20 startups graduates from first virtual Google for Startups class

The first all-online iteration of Google’s accelerator program for African startups has seen 20 startups from seven countries go through a 12-week virtual journey to refine their offering and undergo mentoring and workshops in key areas such as technology, product development and business growth. According to Onajte Emerhor, head of Google for Startups Accelerator Africa, Google had, to date, celebrated wins with one Nigerian startup playing their part in the fight against COVID-19 and three raising funding. Emerhor cited of one of such wins being the notable Franc, raising a…

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ITU invites African startups to contest on global stage

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The International Communications Union (ITU) has extended invitations to African startups to apply for three of its innovations challenged with winners given the chance to attend a flagship ITU event and gain support in scaling. In a statement on Friday, the union explained that the 2020 edition of the ITU Innovation Challenge is a global open competition platform for innovators, startups  and ecosystem builders to present their ideas and projects, empowering them to transform their communities into thriving digital societies. The competition features three distinct challenges including the women in…

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$100,000 free credits up for startups in Forbes Summit

Nigerian startups to be featured Forbes has announced Nigeria’s First Digital Startup Accelerator program powered by the Global Startup Ecosystem early this year and within two weeks received over 5,000 applications. 200 companies were selected for the 2020 program which offered four weeks of free virtual training from 50 global speakers and access to $100,000 in free credits and perks The programme will be present and highlighted at this 3-hour long program from Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Sendgrid. “The program will culminate on June 25, 2020, from 12-3…

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Kenya’s Raise launches end-to-end fundraising platform for African startups

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Kenyan company, Raise, has launched an end-to-end fundraising platform that allows founders and investors to open a private virtual deal room, run fundraising simulations, and issue compliant electronic share and convertible certificates. Founded in 2018 by Marvin Coleby and Eugene Mutai, Raise launched its alpha in 2019 at the Africa Tech Summit in Kigali and silently launched its private beta to a waitlist of companies in January of this year. Now public, the beta programme provides startups with fundraising solutions via a digital platform, designed to simplify the fundraising process…

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