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6 - 11 - 2018

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We are pleased to announce Blockfinex is set to launch. Our fully regulated crypto exchange will be facilitating the purchase of cryptocurrencies with fiat. To address the current issues faced by traders with the available cryptocurrency exchanges, we are surveying crypto traders. Click HERE to take the survey.
DevFest Lagos 2018 happened on Saturday and it was HUGE. There were over 2K developers from all over Nigeria in attendance, 24 speakers, over 22 sessions and 2 panels, making it the largest developer gathering this side of the planet yet. DevFest Lagos 2018 covered everything from remote work to building empathy into products and multiple tracks across ML/AI, Flutter, Android, Cloud, Design, Firebase and Accessibility. Nigeria's leading software experts including Prosper Otemuyiwa, Ire Aderinokun and Aniedi Udo-Obong where on ground to lead sessions and advise young developers. Check out photos from the event here. Well done to the GDG Lagos team!

Still on Google related news, finalists for Google Impact challenge Africa have been announced in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa and voting is now open. You can vote for your favorite finalist by clicking on your country of choice: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa.

The MasterCard Foundattion has launched a $2 million fund for Africa-based social ventures through its "Scholars" programme, Disrupt Africa reports. The design and delivery of the fund will be led by MasterCard's institutional partners to ensure local context is maintained and it'll roll out over the next two years.

Spotify is now available in four new African countries - all in North Africa. Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria join South Africa as the only African nations where the Sweden-based streaming service is officially available.

TQ, a Nigerian edutainment gaming startup launched barely a month ago, surpassed Candy Crush for a few days as the number one game on the Nigeria Google Play Store, thanks in part to promotional efforts from Nigerian rapper and actor, Falz. Well done to the team behind it!

Huawei has announced plans to build a data center, through which it will offer cloud services for all of sub-Saharan Africa, in South Africa,  per TechCentral. Huawei joins Microsoft and Amazon as the third tech giant to announce plans to build a data center in South Africa.

The Zimbabwean government has said its will introduce a biometric register which will digitize the data of its more than 500K civil servants and hopefully uncover nearly 70K irregular employees who could either be ghost or ‘double salaried’ employees. Techzim has more.

As crowdfunding becomes an increasingly popular fundraising alternative for startups in markets like the US and Europe, Babalakin and Co's Temidayo Dauda explores the legal implications for startups in Nigeria, in this article for Techpoint.

Two North African entrepreneurs, Amr Elmeniawy of Egyptian food manufacturer Natura Agro and Souheil Guessoum of Tunisian company ProvenMed, have been selected to join the Endeavor Global Network. They join Elizabeth Rossiello of BitPesa and Etop Ikpe of Cars45 to make up a total of four African entrepreneurs accepted into the Network.

Nigerian bank FCMB has launched a challenge on Passion Incubator's platform. It is seeking an innovative payroll management solution for SMEs and MSMEs in order to position them for access to bank financing and government-led capital assistance programs. Startups/businesses in Nigeria should apply here.

You are invited to TC Townhall, Fintech 2.0, holding in partnership with Softcom on November 30. The forum will take a look at the next generation of financial technologies in Nigeria. Speakers include Adia Sowho (MD,, Gbenga Agboola (CEO, Flutterwave), Titi Odunfa (MD, Sankore Investments), Dr. Yinka David West (Academic Director, LBS), Yvonne Johnson (fintech angel investor) and Yomi Adedeji (CEO, Softcom). Limited seats are available, signup here to be notified when registrations go live.
Nigeria's Passion Incubator has been announced as the exclusive regional partner of Startup World Cup, a competition that offers innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for startup ecosystems around the world. For a chance to represent Nigeria at the grand finale in Silicon Valley, click here now.

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