Mobility startup Plentywaka picks up $1.2M seed, acquires Ghana’s Stabus
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Mobility startup Plentywaka picks up $1.2M seed, acquires Ghana’s Stabus

Mobility startup Plentywaka picks up $1.2M seed, acquires Ghana’s Stabus Written by Tage Kene-Okafor Lagos and Toronto-based mobility startup Plentywaka has raised a $1.2 million seed round to scale its operations on the back of leaving the Techstars Toronto accelerator program last month. Canadian-based VC firm The Xchange led the round, SOSV and Shock Ventures participated, while…

Are Our Smartphones Making Us Dopamine Addicts?
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Are Our Smartphones Making Us Dopamine Addicts?

Are Our Smartphones Making Us Dopamine Addicts? Ask, addiction expert Dr. Anna Lembke. Written by David “According to addiction expert Dr Anna Lembke, our smartphones are making us dopamine junkies,” reports the Guardian, “with each swipe, like and tweet feeding our habit…”As the chief of Stanford University’s dual diagnosis addiction clinic (which caters to people with…

Google has apparently been paying phone manufacturers not to install third-party app stores.
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Google has apparently been paying phone manufacturers not to install third-party app stores.

Google has apparently been paying phone manufacturers not to install third-party app stores. Written by Tyler Lee  Google’s Android operating system is seen as being more “open” compared to Apple’s iOS platform. Users can install apps from outside the Play Store, and if they wanted, they could even download and install third-party app stores like…

Is public shaming by online lending platforms legal or criminal?- A legal perspective
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Is public shaming by online lending platforms legal or criminal?- A legal perspective

Is public shaming by online lending platforms that gives loan a legal or criminal?- A legal perspective Written by Ejike Kanife Nigeria is a country with millions of people existing in abject lack. With an unemployment rate of 33.3%, the country has the second-highest rate on the global ranking. According to a Bloomberg report, about 23.5…

Is Uber raising your fare based on your battery percentage?
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Is Uber raising your fare based on your battery percentage?

Is Uber raising your fare based on your battery percentage? Written By Aleksandar Anastasov The topic of privacy has been a heated one for some time now, and if you are wary of large companies taking a peek into your life without you knowing, you would not be the only one. Recently, a Twitter user reported…

Crypto-currency adoption in Africa: The ups and downs
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Crypto-currency adoption in Africa: The ups and downs

Crypto-currency adoption in Africa: The ups and downs Challenges include a lack of reliable internet and a lack of financial literacy. Written by Eugene Yiga Africa is booming in terms of cryptocurrency adoption, according to the 2020 Geography of Cryptocurrency Report by Chainalysis – a blockchain analysis company that provides data, software, services, and research…

Unlocking the potential of blockchain technology
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Unlocking the potential of blockchain technology

Unlocking the potential of blockchain technology Written by Zach Winn Algorand uses a unique architecture developed by MIT Professor Silvio Micali to offer a decentralized, secure, and scalable blockchain. The Republic of the Marshall Islands is a country of around 50,000 people spread across more than 1,000 islands in a remote part of the Pacific…

The Six Biggest Blockchain Trends Everyone Should Know About In 2021
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The Six Biggest Blockchain Trends Everyone Should Know About In 2021

The Six Biggest Blockchain Trends Everyone Should Know About In 2021 Written by Bernard Marr Blockchain has been one of the most talked-about tech trends of the last few years. As with many other trends that were important before the pandemic hit, it didn’t make as many headlines in 2021 as it has done previously….

5 Virtual Reality Startups to Watch in 2021
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5 Virtual Reality Startups to Watch in 2021

As the market for Virtual Reality (VR)  is growing rapidly, these are the 5 VR Startups to Watch in 2021 Written By Adriaan Brits The market for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology, which uses advanced displays and movement-tracking to immerse its users in a particular experience, is set to grow at a rapid clip in the coming…

Meet Wale Abba, who designed Interswitch’s Quickteller and several Nigerian banking apps
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Meet Wale Abba, who designed Interswitch’s Quickteller and several Nigerian banking apps

Meet Wale Abba, who designed Interswitch’s Quickteller and several Nigerian banking apps Written By Oluwanifemi Kolawole Nigerian fintech unicorn, Interswitch, has, for the past 19 years, led the way when it comes to digitising payments in Nigeria — where it provides most of the country’s digital banking infrastructure — and other African countries. Interestingly, an…

SA fintech startup Revio set for continental expansion as it powers SaaS businesses
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SA fintech startup Revio set for continental expansion as it powers SaaS businesses

SA fintech startup Revio set for continental expansion as it powers SaaS businesses Written By TOM JACKSON South African fintech startup Revio, a subscription billing and payments platform that powers software-as-a-service (SaaS) businesses, is planning an expansion into other African markets soon. Co-founded in 2019 by venture builder The Delta and a private investor, Revio is a SaaS company…

8 African fintech startups selected for GreenHouse Lab accelerator programme
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8 African fintech startups selected for GreenHouse Lab accelerator programme

Eight African fintech startups have been selected to participate in the latest edition of the GreenHouse Lab accelerator, securing access to funding and mentorship. Written by TOM JACKSON GreenHouse Lab is the flagship accelerator programme run by GreenHouse Capital, a Lagos-based fintech investment fund and platform focused on supporting early-stage companies and world-class emerging market entrepreneurs…

Zoom is coming to your living room
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Zoom is coming to your living room

Zoom is coming to your living room. Why not take your video calls on the biggest screen in your house? Written By Anthony Spadafora After launching Zoom for Home last year, Zoom has been working with its hardware partners to develop solutions to ensure that users have the best video conferencing experience wherever they find themselves working. As organizations are…

