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06 - 12 - 2019

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Q: What are the top ten African Tech Companies of the last decade? A: You tell us.... As the year comes to a close, it seems like a good time to look back on some of the African Tech companies that have truly changed the continent for good.  The TechCabal team got halfway and figured, why not let you guys also chip in?  Talk to us on Twitter and let us know what you think! 
Speaking of Twitter In today's world, online petitions are an important part of how public opinion is formed. When a majority of people disagree with a policy, it is not unusual for online petitions to be circulated on Twitter and Facebook. What's the end goal? To get the government to make a policy change. In the U.K, this takes anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 signatures on the petition.  Nigerians have now started to adopt online petitions, but how effective are they? Wole Olayinka answers the question in this brilliant article. 
It's load-shedding season in South Africa? South Africa's electricity public utility, Eskom has announced a second stage of load shedding following unplanned breakdowns. Eskom has struggled in recent times and its response to this week's breakdown is a second round of load shedding from 4pm to 11pm.  If you're in South Africa, look up the load shedding for your municipality here.  Plus, the Tesla Powerwall claims it can solve some of your power problems, read all about it here.
While we're still on South Africa... TechCabal is in South Africa for the SeedStars Africa summit.  What startups won? Exuus Limited of Rwanda, Nvocia of Ghana, Pezesha of Kenya, Teheca from Uganda, Oko Finance from Mali, Afrikamart from Senegal, Nadji B from The Gambia, Vectra from South Africa, Roque Online from Angola and Crop2Cash from Nigeria. What comes next? The 10 winners announced today will go on to pitch at the SeedStars World Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2020. Our man Abubakar Idris was on the scene and he sent in this report. And for minute-by-minute updates of what went down, you can catch up with everything here.
What's happening over in East Africa?
Nairobi-based Agritech Startup, FarmShine has raised $250,000  from US-based impact investor Gray Matters Capital’s gender lens sector-agnostic portfolio – GMC coLABS. Farmshine’s agriculture operating system enables smallholder farmers to aggregate and sell their harvests directly to large commodity companies. This has not been possible in the past because there was no way to exchange accurate information on buyers’ contract offers, or to ensure the trust needed for buyers and farmers to engage in such a contract. Read all about the company's interesting plans here.
Where those Jollof people sef? It's just a few days to the end of the road trip of a lifetime, Jollof Road. The Jollof gang are now in Niger Republic and penned this journal on how it feels a lot like Northern Nigeria.  Have you ever visited Niger Republic? If you haven't, live vicariously through our team here. 
New African Magazine Names Its 100 most Influential Africans Of 2019  
The What: New African Magazine has released its annual listing of the 100 Most Influential Africans (MIA) of 2019 in its December Edition.  Who Made The Cut? Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, and  Alaa Salah, the 22 year-old Sudanese protester popularly referred to as ‘Lady Liberty’ – the  architectural engineering student, who became the face of the people’s revolution in Sudan –  that  eventually brought down the iron-fisted rule of former leader Omar Al-Bashir. Find the full list here. 
Applications are open to the Vatebra Tech Hub incubator program. The six-month incubator program is supported by the Bank of Industry (BOI), Amazon Web Services (AWS), HubSpot, and RingCaptcha. Startups solving a chronic problem with minimum viable product (MVP) can apply here before January 3, 2020.
And just before we go: would you like to parte after parte If you're an African founder or investor interested in our continent, and you're currently in or around San Francisco, Iyin Aboyeji and the Future Africa team want to hang out with you tonight. Tell your friends! RSVP here and let them know you found out from this lovely newsletter.
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