Two Kenyan startups among Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa program graduates

Two Kenyan startups, Cloud9xp and PayGo Energy were among the second class of  11 startups who graduated yesterday from Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa program in Lagos.  Over the course of the 3-month program, the 11 startups comprising Launchpad Accelerator Africa Class 2 engaged with 48 mentors from 9 countries – Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, UAE, […]

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Johnson & Johnson has Launched a US$50,000 Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0

Johnson & Johnson has launched the Champions of Science Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0, a continent-wide competition calling on African innovators to submit ideas for innovative technologies, products and solutions that have the potential to create positive impact for African communities. Now in its second year, the 2018 Africa Innovation Challenge is open to innovators and entrepreneurs from Kenya, […]

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Naspers Sets Up A $9m Fund To Support South African Tech Startups

South African media company Naspers has set up a R1.4bn ($96m) Naspers Foundry fund to invest into South African technology startups. The money will fund and support startups seeking to address big societal needs. The group announced the move at the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference 2018 in Johannesburg to help talented and ambitious South […]

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14 fintech startups selected for the CATAPULT: Inclusion Africa program

14 Fintech startups have been selected to join the CATAPULT: Inclusion Africa program scheduled to take place between the 5th and 9th of November at the LHoFT. The CATAPULT: Inclusion Africa is a unique one week program of Fintech startup development, designed by the LHoFT Foundation, targeting Fintech companies from South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria, Senegal, […]

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Tips for Startup Businesses: How Structured Cabling Improve Network Connections

It’s a fact that technology is a crucial factor in a business’s success. Starting and running a business can be a challenge, but with the right tools, this challenge can be addressed easily. You can use different tools for the different facets of your business. You can have one for recruitment, one for retention, and […]

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After Nairobi, TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa competition now heads to Lagos

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield in partnership with Facebook is returning to Africa. This time around the startup competition will be held in Lagos, Nigeria following the breakout success of last year’s Startup Battlefield Africa in Nairobi. The event will feature panels and keynotes with high-powered industry leaders such as Omobola Johnson, senior partner at TLcom Capital, […]

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List of Eight African startups selected for the 2018 VC4A Venture Showcase

VC4A has announced the eight Africa ventures that have been selected for the 2018 VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A. The 8 startups have been selected from over 1000 applicants by the investor committee representing continent’s leading VC funds such as Accion, Orange Digital Ventures, Knife Capital, Ventures Platform, Blue Haven, 4Di Capital, AngelHub Ventures, Silvertree […]

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MEST unveils its fourth African tech hub in Nairobi

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) has unveiled its fourth incubator and tech hub in Nairobi. The pan-African entrepreneurial training program, seed fund and tech incubator new hub will also serve as its flagship East African space. The Nairobi space will also host the new East African office of its parent brand, global leader […]

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Microsoft teams up with DEMO Africa to empower African startups

Microsoft has teamed up with the Lions@frica initiative of the African Technology Foundation to empower the startups finalists that will be pitching at DEMO Africa 2018. Microsoft will provide the finalists with a variety of venture creation and technology support services through its Microsoft 4Afrika program. Since launching in 2013, Microsoft 4Afrika has brought over 700,000 small […]

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List of 10 startups shortlisted for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 awards

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has named the top 10 startups that will compete for its prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2018 awards. The 10 startups beat more than 3 000 applications from 52 African countries who had submitted their applications in different categories. The categories included ICT, agri-business, public health and the environment/ […]

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Kenyan solar startup Agsol among Microsoft Airband Grant Fund winners

Kenyan solar startup Agsol is among three startups that have been selected for Microsoft’s third annual Airband Grant Fund. The grant is part of the Microsoft Airband Initiative launched in 2017, whose goal is to expand the internet’s reach across the world. Agsol builds solar-powered processing machines for farming communities not yet connected to the […]

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Tanzania’s startup Nala wins 2018 Ecobank Fintech Challenge

Tanzanian startup Nala is the winner of this years’ Ecobank Fintech Challenge. Nala beat ten other finalists to emerge as the overall winner of a US$10,0000 cash prize. Nala is a mobile money application that works offline, without an internet connection. It provides a unified user experience in which multiple financial services can be connected on […]

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List of 30 Startups finalists shortlisted for DEMO Africa 2018

Three Kenyan startups are among the thirty African startups finalists shortlisted for DEMO Africa 2018. The startups, CLoud9XP, Sote and Zipora will join the other startups across the continent in Casablanca in October to present their technologies to the world. The startups were selected following a few months of innovation roadshows, city tours and virtual adjudication across […]

