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OneMedical helps hospitals in West Africa go digital.

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 6:00am
Founded by Adegoke Olubusi:
OneMedical offers a user-friendly platform to help hospitals simplify records and streamline processes, with the goal of improving both quality of care and profit margins. It includes a searchable database of patient records, along with features for tracking finances, staff, and medical supplies. The system runs offline at hospitals and syncs to the cloud when there's an Internet connection available, and it's accessible through any smart device or operating system...[more]

Matibubu - A Non-Invasive Diagnostic Kit Used to Detect Malaria

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 7:47am
via TechCrunchMatibubu
....a Uganda-based company is looking to make it easier to diagnose malaria so those who are infected can get the right help faster.

Biotech projects incubated in India’s first DIY Bio Lab and Bioincubator at BioRiiDL

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 6:00am
Biospectrum reports:
Biotech projects incubated in India’s first DIY Bio Lab and Bioincubator at BioRiiDL showcase their projects to compete for funding

An incubation cell for biotechnology start-ups BioRiiDL and a DIY bio lab has been launched by Somaiya Vidyavihar. It aims to nurture innovation and entrepreneurship in various aspects of biotechnology.

To encourage and support this initiative Bio RiiDL has set up DIY BIO LAB, which is a space where biologists can come, execute their ideas and innovate, even after completion of their studies, they can come and work on their own projects and a bioincubator where potential projects can be taken into the market.

The BioRiiDL will facilitate 100 students in the first year...[more]

AJA.LA Studios - Builder of Natural language & Speech processing applications

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 6:00am
Founded by Omolabake Adenle:
Speak Yoruba from AJA.LA Studios on Vimeo.

AJA.LA Studios, builds natural language & speech processing applications for under-resourced languages. We also develop language-learning apps, including our award-winning SpeakYoruba app, the first in our SpeakAfrica series of African-language learning apps for children, available on Android and iOS, with a dedicated version for the iPad.

Nomanini - A payments company for the Informal Sector

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:00am
Nomanini means ‘Anytime’ in Siswati. We provide affordable access to payments for everyone, everywhere.

We are a South African-based enterprise payments platform provider that optimises transactions in the informal retail sector.

Why African entrepreneurs need to think bigger

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:47am
Victor Asemota writing in the Guardian:
Sometime in 2010, I met this interesting startup from Kenya at an event. They had built something that was badly needed to create a proper payments ecosystem and bridge the payments silos that were rapidly developing. I knew that interoperability was the inevitable future of mobile payments as the customers’ needs were very different from the assumptions of most of the players at that time. I courted this startup and made several trips to Nairobi until they agreed to take an investment of $100,000. I spoke to some friends who decided to back me up and asked the startup to provide some documentation before due diligence. I never heard from them after that...[more]

Zoona a Fintech company

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 6:00am
Zoona a mobile money and money transfer startup:

Connecting workers in the informal sector with Biscate

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 6:00am
via Club of Mozambique
The Biscate app, created by the Mozambican startup, UX Information Technologies, will connect workers in the informal sector to customers through USSD and Web technologies. Blue-collar workers such as plumbers, electricians and carpenters will be able to register on an online platform using a basic mobile phone, a platform to which customers will resort to request their services.More here

The DIY Antibiotics Hunters

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 6:00am
via ESSRG, Pieter van Boheemen's:
...do-it-yourself antibiotics project invites people from around the world to search for a solution to one of today’s biggest medical challenges: antibiotic resistance.

Pieter is concerned that growing antimicrobial resistance means our current drugs may soon stop working. His answer is to encourage people around the world to search for new sources of antibiotics in nature.

This is how biology becomes ours. More here

'Braided Elegance' Wigs from West Africa

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 4:16pm
Founded by Ifeoma Ume:
Braided Elegance has introduced a range of high quality hand knotted wigs. Our lace front natural parting blends seamlessly with your own hairline providing a non-detectable join to the naked eye.

Our range of wigs are on trend, and copy the latest salon braided looks. Each wig is hand crafted with care and passed through stringent quality control checks. Our goal is for you to enjoy your new look and to ensure you can get the maximum wear out of your chosen style.

