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Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [1/12/2019]

his year’s Cape Town Startup Week (CTSUW) kicks off on Tuesday (3 December) and will run until next Thursday (5 December) with 16 confirmed events (see this story). The biggest event in Johannesburg this week is undoubtedly the Seedstars Africa Summit which takes place on Thursday (5 December). Elsewhere on the …

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A female-led venture capital fund focused on African women founders nears its €60 million target

The number of women founders and co-founders in Africa is on the rise, according to research by Venture Capital for Africa (VC4A), an online community for startups. In 2019 that number was still just at 18%, or fewer than one in five—but it’s still better than in supposedly more “advanced” …

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U.S Ambassador commends 125 Young African Leaders Initiative participants

The U.S. Ambassador Stephanie S. Sullivan addressed and presented plaques to outstanding participants in the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) West Africa Regional Leadership Center (RLC) training program.  One hundred twenty-five participants representing nine countries in the sub-region completed the three-week on-site training in Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, and Public …

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IPRC-Kigali student invents water meter, looks to roll out device

An IPRC-Kigali undergraduate student, Theogene Kelly Mugabo, has designed a self-operating water meter, which he says will initially serve water vendors. The device allows for use e-payment systems such as Tap&Go and mobile money, while it also has a slot for coins. The device, known as ‘Smart Voma’, allows one to fetch and pay …

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Meet Christelle Kwizera, a young entrepreneur striving to eradicate water scarcity

Accessingwater is a human right, and as a way of reflecting the fundamental nature of such basics, Christelle Kwizera established Water Access Rwanda, a social enterprise committed to eradicating water scarcity by providing appropriate technologies for durable access to water. A mechanical engineer and social entrepreneur as well, Kwizera had …

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Global Entrepreneurship Week: Clearing barriers for young entrepreneurs

These past seven days formed the annual “Global Entrepreneurship Week” and it warms my heart to see that I can run short of fingers and toes when counting young Rwandan entrepreneurs that I know, off head, who are managing active enterprises in various sectors. From agro-processing to manufacturing, technology to hospitality, …

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Two Egyptian start-ups Won $215,000 out of Africa Netpreneur Initiative’s $1 Million Cash Prize

(MENAFN – Daily News Egypt) Omar Sakr, founder and CEO of Nawah-Scientific pocketed $150,000 cash prize during the grand final event ‘Africa’s Business Heroes’, hosted by Jack Ma Foundation held Saturday in Accra, Ghana. The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative is Jack Ma’s flagship entrepreneur programme in Africa led by the …

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WEDF 2019 Young Social Entrepreneurs pitching competition: Winner announced

Siyabuddy beat off competition from social start-ups from Cameroon, Ethiopia and Guinea to take the grand prize of $5,000 in seed funding provided by the International Trade Centre. The World Export Development Forum 2019 was organized in partnership with Impact Hub Geneva’s Accelerate2030 programme, IceAddis, the Pierre Castel Foundation and …

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Annual Entrepreneurship Day at IIE MSA

On Thursday , 21 November, IIE MSA and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) hosted their Annual Entrepreneurship Day at the IIE MSA campus in Ruimsig. The event was open to all aspiring and current entrepreneurs who want to learn about starting their own businesses. The session included an exciting …

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Local entrepreneurs honored at annual event

Local entrepreneurs were recognized Thursday night at Glendale Gardens during the fourth annual Har­din County Entrepreneurial Awards banquet. The event took place during Global Entrepreneurship Week and recognized several local business people for their ventures. Jim Fugitte, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001, presented the State …

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