How Nigeria’s Nguvu Health provides on-demand therapy sessions to Africans
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How Nigeria’s Nguvu Health provides on-demand therapy sessions to Africans

How Nigeria’s Nguvu Health provides on-demand therapy sessions to Africans Written by  TOM JACKSON Nigerian startup Nguvu Health is providing on-demand online therapy sessions to Africans anywhere in the world via their smartphones. Founded in March 2020, Nguvu Health utilises Android and iOS apps to connect users with licensed therapists via in-app messaging or video call, in…

Ghanaian fintech Waya sees strong growth propel it into other African markets
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Ghanaian fintech Waya sees strong growth propel it into other African markets

Ghanaian fintech Waya sees strong growth propel it into other African markets Written by TOM JACKSON Ghana-based payments startup Waya is seeing month-on-month growth of between 20 per cent in its three existing markets, prompting it to launch expansion activities into three additional African countries. Founded in 2018 after co-founder Delali Anku-Adiamah faced a challenge sending…

How Kenya’s Paylend is helping MSMEs better record data and access loans
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How Kenya’s Paylend is helping MSMEs better record data and access loans

How Kenya’s Paylend is helping MSMEs better record data and access loans Written by TOM JACKSON Kenyan fintech startup Paylend, which is helping MSMEs better record data and access loans, is conducting surveys in Tanzania and Nigeria ahead of beta tests in those markets. Founded in 2019 by Bendon Murgor and Eliutherius Juma, Paylend is digitising the…

More than 300 African tech startups have raised over $1.1bn so far in 2021
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More than 300 African tech startups have raised over $1.1bn so far in 2021

More than 300 African tech startups have raised over $1.1bn so far in 2021 Written by TOM JACKSON More than 300 African tech startups have raised more than US$1.1 billion combined so far in 2021, the first time the sector has broken the US$1 billion mark – and with four-and-a-half months of the year still to…

Wazo Challenge East Africa open for applications for tech entrepreneurs across Eastern Africa
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Wazo Challenge East Africa open for applications for tech entrepreneurs across Eastern Africa

Wazo Challenge East Africa is open for applications for tech entrepreneurs across Eastern Africa Hindsight Ventures, Africa focussed vertical of Startup Réseau, has announced Wazo Challenge East Africa as its latest program catering to tech entrepreneurs in the region. The India-headquartered emerging markets focussed startup accelerator has been ramping its program operations in East Africa…

Why Innovation Is Increasingly Becoming Critical to Entrepreneurship
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Why Innovation Is Increasingly Becoming Critical to Entrepreneurship

Why Innovation Is Increasingly Becoming Critical to Entrepreneurship Innovation is a facilitator of entrepreneurship and a way of empowering people to take charge of their lives and economic prosperity. At the same time, entrepreneurship is the answer to innovation both at the individual business level. It also stimulates the general business sector growth of a…

Facebook’s undersea Internet cable is coming to South-East Nigeria and 3 other African countries
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Facebook’s undersea Internet cable is coming to South-East Nigeria and 3 other African countries

Facebook’s undersea Internet cable is coming to South-East Nigeria and 3 other African countries The 2Africa project, championed by social media giant, Facebook, and seven other companies — China Mobile International, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, stc, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone, and WIOCC — is adding four new branches to its 37,000km undersea Internet cable. The new branches…

Are You a Woman In Tech? FirstCheck Africa wants to invest $25,000 in your startup
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Are You a Woman In Tech? FirstCheck Africa wants to invest $25,000 in your startup

According to Adeva IT, as of 2018, women held only 25% of all the jobs in the tech industry, despite women making up almost half of the total workforce. It is a known fact that women are under-represented in the African tech ecosystem. More women need to find their way into tech in Africa and…

In the wake of recent racist attacks, Instagram rolls out more anti-abuse features
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In the wake of recent racist attacks, Instagram rolls out more anti-abuse features

Instagram rolls out more anti-abuse features Instagram today is rolling out a set of new features aimed at helping people protect their accounts from abuse, including offensive and unwanted comments and messages. The company will introduce tools for filtering abusive direct message (DM) requests as well as a way for users to limit other people from…

Omnibiz set to digitize Nigeria’s informal B2B supply chain, gets $3M funding
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Omnibiz set to digitize Nigeria’s informal B2B supply chain, gets $3M funding

Omnibiz set to digitize Nigeria’s informal B2B supply chain, gets $3M funding Omnibiz, a Nigerian-based startup has raised a seed round of $3 million to expand into new markets. Omnibiz is a B2B e-commerce platform that connects fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs) manufacturers to retailers by digitizing the supply chain stakeholders. The platform offers a mobile…

Serverless Computing and Event-Driven Architectures
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Serverless Computing and Event-Driven Architectures

Over a decade, Smith Egharebah has shared valuable insights on solutions such as serverless computing and event-driven architecture. particularly  on subject matter like intricacies of cloud, delivering efficient, scalable technologies that assist organisations to meet up their goals. Serverless computing is a powerhouse empowering software developers to focus solely on writing code without the overhead…

NadiFin Fintech Accelerator Program Announces 2019 Cohort
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NadiFin Fintech Accelerator Program Announces 2019 Cohort

After 100+ applications from around the globe, 10 post-seed and pre-series B stage Fintech companies have been selected and are ready to scale to new heights through the NadiFin Fintech Accelerator program, powered by MiddleGame Ventures and Farvest in partnership with the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (LHoFT). Program partners for the 2019 NadiFin Fintech…