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Stanford Graduate School of Business Launches Two Educational Opportunities to Empower Youth and Entrepreneurs in Southern Africa

Silicon Valley-based university continues to expand global program offerings with new partnership with De Beers Group. Stanford Graduate School of Business (Stanford GSB) today announced a USD $3 million, three-year partnership with De Beers Group to empower young, budding entrepreneurs and owners of established businesses in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa through two new educational programs launching in 2018. Stanford is expanding two of its successful programs to Southern Africa: the Seed Transformation Program of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, known as Stanford Seed, and the Stanford…

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Youtap launches mobile money QR code solution and apps for growth markets in Africa and Asia

— Youtap (www.Youtap.com), a global provider of contactless mobile payments and financial services software, has launched a QR code solution and smartphone apps for mobile money services in Africa and Asia. Youtap’s solution enables customer-initiated or merchant-initiated QR code payments for smartphones and smart point-of-sale devices. The solution conforms to the BharatQR industry standard developed by Bharat, Mastercard and Visa. Youtap’s apps can be white-labelled and branded with the logo and colours of the mobile money service. The new solution gives any merchant or small business owner with a smartphone…

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Senegal start-up trains young coders

Video Player 00:00 00:00 Senegal’s tech scene has been slow to get off the ground due to a lack of qualified coders. But a locally-run company is trying to change that, while also helping young people find jobs. Local tech start-ups are tackling day-to-day conveniences in the capital, Dakar. Firefly, a digital advertising company, places TV screens in public buses, but has struggled to find qualified web and mobile app developers in Senegal. “They are trained in technologies we do not work with,” explains Mafal Lo, the co-founder of Firefly. “For…

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Silvertree Internet Holdings appoints ex Reckitt emerging markets CEO Freddy Caspers as Chairman and invests over 15M USD into Africa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, August 7, 2017/ — Africa’s leading Internet Platform, Cape Town-based Silvertree Internet Holdings (Silvertree, www.Silvertree.holdings) has recently reached the milestone of over USD 15m (approx. ZAR 200m) channeled into African consumer-focused technology companies since inception in 2014. The portfolio has achieved an average >200% annual revenue growth, helped by fast-growing companies like car buying site carzar[dot]co[dot]za and meal-kit delivery company ucook[dot]co[dot]za. To build on this success, Silvertree is excited to announce the appointment of Freddy Caspers as non-executive Chairman of the Board. Mr. Caspers has been one…

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PayU Nigeria Introduces a convenient payment solution for recurring bills

LAGOS, Nigeria, August , 2017/ — PayU Nigeria (www.PayU.com.ng) introduces PayU Subscription, a convenient payment method which allows merchants to safely and securely collect payments from consumers who have recurring bills or subscription payments in a seamless way. Country Manager of PayU Nigeria, Ms Juliet Nwanguma said: “PayU Subscription is an innovative product for businesses who are looking to offer subscription and recurring bill payments to their customers.” It provides customers with a simple, safe and secure alternative to regular direct debit payments. Using tokenisation as the underlying technology, PayU…

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eSchools Africa Initiative set to cross the milestone for providing IT Infrastructure and Internet Connectivity to schools in Africa.

eSchools Africa Initiative is a scheme run by eSchools Africa LLC to enhance computer penetration and ICT for education in schools in Africa. The scheme currently operates in two countries in Africa. A pilot scheme of 15 schools in Busekelo district council at Mbeya region in southern Tanzania is now ready for Launch. This will see the scheme replicated across the rest of country, while in Nigeria agreements are concluded with 4 state Governments to connect over 3000 schools in Nigeria within the next 12 months. A statement issued by…

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I love Uber more than anything, CEO Travis Kalanick says as he quits

San Francisco — Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, co-founder of one of the most influential technology companies of its generation, resigned on Tuesday under mounting pressure from investors over his leadership. Kalanick’s departure caps a tumultuous period for the world’s largest ride-services company, which upended the taxi industry and transport regulations globally with Kalanick at the helm. “I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors’ request to step aside so that Uber can go back to…

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Mercer’s annual Cost of Living Survey finds African, Asian, and European cities dominate the list of most expensive locations for working abroad

NEW YORK, United States of America, June 21, 2017/ — Luanda overtakes Hong Kong as the most expensive city for expatriates to live in according to Mercer’s 23rd annual Cost of Living Survey. Victoria in the Seychelles ranks 14th most expensive city sharing the same ranking with Moscow. Cape Town, Blantyre and Windhoek ranks amongst the 15 cheapest cities globally. In a rapidly changing world, mobility has become a core component of multinational organizations’ global talent strategy. To support the growing number of international assignees working in an increased number…

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Green airports of the future

Few places in the world – namely the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland, Yorkshire in England and a pinch of other locations globally in the then British Empire – share this accolade. For the state of Kerala, its tourism department could have picked this slogan to match the beautiful, picturesque and perfectly laid out landscape. Located in the city of Kochi, the state hosts Cochin International Airport, which is the world’s first fully solar-powered airport. It’s development, dubbed aviation’s first venture owned by the public, under a public-private partnership was funded by…

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Continent-wide digital skills development initiative aims to train half a million young Africans in one week

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, – The 2017 edition of Africa Code Week officially kicked off yesterday in Flic-En-Flac, Mauritius. Now in its third year, Africa Code Week aims to spread coding literacy among African youth, with a key focus on female skills development and training. Started in 2015 by SAP Corporate Social Responsibility EMEA and several public and private sector partners, the initiative has a long-term goal of empowering more than 200 000 teachers and positively impacting the lives of 5 million children and youth within the next 10 years. In…

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