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Nigerian fintech startup Mines, secures $13M funding

Mines, a Nigerian fintech startup re-inventing credit in emerging markets secured $13M funding. The Series A round was led by The Rise Fund, a global fund managed by TPG Growth. The startup says it plans to use its investment for talent acquisition, continued growth in Africa, and expansion to South America and South-East Asia. Mines […]

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Kenyan AgriTech Startups can now apply for the MTFC Innov8Agric Challenge

Kenyan and other African startups in the Agriculture sector have been asked to apply for this year’s edition MTFC Innov8Agric Challenge. The innovation challenge is a key event at this year’s edition of Meet The Farmer’s Conference to be hosted in Dubai. The event will host young farmers, agropreneurs, and Innovators in the Agric Value Chain […]

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Alibaba’s Jack Ma Launches US$10 Million Africa Entrepreneur Prize

Alibaba Group founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma has launched a $10 million ‘Netpreneur’ Prize for African entrepreneurs. He made this announcement at the “Netpreneurs: The Rise of Africa’s Digital Lions” conference held in South Africa yesterday. The money will be donated through his Jack Ma Foundation to support entrepreneurs working to address Africa’s most […]

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Kenyan Startup Mookh Africa wins Visa Everywhere Initiative Top Prize

Kenyan Startup Mookh Africa is the overall winner of the Visa Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) Everywhere Initiative, The startup won both the “Social Business Payments” challenge as well as the overall prize for its idea taking home KES.5 million and the opportunity to work with Visa to develop the concept further. The Visa Everywhere Initiative […]

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Why Startups Cannot Ignore Digital Marketing

The universe is now digitalized and its benefits can’t be ignored. Digital advertising is an inventive technique and it is very crucial for both the new entrepreneurs and the well-developed ones. Digital advertising will make a startup succeed within a very short time because it is a powerful method of gaining publicity and more customers. […]

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8 Common Mistakes That You Need to Avoid as a New Entrepreneur

Everyone makes mistakes and it goes without saying that a major part of establishing a startup business is all about committing errors and learning from them. However, learning from the mistakes entirely depends on the weight of the error and one cannot expect to come back from a mistake that is overly detrimental for the […]

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Tech Tamasha annual conference launches to celebrate Kenya’s technology space

Last week together with a number of tech enthusiasts and industry leaders we gathered at Nailab for the launch of Tech Tamasha. Tech Tamasha is an annual technology conference that will be hosted by technology blog Techweez, in partnership with leading industry stakeholders. The conference aims to celebrate Kenya’s technology space by highlighting the best […]

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Zimbabwe’s Agri-tech startup SMART Connect wins DEMO Africa Harare Tour

Zimbabwe’s Agri-tech startup SMART Connect has emerged the winner of DEMO Africa Innovation tour held by Micah Foundation in Zimbabwe, Harare.  The startup presented a mobile-web application that links smallholder farmers to buyers, transporters and other agribusiness entities through an inclusive business model with a broader view of stimulating economic growth and improving livelihoods of […]

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VC4A calling on African startups to Showcase and win at the 2018 Africa Early Stage Investor Summit

Venture Capital for Africa (VC4A) is calling for disruptive African startups looking to raise between $250K and $5M to showcase their ideas at Africa Early Stage Investor Summit to be held in November 11-12 in Cape Town. The summit will bring together the leading angel networks, VC funds, impact investors, accelerators, corporate venture divisions, industry […]

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Uganda’s startup TIFAT wins DEMO Africa Uganda Innovation Tour

TIFAT a farm technology that connects farmers to a buyer’s marketplace has emerged the winner of the DEMO Africa Uganda Innovation Tour. Tifat beat a field of more than 15 other startups from Uganda in a two-round contest at the Hive Collab in Kampala. 30 start-ups participated and they all came geared up to pitch […]

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7 upcoming data analytics startups to watch out for in 2018.

Over the past few years, companies and organizations around the world have started to rely heavily on data to drive innovation and growth. Recognizing the potential of data to enhance business decisions, productivity, and overall efficiency, businesses are now leveraging data to accomplish goals that seemed impossible before. Smart appliances powered by IoT, intelligent personal […]

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Who wants complimentary passes to the Finnovation Africa: Kenya 2018 summit?

