Staff, 8:47 am
The world’s first commercial drone delivery service operates from a hill in the middle of Rwanda. From here, Zipline, a San Francisco-based robotics company, delivers blood by drone to almost half of all Rwanda’s blood transfusion centers. Orders are made online, by text, phone, or WhatsApp. An order has come in for a hospital about two hours away by car. The drone delivers the package in 20 minutes. “To have a proven model here first in Rwanda is amazing,” says Maggie Jim, Zipline.
Staff, 8:32 am
Epicor customer event highlighted how local businesses can use technology trends and strategies to become regionally and globally competitive. Driven by significant growth in smartphone adoption, Africa is poised to become the skills pool for the world. Underpinned by innovation solutions derived from trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics, the continent has become an attractive target for international investment. This is according to Arthur Goldstuck, World Wide Worx.
Staff, 11:33 am
London and Nairobi-based venture firm TLcom Capital has raised $40 million for its new Africa fund. The target is $100 million. TIDE Africa Fund will focus on tech startups in Sub-Saharan Africa. TIDE Africa Fund will make investments between $500,000 and $10 million per company. TLcom Capital, the VC fund started in London two decades ago with more than $300 million under management and tech investments announced that commitments to the TIDE Africa Fund have hit US$40 million.
Staff, 11:14 am
African startups can now score capital commitments real time―so long as they convince a venture capitalist to give it to them in front of a live audience. That’s the format for “Face The Gorillas,” a Rwandan IT pitch series that runs several times a year on local TV, YouTube, and at events. The competition was originally conceived in 2013 by Yariv Cohen and wife Angela Homsi―who became engaged in Rwanda’s tech scene through impact investment firm Kaenaat and the Ignite Power Solar initiative.
Staff, 10:43 am
Africa is known as the motherland, the birth of mankind, where it all began. Yet for many years it has also been called the “dark continent” due to the rate of development of many countries. This perception is changing quickly, with hundreds of tech hubs, who are creating cutting-edge technology products and services, popping up all over the continent, making the rest of the world take notice. A tech hub is an area of IT landscape by which people come together and breed innovations.
Staff, 8:13 pm
In Mali, where skin conditions are widespread and skin doctors are scarce, physicians have turned to a new app to treat patients remotely. From his Bamako office, Professor Ousmane Faye, one of a small number of dermatologists in Mali, examines photos of an arm and a torso afflicted by a skin disorder. The photos arrived the same day the patient visited his doctor in Koulikoro, 35 miles away. Faye’s program lets general practitioners in even the most remote areas to consult with a specialist.
Staff, 5:26 pm
Silicon Valley’s days leading the tech revolution may be coming to an end, according to one optimistic observer who believes the future of technology lies much further abroad. The future of tech “will be written in Legos, Nairobi, Kampala, and cities across Africa,” Jeremy Johnson, CEO/ founder of Andela. “We believe that Africa is going to emerge as a significant player in the global tech scene,” he said. Andela connects Africa’s top 2 percent of developers with jobs at companies globally.
Staff, 7:25 am
Angolan entrepreneurs will get access to regular entrepreneurship talks and information when global entrepreneurship meetup group Startup Grind kicks off its first event in Luanda. The event, on July 5th at the Belas conference center in Luanda, will feature agribusiness specialist Marcia Gomes, who will talk on soil quality and the tech behind agriculture. Founder of entrepreneurship news site Acelera Angola and the head of Startup Grind Luanda Jose Carlos dos Santos expects about 50 people.
Staff, 9:40 am
Tech-savvy entrepreneurs and their startups focus on growth potential and consider innovation as the main driver of their ventures. Large corporations generally focus on profitability and long-term stability, with innovation playing a less important role. Egypt does not only seek to attract foreign innovation-driven ventures to capture its high potential market, but it is also very keen on supporting local entrepreneurs to unleash their potential in the domestic and international markets.
Staff, 9:19 am
Africa Science Week will witness sessions such as engaging students in active learning of chemistry, technology, and engineering using interactive science kits. Students will also participate in physical activities and science projects competition followed by an award ceremony. According to Thierry Zomahoun, Aims president, the NEF Africa Science Week is the first coordinated science week across Africa. “Our primary objective is to develop tomorrow’s scientists and technologists,” Zomahoun said.