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Global Startup Awards Africa is searching for leading tech innovators 
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Global Startup Awards Africa is searching for leading tech innovators 

Global Startup Awards Africa is searching for the continent’s top innovators with SDG-aligned solutions that aim to industrialise, integrate, and improve the standard of living for the people of the continent.  The network gives participants the chance to network with potential mentors, partners, and clients as well as gain access to the most recent market trends.    African innovators are invited to join this global network of leaders to gain access to new markets and funding.   The search for solutions in various categories is currently underway across the continent, with a focus on financial inclusion, health technology, agrotechnology, fintech, renewable energy, sustainability, and women in technology.  As GSA Africa works with local inno...
10 SA startups selected for GrindstoneX, Naspers Labs’ female-focused accelerator
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10 SA startups selected for GrindstoneX, Naspers Labs’ female-focused accelerator

Ten South African startups have been selected for the three-year GrindstoneX accelerator program, which aims to empower women entrepreneurs while creating jobs. Disrupt Africa reported in October that South Africa’s Grindstone Accelerator had partnered with Naspers Labs to launch GrindstoneX, a new all-female accelerator program designed to make women-led startups more investible, scalable, and exit-ready. Founded in 2014 and co-owned by Knife Capital and Thinkroom, Grindstone focuses on assisting high-growth, innovation-driven companies to enable scale in their businesses. Naspers Labs, meanwhile, is the youth development program of a global consumer internet group and technology investor, Naspers. The two organizations have joined forces to launch GrindstoneX, which each ye...
Clickatell Launches Chat 2 Pay with FlySafair for WhatsApp Mobile Payments
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Clickatell Launches Chat 2 Pay with FlySafair for WhatsApp Mobile Payments

Clickatell (www.Clickatell.com), the Chat Commerce and mobile messaging leader, today announced that they have gone live with its Chat 2 Pay feature with FlySafair (www.FlySafair.co.za), South Africa’s leading low-cost airline. FlySafair is the first airline in the world to deploy Chat 2 Pay with a pay-by-link capability that allows its customers the convenience of effortless mobile payments via FlySafair’s WhatsApp channel. “We are always looking for ways to improve our customer experience and are therefore very excited that our customers can now pay for their luggage with a payment link shared to their mobile phones via WhatsApp. There is no need any more for our customers to go stand in a queue at the airport to pay for luggage,” explained Kirby Gordon, Chief Marketing Officer a...
12 startups selected for $120k ARM Labs Lagos Techstars accelerator programme
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12 startups selected for $120k ARM Labs Lagos Techstars accelerator programme

Twelve African tech startups have been selected for the inaugural ARM Labs Lagos Techstars accelerator, which provides access to up to US$120,000 in equity funding and other types of support. Launched by Techstars, a global investment business that provides access to capital, one-on-one mentorship, and customized programming for early-stage entrepreneurs, in partnership with ARM Labs, a Lagos-based innovation program focused on helping fintech startups, the inaugural edition of the ARM Labs Lagos Techstars accelerator will run for three months. Aimed at early-stage African fintech and prop-tech startups, the first cohort is made up of 10 Nigerian and two Kenyan ventures, half of which have female CEOs. Selected founders went through several interviews with members of the Techstars g...
Cellulant and Money Q Collaborate to Make it Easier for Africans Living Abroad to Support their Families back Home
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Cellulant and Money Q Collaborate to Make it Easier for Africans Living Abroad to Support their Families back Home

Cellulant, Africa’s Leading Payments Solutions Provider has partnered with a Dubai-based fintech solutions company to enable expatriates to seamlessly pay for bills and recharge airtime for their beneficiaries across Africa. These customers will be able to make these payments through KrosPayz, Money Q’s Africa-wide digital payments platform that enables online payment for transactions and value-added services at the point of sale. Mobile remittances present a unique opportunity for millions of people to access the formal financial system, bringing financial services and prospects for revenue generation closer to their communities. According to estimates, Sub-Saharan African remittances increased by 16.4% in 2021 but only by 5.2% in 2022. The average cost of sending $200 over internatio...
Industrial cybersecurity challenge in Africa for 2023: defenses in energy and mining need to be strengthened
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Industrial cybersecurity challenge in Africa for 2023: defenses in energy and mining need to be strengthened

