Mettā Nairobi kicks off its Clean Energy Accelerator Program

Mettā Nairobi kicks off its Clean Energy Accelerator Program

Mettā Nairobi in Partnership with What Design Can Do (WDCD), Social Enterprise NL and IKEA Foundation has announced the launch of Clean Energy Accelerator...
Branch International

Branch raises $170 million funding round, announces new partnership with Visa

Visa and Branch International, have announced a partnership that will see virtual Visa prepaid debit cards offered to over 2 million consumers in Sub-Saharan...
Africa eXellerator Hub launch in Nairobi

Standard Chartered launches its first Africa eXellerator innovation hub in Kenya

Standard Chartered Bank today opened its Africa eXellerator innovation hub in Kenya to support and work with fintechs in the country and across Africa....
Partech Africa Report: African tech startups raised US$1.163 billion in equity funding in 2018

Partech Africa Report: African tech startups raised US$1.163 billion in equity funding in 2018

African tech startups raised a total of US$1.163 billion in equity funding in 2018. This is according to the Partech Africa annual report on...

Jack Ma’s US$10 Million Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative opens applications

African entrepreneurs can now apply for the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI). The US$10 million Prize competition founded by the Jack Ma Foundation to...
Jumia Kenya

Jumia welcomes Mastercard as its new shareholder

A few weeks Jumia filed for an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, the company has welcomed a new investor. The leading pan-African...
Doreen Kessy, Chief Business Officer of Ubongo receiving the Next Billion Edtech Prize trophy from Jay Varkey at GESF 2019 in Dubai

Tanzanian Edtech startup Ubongo wins Next Billion Edtech Prize

Tanzanian EdTech startup Ubongo has won the ‘Next Billion’ Edtech Prize 2019. The startup was voted for by delegates at The Global Education & Skills...
DEMO Africa

DEMO Africa is heading back in Morocco in partnership with APEBI

The Federation of Information Technology, Telecommunications and Offshoring (APEBI) and DEMO Africa have today announced a partnership that will see the two organisations co-host...
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Global Logistics Platform Kobo360 to Launch in Ghana and Kenya

Kobo360, the technology logistics platform, today announced that it will expand operations into Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya. The announcement follows recent news that...
Google Launchpad Accelerator Program

List of African Startups taking part in the third Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme

Google has announced the 12 African startups that will take part in its third class of its Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme. This class which starts...

SqwidNet launches second round of its IoT SA University Challenge

SqwidNet has launched the second round of its IoT SA University Challenge. The nationwide technology competition is aimed at getting university students in South Africa...
Partech Africa Report: African tech startups raised US$1.163 billion in equity funding in 2018

Ampion and Plutos Ventures launch new venture to invest in African startups

Africa-focused Ampion and Berlin-based Plutos Ventures Holding have announced the founding of Ampion Ventures to support African startups. The goal of the new project...
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Kenyan Blockchain Startup CapAgri selected into æternity Ventures’s 2nd Starfleet Accelerator Program

Kenyan startup CapAGRI Africa is among the blockchain startups from around the world selected to take part in æternity Venture’s ‘Starfleet’ Accelerator Programme. CapAGRI...
Gray Matters Capital

Two African Startups – Kenya’s MumsVillage and Sierra Leone’s Mosabi make it to Gray...

Two African startups, Kenya’s MumsVillage and Sierra Leone's Mosabi have made it to the second cohort of Gray Matters Capital's Calibrator program - GMC...
Visa Everywhere Initiative

Visa to reward $100,000 To Women Entrepreneurs in Global Competition

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Visa has announced the launch of the first Visa Everywhere Initiative: Women’s Global Edition. The global program invites...
Nigeria's OneFi secures $5M Debt Facility from Nairobi-based Lendable

Nigeria’s OneFi secures $5M Debt Facility from Nairobi-based Lendable

Nigeria's fintech startup Finance Limited (OneFi) has today announced that it has secured a $5M debt facility for its consumer-facing facing platform, Paylater. The...

