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04 - 03 - 2019

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This month, Endeavor is celebrating International Women's Day (March 8) by honouring and celebrating the Women of Endeavor. From March 4-8, in coordination with colleagues across Endeavor’s 32 other markets, Endeavor Nigeria is running a week-long social media campaign, highlighting the amazing achievements of the Women of Endeavor - high-impact entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and board-members building and supporting some of the most exciting scale-up companies in the world. Follow our campaign on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #HerImpact, subscribe and read our March newsletter here.

Kagiso, an online mediation platform that provides a cost-effective and fast alternative to lengthy court processes for civil disputes, has come out tops in the South African leg of Global Legal Hackathon 2019. Teams in 46 cities from 24 countries around the world took part in the world’s largest legal hackathon organised by Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) and global law firm, Baker McKenzie. They proceed to the next phase of the competition, the virtual semi-finals.

Aerobotics has expanded its Series A funding round from US$2 million to US$4 million. The funding round expansion came through a signed deal with Paper Plane Ventures and brings Aerobotics total funding to $4.6 million. The South African company employs drone imagery and artificial intelligence in early pest and disease detection.

The most recent internet shutdown across the continent is happening in North Africa. Algerian capital Algiers, the north-central city of Tizi Ouzou, and the port city of Bejaia have been targets of the internet shutdown. This comes after a wave of protests following President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's intent to run for re-election. The 82-year-old leader is expected to file formal papers for re-election on Monday and has been in power since 1999.

TechCabal is pleased to bring to you a story of audacity depicted in a portrait series and exhibition event. The Tech Women Lagos series profiles 50 women in Lagos’ technology ecosystem from different backgrounds and at different stages of their tech careers. Their stories are captured in portraits and prose in its own website — — which launches on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019. Visit our website to learn more about the idea behind the exhibition and to register for updates regarding all the events that are part of the exhibition.

Mastercard has partnered with solar energy firm Angaza. The partnership will see Angaza customers use digital payment solution for solar home systems and water pumps powered by Angaza’s pay-as-you-go (PAYG) embedded metering and monitoring technology. It will also allow for Mastercard’s QR payments technology to scale across Africa, Latin America and other emerging markets. Angaza’s payments technology enables businesses reach the last mile in emerging markets across Africa, South America and Asia.

South Africa's general election is set to hold on May 8, 2019. Google plans to train 100 journalists by the time of the election, one step towards curbing the spread of fake news on its social media ahead of the polls. iAfrika has more.

Nigerian on-demand motorbike app, GoKada, has launched a driver training school in its new office complex in Lagos. The training school will teach and verify 500 motorbike drivers at a time. GoKada turned one recently. Deji Oduntan, Co-Founder and CEO says investing in drivers is one of the core aspects of what the company has prioritised over the past year.

Pan-African communications provider SEACOM has acquired FibreCo Telecommunications. FibreCo owns and operates a national fibre network providing infrastructure and connectivity services across South Africa. The acquisition was made through SEACOM’s affiliate SEACOM South Africa. According to SEACOM CEO, Byron Clatterbuck, the acquisition will enable the company deliver affordable, high speed-internet connectivity and cloud services to bandwidth-starved cities and towns along its new fibre routes.

From TechCabalKenyan Mobile Money Competitors Take on Safaricom + A Tale of Two Cities with Senior Software Engineer Adebayo Adesanya

That's all for today.

Have a great week!   - Kay
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