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Co-founder @DisruptAfrica. Tech and business journalist in Africa. Passionate about the vibrant tech startups scene in Africa, Tom can usually be found sniffing out the continent's most exciting new companies and entrepreneurs, funding rounds and any other developments within the growing ecosystem.
Applications opened for SA female entrepreneur challenge

Applications have opened for South African female entrepreneur challenge #0to6matters, a collaboration between Innovation Edge and The Startup Hatchery...

By Tom Jackson 16 Aug 2018

University of Pretoria launches new tech business incubator

The University of Pretoria has announced the launch of TuksNovation, a new high-tech business incubator to support postgraduate students in creating startups and employment opportunities...

By Tom Jackson 16 Aug 2018

Female entrepreneurs graduate from Mastercard SA programme

More than 120 young South African women have graduated from a Mastercard-funded initiative that empowers women to pursue entrepreneurial ventures of their own...

By Tom Jackson 14 Aug 2018

UCT's Bertha Centre dishes out $50k startup grant funding

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship awarded a total of R660,000 to ten startups...

By Tom Jackson 13 Aug 2018

Shop on Amazon from Ghana with startup Eazyloop

Ghanaian startup Eazyloop is allowing users to shop on international platforms like Amazon and have their purchases delivered to their door within two weeks...

By Tom Jackson 13 Aug 2018

UCT's Bertha Centre dishes out $50k startup grant funding

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UCT GSB has awarded a total of R660,000 ($50,000) to 10 startups via two different grant funding mechanisms...

By Tom Jackson 10 Aug 2018

IFC to invest in Capria network fund to address "missing middle"

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) will make a second investment of up to US$13m in Capria's new "network fund"...

By Tom Jackson 6 Aug 2018

SA's Picadoo formalising the African haircare industry

Johannesburg-based startup Picadoo is bidding to formalise Africa's haircare industry via its online marketplace that helps users find local salons and book appointments...

By Tom Jackson 1 Aug 2018

Kenyan agri-tech startup Tulaa raises $627k funding round

Kenyan agri-tech startup Tulaa, which allows smallholder farmers to access inputs, credit and markets, has raised a US$627,000 seed round to fund its continued expansion in the East African country and further develop its platform...

By Tom Jackson 31 Jul 2018

Kenyan e-commerce startup Sokowatch raises $2m seed round

Kenyan B2B e-commerce startup Sokowatch has closed a $2 million seed round to further expand its customer base across East Africa while also piloting additional value-added services for shops...

By Tom Jackson 30 Jul 2018

New startup accelerator launches in Malawi

Malawian hub mHub has partnered GrowthAfrica, Dutch investment firm Accesserator, UNDP Malawi and the Norwegian Embassy to launch the country's first startup accelerator programme...

By Tom Jackson 26 Jul 2018

HiiL announces Southern Africa Innovating Justice Challenge finalists

The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) has announced the Southern African finalists for its annual Innovating Justice Challenge...

By Tom Jackson 18 Jul 2018

Startups invited to apply for AppsAfrica Innovation Awards

Startups have been invited to apply for the fourth annual AppsAfrica Innovation Awards, which celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across Africa...

By Tom Jackson 16 Jul 2018

Apply to pitch your startup at Ghana Tech Summit!

Entrepreneurs from across Africa have been invited to apply to attend the Ghana Tech Summit next week, which will offer 100 free startup passes and offer the top 10 the chance to pitch at its startup showcase...

By Tom Jackson 12 Jul 2018

3 startups win Demo Africa event in Ghana

Three startups have been named winners of the Ghanaian leg of the Demo Africa Innovation Tour, earning the chance to pitch against counterparts from Nigeria and Ivory Coast for a place at the main event...

By Tom Jackson 11 Jul 2018

UNDP launches pan-African entrepreneurship portal

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a pan-African entrepreneurship portal, aimed at cultivating an ecosystem that will promote mentorship, funding, information-sharing and networking...

By Tom Jackson 10 Jul 2018

IBM launches blockchain starter pack for startups

IBM has launched a blockchain starter pack designed to make it easier and more affordable for startups and developers to quickly begin building blockchain applications...

By Tom Jackson 5 Jul 2018

SA's SkillUp Tutors launches online lesson space

South African ed-tech startup SkillUp Tutors has launched an online lesson space that allows tutors to conduct lessons with students anywhere in the world...

By Tom Jackson 4 Jul 2018

"Never been a better time to launch a startup as a female founder"

"There's never been a better time than now to start a business as a female founder, there is a lot of support there and a lot of women that serve as good examples."

By Tom Jackson 2 Jul 2018

Unicef opens applications for $100k fund for drone startups

Applications have opened for the Unicef Innovation Fund for Drone Startups, which will provide up to $100,000 in equity-free investment for profit-making tech startups that have potential to benefit humanity through the use of drones...

By Tom Jackson 28 Jun 2018

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