Beyond Baling Innovation Challenge looking for solutions to manage plastic waste

Coca-Cola, Trash Thread Textile and PETCO have launched the Beyond Baling Innovation Challenge (BBIC) for University students, SMEs and the Jua Kali sector to...

3 Kenyan Startups Selected To Pitch At The ‘Next Billion’ EdTech Prize In Dubai

Next Billion EdTech Prize was founded in 2018 by Indian billionaire Sunny Varkey’s Varkey Foundation, to recognize innovation in education in low income and emerging markets.

Regional partners for Jack Ma’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative named

A few weeks after announcing that it will officially call for applications starting from the 27th of March 2019, Jack Ma’s Africa Netpreneur Prize...
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Nigeria’s Fintech Startup TeamApt closes $5.5M Series A Round To Scale Into Additional Markets

TeamApt, a Nigerian startup that provides digital solutions and payment infrastructure for Africa, has closed on a $5.5M Series A round, led by Quantum...
MEST Africa Challenge

List of 50 tech startups selected for the second annual MEST Africa Challenge

MEST Africa has announced the 50 startups that have been selected to take part in the second annual MEST Africa Challenge. The challenge will...

Applications for the Sanofi VivaTech challenge extended to February 22nd

Global pharmaceutical company Sanofi has announced the extension of the registration period for the call for proposals for this year’s VivaTech, an annual technology...

BRCK acquires local public WiFi provider Surf

Hardware and connectivity startup BRCK has announced that it has acquired local public WiFi provider Surf and parent company EveryLayer. The Kenyan startup made...

Jack Ma’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative applications open in March 2019

The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) will officially call for applications starting from the 27th of March 2019. ANPI is a  US$10 million Prize...

Startups: Why you should apply for the Sanofi VivaTech 2019 challenge

Viva Technology (Vivatech), an annual technology conference, dedicated to innovation and startups takes place in less than three months. The conference will be held...

South African AI Startup, Cortex Logic, Secures Investment To Grow Business Beyond Africa

South African based Artificial Intelligence Software & Solutions provider Cortex Logic has secured growth investment to expand it’s reach to new clients in Europe...

Startups: Here’s how to qualify and apply for the Sanofi VivaTech challenge

Pharmaceutical company Sanofi recently launched three challenges for African healthcare startups to find innovative solutions that can help improve access to healthcare and transform...

Kalon Venture Partners leads a $1.5M round investment into SA startup Flow

South African venture capital firm Kalon Venture Partners has announced a lead investment of $1,465,400 in local proptech platform Flow, an app that rewards tenants...

Sanofi VivaTech challenge calling on African startups to innovate health, here’s how to apply

Sanofi Kenya has launched three challenges for African startups in partnership with VivaTech. The challenges are for the startups to find innovative solutions to...
SMEs

CDC announces new investment to support high-growth SMEs in Nigeria

CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, has announced a new investment designed to support high-growth SMEs in Nigeria. CDC has made a US$15 million commitment...

Andela raises a further $100M in new round of funding

Andela has today announced the completion of a $100M Series D funding led by Generation Investment Management with participation from existing investors including Chan...
MEST Africa Challenge

MEST opens applications for its $50 MEST Africa startup Challenge

MEST Africa has opened applications for its second annual MEST Africa Challenge, a Pan-African pitch competition for tech scale-ups based in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya,...
Branch International

Branch raises Ksh 500M arranged by Centum-owned advisory firm, Barium Capital​

All commercial paper issuances have been arranged by the Centum-owned advisory firm, Barium Capital. This latest investment will be used to expand Branch’s services in Kenya.

Africa’s 50 most funded tech startups in 2018 raised a total of $618M, Digest...

Africa’s 50 most funded tech companies in 2018 raised a total of $618M. This is according to the Digest Africa INDEX, an annual report...

Solar energy company SolarNow has raised $9M to scale its services across Uganda

Uganda-based solar energy company SolarNow has raised $9 million in debt arranged by SunFunder, a longtime debt financier for the company alongside co-lenders responsAbility...

