Mastercard’s startup engagement program Start Path Global works with startups to drive new businesses forward and is launching a call for application for its 2016 class. Start Path was established in early 2014 as a way for Mastercard to work directly with global startups building innovative solutions covering everything from blockchain to artificial intelligence and chatbots. Over the last two years, Start Path has worked with over 90 companies across 24 countries. Mastercard is currently running active pilots with or has directly invested in nearly 20 percent of the companies. “In 2014 Mastercard wanted to look beyond itself and support innovation that was being developed by new and upcoming, early-stage companies” said Chris Bwakira, Vice President & Area Business Head East Afri
DotConnectAfrica Trust through the Miss.Africa program is launching the USD 7000 Round II Seed Fund for Tech initiatives in Africa that will avail small grants to support women and girls in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to launch or expand their own initiatives that will increase digital opportunities in IT related training, jobs and leadership roles. "These STEM projects are important for the development and growth of internet technologies that will spur Africa to the next frontier and we are happy to be part of the progress of taking the continent to that global platform." - Sophia Bekele CEO and Founder DotConnectAfrica Group The winner of the first round eMobilis, is a Kenya based Mobile Technology Institute that focuses on training women &...
Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist has lauded African tech start-ups for the creation of thousands of businesses that change the daily lives of people across the continent positively. Gates was speaking at the 14th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture Series at the University of Pretoria's Mamelodi campus on Sunday. The theme of this year was "Living Together", with a special focus on those who gave their lives during the struggle for liberation. The multi-billionaire said for him, the most important thing about young people is the way their minds work. "Young people are better than old people at driving innovation, because they are not locked in by the limits of the past." The African entrepreneurs driving start-up booms in the Silicon Savannahs from Johannesburg and C
Sophia Bekele is not your average entrepreneur. She cut her niche as a pioneer in ICT matters, when She started her career as an IT Auditor in MultiNational Fortune 500 Companies, such as Bank of America, California Bank and PriceWaerHouseCoopers in US, when Auditing technology platforms was an emerging field. Sophia is now an international entrepreneur, corporate governance & risk management specialist and an international policy advisor on ICT an development, as well as the founder of DotConnectafrica, an internet company that spans across Africa with her renowned and widely acclaimed “Yes2dotAfrica Campaign”. Born and raised in Ethiopia, Sophia and her Sister moved to the US where she ended up pursuing computer and information systems for her undergrad degree. The serial e