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SA e-health startup RecoMed secures $324k investment

SA e-health startup RecoMed secures $324k investment

Africa, Opportunities
South African e-health startup RecoMed has raised ZAR4.5 million (US$324,000) in funding to fund a shift to increasing product traction and market its products and services. RecoMed is an online healthcare marketplace, enabling consumers to easily book appointments with a diverse group of healthcare providers 24/7, who in turn benefit from increased patient traffic and practice efficiencies. The investment was secured by investment and advisory firm HAVAÍC, the ASISA Enterprise Development Fund, and Growth Grid Venture Capital Partners. The ASISA ESD Fund was an early investor in RecoMed, and has increased its equity participation with this new round. Two-thirds of the funding will be utilised in the immediate term, with the rest to be drawn at RecoMed’s request within six months
6 African e-health startups join Innovate for Life Fund accelerator

6 African e-health startups join Innovate for Life Fund accelerator

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The Innovate for Life Fund has announced its inaugural cohort of six African e-health startups that will take part in its three-month accelerator programme. The Innovate for Life Fund is a new initiative from Amref Health Africa, with support the of Grassroots Business Fund, The Elsevier Foundation and Venture Capital for Africa (VC4A). The fund aims to tackle Africa’s most daunting health challenges by supporting local entrepreneurs and investing in companies that develop innovative, homegrown solutions. Taking part in the first programme are Kenyan emergency response startup Usalama, Kenyan drug store finder Uthabiti, Nigerian m-health startup Mobicure, Nigerian tech-enabled pharmaceutical company Medsaf, Nigerian maternal health company Mahauty Health Solutions, and Ghanaia
IFC Partners AFC to Open Up Investment Opportunities for Africa

IFC Partners AFC to Open Up Investment Opportunities for Africa

Editorial, Opportunities, World
The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a pan-African multilateral development and lending institution, has signed a high profile agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) that will expose the continent to lucrative investment opportunities. The AFC has this month become the 30th member of the Master Cooperation Agreement (MCA) at the World Bank’s Annual Meetings in Washington DC. Created by the International Finance Corporation’s in 2009, the MCA seeks to enhance cooperation among member development finance institutions (DFIs). Other MCA signatories include the United Kingdom’s financial institution, CDC Group; the Netherland’s private development bank, FMO and Sweden’s Swedfund. In addition to increased collaboration with other MCA signatories, AFC stands to b
Leading Young People to win up to US$10,000 – Register Here!

Leading Young People to win up to US$10,000 – Register Here!

Africa, Opportunities
Increased awareness of the Continental Education Strategy for Africa 2016-2025 (CESA 16-25), Science Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024), and the UNESCO Strategy for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) (2016-2021) The African Union Commission’s Department of Human Resources Science and Technology (AUC-HRST) – Education Division and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa’s Working Groups on Communication for Education and Development (ADEA WG-COMED) and Education Management and Policy Support (ADEA WG-EMPS) About the Award This award is in the form of a competition that is opened only to innovation hubs and youth councils in Africa. The competition will require applicants to submit proposals on how best to create
AWIEF presents women entrepreneurship, innovation awards

AWIEF presents women entrepreneurship, innovation awards

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This year’s Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) will feature the inaugural AWIEF Awards and Gala Dinner, celebrating female trendsetters in entrepreneurship and innovation across Africa. The third edition of the AWIEF conference and exhibition is set to take place in Cape Town on October 5-6, and this year takes the theme “Equity, Impact and Inclusive Growth towards Agenda 2030”. The annual event aims to accelerate the economic empowerment and advancement of African women and girls; and brings together emerging and leading women in business, government, international organisations, NGOs, technology and innovation in a series of keynotes, panel discussions and workshops. A co-located exhibition showcases women-owned enterprises. For the first time, the Fo
Game developers in Africa can enter $200k Microsoft challenge

Game developers in Africa can enter $200k Microsoft challenge

Africa, Opportunities
African game developers have been invited to enter Microsoft’s Dream.Build.Play challenge, which is giving away US$200,000 in prize money across four categories. The Dream.Build.Play challenge is asking game makers to maximise their creativity and create experiences that engage gamers from across the world. The competition is open to all creators, working solo or in teams of up to seven, with total prize money of US$200,000 available to winning developers. In the cloud-powered game category, the grand prize is US$100,000, with developers challenged to build a game that uses Azure Cloud Services on the backend. Judges will give the highest scores to games that use multiple services in creative ways. The winner of the PC game* category will walk away with US$50,000, with Micr
Startup: Lagos Startup Week set for September

Startup: Lagos Startup Week set for September

Opportunities, Start-ups
Lagos Startup Week is to take place for the third consecutive year in September, with over 60 events to be hosted over the course of the week celebrating the city’s startup ecosystem. Disrupt Africa reported in 2015 the first ever African version of the global Startup* Week event launched in Lagos, Nigeria, bringing together entrepreneurs and small business owners in a range of sessions, including keynotes, panels and meetups. The inaugural event saw over 1,000 entrepreneurs attend, prompting the return of the event the following year. This year, Lagos Startup* Week will take place for the third year running, between September 25 and 29; taking the theme of “Visionary”. The organiser said the event provides an opportunity to bring the growing entrepreneurial community in La
AFRICAN YOUTH SDG SUMMIT 2017 IN GHANA

AFRICAN YOUTH SDG SUMMIT 2017 IN GHANA

Opportunities
DEADLINE – AUGUST 31, 2017. YOUTH SUMMIT The Conveners (2030 Youth Alliance)  of the African Youth Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (Ghana), the National Youth Authority (Ghana) and the African Monitor (South Africa) with support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP Ghana) is organizing the maiden African Youth SDG Summit in Ghana. The goal of the summit is to provide an open and inclusive platform for young people in Africa, SDG Achievers, African Governments, Development Partners and the private sector to dialogue and address pertinent issues affecting the young people. It is also meant to help develop innovative ways of ending poverty, unemployment, conflict and combat climate ch
Diamond Bank Building Entrepreneurs Today (BET 7)

Diamond Bank Building Entrepreneurs Today (BET 7)

Opportunities, Start-ups
BUILDING ENTREPRENEURS TODAY (BET) The Building Entrepreneurs Today (BET) is a capacity building and business education initiative aimed at generating interest in entrepreneurship and designed to support budding entrepreneurs of all ages. Since its inception in 2010, The BET programme in partnership with the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) has trained thousands of entrepreneurs, contributing immensely to the pool of skilled Micro, Small and Medium enterprise owners in Nigeria and ultimately, encouraging wealth creation across the populace. The Building Entrepreneurs Today programme involves a six-month intensive entrepreneurial/business training of 50 budding Entrepreneurs every season from select sectors of the economy. After going through a selection phase from a pool of num...
UN Volunteering Opportunity 2017

UN Volunteering Opportunity 2017

Opportunities
Opportunity: The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization tasked to promote international co-operation and to create and maintain international order. A replacement for the ineffective League of Nations, the organization was established on 24 October 1945 after World War II in order to prevent another such conflict. National UN Volunteers are invaluable assets to the work of the United Nations, particularly at the community level where they usher in greater ownership of programmes and projects. They are Providing opportunities to youth to change the world for the better while simultaneously honing your own skills, gaining knowledge and a better understanding of the realities of international development and peacebuilding. If you want to become one of them and the gra