Kenyan mobile firm Safaricom has today launched "Lipa na M-Pesa Online", a platform that will ease the process of paying bills as well as shop online from a users mobile money account. The firm behind the system is Kenyan based TangazoLetu, which has been behind many of Safaricom's mobile payment solutions. Read more on this here.
Last week was Global Entrepreneurship Week but the whole month is dedicated to entrepreneurship over on the Afri-love blog. Along with inspiring stories and useful resources for your business/project/idea, there's also a contest running. Nominate your favourite entrepreneur to be featured in a dedicated interview-post. You can nominate someone or yourself here.
Google is rewarding you with $25,000 for sharing your inspiring story of how the web and Google have played a pivotal role in transforming your life. Open to people living in Africa, the five most inspiring stories will each receive the $25,000 cash prize, as well as expert assistance from the Google team on how to be even more successful. Visit their website and share your tale.
What is Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekend is an event that brings together programmers, developers, marketers, designers, startup enthusiasts among other diverse groups, to form groups and develop viable business ideas in 54 hours. It is a weekend-long, hands-on experience where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if their startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds- the other half have business backgrounds.
Startup Weekend is an NGO based in San Francisco, US, and has so far organized startup 500+ events in 110 countries and 120 cities.
Startup Weekend Nairobi
Startup Weekend Nairobi will look to not only bring together technology entrepreneurs, but also individuals from sectors such as agriculture, education, communication, among others.
Startup Weekend Nairobi will be held on November 22nd -24th, 2013, and will offer exciting prizes for the winners of the challenge.
The 3-day event will be held at the Strathmore University @iLabAfrica, which is on the 5th floor of Strathmore University Student center, Ole Sangale road.
Asilia is all about creating products and offering services that empower you to make things happen. Asilia loves working with passionate, visionary people and supporting them in establishing and/or growing their ideas, projects, brands and businesses.
Asilia would like to understand the areas it can offer trainning and assistance and would love to know what aspects of branding, design and digital marketing you're struggling with most. What you want to learn, understand and make a solid action plan for. We would appreciate if you would spare 5 minutes to complete a survey. Follow this link to survey.
The inaugural DEMO Africa event took place last October 24-26, 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya. It provided a platform for 40 of the most innovative technology products from companies across the African continent with the opportunity to launch before a global audience of investors, media, strategic buyers, C-level executives and other entrepreneurs. This was the first time ever that a DEMO event was hosted on the African soil. It is estimated that the DEMO Africa class of 2012 has already raised more than US$8 million in investments, business deals and/or partnerships less than a year after their launch.
This is a MUST attend event for Investors (Venture and Angel), CIOs, CEOs, Entreprenuers and Tech Media looking for the "next big thing" from Africa".
Sondeka fest is Kenya's 1st annual creative festival which serves as a platform for numerous events, activities, exhibitions that showcase Kenya's creative industry and promote Kenya as Africa's center for creativity and investment opportunities.
The festival shall enable creative entrepreneurs to sell goods and services, attract investment, develop new markets and showcase new and emerging talent.
The event shall take place at the Green House Mall on Ngong Road on 29th, 30th November-1st December.
It shall bring together the public, creatives, tourists and other stakeholders in the creative industry.
The main attraction is the competition between 5 teams of creatives that shall have 50hrs to create pieces and presentations that meet the brief and promote the theme ''Kenya at 50 and beyond''.
This will be done using re-usable materials such as biottles,fabric,stones,wood,metal and other tools required to make the items.