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Dandelion drinks and Lemonace from KNUST University Busuiness Accelerator Ghana

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 6:00am
From the KNUST Accelerator program via Kumasi Hive:
GRASAG KNUST through the GRASAG Business Acceleration; Godwin Mensah, CEO of McBertsmens Green Life Drinks share his story about the program and on Green Life Dandelion drinks and Lemonace.

The Green Life Dandelion and Luminance drinks are the world first sugar free dandelion and lemongrass based healthy drinks respectively. Both are Sugar free and well designed to suit the world's diversion from the consumption of flavoured soft drinks to more of natural and healthy extracts.

Kafui Naturals

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 6:00am
Proudly Natural: Meet Kafui AwoonorKafui founded Kafuinaturals because nothing on the market suited her needs. She strongly believes in her mission and has joined entrepreneurial communities like BrownSense and Cape Craft and Design Institute - CCDI to help make it a reality.

Sokowatch | Emerging Markets Distribution To The Last Mile

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 6:00am
Sokowatch provides consumer goods companies with a simple, consistent, and reliable distribution channel to meet the demands of the informal market. Shops order from Sokowatch via SMS and receive free delivery of their goods within 24 hours. Our team of delivery agents, equipped with proprietary mobile technology, services thousands of shops across Nairobi and Dar es Salaam while capturing critical data on each outlet.

"Made in Aba" #Nigeria

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 5:06am

The Landscape of Artificial Intelligence Quantitative funds and DIY funds

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:56pm
Etienne Brunet writes:
image viaHigh frequency traders are not anymore the cool kids on the block. Margins are shrinking and major players such as Virtu and KCG are now merging to profit from economies of scale. On the other hand, artificial intelligence and quantitative strategies seem to be the new solutions to the alpha generation headache. There has also been lots of news (noise) about DIY (Do It Yourself) hedge funds (Wired, Bloomberg and also FT). More recently, Point72 announced that it handed its first check of c.$10m of the $250m promised to Quantopian.

The AI & Quantitative startup spaces are interesting and have the potential to disrupt a $3.2tn industry. In order to better understand the different actors, I tried to map and to categorise the different players in the market. Please find below a landscape mapping and thereafter the full list of companies as well as some brief comments...[more]

'Machines' - A Documenntary

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 6:00am
The Guardian reviews a Rahul Jain film:

DIY mycologists

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 6:00am
Stefanie Cohen reporting on:
the Citizen Scientists Who Think Mushrooms Have SuperpowersAt Psychedelic Science 2017, Steinhardt, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, delivered a talk describing her research on a specific subset of amateur scientists within this world: DIY mycologists. Some of these mushroom enthusiasts who grow their fungi at home use them in recipes, or to make medicinal tinctures. But others get more creative, using them for citizen-science projects like myco-remediation (cleaning environmental toxins with fungi), myco-forestry (using mushrooms to maintain forest health), and doing DNA analysis on mushrooms to determine local strains...[more]

A Maker Revolution in Healthcare

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 5:12pm
From Makerfaire:
Health making is revolutionizing the way care is delivered in hospitals, clinics, and home care divisions across the globe. Patient-made machines are changing the provider-patient dynamic. The solutions by frontline staff are making care better and more affordable...[more]

China’s Silicon Valley

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 9:27am
Flynn Murphy writes:
Shenzhen has emerged as a haven for biotechnology and cutting-edge hardware.“Shenzhen’s a place where you can very quickly turn an idea into a product,” says Blair Ney, a biomedical researcher at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Ney worked as an intern at a Shenzhen biomedical company in 2015. “The thing that stands out is how many people there are in an entrepreneurial mindset.” More here

The Growth and Dynamism of the Modern and Contemporary African Art Market

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 8:35am
Over at Sotheby's Adriana La Lime writes:
As the art world descended on Paris this spring to celebrate Modern and Contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora, the city buzzed with various events that placed Africa and its artists centre stage. Since debuting in 2012, Art Paris has prided itself on its existence as a platform for emerging art markets and the 2017 edition of the Parisian fair was no different, choosing to honour art from Africa and its diaspora for its sixth run. Across town at La Villette, Simon Njami’s Afriques Capitales brought together a myriad of artwork created by artists from across the continent, their presence together at La Villette forming a melting pot akin to that of a large buzzing capital city.More here

African Research Cloud

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 6:00am
From IDEA:
The African Research Cloud is a research partnership between the North-West University and the University of Cape Town.

