The Dakar Network Angels network launched this month, making its first investment in francophone Africa to cleantech venture Coliba. The Ivorian startup—that uses a mobile app to coordinate waste recycling—will receive mentorship and a minimum of $25K in seed funds. The deal is part of Dakar Network Angels’ mission of convening experts and capital to […]View More Dakar Network Angels begins startup investments in francophone Africa
Lagos based online lending startup OneFi is buying Nigerian payment solutions company Amplify for an undisclosed amount. OneFi will take over Amplify’s IP, team, and client network of over 1000 merchants to which Amplify provides payment processing services, OneFi CEO Chijioke Dozie told TechCrunch. The move comes as fintech has become one of Africa’s most […]View More Nigerian fintech startup OneFi acquires payment company Amplify
Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Harley-Davidson to expand EV lineup, may include scooters, bicycles Update: EV startups Alta, Energica, and Zero could reboot the motorcycle industry B2B e-commerce company Sokowatch closed a $2 million seed investment […]View More MallforAfrica goes global, Kobo360 and Sokowatch raise VC, France explains its $76M fund
Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Breaking down France’s new $76M Africa startup fund Africa Roundup: African startup investments turn to fintech this winter season When Nigerian logistics startup Kobo360 interviewed for Y-Combinator’s 2018 cohort a question […]View More Nigerian logistics startup Kobo360 accepted into YC, raises $1.2 million
Though Japan and Senegal fought to a draw on the pitch on Sunday at the World Cup, the teams’ fans in the stands stood together in a unifying post-match moment of friendship that makes you think that maybe the world isn’t such a dumpster fire after all.
France-based comedian John Sulo has been at the World Cup in Russia seeing all there is to see. On Sunday, Sulo — at the game in support of Senegal — ran into a few Japanese fans and shared quite the moment, joining them in belting out the theme song to the popular anime series One Piece. Read more…View More Anime theme brings Japan and Senegal fans together at the World Cup
If you haven’t yet landed on who to root for during the World Cup, you should seriously consider getting behind Senegal.
Sure, the men of the Senegalese team have made headlines for their incredible performances during round one of the tournament. But more importantly, if their pre-game warmup dances tell us anything, they seem to be having the most fun.
A video of the team singing and dancing in unison on the soccer pitch before Sunday’s game against Japan went viral. It’s a short clip but it has already racked up over 2 million views — and it is easy to see why. Read more…View More Senegal’s team easily has the best dance moves of the World Cup
On a balmy evening in Dakar, seven young women were gathered in the basement of a local university, not far from the city’s Monument of African Renaissance statue. Lit by the white glow of a projector screen, they tapped eagerly at laptops as the speakers covered everything from how to market your business on Instagram, to designing a website and using WhatsApp to sell your products.
Taking furious notes near the front was Rosa Evora, who runs a small business baking and selling cakes. At just 21, the business world is new to her, but like millennials everywhere, she has a good grasp of the digital world — in fact, it was social media that launched her career. Read more…View More Women are taking charge in Senegal’s growing tech industry