Daily Archives: February 19, 2017
A new seed investment fund dedicated to providing smart capital to African startups, launches in Morocco. The initiative is led by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs, and backed by some of the world’s most famous US and African serial entrepreneurs and angel investors. After three years of hard work connecting entrepreneurs and building a startup community in Morocco on the ground, a team of entrepreneurs has launched this new seed investment firm called OUTLIERZ.
Africa has witnessed a rapid expansion of cross-border banking, led by banking groups based in Africa that are spurring financial and economic integration and transforming the continent’s financial landscape. These institutions are occupying a space created by the retreat of several global bank groups from Africa in the wake of the crisis. African banks headquartered from Morocco to South Africa have each established business operations in at least 10 countries. Ecobank, headquartered in Togo—is present in more than 30 countries on the continent.
Stick Man, Triggerfish Animation Studios collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, won four awards at the Kidscreen Awards this week, making it the most awarded animation on the night. Stick Man beat Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas and Bruno & Boots: Go Jump In The Pool to win Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie for Kids. The 26-minute short film also took home Best Direction for Jeroen Jaspaert and South African co-director Daniel Snaddon; Best Music; and Best Design. Triggerfish Animation Studios is a Cape Town-based film and Entertainment Company.
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) reminds architects all over the world to enter the 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize competition for a chance to win 100,000 Canadian Dollars. The Prize, awarded every two years, is open to any architect working around the world, irrespective of nationality and location. Any architect, team of architects, or architect-led collaboration may submit a building or a related group of buildings that has been completed, occupied and in use for at least two years. The Prize celebrates a single work of architecture that is transformative, inspired, inspiring, and emblematic of the human values of respect and inclusiveness. An international jury will consider a range of criteria, including:
Kenya bursts with entrepreneurial energy, with Small & Medium Businesses contributing around 90% of GDP. In fact, Kenyans are increasingly choosing to run more than one Small & Medium Business, and many others hold down a job while running a small hustle on the side. Billy Owino, Regional Director for Sage in East Africa, shares some views on how to get it right engaging in the SME Hustle in Kenya.