12. Register to attend the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Congress happening in Johannesburg

The Global Entrepreneurship Congress is a gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other startup champions. This year’s event will focus on digital disruption and identifying new ways for entrepreneurs to start and scale new ventures around the world. The weeklong congress will take place from March 13 – 16, 2017.

Interested entrepreneurs can register here.


11. Greymate Care has launched in Nigeria to provide specialised care for your loved ones

The startup provides in-home care to the elderly, vulnerable, convalescent and disabled in Nigeria. Users will have access to on-demand carers, doctors and nurses via their platform.

Check them out here.


10. Nigerian Edutech startup, PrepClass, generated monthly revenues in excess of 10 million in 2016

This was hidden in a 2016 review of the Nigerian education technology space penned by PrepClass co-founder, Ogunlana Olumide. He also shared his thoughts on what to expect in the sector in 2017.

Read the full review here.


9. The Lagos State Government is looking to recruit Andela interns

According to Akin Oyebode, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, this was announced by the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, during his visit to Andela today.

See his tweet here.


8. Zimbabwe’s largest bank, CBZ Holdings, will suspend the use of Visa cards on local transactions due to ongoing cash crunch

The new measure will take effect from January 15, 2017 and although customers will be able to make transactions abroad, there will be daily limits of $250 at ATMs, $1,000 for POS transactions and $500 for online payments.

More information here.


7. Data Science Nigeria is hosting a free e-learning boot camp for young data scientists in Lagos this January

The boot camp aims to address the current capacity gaps in data science for beginners, intermediates and experts. Courses will include machine learning, R statistics and programming/Python for advanced data analytics. It will take place from January 20 – 22, 2017 and the best participants at the boot camp will have a chance to intern with Arise and OneFi.

Read more on it here.


6. Website of Nigerian online news agency, Sahara Reporters was hacked this morning

Techpoint reports that the website had been down since the early hours of today and Sahara reporters confirmed this in a tweet. Everything is fine now as the site is now up and running.

More information here.


5. International bitcoin firm, BitX has rebranded as Luno

The rebrand comes with new desktop and mobile apps for Android and iOS, the ability to buy Bitcoin from almost anywhere in the world via credit card, a new enterprise B2B platform, the introduction of a learning portal, new offices in London and new vacant positions in the company. Luno founders tell the rebranding story here.

Check out their new website here.


4. Join technology leaders from Microsoft and across the continent at the NexTechAfrica event happening in Nairobi next month

NexTechAfrica is a 2-day meeting that will bring together unique African voices and perspectives to ensure we are building technology that better supports Africa. It will take place at Radisson Blu in Nairobi from February 2 – 3, 2017. There are limited spots available hence early registration is advised.

Interested? You can register here.


3. Register to attend the maiden edition of TEDxSurulere on January 27

TEDxSurulere aims to change the perception of the African narrative by showing and not just telling the stories. The event boasts of impressive speakers such as Osarumen Osamuyi, Kemi Windapo, Justin Irabor, Amanda Ihemebiri, Kola Tubosun and Eromo Egbejule, among others.

More information here.


2. Entrepreneurs are invited to apply to the Kairos 50 class for a chance to demo their startup on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange

Fifty young entrepreneurs who are solving significant problems will have a chance to meet with corporations, influencers, and strategic investors and pitch on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the Kairos Global Summit taking place from April 21 – 22, 2017. Application deadline is February 3, 2017.

Interested entrepreneurs can apply here and read more about it here.


1. Kenyan renewable energy firm, PowerGen, has raised $4.5 million in Series A funding

The investment was raised from a consortium led by Dutch firm, DOB Equity and including AHL Venture Partners and private investors Marc Beuls and Billy Harbert. PowerGen will use the money to expand its current micro-grid portfolio, providing more people with access to electricity within the next two years.

Read more on it here.

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