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08 - 03 - 2019

Happy International Women's Day to all the women in our community! Welcome to TC Daily. If you haven't, please take a moment to subscribe so you have this delivered directly to your mailbox.

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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.
The Tech Women Lagos website - www.techwomenlagos.com launches today! TechCabal's Tech Women Lagos portrait series profiles 50 women in Lagos’ technology ecosystem from different backgrounds and at different stages of their tech careers. We are showing the next generation of girls and women that careers in tech are possible and there is space for them in the industry. The website — www.techwomenlagos.com — carries the stories of these women, in portraits and prose, and we urge you to share on social, as many profiles that inspire you, in celebration of these audacious women. Visit our website to learn more about the exhibition and to register for updates regarding all the events that are part of the exhibition.

MTN Group has announced it will launch an instant messaging (IM) service akin to China’s WeChat and Facebook’s WhatsApp as it seeks to expand revenue from digital services and mobile money. Group CEO Rob Shuter calls it, “WeChat of Africa”. The app will be launched in MTN markets in West Africa first, as part of a “beta-testing” phase. But the telco plans to introduce it to all the countries in which it operates.

In celebration of International Women's Day, Visa has launched the Visa Everywhere Initiative: Women’s Global Edition. Women entrepreneurs from around the world have the chance to tackle fintech and social impact challenges for a chance to win $100,000 in each of the two challenges. The program will culminate with a finals event to be held during kick-off of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. For more information and participation details, visit the event website here.

Ride hailing company, Taxify, has re-branded to Bolt and has unveiled its new logo. "While we’ve made progress on our mission, we’ve also started to outgrow parts of our brand, including the name," CEO and Co-Founder, Markus Villig, said adding that the new name stands for the fast and effortless movement  the company's services provide. The Estonian-born tech company now serves 25 million customers in over 30 countries globally and has grown to be a leader in Europe and Africa.

The 2019 Orange Social Venture Prize is offering three of the best innovative and socially responsible tech startups in Africa and the Middle East a grand total of €50,000 in prize money. In addition, winners will be provided with support for six months from business and telecoms professionals. Applications are open till May 4, 2019 and you can click here to learn more and to apply.

Digital innovators based in Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda can now apply for Class 5 of the eFounders Fellowship. The fellowship is an initiative of the Alibaba Business School and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad). The programme provides participants with first-hand exposure to ecommerce and digital innovations, access to business leaders across Alibaba and China, as well as an opportunity to connect with like-minded leading entrepreneurs from their regions. Applications are currently open and will close on March 17, 2019. Click here to apply.

From TechCabalTaxify (Barely) Beats ‘King’ Uber in the Battle for Lagos + Cybersecurity Plays Catch-up as Tech Expands to New Sectors

That's all for today.

Until next week,   - Kay
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