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30 - 11 - 2018

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"Labs by ARM” is a 12-week intensive corporate accelerator powered by Ventures Platform. The accelerator is designed to help early and growth stage fintech companies commercialize and massively distribute their innovations. Applications are still open for the next 2 weeks, please apply at

In South Africa, government-owned Public Investment Corporation has reportedly increased its stake in MTN Group to 26 per cent. South African media says the PIC is taking advantage of the telco's 10-year low stock price and an ongoing battle with regulators in Nigeria. But it could also mean that the PIC is shoring up Africa's biggest telco.
Still in South Africa, the government may start demanding tax from companies like Netflix, Facebook and Google, from April 1, 2019. In a new regulation, the South African National treasury requires all businesses delivering "electronic services" to undergo VAT registration. MyBroadband has more.

TC Townhall, Fintech 2.0 is holding in partnership with Softcom today! 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 Tomi Amao (CIO, Softcom). Registration is now closed but you can sign up to be notified when the event live stream goes live and to get the keynote presentation sent to you. If you'd like to follow the event on our Twitter, the hashtag is #tctownhall. See you there!

Techpoint profiled Curators University, an organisation based out of South Western Nigeria that trains young adults in emerging technologies like blockchain, VR and AR, Data Science, Robotics and AI.

University students in South Africa will competing at the 7th Student Cluster Competition, MyBroadband reports. The goal is to build small high-performance computing clusters on the exhibition floor of the conference from hardware provided, and run a series of benchmarks on their systems. The winning team will get to represent South Africa (and Africa) at the International Supercomputing Conference Student Cluster Competition in Germany in 2019.

TechCrunch is headed to Lagos to host its second Startup Battlefield Africa competition on December 11, 2018 and we are giving away 100 complimentary tickets! To qualify, fill this form and you could join Sub-Saharan Africa’s best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs at this year's TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa.

BUDX Lagos is a celebration of the Naija Sound. It is an experience for those in the know, those that have their own identity and dress accordingly in spaces that are as authentic as they are. BUDX Lagos runs from 1-2 December 2018 and will include panel talks, live musical performances and an after party. Head here to register and learn more about the event.

If you're in Lagos, Capital Square has partnered with Facebook and Rabbington Media to host a "Boost Your Business" program on Saturday December 8, 2018. Find more info and sign up to attend here.

Got a health tech startup operating in Nigeria? We would like to hear from you. We are putting together a map and analysis of the health tech sector that highlights the solutions innovators are bringing to bear on the problems of access to quality and affordable healthcare in Nigeria as well as provide actionable insights for policy makers, investors and entrepreneurs. Sign up here so we can feature your startup and to help us better understand the sector.

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