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18 января, 14:00

Building a Startup Culture in #Nigeria

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via Genesys Tech-HubIn the words of Nnamdi Anika, MD, Genesys Tech-Hub, Enugu; "It's quite difficult developing an ecosystem in this part of the country but the greatest advantage we have at Genesys Tech Hub is that we have access to a huge pool of young talents which is helping us make a difference in the region." In 2017, Genesys Tech Hub gave out $30,000 to 3 Start-ups and the plan is to increase to $100,000 in 2018 all in a bid to deepen tech revolution in Nigeria.

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17 января, 14:00

On Female African Entreprneurs - Manatex Fabrics a "Mama Benz" Company

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A Credit Suisse post on the rise of female African entrepreneurs"Mama Benz" Maggy Lawson of Lomé, Togo, grew rich by trading in brightly printed cotton. This brilliant businesswoman is not an isolated case. Nowhere are there as many women entrepreneurs as in Africa.Maggy Lawson sits enthroned behind a counter made of tropical wood, still as a statue, eyes half closed. Outside the window of her boutique, a motorcycle rattles, stuck in the crowd. It's market day on the Rue de la Cathédrale in Togo's capital city, Lomé. It's impossible to move through the throng without bodily contact. Only Maggy Lawson has no need to enter the fray. The dealers come to her. She is a wholesaler, selling the brightly printed cotton cloths known as pagnes from which West Africans have garments tailored. Although jeans and t-shirts are also quite common in Togo, traditional textiles are seen everywhere. Pagnes are a staple, as essential as rice or bananas. This keeps revenue high for Lawson's company, Manatex. There's good money to be made in the textile trade...[more]

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14 января, 17:20

Off-Grid Water from Zero Mass

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Spectrum reports: The hydropanel. It looks a bit like a solar panel. Indeed, it is part solar— the side sections create heat using solar thermal technology (see photo, above); the center two sections of each panel are full of solar cells So it does generate a little electricity, enough to operate its fans, pump, and electronics. But that’s not why you’d want it on your roof. Its purpose is to generate water—pure, safe, drinking water—from the air. Its creators say it works in almost any environment, be that the desert or the rain forest. Why water? Zero Mass Water founder and Arizona State University associate professor Cody Friesen says that the water system today faces three challenges: a lack of transparency (we usually don’t know where it comes from or what is in the pipes along its journey), broken infrastructure (and that’s not just a problem in the developing world), and inconvenience (relying on bottled water for drinking)...[more]

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14 января, 16:32

Support "Made in Africa" - A TV Program

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The Made in Africa Project is a 25mins Business-Tourism TV program geared towards exploring Africa’s ability and viability to be self reliant through local and indigenous production of goods and services...[more]

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13 января, 16:53

Spacechain a #blockchain in space aims to challenge the dominance of Google and Amazon in internet services

Another building block in the space-based blockchain. TechinAsia reports:From ecommerce to social networking to cloud computing, the lion’s share of internet services depends on a few, multibillion dollar corporates. Amazon, Facebook, Google, and others are emerging as the foundation of the internet industry. For blockchain startups aspiring to create decentralized applications, this dominance poses a serious problem, believes Zheng Zuo, the 25-year-old CEO of Spacechain. Launched in April, the Singapore-based company wants to fire off its own satellites to create what Zheng thinks will become a truly decentralized ‘data distribution’ network...[more]

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13 января, 14:00

‘For our generation, the only way to be radical is to build’

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Over at Architectural Review:At Low Design Office’s Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform in the scrapyards of Accra, Ghana, new into old takes on a whole new meaning...[more]

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12 января, 15:33

Apply to the Pangea Accelerator - Developing African Entrepreneurs

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Pangea is an accelerator program and an investment platform that matches African startups with investors. We create an enabling environment, where African entrepreneurs can develop competence, access relevant network and capital in order to reach their full potential.

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11 января, 14:00

This Ethiopian Scientist Is Saving Lives by Studying Insects

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A Time magazine profile of Segenet Kelemu:

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10 января, 19:45

How we can stop Africa's scientific brain drain - Kevin Njabo at TEDGlobal 2017

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Kevin Njabo at TEDGlobal 2017

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10 января, 19:41

Medical tech designed to meet Africa's needs #TEDGlobal

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Soyapi Mumba at TED Global 2017:

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10 января, 19:39

Briquette Making in South-East #Nigeria

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From Joel Nwakaire: