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RoundUp: Upcoming iHub Traction Camp, Google Launchpad, Jamii Forum Shuts down

The iHub’s Accelerator Program Traction Camp, Bootcamp is Here

Entrepreneurs from across East Africa will convene in Nairobi on June 18 to 22 for a one-week Bootcamp at the iHub. The Bootcamp is part of Traction camp, an accelerator program that helps East African Startups commercialize and scale innovative digital products.

Launched last year by iHub and the World Bank Group’s infoDev program, the program will connect 31 high-growth start-ups with the knowledge, capital, and access to markets they need to grow.

During the Bootcamp sessions that will be facilitated by IDev International, participating entrepreneurs will cover key topics, such as investment readiness and investor engagement, along with negotiations, regulatory environments, and internationalization and culminate in a cocktail event on June 22, where the entrepreneurs will get a chance to network with local and international investors and other key stakeholders in the ecosystem.

Participating startups include Azima (Kenya), Taimba (Kenya), Tango Tv (Tanzania), Sheria Soft, SkoolDesk (Uganda), SomHealth Ltd (Somalia) and Uplus Mutual Partners (Rwanda) among others.

Parties interested in investing, collaborating or learning more about the participating startups are encouraged to express interest HERE prior to June. 19, 2018 with few slots available.


Call for Applications Open for 2nd Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa

After successful running its first ever Launchpad Accelerator program in Africa, Google has invited application for the 2nd cohort of the programme and extending it in the process to a further 12 African countries.

In its maiden programme, 12 startups including Kenyan microlending startup Pezesha and Nigerian savings platform graduated from the programme last week each receiving US$10,000 in an equity-free cash grant, 

Read: African Development Bank Launches Digital Program to Create 25 Million Jobs in Africa

Technology startups from Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe are encourage to apply for the program that is expected to run for 3 months and will over the next three years provide African startups with over US$3 million in equity-free support, working space, and access to expert advisers from Google, Silicon Valley, and Africa.

Interested startups should apply by July 8 and the selection criteria will include startups targeting the African market and have previously raised seed funding.


Tanzania Top Online Social Platform, Jamii Forum Shuts Down

After passing of the repressive law that will require bloggers in Tanzania to pay for an annual fee of $900, the Country’s top online social platform has reportedly shut down.

In a tweet posted on the 10th, Jamii Forums states that it was forced to shut down to comply with the new government.

The tweet translated means “It is a legal offense to provide online content without having a license. Starting June 11, 2018 content providers are not allowed to post/post (online) online.

Followed by a post on their website indicating the reasons behind their shutdown.

Due to the notice issued by the Tanzania Telecommunication Authority (TCRA) today, June 10, 2018, which offers us a short-term of urgency to stop service delivery immediately before June 11, 2018, we must comply with the mandate and therefore this service will not be temporarily unavailable when we make efforts to ensure the service it returns.

As part of new online regulations, all bloggers will be required to be certified by the government to allow them to operate. Interested applicants will need to fill a form that will include the investments costs, directors and shareholders, the share of capital among other stringent requirements.


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