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Europe shows how Africa’s tech hubs can thrive

Europe shows how Africa’s tech hubs can thrive

Startups, Technology
Cities in Europe have woken up to emulate the success in Silicon Valley. The New York Times reported that President Emmanuel Macron urged the French to make their country “the leading country for hyper-innovation.” He encouraged the crowd of entrepreneurs to “transform” and “shake up” the country. On its part, the French government committed to support entrepreneurs through a number of incentives including, making the country more business-friendly. The story of European start-ups is the same across capitals. New venture capitalists are emerging to support the growing appetite for entrepreneurship and they are succeeding. The United Kingdom, which was a front-runner in creating technology hubs, is reaping big returns from the sector. According to Tech Nation, a government report
Microsoft Inc. unveils an AppFactory in Ethiopia to boost Local Innovators

Microsoft Inc. unveils an AppFactory in Ethiopia to boost Local Innovators

Startups, Technology
It’s been four years since Microsoft launched its 4Afrika Initiative. The 4Afrika continues to deliver on its promise to develop affordable access, skills and innovation on the African continent. The 4Africa initiative has now joined forces with Wollo University and Tulane University to launch a new AppFactory Academy in Ethiopia . This initiative will enable the IT graduates and related computing discipline graduates at Ethiopia’s Wollo University  to access a six-month internship, where they will work on real-world software development projects with senior software engineers. In a press release to Ventureburn, Microsoft 4Afrika said on completion of the internship graduates will be able to design, implement and deploy cloud-enabled, mobile and IT solutions in various sectors. T
Ethiopia bids to become the wind capital of Africa

Ethiopia bids to become the wind capital of Africa

Startups, Technology
Ethiopia is pressing ahead with ambitious development plans with energy being the core to the mission of becoming the wind power capital of Africa. The East African state has enjoyed a decade of strong growth, giving rise to profitable industries, new infrastructure, and showpiece summits. Ethiopia was among the most daring signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate change, committing to cut carbon emissions by 64% by 2030. The government has ploughed billions of dollars into hydropower megaprojects such as the Grand Renaissance Dam -- which will be the largest dam in Africa -- and the freshly-inaugurated Gibe III Dam. According to CNN,  Ethiopia inaugurated one of the continent's largest wind farms in 2013 -- the $290 million, 120-megawatt (MW) Ashedoga plant. This was