The Finnovation Africa: Kenya 2018 summit is coming to Nairobi on 31st May 2018. The event will bring together more than 300 participants from established banking powerhouses to Fintech startups to tackle the most pressing questions for the progress of Fintech in Africa. The events which is being organized by Ethico Live will also prove […]

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Lagos based startup LifeBank closes $200 000 EchoVC-led round

Lagos based last mile medical supply startup LifeBank has closed $200 000 seed round, led by EchoVC Pan-Africa fund. Also participating in the round was CcHub Growth Capital and an undisclosed healthcare angel investor. The startup, which leverages technology to discover, organize and deliver essential medical products to hospitals and in the process, acquires actionable […]

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Connecticut Innovation brings its $5 VentureClash Challenge to Nigeria

U.S based organisation Connecticut Innovation launched its VentureClash global venture challenge in Nigeria. The competition is targeting companies that are actively advancing disruptive solutions in digital health, financial technology (fintech), the Internet of Things (IoT) and insurance technology (insurtech). The $5 million contest kicked off in March with the first round of applications and will […]

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Orange Digital Ventures announces new $8.6 million investment in Kenya’s Africa’s Talking

Orange Digital Ventures Africa has announced its first investment in an African startup. The technological investment fund will help Nairobi based mobile technology company Africa’s Talking to raise $8.6 million alongside the IFC World Bank and Social Capital. The transaction is subject to the usual conditions precedent, including the approval of Kenya’s competent authorities. Upon completion, […]

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Visa opens up the first Visa Everywhere Initiative to young developers at the Nairobi Tech Week

Visa has announced that it will be opening up the first Visa Everywhere Initiative for Sub Saharan Africa to young developers at this year’s Nairobi Tech Week (NTW). Developers who win the Visa-led hackathon during the tech week will automatically gain entry into the Visa Everywhere Initiative where they will have an opportunity to compete for a chance […]

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Call Tracking and Start-Ups: How It Can Help Your Business

By John Taylor Setting up and establishing a small or start-up company can be expensive, and it usually demands a level of risk. You must be able to maximize your resource, gain profits quickly, and become consistent to survive in this industry. Thus, you need to guarantee that your marketing strategy is flawlessly working and generates […]

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Autodesk Foundation to support local startups working with the Kenya Climate Innovation Center

Autodesk Foundation has entered into a new agreement with the Kenya Climate Change Center (KCIC) to support local startups providing solutions for pressing social and environmental problems. Autodesk Foundation has made a grant to KCIC to address pressing social and environmental challenges faced by local startups. Specifically, funds from Autodesk will seed an early stage […]

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Agriculture based startups dominate Pangea’s application list

Just two months after launching in Kenya, Norwegian accelerator Pangea has closed its application platform recording a total of 403 applications. Agriculture was the largest sector represented, comprising 27% of the applications. The growing interest in agriculture casts light to the doom-spelling statistics that indicate low youth involvement in the sector. Fintech came in second […]

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African SMEs Set to Benefit from USD 74M Guarantee

The African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (AGF) has today entered into a re- guarantee transaction with GuarantCo that will see African SMEs benefit from an amount of up to USD 74 million. GuarantCo will increase its guarantee capacity for SME financing to help AGF support larger local currency transactions for SMEs involved […]

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Kenyan Startups invited to apply for this year’s DataHack4FI competition

Nairobi Garage is calling on Kenyan startups to apply for the for this years DataHack4FI competition with the winning team taking home US$5,000 and six months’ co-working facilities at Nairobi Garage. A prize of $2,500 will also be awarded to the team that produces the best women and/or youth-centric solution. The second and third placed teams will each […]

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Norwegian accelerator Pangea launches in Kenya; Pilots 500,000 USD in Investment for 10 Startups

Pangea, a Norwegian platform connecting African startups with international investment and expertise, has launched its accelerator program in Kenya. Pangea has partnered with Strathmore University’s @iLabAfrica and will see the accelerator link up Kenyan startups from across the industry with investors especially the African diaspora which currently remits approximately $160 billion annually.   As a […]

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Kenyan Startup Lori Systems wins TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2017

The winners of the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2017  have been announced. The winners were selected from 15 startups from across Africa after pitching their ideas at the event held in Nairobi. The startups made their presentations in front of VCs and TechCrunch editors for chance to win $25,000 and an all paid expense trip […]

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6 Kenyan Startups among the DEMO Africa 2017 30 finalists

6 Startups from Kenya have made it to the list of the final 35 startups from 28 African countries that will launch their ideas at the DEMO Africa 2017 conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. The startups were picked from a record 956 digital startups from that applied to launch at the event to be held […]

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Orange launches 50 million euros investment initiative to support African Startups.

