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Seedstars World to embark on a 20-country African tour in 2016

Seedstars World, the global seed stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup ecosystems, has announced an African tour that will see it travel through 20 countries looking for promising entrepreneurs as it seeks startups to compete at the global final in Switzerland with a chance of walking away with up to $1 million… Read More »

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Tech Incubator Techstars gears up for first-ever African program

Startup incubator Techstars has announced the first 10 businesses – all in fintech – for its newly opened Barclays Accelerator partnership program in Cape Town. The lucky companies are: Inuka Pap (from Kenya), BimaAfya (Tanzania), Social Lender (Nigeria), Beyonic (US, focused on Uganda and Kenya as its initial markets), tech4farmers (Uganda), Asoriba (Ghana), Reable (Lebanon),… Read More »

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500 Startups launches a $10M fund in support of Vietnamese startups

Today, 500 Startups announced the launch of a $10 million micro-fund that will invest solely in Vietnamese startups. This is the latest in a series of investment vehicles the Silicon Valley-based accelerator program has created in the past year. The organization plans to fund 100 to 150 companies that have some connection to the Southeast Asia country,… Read More »

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Microsoft to Mentor StartUps Via #StartUpThursday9ja

Tech Giant Microsoft will start a program to mentor startups in Nigeria as part of its “African Startups” initiative. Through the initiative #StartUpThursday9ja , Microsoft Nigeria will enable successful entrepreneurs share their experience of what it takes to start and grow a business in Africa. Evaristus Ezekwem, audience evangelist at Microsoft, informed Footprint to Africa… Read More »

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Startup incubator WECREATE set to launch in Nairobi tomorrow

Women’s Entrepreneurial Centers of Resources, Education, Access, and Training for Economic Empowerment (WECREATE) will hold its public launch in Nairobi, Kenya today to open its doors to as many women entrepreneurs as possible. Supported by the U.S. Department of State to empower women and promote entrepreneurship globally, WECREATE|KENYA Center is one of the three centers announced… Read More »

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Kenya’s Incubator NAILAB Stages First Ever VC Carousel

On Wednesday, Kenyan-based business incubator Nailab held its first ever VC carousel in a bid to create a direct link between startups to investors. The first of its kind among local incubators and accelerators, the carousel saw entrepreneurs who have gone through the Nailab incubation program, from season 3 through to season 6 and are… Read More »

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Samsung partners with startup accelerator program 88mph

On Wednesday, the 3-month startup accelerator program 88mph entered into a partnership with Samsung Electronics Africa to provide three lucky startups with a possible placement on the Built For Africa App store, and the potential to be pre-loaded on millions of smartphones across Africa. “88mph is extremely excited about partnering with a company like Samsung, and… Read More »

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BlackBerry offers boost to SA app innovation

With an aim of stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship in South Africa, Smartphone maker BlackBerry has launched its third mobile applications (apps) lab in the country. The new lab is based in Johannesburg at JoziHub, will provide a platform for aspiring students and developers. The BlackBerry apps lab is aimed at helping to accelerate mobile application… Read More »

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