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The global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets, Seedstars World, is making a stop in Lagos on Friday ahead of the global finals. And 10 Nigerian startups have been selected to pitch to an expert panel for a chance to secure $500,000 in equity investments: DropQue, Edves, eWorker, GetJama, irecycle, Medsaf, Parcel-it, Safi.ng, Wallet.ng, and Wesabi. Link
It appears eBay’s opened its doors to select vendors in six African countries (Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, SA, and Burundi) through a partnership with Mall for Africa. This means that Americans can now buy African merchandise through eBay’s Mall for Africa store. And on the side of costs, Mall for Africa will select the sellers, and handle payments and shipping through DHL. Link
Elsewhere, in South Africa, where restaurant-booking startups are popping up in numbers, Feastfox, an app for booking tables at restaurants, has raised $175,000 from Silicon Valley-based investors and VC firms in a SAFE deal (where the investors have the option to convert the value of their investment into equity during the startup’s first equity deal). The goal is to trial the app in Cape Town before looking to expand elsewhere, where people also love their food. Link
What else is interesting?
+ Have Nigerian pastors been posing as developers and speaking at conferences and meetups? Thread.
+ DeliveryBros, the Nigerian on-demand delivery platform for SMEs and individuals, has built a mobile app, and it’s right here for you to take a crack at it.
+ How two front end developers, Calvin and Salama, built Africa’s Talking new management system, with one very scary moment. Photo essay
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+ It’s that time of the year again and applications for the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards are now open. The deadline for entries is September 10. Link
+ Imisi 3D is partnering with hardware Lagos for a VR hardware challenge, the i3D Challenge. The challenge is to create an all-in-one solar powered VR headset. You can find out more about it here and register here. Applications close on the 3rd of September.
Tizeti is piloting Unlimited Speed to combine with its Unlimited Download wifi service to prospective subscribers in Gbagada, Anthony, Ogudu, Maryland, Ikeja and environs. For Just N9,500 monthly, you can enjoy this upgraded experience. To sign up, click here, or call 01-4405610, 08172004139 or 08170590310
Upcoming events and deadlines
Lagos: TechCabal has scheduled an Office Hours session (August 23rd) with Mark Essien for entrepreneurs who would like help and advice with the challenges of running a startup as a technical founder. Seats are capped at 15, so register now.
Radar: Radar AMA sessions are back, and Yele Bademosi, founder and managing partner of Microtraction will be taking your questions on the 25th. Mark your calendar. Link
Benin: The final showcase of the third edition of the Summer Workshop of ImpactLabs Nigeria. The event will take place at 10am on Friday, August 25, 2017 at the Senate Chambers of University of Benin. Link
Owerri: Owerri’s first major tech meetup will be held on the 26th of August. Register here.
Abuja: The Abuja Masterclass on the 31st of August will be ‘an introduction to Angel investing’ conducted by Tomi Davies. Check it out if you’d love to deepen your understanding of early-stage investing. Link
Lagos: At this month’s usable meetup on the 31st, the discussion will be about the steps to take to recruit the right users for your research. Link