Orange Digital Ventures , Orange Group’s investment vehicle for early-stage innovation projects in Africa has launched a new investment initiative to support startups in Africa. The initiative will see the Group commit 50 million euros corresponding to half of the direct investments made via its new Orange Digital Ventures Africa programme; the other half is […]

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World Bank’s XL Africa Program to Support Africa’s Top Digital Entrepreneurs

The World Bank Group has launched a five-month acceleration program to support 20 most promising startups from Sub-Saharan Africa. Known as XL Africa, the program will see the startups receive mentoring from global and local experts, learn through a tailor-made curriculum, increase their regional visibility as well as get access to potential corporate partners and […]

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Applications for the 2017 DEMO Africa now open

Applications for the 2017 edition of DEMO Africa are now open.  African Startups can now apply for a chance to showcase their Startups at the conference to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 6th to 7th September 2017. This is the 6th edition of the startup competition which debuted in 2012 at the World […]

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Mozambican startup develops a solar powered tablet to provide internet to rural African homes

Mozambican technology start-up Kamaleon has developed a solar-powered mobile tablet to connect more Africans to the internet. Launched in November 2016, the startups says the “Community Tablet” (“Tablet Comunitário”) is an innovative and engaging way of promoting digital literacy through a shared platform. The Community Tablet is a solar powered mobile computer with touch screen […]

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Bonjour Idée launches first African edition of the Startup of the Year competition

Bonjour Idée, the collaborative magazine for startups has launched the first African edition of the Startup of the Year competition. This comes after two successful editions of the competition were held in France with 2700 startups taking part. Bonjour Idée has teamed up with OCP Group the world leader in the phosphate markets and its […]

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Meet iLuun Air, the World’s First Wireless USB Flash Drive for Smartphones and Tablets

Mobile storage is currently limited to huge bulky hard drives which require wires and cables or cloud-based solutions that require the Internet to access its data. A Dallas bases startup, however, want to change this its World’s First Wireless USB Flash Drive. Known as iLuun Air, the wireless flash drive has been developed for smartphones […]

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Safaricom announces investment in Eneza Education through its $1 million Safaricom Spark Venture Fund.

Safaricom  has  announced an investment in Eneza Education through its $1 million Safaricom Spark Venture Fund. The Safaricom Spark Venture Fund invests in startups by purchasing minority equity stake or providing convertible debt, allowing young businesses to access the finances coupled with the technical advisory and business development services needed to grow their businesses. Founded […]

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International value remittance service Ozaremit rebrands to Senditoo

First rising airtime transfer startup Ozaremit has rebranded to Senditoo. The UK-based company has also announced that it has developed its own API that will allow them to develop new business-to-business partnerships. The rebranding comes just a few months after the company secured funding from French investors Thibaults Launay, Romain Girbal and Célia Grémy to […]

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International value remittance service Ozaremit secures funding from top French investors

International value remittance service Ozaremit has secured funding from French investors Thibaults Launay, Romain Girbal and Célia Grémy to boost growth to boost its growth. The funding comes just three months after the startup was launched. Currently covering 110 countries, including 35 countries in Africa. Ozaremit is a competitive, safe and fast online service to […]

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African startups can now apply for the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund

The GSMA Mobile 360 series finally came to an end last week in Tanzania. The 2-day conference brought together industry leaders in the mobile industry from across the world. So many resolutions and other interesting announcements came out of the conference, one of them being the launch of the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund. The […]

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DEMO Africa 2016 finalists Startups announced, here’s the full list

5 Kenyan startups have made it to the final list of  30 startups that will take part in this year’s DEMO Africa conference to held in Johannesburg from the 25th to 26th August. The 30 were picked from picked from a record 723 technology startups from 27 African countries that had applied to launch at […]

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Justice Tech: ShopOfficer receives 10,000 USD grant from HiiL Innovating Justice

We have all had instances where technology has been used to explore and solve contemporary issues. Many positive forms of interaction have also stemmed from the digital age. Small companies, startups have increasingly started to soak up technological innovations and approaches to solving problems affecting people in the society. From mobile health, educational apps, business […]

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How WeFarm is helping farmers share information via text across the globe

  Technology has become an integral part in the growth of most economies in the world. Most of the countries especially in Africa have agriculture as their most economic generators, faming and exporting farm produces in various parts of the world. According to The Economist, crop yields in Africa are between one-third and one-half of […]

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13 Start-ups selected for Appwiz challenge

13 start-ups have been shortlisted to proceed to the incubation phase of the Safaricom Appwiz Challenge, following an interview session held at Strathmore University last week. During the session a preliminary judging panel reviewed 30 solutions across the four categories of the Challenge, narrowing down to those that showed the most promise to grow into […]

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DEMO Africa 30 Technology Start-ups list for 2015 released

