7. Seedstars World and TRECC will reward the most innovative idea delivering educational services to rural Africa with $1,000

TRECC (Transforming education in cocoa communities) has partnered with Seedstars World to reward the most innovative startup that wins its Rural Distribution Contest with a $1,000 prize money. Startups are invited to submit their revolutionary ideas that will deliver educational products and services to rural areas across Africa. The portal is open from now till the end of January 2017 and the winner will be announced on February 10, 2017.

Interested startups should submit their ideas here.


6. Amazon Prime Video is now available in several African countries

Amazon rolled out its video on demand platform to customers in 200 countries across the globe making Amazon Prime now available in over 35 African countries. Subscription fees are at $2.99 for the first six months for most countries. Full price subscription of $5.99 will kick off after the 6 months is up.

Read all about it here.


5. South African Internet of Things startup, iot.nxt, is expanding into the United Kingdom

Disrupt Africa reports that the company will open an office in London in early 2017. Iot.nxt has experienced strong growth in South Africa, hence this attempt to break into the global IoT market.

Read all about it here.


4. Safaricom and M-Kopa solar are partnering on a skill exchange program in Kenya

The exchange program will cover  technology and innovation, customer experience, and health and safety awareness. And it will see Safaricom staff joining M-KOPA Solar for 3-6 months, sharing necessary knowledge and skills in various areas where a need is identified.

Read more about it here.


3. African entrepreneurs are invited to contribute to VC4Africa’s 2017 Venture Finance in Africa Research

Entrepreneurs across Africa are invited to share information about their progress which would help in VC4A’s annual benchmark study on Africa’s startup performance. It will also help in updating the dataset on the performance of African growth ventures and early-stage investor activity.

Entrepreneurs can go here to contribute.


2. REACH has passed the 1,000 user mark

The financial savings app has passed the 1,000-user mark and is also ending its beta phase. The company also raised a small seed round of investment from private Nigerian and US investors and is now looking to expand its sales team.

You can download Reach here (Android) or here  (iOS).


1. Liquid Telecom has acquired Tanzanian ISP, Raha

Pan-African telecom company, Liquid, has acquired a majority stake in Raha who is the largest internet service provider in Tanzania. This move means Liquid has effectively entered into the Tanzanian market.

Read all about it here.

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