 USD, invest the money in your startup or buy a
private jet, sorry, private drone.
Okay, let’s get serious. What is Google Code Jam?
The Google Code Jam is a programming competition in which professional and student programmers solve complex algorithmic challenges in a limited amount of time.
Started in 2003, the competition facilitates the identification of top engineering talent for potential employment at Google. It consists of a set of algorithmic problems which must be solved in a fixed amount of time. It is at the discretion of competitors to use any programming language and development environment to obtain their solutions.
What’s involved in Code Jam:
– A 27-hour Online qualification Round taking place on April 8, 2016 @ 23:00 UTC.
– Multiple online rounds.
– The chance to win one of 25 spots at the World Finals on August 5, 2016 held at the Google office in New York, New York.
– A grand prize of $15,000 and earning the title of 2016 Code Jam world Champion.
What the benefits are:
– Travel Expenses. As a finalist, certain expenses related to your travel to and participation in the final round shall be paid by Google. You must submit to Google or its designated agent within 45 days after the final round any eligible expenses you want reimbursed with detailed receipts and any documentation demanded by Google, or else you loose benefiting reimbursement. All other expenses are your full responsibility.
– Visa. You shall be responsible for obtaining your own visa prior to arrival to the final round; however, you shall receive reimbursement from Google for any visa application fee and up to $100 USD in travel expenses incurred each way in obtaining the visa. Google will not reimburse any fees or expenses related to obtaining a passport.
– Flight. If you make it to the finals, you will receive round-trip coach class air transportation from the major airport nearest your residence on a flight chosen by Google. If you want to fly from an airport other than the major airport nearest your residence or on a flight other than the flight selected by Google, you will have to pay for the extra cost.
– Accommodations. Finalist shall receive hotel accommodations for a hotel of Google’s choice for the duration of the final round.
– Meals. As a finalist, Google will reimburse you for the cost of your meals up to $30 USD per day on days you are traveling to and from Contest and up to $60 USD per day on non-travel days during the final round.
|Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Ends: Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 02:00 UTC
|Friday, April 8, 2016
|Saturday, April 16, 2016
||Online Round 1: Sub-Round A
|Saturday, April 30, 2016
||Online Round 1: Sub-Round B
|Sunday, May 8, 2016
||Online Round 1: Sub-Round C
|Saturday, May 28, 2016
||Online Round 2
|Sunday, May 29, 2016
||Distributed Code Jam Online Round 1
|Saturday, June 11, 2016
||Online Round 3
|Sunday, June 12, 2016
||Distributed Code Jam Online Round 2
|Friday, August 5, 2016
|Saturday, August 6, 2016
||Distributed Code Jam Onsite Finals
Lots of prizes are available for the competition and include:
– Code Jam T-Shirt
– Code Jam Cash Prizes (1st place; $15,000, 2nd place; $2,000, 3rd place; $1,000, 4th-26th place; $100 USD).
Register before the Online Qualification Round on April 8 at 23:00 UTC.