Nigerian edtech startup, Gradely is trying to solve the problem of a “blank slate” for teachers

While many countries are enforcing a lock-down, learning is still going on, thanks in part to edtech apps like Gradely which allow teachers to access content and make their work easier.
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Coronavirus Weekly Update: Uber Kenya Suspends Night Pickups

View this email in your browser A TechCabal roundup of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on tech & innovation in Africa MARCH 29, 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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Why this is the best time for physical tech talent startups to prove their value proposition

Tech talent training startup Decagon closed its physical offices last week Monday. Students who lived in its boarding house had vacated the previous weekend with the hassle typical of short-notice evacuation. Staff have been working 100% remotely since then. The startup’s business is time-bound in a unique way. Cohorts of developers have to be trained […]
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7 Africa-focused digital tools helping in the COVID-19 fight

Following its call for technology-based tools to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria and across Africa, Ventures Platform has selected its first set of winning projects. The seven startups whose tools have been selected from a shortlist of 15 will receive US$1,000 grants, workspace, legal services and mentorship from the Ventures Platform team. The […]
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To aid coronavirus fight in Nigeria, TechCabal is making dataset from its healthtech report available for free

Last year, we released “The State of Health Tech in Nigeria“, a deeply researched report that examined general health indicators and challenges, and then dived into the health tech industry. The report profiled 75 innovative startups working to find technology solutions to Nigeria’s health-related problems. For the first time, we are making part of our […]
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Biotech startup, 54Gene raises $500,000 to boost COVID-19 testing in Nigeria

Health and biotech company 54Gene has raised $500,000 for a fund aimed at improving Nigeria’s capacity to carry out tests for COVID-19. The money raised for the Nigeria COVID-19 Testing Support Fund will ramp up testing for the disease by up to 1,000 additional tests a day, the company said. The improved capacity will be […]
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Nigeria’s renewed Broadband Plan sets ambitious 70% coverage by 2025

In 2013, the Nigerian government launched a 5-year National Broadband Plan (NBP) with the primary aim of driving broadband penetration from about 5% in 2012 to 30%. The plan was a strategic roadmap to make affordable broadband accessible to all Nigerians in five years.  The NBP sought to do this in a number of ways; […]
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As COVID-19 hits Africa, tech companies brace for innovation opportunities

The world is slowly grinding to a halt, at least physically, as COVID-19 continues to make its round across the globe. Confirmed cases are rapidly approaching half a million. On the continent, Africa’s largest economy has seen a rapid climb in number of cases in the last week and has recorded its first fatality from […]
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My Life in Tech: Mayokun Fadeyibi on expanding online car sales in Africa’s chaotic auto market

Mayokun Fadeyibi grew up in two university communities with five sisters raised by two university professors. Growing up between Ife and Lagos, southwest Nigeria, Fadeyibi moved to the US where she spent another 13 years studying and obtaining her undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degrees in Mathematics and Business.  Family obligations as a new mother to […]
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How South African e-commerce startups are reacting to consumer demand surge

Online shopping is not an upper-class luxury. When a crisis forces normal economic and social activities to shut down, people must still be able to find food, toiletries and other essentials. Social distancing norms that prevent visits to physical shops make online stores the last resort for supplies. But as more than one South African […]
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In Africa, private equity firms are reducing their funding sizes to target startups

Over the last ten years, most of the funding into the Nigerian tech ecosystem has come from abroad. Domestic investors including private equity funds and high net worth individuals have steered clear from investing in startups. This trend could soon change.
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How Koniku, a Nigerian-founded biotech company, wants to revolutionize disease detection in the world

“Today is the day we start a company,” Oshiorenoya Agabi said to himself, as King Sunny Ade’s Koniku filled the airwaves. Agabi has been developing a technology that takes data from human smell to detect disease in human bodies for seventeen years. On this random work day at Imperial College London while doing PhD research, […]
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This startup has supplied over 12 million paper bags to businesses across Africa

What crime would you say is deserving of a $US38,000 fine and/or a four-year jail sentence? In Kenya, you only need to manufacture, import or sell a plastic carrier bag to spend up to four years in jail with or without a fine.  Using plastic bags as a consumer could cost you more than $US500 […]
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Digital Nomads: In Somaliland where 95% of the country has internet

It’s past the close of work on Friday evening when I receive *Richard’s email. It’s a few minutes after we publish Martha’s experience across five African cities. Richard, a business and tech journalist tells me he would like to share his experience of living in Somaliland for a year. He has also visited and worked […]
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Paystack, Carbon, BuyCoins activate full remote work as COVID-19 nears escalation in Nigeria

The initial plan at Paystack, the Nigerian fintech company, was to run a 100% remote situation where staff will not be allowed into their physical offices this Friday. All staff were to work from home as a test scenario. The purpose was to provide guidance on how to operate should a shutdown become necessary, according […]
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CcHub and Ventures Platform to fund tech solutions targeting COVID-19 outbreak in Africa

African research labs, innovation hubs and venture capital firms are putting money on the table to support solutions targeted at better handling the COVID-19 pandemic. In Senegal, a collaboration between Institut Pasteur de Dakar, a Dakar-based research lab and a UK company could produce a $1 test that carries out a coronavirus test in 10 […]
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My Life in Tech: Anu Adasolum is living her dream of powering Africa

In a  pseudo-futuristic short film titled The Conversation, a young Anu Adasolum, Chief Operating Officer, Rensource, wants nothing more but to change the power situation in Nigeria. As a girl who loved reading and  doing take-home assignments, irregular power outages in the country meant that her study time was often cut short by these blackouts […]
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A city guide, but for startups in Lagos, Accra, Kigali & Nairobi

Guidebooks that profile some of Africa’s most impactful startups are set to launch this year in Lagos, Accra, Kigali and Nairobi. Founded by Sissel Hansen in 2014, Startup Guide books shine the light on startups tackling socio economic issues, the brains behind them and the communities backing them. So far, about 30 guide books have […]
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Africa Tech and Creative Group launches MyAfCFTA Nodes across Africa to localize business support

Accelerating business innovation is one of the potential gains that will make the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) truly revolutionary for Africa. To provide the enabling environment for an innovation culture to seep into and permeate entrepreneurship communities around the continent, the Africa Tech and Creative Group has opened ten ‘MyAfCFTA nodes.’ Spread around […]
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Safaricom, Airtel Kenya waive mobile money fees for 90 days due to COVID-19

For the next 90 days, person-to person mobile money transactions below Ksh. 1,000 ($9.67) on MPesa, the mobile money service owned by Safaricom, will incur no costs to Kenyan customers. It is Safaricom’s response to a demand by the Kenyan government for companies to incentivise online transfers in the wake of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus […]
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Paga CEO, Tayo Oviosu on global expansion, and the new competition

By the third week of March, Eric Chijioke will have relocated with his wife and children from Ethiopia to Mexico, the newest market for Paga. As Chief Technology Officer, he has been a key cog behind the fintech’s decade-old mobile money platform, and will be at the forefront of their expansion beyond Africa. “He is […]
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