Wednesday Roundup: The $5 Million Startup Competition

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Infra Africa has revealed the four energy startups that will slug it out for $5 million at its startup renewable energy competition. And Nairobi-based 88mph is halting investment in new startups. Check out the stories that made the rounds across Africa today.

Access Infra Africa Announces Startups Vying for its $5 million prize
Access Infra Africa has revealed the four startups that will be competing for its $5 million renewable energy competition.

88MPH Backs Down on Investing in African Startups
Pan-African Angel investor, 88MPH has disclosed that it will no longer invest in new African startups.

Jumia Prepares to Launch New Marketplace Platform
Rocket Internet backed e-commerce platform, Jumia has indicated that it will be launching a marketplace for European and American brands, Jumia Global.

iROKOtv’s Millionaire Engineer
Oluwasayo Oladeji is iROKO TV’s first millionaire-engineer, Jason finally announced on his blog not long ago.

Sim Shagaya Invests in RideSharing Service, Go My Way
Konga’s CEO, Sim Shagaya has invested in another Nigerian ridesharing service, Go My Way.

Hutbay Reveals Improved Marketplace Page
Nigeria based online property marketplace, Hutbay has revealed its customizable website for estate agents and property developers to list their product.

MTN Business Opens Application for Annual App Awards
South Africa based, MTN Business has thrown open the online registration for the 2015 App of the Year Awards.

The Blackberry Leap Leaps into Nigeria
Blackberry Limited announced today that the Blackberry Leap is now available in the Nigerian market.

Featured on TechCabal:

The Compendium of Nigerian Instant messaging apps
Instant messaging has in some way has led to boycott services such as phone calls and text messaging. Here are seven messaging apps responsible for this in Nigeria.

Get a Free Shopping Coupon for Every Airtime Purchase
Jara App is a startup in Nigeria through which users can purchase call credit and it offers more, an equivalent shopping coupon on every purchase.

Elsewhere on the Web:

Microsoft Introduces Three Lumia Smartphone into South Africa
Microsoft has launched three new Lumia smartphones in South Africa, the Lumia 640, Lumia 640XL, and the Lumia 430, which is a Dual SIM device.

Facebook’s Creative Accelerator Program is Recording Success in Emerging Markets
Facebook has revealed that its creative accelerator program which delivers advertising in emerging markets its yielding positive results.