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China’s consumer digital revolution now reaches ‘back into the supply chain and the farm’: Local VC

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 8:11am
From Agfundernews:The US continues to dominate investment in agritech innovation. According to AgFunder research, US startups netted $8.7 billion in funding across 683 deals last year.

That’s just over a third of all 1,858 agrifoodtech venture deals worldwide – and closer to half of of total global funding in dollar terms, at $19.8 billion.

But China isn’t far behind – and, as the consumer digital revolution that has gripped the country in the past decade moves up the supply chain to the farm gate, it’s only going to close the gap with the US farther. That’s the view of Matilda Ho, founder and managing director of Shanghai-based VC firm Bits x Bites...[more]

Rural Farmers Hub is helping farmers make better farming decisions via SMS & voice calls

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 2:54pm
Rural Farmers Hub was founded on the vision to encourage sustained economic development of smallholder farmers by achieving higher levels of productivity through innovative information technology (IT). We're a private e-Extension Service provider helping farmer organisations and Extension Agents support their farmers with better farming decisions via satellite remote sensing or in-person. Our proprietary technology leverages modern scientific methodology and make them backward-compatible with ordinary mobile phones.

Nigeria’s SEC classifies cryptocurrencies as securities in landmark regulatory document

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 2:30pm
via Businessday:Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday designated the title of “securities” to crypto assets and hence will be regulated by it. According to the regulator of the capital market, its power to regulate the crypt asset class derives from Section 13 of the Investment and Securities Act, 2007...[more]

Self-Learning Robot Autonomously Moves Molecules, Setting Stage for Molecular 3D Printing

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 2:00pm
From 3dprint:If you know even just a little bit about science, you probably already know that molecules are often referred to as “the building blocks of life.” Made of a group of atoms that have bonded together, molecules make up all kinds of materials, but behave totally differently in regards to macroscopic objects than atoms do. Picture how a LEGO model is made of many teeny tiny bricks—it’s easy for us to move these bricks around, but if you think of molecules as these bricks, it’s much more difficult to do so, as each one basically requires its own separate set of instructions.

A team of researchers from Germany and Korea are working to turn this around, and have created an artificial intelligence (AI) system that can learn how to selectively grip, and move, separate molecules through the autonomous use of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) which is used for imaging surfaces at the atomic level. So, if we go back to the LEGO metaphor, the team made an autonomous robot that can play with LEGO bricks on the nanoscale, which could have major ramifications for molecular 3D printing...[more]

Sam Nwanze of Heirs Holdings @Heirs_Holdings Nigeria on 'Afrocapitalist' investment strategies. (2015)

Sun, 09/13/2020 - 12:15pm
via Oxford University:Sam Nwanze, Chief Investment Officer, Heirs Holdings Nigeria and one of Africa's first impact investors talks about the opportunities and challenges of the multi-billion dollar social investing industry in Africa. Sam Nwanze, Chief Investment Officer, Heirs Holdings Nigeria and one of Africa's first impact investors talks about the opportunities and challenges of the multi-billion dollar social investing industry in Africa. Sam will discuss how the future of Africa can be driven by internal social impact investors from the Continent through 'Afrocapitalist' investment strategies...[more]

Africa’s top angel Tomi Davies @TomiDee eyes startups and co-investors - @TechCrunch

Sun, 09/13/2020 - 7:40am
Over at TechCrunch:When Nigerian angel investor Tomi Davies backed his first company — Strika Entertainment in 2001 — he admits he wasn’t aware of his future role.

“I was just helping out friends. I didn’t know it was angel investing. I didn’t know there was a structure to it,” he said.

Seven years later, Davies received a 20x return on his first exit and a decade after that he’s recognized as an architect of early-stage investing across Africa...[more]

Miller Center’s Food Systems Accelerator focusing on Africa Takes Off

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 6:19am
From the Miller Center:Building upon the experience of accelerating nearly 100 agriculture-related enterprises that have collectively saved, improved, or transformed 40 million lives and raised almost $100 million in capital following their participation in our programs, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is honored to support a new cohort of enterprises creating climate resilience in sub-Saharan Africa.

18 for-profit and hybrid organizations addressing food security through tech-enabled solutions are participating in Miller Center’s Food Systems Accelerator cohort, which runs September 2020 through February 2021. This program provides executive mentorship, targeted content, and strategic partnership with ecosystem supporters like Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, the African Green Revolution Forum, and the Sankalp Forum Africa Summit...[more]

How to Become an Industrialized Nation - Yi Wen author of 'China's Rapid Rise: From Backward Agrarian Society to Industrial Powerhouse in Just 35 Years'

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 6:57am
From Yi Wen an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis:How is becoming an industrialized nation like learning math? In this video, Assistant Vice President and Economist Yi Wen discusses the stages a nation must go through for an industrial revolution. He also touches on why it took so long for China to become an industrialized nation...[more]

What Makes an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem? by @Nicolas_Colin founder of @_TheFamily

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 1:54pm
Nicolas Colin writes:TheFamily is a strategic, minority, long-term shareholder. We grow a portfolio of investments in scalable companies, ideally from an early stage so as to create a privileged relationship with their founders. We identify the best of the best, finding Entrepreneurs through a process based on content and education. We then work with founders, providing them with resources (education, unfair advantages, and capital) and maximizing their chance of large-scale success. In other words, we operate our own proprietary ecosystem, designed to defeat toxic startup environments and to build scalable businesses...[more]

In Kenya | A Pay-As-You-Go solar-powered fridge from Youmma

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 11:49am
From CNN:Keeping food fresh without refrigeration is near impossible in the scorching climate of sub-Saharan Africa. But it's hard to power fridges in a region where almost 600 million people live off the grid.

