Top African technology news for January 9, 2017

Nest Visa boot camp

7. The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) is now accepting submissions for the 2017 BAKE Awards

The BAKE Awards is an annual blogging competition that celebrates the best of Kenyan blogging. The submission phase ends on February 10, 2017 and the award ceremony will take place on May 13, 2017.

To nominate blogs, visit here.

 

6. Women in STEM are invited to apply to the 2017 TechWomen program

TechWomen is a professional mentorship and exchange program aimed at strengthening relations between the United States and the Middle East and North Africa. Women with minimum two years full-time professional experience in STEM are invited to apply.

More information here.

 

5. Tanzania’s Jamii has raised $750,000 in seed funding

The health insurance startup will use the money to expand its operations across Tanzania and East and Central Africa. Disrupt Africa reports that the seed round is made up of 50% grant money and 50% VC funding.

More information here.

 

4. VConnect and Facebook are hosting an SME Conference in Lagos this January

The conference will gather Small and Medium Entreprises to explore the intersection between the latest internet tools, technologies and SMEs on January 19, 2017. Industry experts and entrepreneurs will share instructive ideas for real growth in 2017.

The event is invite-only but interested SMEs can register here.

 

3. Nigeria’s Paga processed over N156 billion in 2016

According to founder, Tayo Oviosu, the mobile payments platform processed 9.5 million transactions worth over N156 billion in 2016.

More information here.

 

2. MMM Nigeria is introducing bitcoin as a form of payment

As part of its comeback plans, MMM Nigeria is introducing bitcoin as a form of payment on the platform. Participants will now be able to provide help and get paid in bitcoin.

Read more on it here.

 

1. Nest Nairobi is accepting applications into its fintech boot camp

Nest is looking for fintech startups with ideas around financial literacy and inclusion in Africa. The 4-day intensive boot camp is in partnership with Visa and will happen at the Metta space in Nairobi.

You can apply here.