Throughout 2022, 40% of industrial control system (ICS) computers globally were attacked with malware. According to Kaspersky ICS CERT*, the figure in Africa is 47%. For countries monitored on the African continent, the three countries that experienced the most attacks on ICS infrastructure were Ethiopia (62%), Algeria (59%), and Burundi (57%). Among others, they are followed by Rwanda (46%), Kenya (41%), Nigeria and Zimbabwe (both stand at 40%), Ghana (39%), Zambia (38%), and South Africa and Uganda (both stand at 36%). This is a high-growth threat landscape in Africa that no public or private sector entity, especially in critical sectors like energy and mining, can ignore. “One infected USB drive or a single spear-phishing email is all it takes for cyber criminals to bridge the air g...
Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Nokia partner to drive innovation and connectivity in Africa
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Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Nokia partner to drive innovation and connectivity in Africa

Liquid Intelligent Technologies a business of Cassava Technologies, a pan-African technology group, today announced that it has partnered with Nokia. Through this partnership, Liquid deployed Nokia’s innovative transport network technology in the new terrestrial fiber route connecting Mombasa (Kenya) to Johannesburg (South Africa). This announcement comes in light of the imminent launch of the new terrestrial data superhighway built by Liquid, connecting Kenya and South Africa. The technology used has allowed Liquid to build its first terrestrial route that will provide 12 terabits of capacity for carriers and service providers in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and the DRC. The route, which measures 16,576 km, has been designed to cater to the demand for more ca...
Workonline Communications Establishes New Point-of-Presence in Nigeria
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Workonline Communications Establishes New Point-of-Presence in Nigeria

Workonline Communications, one of the largest IP network providers in Africa, has launched its first point of Presence (PoP) in Nigeria, further enhancing the group’s West African presence. The new megaPoP went live late last year, ready to provide 10 Gbps and 100 Gbps services at Rack Centre (www.Rack-Centre.com) in Lagos, West Africa’s best-connected datacentre. This adds to the growing list of African markets in which the company manages megaPoPs including Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa. Workonline’s presence will allow content distribution networks, and internet service providers with stringent quality need to deploy in Nigeria and will help those already in-country to keep African traffic in Africa. Benjamin Deveaux, Head of Business Development at Workonline Group explains:...
KnowBe4 2022 Phishing Test Report Confirms Business-Related Emails Trend
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KnowBe4 2022 Phishing Test Report Confirms Business-Related Emails Trend

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, announced the results of its 2022 and Q4 2022 top-clicked phishing reports. The results include the top email subjects clicked in phishing tests, top attack vector types, holiday phishing email subjects and more insightful information that reveal the most popular phishing email tactics.   Phishing emails continue to be one of the most common and effective methods to maliciously impact a variety of organizations around the world – everyone is a potential victim. Cybercriminals constantly refine their strategies to outsmart end users and organizations by changing phishing email subjects to be more believable and attention-grabbing. This shift in phishing tactics over time is evident ...
Kenyan Healthtech Startup Zuri Health Raises Undisclosed Funding
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Kenyan Healthtech Startup Zuri Health Raises Undisclosed Funding

Founded in 2021, Zuri Health is a telemedicine startup offering accessible healthcare services to patients via its mobile application, website, WhatsApp chatbot, and SMS service. Zuri Health allows patients to communicate and consult with doctors, purchase medication from pharmacies, schedule lab tests and diagnostic procedures, and arrange home visits with licensed medical doctors. Kenya’s Zuri Health, a digital healthcare startup with operations in Kenya and Nigeria, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Morocco’s UM6P Ventures to support its growth and expansion across Africa. The funding will be used by the startup to upgrade its existing technology, hire additional personnel, broaden its services and expand into more regions to reach more patients. ...