The ARC provides a cloud-based infrastructure, which is hosted by the partner institutions. One of the current research projects hosted at the ARC is the Astronomy Proof of Concept, which is lead by researchers from IDIA. The Astronomy POC involves the development of a data intensive calibration and imaging pipeline for radio telescopes, with an emphasis on MeerKAT. The pilot of this initiative is ARCADE.

BenBen provides #Blockchain Powered Land Services in #Ghana

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 8:11pm
From BenBen
We focus on Land & Property Management as we aim to create a reliable land information and transactions system. Coupling the latest in Geomatic Services with Blockchain technology we see ourselves as the pioneers of a new age in land innovation that will bring Ghana to the forefront of land investment and GovTech innovation and serve as a model for the rest of the world. BenBen_Explainer from Daniel Bloch on Vimeo.

How #Blockchain Could Help Emerging Markets Leap Ahead

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 6:23am
Vinay Gupta and Rob Knight write:
Much has been made of the potential for blockchain technologies to open up new vistas for business and society. But is there a way for this revolutionary technology to empower the rich and poor alike? We argue that, like previous revolutionary ideas, blockchain has the potential to help developing nations leapfrog more-developed economies...[more]

In #Nigeria, a Hospital Group Attracts Global Partnerships

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 6:00am
Alex Freedman writing in Global Healthcare Insights:
The Lagoon Hospitals group has figured out how to bring both international investment and ex-pat Nigerian doctors into its fold. image via
What does it take to become an effective healthcare facility in Africa, where much of the continent is marked by extraordinary needs and limited resources? In a series of profiles, GHCi’s Alex Freedman looks at operations and management strategies at three standout Africa hospitals, in Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana.
More here

In Nigeria - The Bola Ige Mechatronics Institute (BIMI)

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 6:00am
via Pre-paid Africa, The Bola Ige Mechatronics Institute:
...is designed to train individuals of to become a competent automobile technicians.

The State of Invention in Africa

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 6:00am
Rudy L. Massamba founder of Kumatoo profiles the work of inventors from across the continent in his new book:
...Today, African inventors prove that their talent is still at work, and several of their inventions are illustrated in each of the following industries developed in this book: aerospace, agro-processing, automotive, defence, electronics / software, energy and robotics. The manufacturing process of these inventions is also outlined per industry, and scenarios that could incite African inventors to work together to industrialise their continent are also delineated.

Big data is starting to open R&D opportunities for African scientists

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 6:00am
From Quartz:
Data-intensive research is changing the way African researchers can work and the impact they can have. It is also opening up new career paths in the field of data science...[more]

Automation and Engineering Academy, Nigeria

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 6:00am
Automation and Engineering Academy (AEA) was profiled in a recently held fair:


...is an offshoot of SAFE CURRENT MULTIPURPOSE ENGINEERING WORKS that started as a corporate business enterprise in 2002. The company started out by providing Industrial Electrical Services and Repairs for several companies in the Western Region of Nigeria. The name change to AEA was effected in the year 2012 following its incorporation with the Corporate Affairs Commission. The primary business focus of AEA is to render high-tech industrial automation and allied engineering services to Nigerian corporate organizations that need yet lack experienced automation specialists and services.

Choco Togo

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 6:00am
via the BBC
Choco Togo is a small, but growing, chocolatier. Run by a co-operative of young entrepreneurs, the company produces organic, locally made chocolate for the Togolese market.

Proteq - Maker of CNC Plasma Machines (Made in Kenya)

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 6:00am
Kamau Gachigi writes:
...the machine Proteq made through Gearbox is on the open market. One has been bought by a local manufacturer who is using it to make parts for Isuzu trucks in Kenya. This is a major milestone, as it proves the quality is world class. 


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