Five agritech startups win seed funding at Senegal Startup Accelerator

Five young Senegalese entrepreneurs have been selected to receive six months of business incubation and $2,000 seed-funding from the Senegal Startup Accelerator to kick-start...

M-KOPA raises new funding from Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation

M-KOPA has raised funding from Japanese multinational, Sumitomo Corporation to empower homes and small businesses. The deal was announced on December 18, 2018, though the...

South Africa’s insurtech startup Pineapple accepted into US Insurance accelerator

More than a year and a month after insurance tech startup Pineapple raised R5.2m from Lireas Holdings, the strategic investment arm of Hannover-Re Group...

Uganda’s Ultra-affordable ultrasound startup M-SCAN wins TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018

Uganda’s ultra-affordable ultrasound startup M-SCAN is the winner of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018. The startup was crowned as Sub-Saharan Africa’s Most Promising Startup...

12 South African startups selected for Knife Capital’s 4th Grindstone Accelerator

South African venture capital firm Knife Capital has announced the twelve African startups that will take part in its fourth Grindstone Accelerator programme. The 12...

Standard Chartered’s ‘Women in Tech’ accelerator program has attracted over 180 women-led startups

Standard Chartered’s ‘Women in Tech’ accelerator program has attracted over 180 women-led startups. The startups will, however, be reduced to 40 during a shortlisting...
Google Launchpad Accelerator Program

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Founders Factory wants to build and scale African tech startups

London-based startup accelerator Founders Factory has partnered with Standard Bank to launch its first international location in Johannesburg, South Africa to build and scale...

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...
Microsoft 's logo illuminated outside in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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...

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....

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...

Kenyan startups top list of 2018 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge Africa winners

Kenyan startups have topped the list of  2018 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge Africa winners. The startups, Lynk, WeFarm, and Solar Freeze were among the...

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...
DEMO Africa

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...
Partech Africa Report: African tech startups raised US$1.163 billion in equity funding in 2018

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Data Management Tips for Startup Businesses and the Tools You Need

DAM has been referred to as Data Asset Management, which is responsible for organizing creative as well as visual resources of a company. In...

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...

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...

VC4A calling on African startups to Showcase and win at the 2018 Africa Early...

Venture Capital for Africa (VC4A) is calling for disruptive African startups looking to raise between $250K and $5M to showcase their ideas at Africa...
DEMO Africa

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...

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...

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...

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...

Submissions for Ecobank’s 2018 Fintech Challenge now open, targets African Startups

Ecobank has launched its 2018 Ecobank Fintech Challenge for African startups. Now in its second year, the initiative gives African startups the chance to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

iHub, World Bank to host one-week bootcamp for startups from East Africa

As part of part of a business acceleration program to help East African tech start-ups commercialize and scale innovative digital products, iHub and the...

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...

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...

Tech startup Senditoo launches super-fast mobile airtime transfer app

Mobile airtime transfer service Senditoo has launched a super-fast app that allows users to send top-ups to mobile phones across the world in just...
DEMO Africa

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...

What does it mean for technology to be innately African?

Mobile and cloud may be global technologies, but African start-ups have explored their functionalities, shaped their applications and used them to build differentiated business...

Airtime transfer Startup Senditoo eyes phenomenal growth in 2017

New mobile airtime transfer startup Senditoo has kicked off 2017 with bullish plans to become one of Africa’s fastest growing airtime transfer services.  The...

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...

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...

Opinion: Why startups must know their playing field

The startup scene in Africa is rapidly growing with so many start-ups coming up with great ideas that will change the continent. Most of...

AFROPX is launching an online platform focused on African images

AFROPX, a startup that wants to transform access to African photos has announced plans to launch an online marketplace focused on African images. The...

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...

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...

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...

Here are the 5 startups that will benefit from DEMO Africa LIONS programme

The 5th edition of DEMO Africa concluded last Friday with the crowning of 5 startup companies that will benefit from the DEMO Africa LIONS...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
DEMO Africa

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1PQvXYN4ZM The company is a Social Impact Agri-investment...

INTERVIEW: Farm Capital Africa founder talks on how to scale up amidst challenges faced...

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...