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The world got a taste of the future of agriculture in Africa on Tuesday, June 11 when the winners of the 2024 AYuTe Africa NextGen were announced at the inaugural AYuTe NextGen gathering in Kigali, Rwanda. Three young agritech entrepreneurs were honoured after triumphing in a youth-focused competition aimed to spur a tech-led revolution in Africa’s agriculture: 1st: Samson Alemu, THUR BIOTECH, Ethiopia 🇪🇹Produces biofertilisers that increase efficiency for smallholder farmers and preserve soil quality; 2nd: Eliud Rugut, Silo Africa, Kenya 🇰🇪Offers digitized grain silos with IoT-powered aflatoxin and pest detection, preserving grains for up to 10 years without chemicals;…

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The long-awaited Agribusiness Innovation Challenge is back for 2024, seeking passionate young minds who intend to revolutionise Nigeria’s food system. The Challenge targets anyone with an innovative, tech-driven solution that tackles challenges across the food supply chain, thereby improving food safety, nutrition, and access for all? Focus areas include: Supply Chain Traceability (blockchain, smart sensors) Last-Mile Distribution Networks Climate-Smart Financing Agricultural Productivity & Efficiency Post-Harvest Loss Management Who can apply? Women and youth aged 18-35 Registered agri-tech startups with solutions for the Nigerian food supply chain Startups willing to expand to Oyo, Ibadan, Benue, or Nassarawa Committed and dedicated teams…

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Nominations are now open for the 2024 AWIEF Awards, created to recognise and celebrate the achievements of female entrepreneurs and business owners across various industry sectors in Africa. Nominees should have demonstrated outstanding vision, leadership, inspiration, and business success. AWIEF (Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum) is an award-winning pan-African women economic empowerment organization that works to close the gender gaps by driving women’s business leadership and entrepreneurship in Africa. Fatma Samoura (Secretary General, FIFA) – AWIEF Lifetime Leadership Award winner 2023 Salamba Diene (CEO, BIOSENE SARL, Senegal) – Young Entrepreneur Award winner 2023 Nonopa Tenza (Founder & MD, Kevinot…

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MoU signed (L-R): Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi (Director General of Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency – NITDA) and Trixie LohMirmand (CEO of KAOUN International – organiser of GITEX globally) 📸 GITEX AFRICA GITEX GLOBAL has announced the launch of GITEX in Nigeria, Africa’s largest single digital economy. This happened in Marrakech on Day 02 of GITEX Africa (May 29-31, 2024) – the largest tech and startup show in Africa.GITEX NIGERIA, with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) of Nigeria as Strategic Partner Sponsor, shall present AI Everything, GITEX Future Finance, GITEX Health Tech/ 5.0 and North Star Startups and…

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TEDx ABSU Uturu is calling on interested speakers to apply for a spot on the conference.To apply, potential speakers are to send an email to writing.tedx@gmail.com with details and a sample of the subject they wish to speak on. The email format should adhere to the following. Email Subject – TEDx ABSU Uturu (please do not include anything else as the subject); Email Body – The applicant’s full name and phone number, and a description of why you would like to be a TEDx Speaker (in not less than 200 words, and not more than 500 words); Email Attachment –…

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Nigeria’s Bank of Industry Limited (BoI) and the SMall & Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) have signed a ₦1 billion Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to boost support and development for SMEs in Nigeria. The partnership marks a pivotal move towards nurturing a robust ecosystem for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the nation. By leveraging their combined resources and expertise, BOI and SMEDAN aim to empower entrepreneurs and innovators, equipping them with essential tools to thrive and significantly contribute to Nigeria’s economic advancement. Says BOI: “This collaboration underscores BOI’s commitment to sustainable growth and long-term success, aspiring to build a brighter…

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📸 Ambassade de France (Nigéria) The European Union (EU) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) are collaborating with the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) to boost skills and capacity in Nigeria’s power sector for enhanced service delivery. Under the “Enhancing Vocational Training Delivery for the Nigerian Power Sector” Project jointly funded by the EU and AFD, NAPTIN will receive up to $46 million to help in providing power sector stakeholders with a workforce whose skills have been developed and capacities adapted to their needs. At the 10th Steering Committee Meeting of the project held in NAPTIN Headquarters, Abuja,…

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🎥Basketball Africa League (BAL) Fans can expect some of the biggest African artists on stage and curated music experience KIGALI, Rwanda, May 21, 2024/ — The Basketball Africa League (BAL) today announced the lineup of artists and entertainers who will headline the entertainment at the BK Arena when the BAL Playoffs & Finals tips off on May 24 in Kigali, Rwanda. Nigerian global superstar Adekunle Gold will grace the stage alongside some of Rwanda’s hit makers including The Ben, Juno Kizigenza, Alyn Sano, Chris Eazy and more! Global superstar, Nigerian Afrobeats singer and songwriter, Adekunle Gold, will be one of…

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A post by Onyekachi Izukanne (Co-Founder, Trade Depot), in memory of Chidi Akubuiro (Managing Director of Operations at Trade Depot): Journey well, brother.With profound sorrow and deep gratitude, we celebrate the life of Chidi Akubuiro—a beloved colleague, a cherished friend, and an unparalleled leader. His legacy is intricately woven with threads of unwavering integrity, boundless warmth, and an unyielding commitment to excellence.Chidi joined TradeDepot in 2020 with a visionary approach, eager to transform and innovate within our industry. He was not merely filling a role; he was answering a deep calling. With a mission to reinvigorate every facet of our…

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VKAV partners (L-R): Ryosuke Yamawaki, Ory Okolloh,and Satoshi Shinada Verod-Kepple Africa Ventures (VKAV) – having announced a first close of $43 million in March 2023 – recently announced a final close of $60 million for its pan-African venture fund, which invests in scalable, tech-enabled, post-revenue startups addressing difficult challenges on the continent. Key institutional investors in the fund including SBI Holdings, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Japan International Corporation Agency, and Japan ICT Fund.  New investors joining the final close include SCM Capital, formerly known as Sterling Capital Markets Limited, from Nigeria and a few additional institutional investors…

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