That's where Brazil's Youmma comes in. The company has developed a pay-as-you-go solar-powered fridge that is being snapped up by small business owners. The fridges help to reduce food waste, store medication safely, and allow shops to keep products fresh for longer, says André Morriesen, research and development manager at Nidec Global Appliance, which owns Youmma...[more]

A Book | Blockchain Chicken Farm - And Other Stories of Tech in China's Countryside by @xrw

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 9:45pm
From FSGO x Logic: stories about rural China, food, and tech that reveal new truths about the globalized world

In Blockchain Chicken Farm, the technologist and writer Xiaowei Wang explores the political and social entanglements of technology in rural China. Their discoveries force them to challenge the standard idea that rural culture and people are backward, conservative, and intolerant. Instead, they find that rural China has not only adapted to rapid globalization but has actually innovated the technology we all use today.

From pork farmers using AI to produce the perfect pig, to disruptive luxury counterfeits and the political intersections of e-commerce villages, Wang unravels the ties between globalization, technology, agriculture, and commerce in unprecedented fashion. Accompanied by humorous “Sinofuturist” recipes that frame meals as they transform under new technology, Blockchain Chicken Farm is an original and probing look into innovation, connectivity, and collaboration in the digitized rural world...[more]

Smart contracts for rule of law by @asteroid_saku

Sun, 09/06/2020 - 11:26am
Saku Panditharatne writes:Today's startups are the most complex type of business venture to ever exist. High-tech companies are the outgrowth of specialised knowledge about a technology or market that often only the founder or a few engineers fully understand. They are fast-moving and risky and can involve hundreds or thousands of necessarily headstrong people, and only through a highly developed system of law, finance and management, could such projects be possible...[more]

Zeetin Innovators Academy, Abuja | A partnership with Coscharis @Coscharis_Group

Sun, 09/06/2020 - 8:58am
Zeetin Innovative Solutions, Precision Engineering is the:"Host of the ZEETIN INNOVATORS ACADEMY in partnership with COSCHARIS GROUP/SOLIDWORKSZeetin is bringing technology and technological innovation to Nigerian Youth and by extension Africa through Zeetin Innovators Academy. At this Academy, Zeetin hopes to get the youths to sit down and channel their energies to creative and innovative ideas and designs in the area of innovations and reverse engineering.

Emerging e-mobility use cases for Rural transportation in India and Africa

Sat, 09/05/2020 - 4:25pm
Electric Vehicles (EVs), the future of mobility, is generally considered only an urban phenomenon. A number of factors have led to this interpretation like higher upfront costs of EVs, lower financing credibility of the rural region, lack of required strong grid infrastructure, insignificant emission density of the rural regions thus lacking motivation for EV uptake push among others. Assuming, higher cost a rural user has to pay for transportation for different inefficiencies, and high opportunity cost, it is expected that TCO for EVs in rural would come favorable than current cost structure. It is believed that e-Mobility brings efficiency to transportation (EVs 6X efficient from tank-to-wheel energy conversion) and with its required charging electricity quantum has potential to improve energy supply economics in rural for improved energy access. This improved energy access and higher affordable transportation has potential to drive next wave of rural economic growth...[more]

'Bibi' WaterMelon Wine founded by Martial Arnaud Bibi

Sat, 09/05/2020 - 3:40pm
Cameroonian Martial Arnaud Bibi produces white wine from the extraction of watermelon juice. His wine brand named after him was officially launched on 1 st August 2020 at a tasting ceremony organized in the capital Yaounde.

If watermelon is often an ingredient in alcoholic cocktails and rosé wines, the idea of ​​a wine made from this fruit is original. Watermelon wine is usually produced from the fermentation of cut fruit, cooked and mixed with various additives. Martial Arnaud Bibi's business being still artisanal, it takes him about 3 weeks to obtain 100 liters of wine.

For Manufacturer's in Africa - The Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP)

Sat, 09/05/2020 - 3:33pm
via Africa RenewalThe Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP) unlocks immediate access to an African & global base of vetted manufacturers and procurement strategic partners and enables African Union Member States to purchase certified medical equipment such as diagnostic kits, PPE and clinical management devices with increased cost effectiveness & transparency. The platform serves as a unique interface enabling volume aggregation, quota management, payment facilitation as well as logistics & transportation to ensure equitable & efficient access to critical supplies for African governments.

Edible Innovation: Re-Making the Future of Fishmeal - @make

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 6:50am
Chiara Cecchini writes:From Singapore to the USA and all around Europe, Edible Innovations profiles food makers that engage in improving the global food system at every stage, from production to distribution to eating and shopping. Join us as we explore the main trends in the industry from a maker perspective. Chiara Cecchini of Future Food Institute — an ecosystem with a strong educational core that promotes food innovation as a key tool to tackle the great challenges of the future — introduces you to the faces, stories, and experiences of food makers around the globe...[more]

DeFi and Open Finance Decentralized Finance (DeFi)

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 8:10pm
Decentralized Finance (DeFi) is the movement that leverages decentralized networks to transform old financial products into trustless and transparent protocols that run without intermediaries...[more]

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