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20 - 03 - 2019

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Did you know? Over US$19 million has been invested in agriculture technology since 2016. There were 82 agri-tech startups operating across Africa as at January 2018, 52% of which were established between 2016 and 2018. PwC has released a new report highlighting the challenges of food security for Africa's growing population. Read the report here.

Honeywell Group’s Itanna is accepting applications into its 2019 Accelerator Programme. Applications close on April 19, 2019. The cohort will comprise 10 startups who will pitch their companies to investors to partake in its $30,000 investment in the 2019 programme. Apply here.

The South African government has its eyes set on the Fourth Industrial revolution as the center of the nation's developments in coming years. As a result, a white paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) roadmap has been approved by Cabinet to replace its 1996  version. The roadmap will direct the country's efforts towards taking advantage of rapid advancements in technology.

MTN, Microsoft, Vodacom, and a number of other South African and international industry experts have come together to constitute the nation's first industry body for IoT. The IoT Industry Council of South Africa (IOTIC) will help "business and public sector organisations gain insight into the capabilities that IoT technology brings."

The Tech Women Lagos AUDACITY exhibition continues this weekend, March 23 and 24. The physical exhibition comprises portraits, audio and visual components of the Tech Women Lagos portrait series which we launched on March 8, 2019. Tech Women Lagos profiles 50 women in Lagos’ technology ecosystem from different backgrounds and at different stages of their tech careers. We are showing the next generation of girls and women that careers in tech are possible and there is space for them in the industry.

Last weekend saw women in the series interacting with guests some of which were young women interested in the industry and for whom this exhibition has been curated. If you're yet to see the exhibition, make sure to come through this weekend. It's happening at the Africa Fintech Foundry, Victoria Island, Lagos. There's also a line-up of activities targeted at young girls and women as part of the Tech Women Lagos event series. Here they are below: AUDACITY Exhibition Africa Fintech Foundry (AFF), 1216 Ibiyinka Olorunbe, Victoria Island, Lagos March 23-24, 2019 Register to attend Access Bank/W Community Workshop Africa Fintech Foundry (AFF), 1216 Ibiyinka Olorunbe, Victoria Island, Lagos (Registration link coming soon) Paystack x Tech Women Lagos Workshop Paystack Offices, 3a Ladoke Akintola Rd, Ikeja GRA, Ikeja Thursday, March 21, 2019 Register to attend Mines.io x Tech Women Lagos Workshop Africa Fintech Foundry, 1216 Ibiyinka Olorunbe, Victoria Island, Lagos Friday, March 23, 2019 Register to attend Flutterwave x Tech Women Lagos Workshop Flutterwave Office, 8 Providence Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Register to attend Please read this guide to find out how to have a richer experience at the exhibition when you come through this weekend.

Shareholders with as much as 75% of Angolan telecoms company, Unitel, are likely to vote for the removal of Isabel dos Santos following a Tuesday shareholders meeting to discuss a court rulling ordering the company to pay US$654 million to its largest investor, Brazilian telecommunications company, Oi SA, after Unitel violated  several clauses of its shareholders' agreements.

Uber has launched a new app that promises to utilize less storage space and ensure quicker connectivity when booking rides. Uber Lite, which is now available on Android, will make booking rides quicker and lighter in low connectivity, on basic Android phones, and for people with limited data plans.
West Africa based pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar company, PEG Africa, has raised US$25 million in a Series C funding round, taking its funding total to US$50 million. The company, in a statement, says the new funding round will enable PEG Africa cement its position as a market leader in West Africa, where it already has operations in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal.
Government-owned telco Zamtel, has announced plans to construct 700 new communication towers by the end of 2019 as it continues with its aggressive network roll out across the country. Focus areas include rural communities in Zambia with little or no access to telecommunication services.

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