Peter Pedroncelli, 4:58 am
A new high speed submarine cable will reach South African shores in 2019, with the country at the southern tip of Africa set to be connected to India via islands in the Indian Ocean. The telecommunications system will be built by Alcatel Submarine Networks and Indian Ocean Exchange Cable, with a contract signed and work beginning immediately to connect Mauritius, Rodrigues, Reunion, India and South Africa via high speed cable.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:15 am
Facebook has selected Nigeria as the location of its first small business council on the African continent, launching the support structure for businesses in the West African country. The council is aimed at supporting small and medium-sized businesses throughout Africa, with Facebook Africa’s small business council and Nigerian business owners from a range of industries brought together for the benefit of the small business economy in the country.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:31 am AFKI Original
Banks in Africa are beginning to understand that partnering with tech startups is a smart way to innovate and stay relevant for their customers. Examples of this are present throughout the continent, with traditional banking institutions working together with fintech firms for mutual benefit. Sectors such as mobile payments, remittance and alternative finance have been significant growth areas for African fintech startups.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:30 am
Applications have officially opened for tech startups in Botswana with ambitions of pitching at a local Seedstars World event in the country’s capital. The winner of the early-stage startup contest in Gaborone on Nov. 3 will earn the right to pitch to investors at a final in Switzerland next year. The selected startups will pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to earn investment and prizes.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:06 am
New York and Nairobi-based agri-tech company, Gro Intelligence, has secured funding from alternative asset firm TPG’s middle market and growth equity platform, TPG Growth. The agricultural analytics business announced Series A-2 financing led by TPG Growth, alongside Data Collective and unnamed strategic family offices. With global investment in food and agribusiness growing fast, demand for insightful, reliable data on the sector has never been greater, and this is where Gro Intelligence comes in.
Peter Pedroncelli, 10:46 am
The sixth edition of the MTN Business App of the Year Awards took place recently in Johannesburg, with mobile applications across various categories recognized for their positive impact on business. Mobile app solutions developed and presented by people from a diverse range of socio-economic backgrounds ensures that these solutions are designed with real-life challenges in mind.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:01 am
E-health startups across the African continent have shown impressive growth in recent years, allowing them to raise over $19 million in investments. While the e-health startups present on the continent continue to gain traction, the industry as a whole is experiencing strong growth, and between the 115 medical-related startups operating in 20 countries, over $19 million worth of investment has been attracted.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:50 am
Taxi-hailing startup Uber has appointed a new West Africa general manager, with Nigerian-Canadian Lola Kassim now heading up operations in the region. The announcement sees the former management consultant at McKinsey and Company take on the West African leadership role at the California-based firm. Uber currently operate in 15 cities across eight African countries, including Kumasi, Accra, Abuja and Lagos.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:56 am
New data technology company 4Sight Holdings made their debut on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) this week. Tech company 4Sight Holdings officially listed on the JSE’s Alternative Exchange (AltX) on Thursday, 19 October 2017. This is the first new tech listing on the South African bourse in almost three years. The last IT-related tech listing on the South African exchange was services sector company Cartrack in December 2014.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:15 am AFKI Original
The Seedstars Dakar Competition served as the Senegalese leg of the global early-stage startups competition for emerging markets. The competition took place at the end of September, with 9 of the best startups aiming to be the representative from Senegal for the global final event next year, with more African countries taking part than ever before. Seedstars World holds these events in over 65 countries before winners are selected to take part in a grand final.