Peter Pedroncelli, 4:30 am
The Seedstars Africa Summit will be bringing together the best tech startup talent from around the African continent in December. The third annual Seedstars Africa Summit will take place on Dec. 14 in Mozambique, with all of the winners of the various Seedstars World competitions throughout Africa attending the event. Seedstars World holds these events in around 70 countries before winners are selected to take part in a grand final.
Staff, 11:13 am
A team of Kenyan and foreign scientists has successfully tested what they describe as an effective ovary transplant technology in Nairobi. This is described as the first ovarian tissue transplant in the world without using the normally highly toxic anti-organ rejection drugs. “We are excited about this technology which will assist millions of young women who can’t get children due to premature ovary failure,” says Dr Atunga Nyachieo of the Institute of Primate Researchsenior party in the study.
Staff, 10:19 am
Africa has become a testing ground for technological leapfrogging. This is a process that involves moving rapidly to the frontiers of innovation. Technological leapfrogging in Africa has focused on economic transformation and the improvement of services. Drones are an example: they’re used in health services and in agriculture. In South Africa, robots play a crucial role in mining. Now, Somaliland has become the first country in the world to use iris recognition in a presidential election.
Kurt Davis Jr., 5:19 am AFKI Original
The news last month from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) regarding sub-Saharan African growth has investors breathing a sigh of relief. The IMF expects sub-Saharan Africa to grow by 3.4 percent in 2018, up from the 2.6 percent in 2017. Some countries in particular are forecast to enjoy incredible growth in the region of 8 percent, with West and East Africa in particular looking attractive for investors.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:09 am
Truecaller, a Swedish mobile spam-blocking app that is popular with users throughout Africa has chosen to set up its regional headquarters in South Africa. The app, which has over 250 million users worldwide, and a fifth of those in Africa, has announced it will launch its regional headquarters in South Africa. Truecaller is the world’s largest verified mobile phone community dedicated to helping users to avoid and block spam calls and messages.
Staff, 6:16 am
Although extensive research on media and consumer trends in Africa shows a growing transition of consumers and audiences away from traditional media towards online media, television remains a highly significant contributor to consumer spending. Geopoll have analyzed the top TV and Radio Stations in 6 African countries for Q3 2017, which runs from July through to September.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:15 am AFKI Original
The winners of the Appsafrica.com Innovation Awards 2017 were recently crowned, with a number of mobile apps recognized in various categories. The awards celebrate the best in mobile and tech ventures from across Africa. The annual awards attracted over 300 submissions from across 31 countries judged by an independent panel of leading industry experts, with the winners announced at the awards party in Cape Town last week.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:55 am
Google has launched a mentorship program that is specifically focused on supporting African tech entrepreneurs, with a new Google Launchpad space now available in Nigeria. Google Developers Launchpad Africa, which will operate from a new Google Launchpad Space in Lagos, is a mentorship program that aims to provide tech startups based in Africa with the tools to build sustainable businesses.
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