All our wigs are made in West Africa, by seasoned hair braiders who employ techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation...[more]

Sofresh Neighbourhood Market, Lagos

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 6:00am
Founded by the Abimbola Balogun & Olagoke Balogun Sofresh describes itself as Nigeria’s number one premium healthy food brand:
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Downtown Tunis In Your Pocket via Flaÿou a Design Agency

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 6:00am
In Cairo Observer:
image viaAround one year ago, Flaÿou was born in Carthage, Tunisia. Flaÿou is a multidisciplinary design agency for “joyful design” - declared by the founders Hella El Khiari and Thomas Egoumenides. Employers and employees are part of the “Dream Team” and the atmosphere in the studio emits the spirit of joyful design by not taking everything too seriously...[more]

Join Nigerian Competitive Programming Contest on HackerRank #Nigeria

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 9:16am
This is a contest for Nigerians interested in the Olympiad in Informatics, This contest helps in increasing your knowledge in algorithms, and this contest will really help in bridging the gap in ICT between Nigeria and other countries.

Fixing Aba's Shoe And Leather Industry

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 6:00am
Ndubuisi Ekekwe writing in Tekedia:
image viaNigerians are entrepreneurial, mobile and ambitious. Some little support can help unlock the opportunities that exist in Aba to compete with Italian brands, at least in Nigeria and Africa. We can make Aba great.

In this piece, my focus is the shoe, bag and general leather sector (textile is excluded). Here is how to fix Aba...[more]

Apply...Seedstars, Enel seeking energy entrepreneurs for Africa Energy Prize

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 11:49am
Venture Burn reports:
Global startup competition Seedstars in collaboration with Enel Group, a global power company, have announced the creation of the Africa Energy Prize.

The competition, which is aimed at African startups, is looking for startups that focus on increasing energy access. The collaboration, which was announced on 7 July, will form part of the existing annual Seedstars World Competition.

Seedstars and Enel representatives will evaluate startups’ business models and the Enel team will announce the top finalists in December at the RES4Africa event...[more]

Celebrating Togo's Heritage 'voodoo vacations'

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 6:00am
A BBC profile on heritage tours offered by Trans Africa Tourism:
The small West African nation of Togo has seen a steady growth in visitor numbers, many of them coming for something quite unique - the voodoo ceremonies that this part of the continent is famed for.

ConsenSys, Nation of #Mauritius in Talks to Create ' #Ethereum Island'

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 7:36pm
Coinbase reports:Ethereum startup ConsenSys is actively exploring a partnership with the African nation of Mauritius that could create a so-called "Ethereum Island," a hub for blockchain technology innovators that would seek to branch out into Africa, Asia and beyond.

Joseph Lubin, founder, and a team of other top executives from ConsenSys – the New York-based decentralized application builder – toured the island July 5–7 to meet with the nation's Board of Investment, the Bank of Mauritius and other private and public sector authorities...[more]

Actis launches Honoris a pan-African private higher education network

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 6:38pm
Ventures Africa reports:

On Tuesday 11th July 2017, a London based equity firm and a leading investor in growth markets, Actis, announced the launch of a major pan-African higher education initiative to be known as Honoris United Universities. The University will harness the collaborative intelligence and the pioneering efforts of these institutions to educate Africa’s next generations of leaders and professionals. The higher education platform worth $275m spans across nine African countries, which include Tunisia, Morocco, South Africa, Namibia, Mauritius, Botswana and Zimbabwe...[more]

Ayiyikoh, the Yopougon FabLab, Ivory Coast

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 7:15am
Over at the Makery:
Visiting the coders of Ayiyikoh in Abidjan, who have been defending open source since 2014 for the autonomy of economics in Africa. The fablab is training the young in code and entrepreneurship...[more]

African Hubs as Assemblers of Technology Entrepreneurs

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 7:06am
Indigo Trust highlights a new paper:
Dr Nicolas Friederici, a postdoctoral researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, part of the University of Oxford, undertakes research into why digital entrepreneurship flourishes in some places but not in others. Dr Friederici has recently completed his dissertation on African Innovation Hubs. His research focusses on “how African hubs work”, specifically looking at how they shape relationships between tech entrepreneurs.

Dr Friederici’s research found that the sense of community within a hub directly relates to how active the hub is – he states that “members of active communities had concern for each other and recognized hubs as social entities, while inactive community members only shared a loose purpose.” He also found that hubs tended to fall into two types – the technology hub (which depends on active core communities) and the entrepreneurship hub (which relies on active peripheral communities).

He goes on to theorize that hubs are “assemblers of technology entrepreneurs” – hubs bring people together to form entrepreneurial communities in a unique way...[more]

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