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innovation: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:25 am
Nigeria’s Godwin Benson was selected as the winner of the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation at an event held in Nairobi on Tuesday night. The education innovator was chosen from a final shortlist of four top candidates from the African continent, beating South African Andre Nel, Ugandan Hindu Nabulumba and Kenya’s Kelvin Gacheru to the first prize. The 27-year-old Nigerian designed the Tuteria online platform, which links students to qualified tutors in their area and within their budgets, enabling cost-effective education through innovation.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:30 am
Seven South African biotech, health, agro-processing, and manufacturing projects have received a funding boost from the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI) through their Design Innovation Seed Fund (DISF) initiative. The grants, which form part of the Cape Craft and Design Institute’s second round of seed funding, will allow for the innovative projects to be developed for use in a variety of sectors that will benefit from the ideas in development.
Tom Jackson, 12:55 pm AFKI Original
U.S. firms are suspicious of non-homegrown products, whereas Germany had a more positive view of Africa, says a South African fintech manager. “No technology product, no matter how cool, sells itself,” she said. The CEO of an African blockchain startup hopes to start doing business in Hollywood and Bollywood. He encourages new startups expanding internationally to “develop the narrative around their product, unique value proposition, back story, and successes.”
22 Pioneering Digital Media Projects Getting Paid To Tell Africa’s Stories And Hold Governments AccountableBy Dana Sanchez, 10:08 am AFKI Original
Ideas that solve African problems but have the potential to be adopted globally are attracting investment. A jury that includes Google, World Bank and Ford chose 22 media projects to receive $1M in seed funding. The ideas tackle issues from fake news to frontline war reporting using technology such as bots, drones and sensors to improve journalism in Africa. It’s an experiment with leapfrog technologies, but the real goal is to build real-world solutions to real-world problems that can immediately be scaled by mainstream media.
Dana Sanchez, 12:01 am
Netherlands based off-grid solar provider Nova Lumos has raised $90 million in financing from private equity investment and development banks to roll out pay-as-you-go solar power systems in Nigeria. It’s the biggest fundraising round to date for the off-grid solar market, and hopes to provide cheaper and cleaner alternatives to kerosene for millions of people living in Africa. Nova Lumos was founded in Israel in 2012. Its “home power station in a box” includes a solar panel activated by text messaging that can supply enough electricity to charge a cell phone, operate a radio and illuminate a home.
Dana Sanchez, 3:32 pm
Language is a barrier to investment in Africa, but economists say African innovators should think beyond English when developing innovations aimed at solving local problems. There are more than 3,000 languages spoken in Africa by some counts. Language barriers — especially an inability to communicate in English — have hampered trade in Mozambique, where Portuguese is spoken by more than half the population, and Rwanda, where Kinyarwanda is spoken by most Rwandans, but English is an official language.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:40 am AFKI Original
A South African rookie bank is shaking up the financial sector in the country by doing things differently and attracting numerous clients. Capitec Bank was recently announced as the best bank in the world by international banking advisory group Lafferty in its inaugural Bank Quality Rankings. Here are 12 ways in which a relatively new South African bank has managed to shake up the banking sector in the country.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:15 am AFKI Original
At the end of 2012 South Africa’s First National Bank (FNB) was named as the world’s most innovative bank in the BAI – Finacle Global Banking Innovation Awards, which is a joint programme between BAI and Finacle Infosys. The bank has done well to remain innovative over time. Below are 12 ways in which FNB earned the title as the world’s most innovative bank.
Dana Sanchez, 12:11 pm
The following African tech startups are finalists in the upcoming Demo Africa 2016. They stood out among 723 applicants, and they’ll get to introduce themselves and possibly attract investors at the fifth annual Demo Africa, planned in Johannesburg. Banking and fintech had the highest number of entries followed by media, e-commerce and education. Venture capitalists, angel investors, investment fund managers, tech buyers and media are expected from around the world.
Dana Sanchez, 3:29 pm
As of 2016, Mauritius has the highest per capita GDP in Africa, with 5.7 percent growth predicted in 2016-2017. Its stock exchange is widely regarded as one of the best in Africa for a country of 1.2 million. There’s an entire business strategy known as “the Mauritius Route” used by investors as a conduit to connect them to Indian markets. In fact, 39.6 percent of foreign direct investment to India between 2001 and 2011 made its way via Mauritius. However, this money does not pass through Mauritius in a vacuum.
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