Coronavirus Weekly Update: Ecommerce will boom

View this email in your browser A TechCabal roundup of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on tech & innovation in Africa APRIL 5, 2020 This newsletter is a weekly special focused on the effect of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 on African tech and innovation ecosystems. Subscribe here to get it directly in your inbox every […]
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Edtech in post-COVID-19 Africa

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says 91.3% of the world’s learning population have now been impacted by global shutdowns to curb the spread of the C0VID-19 virus as at April 5, 2020. This means over 1.5 billion students in 188 countries are currently out of their classrooms with no timeframe as […]
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How African startups & angel investors can prepare for a looming economic crisis

Global markets are in turmoil. And technology startups in emerging markets will feel the brunt of the crisis that will ensue during and when the pandemic blows over.  According to a Stears Business report, simultaneous demand and supply shock stemming from the closure of whole countries and their industries especially in global economic powerhouses like […]
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Google commits $6.5 million to fund Africa Check, others against coronavirus misinformation

Google is putting its weight against global coronavirus misinformation by offering a $6.5 million funding package to fact-checkers and non-profit media outlets. The internet search company set up the Google News Initiative (GNI) to “help journalism thrive in the digital age.” Through the initiative, the company hopes to direct internet news readers to accurate information […]
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West Africa is Africa’s mobile money rising star, according to GSMA’s 2019 report

Africa added 50 million new mobile money accounts in 2019 as the number of registered accounts globally surpassed the 1 billion mark for the first time. East Africa, home to Safaricom’s MPesa, remains number 1 in the world in terms of transaction volume and value, according to the GSMA State of the Industry Report on […]
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Once backed by Google’s $1 million, Gidi Mobile targets 500,000 users for its new gamified e-learning products

Nigeria is not a choice destination for quality education if you were to judge by international higher education rankings. Teachers and policymakers are operationally limited by a dubious history of funding, among other factors. As a consequence, when you discuss ‘education’ with a Nigeria-educated Nigerian, the conversation does not usually reflect a stock of pleasurable […]
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My Life in Tech: Minting devs fresh off Chibueze Ukaegbu’s LearnFactory

My Life In Tech is putting human faces to some of the innovative startups, investments and policy formations driving the technology sector across Africa. Chibueze Ukaegbu’s journey to founding LearnFactory was a whirlwind and in some way, is the continuation of his father’s legacy as the founder of the first computer school in old Imo State […]
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Tech companies are working to salvage the shortage of ventilators in Nigeria

A week ago, LifeBank announced it was aggregating a national register of ventilators, respirators and ICU beds in Nigeria. As at that time, having reached 200 hospitals, Founder Temie Giwa-Tubosun said they had found 126 units, possibly comprising all three equipment categories. Two days ago, after contacting more than 700 hospitals and reaching 500 of […]
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Nigerian crowdfunding startups are finally coming under heavy regulation

After months of speculations and years of lip service, Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is making concrete plans to regulate crowdfunding platforms. During the weekend, the SEC released an exposure draft containing guidelines for investors and crowdfunding operators.
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