DEMO Africa has today released a list of the thirty technology start-ups from across Africa that will pitch at the 2015 edition of the DEMO Africa event. Last year’s giant, Nigeria, tops the list again with 8 representatives followed by Kenya with 6. South Africa is third with 3 representatives while Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon and […]

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PIVOT East 2015 Semi-finalists Announced

PIVOT East, a startups competition geared towards nurturing the growing ICT talent in East Africa, has unveiled semifinalist for this year’s competition. The competition opened the call for applications in April 2015 with startups from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia applying through an online portal (startups.pivoteast.com. This year also saw startups from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, […]

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Startups: SokoText changing lives of small and medium enterprises via SMS

After featuring Olivine Technologies, a Kenyan Startup that specializes in the design and development of software solutions for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), today TechTrendsKE turns its focus on SokoText, a Startup aimed at solving Africa’s food insecurity. SokoText was founded by Suraj Gudka, Sofia Zab, Carolina Medina, Verena Liedgens and Jonah Brotman in 2013 specifically […]

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Startups: Olivine Technologies wants to expand beyond Kenya and Africa

As promised today today here at TechTrendsKE we will be looking at three Startups this week. We want to learn their journey and where they are headed. To start us off is Olivine technologies, a company that was started from a simple  idea  by three brothers Joseph Karanja, Charles Mungai and Mark Mwaura in 2010. With only […]

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Orange launches the 2015 Orange African Social Venture Prize

Orange has launched the 2015 Orange African Social Venture Prize. This initiative aims to encourage innovative start-up projects which help to accelerate development on the African continent. The prize will recognize three projects with grants of 10,000, 15,000 and 25,000 euros, along with six months of support from Orange experts. The first prize will also […]

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VIDEO: Farm Capital’s story and achievements so far

Farm Capital Africa (FCA), a Kenyan Startup has been nominated for the 2015 annual Innovation Prize for Africa Awards. The company is a Social Impact Agri-investment company, formed to channel Capital to profitable and sustainable Agriventures in Africa. They partner with small scale Farmers with great growth Potential, and through its investor networks enable the famers […]

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INTERVIEW: Farm Capital Africa founder talks on how to scale up amidst challenges faced by start-ups

He was among the final 10 nominees for the 2015 annual Innovation Prize for Africa Awards. His start-up Farm Capital Africa was selected from 925 applications received from 41 African countries, surpassing the previous year’s entry record of 903. He is also the brain behind Farm Capital Africa, a well-developed risk sharing agri-business funding model […]

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Startups: M-Translate, the New Alternative to Google Translate

A new startup  wants to revolutionize how you translate information online into different languages.  Through their Mobile Translate service , users are provided with free translation online browsing by phone, tablet, Mac or Personal Computers. Convenient and applicable from everywhere: traveling, business trip, university, home. Online translator can translate languages into  Spanish, French, German, Italian, […]

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Start-ups Application for DEMO Africa 2015 Opens

The application window for DEMO Africa 2015 is now open and entrepreneurs can apply from today. The application process will be hosted by DEMO Africa’s partner VC4Africa. The application window will remain open throughout the months of March, April to close by end of May. This will be followed by all the qualifying applications being […]

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Fitkat; A health wearable to help you track your steps, calories and water intake

By Nixon Kanali, Nairobi If you love wearable devices and also keen on watching your fitness then Fitkat is something you should consider getting. The health wearable is an activity tracker that can track your steps, calories, water intake and even remind you when you are supposed to take your pill. The wearable will now […]

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ICT START-UPS TO BENEFIT FROM GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR INITIATIVE IN BUSINESS ACCELERATION

Kenyan Innovators will benefit from resolute efforts, aimed at addressing challenges in the ICT innovation space, while availing a public forum for tracking and reporting on the status of ICT innovation. To realize this H.E The President of Kenya, Hon.Uhuru Kenyatta today created Enterprise Kenya -a national accelerator that will catalyse innovations and provide entrepreneurs […]

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The 2015 GIST Tech-I Competition launched

Do you have a great science or technology startup or an idea? The U.S. Department of State is calling on you to  enter the 2015 Global Innovation through Science and Technology  (GIST) The GIST Tech-I Competition is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide. The competition according to the GIST website […]

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World Bank launches crowdfunding support for Kenyan clean-tech startups

The World Bank’s Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC) has launched the first ever crowdfunding mentorship programme for entrepreneurs in East Africa; the four month programme teaching participants how to effectively leverage crowdfunding. Under the trial phase of the programme, KCIC has helped six clean-tech startups design and implement crowdfunding campaigns; with the organisation aiming to […]

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