iAfrikan Daily Brief - Little Ride, GE Africa, Safaricom & Boost Africa
Monday, 28 November 2016
Little Ride Kenya Expands To Nigeria And Uganda
Credit: Little Ride Kenya
Kamal Budhabhatti, CEO of Craft Silicon, has announced plans to expand Little Ride, his company's joint venture with Safaricom, is currently preparing to launch its services in Uganda and Nigeria in the first quarter of 2017. The taxi-hailing app's first venture outside Kenya aims to take on Uber, which already has operations in Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria, and Entebbe and Kampala in Uganda. Uber launched in Kampala, Uganda in June this year, and in Lagos, Nigeria two years ago. Given the fact that Safaricom is not present in the two countries means that Craft Silicon will have to partner with other mobile service providers in the two countries.
GE Africa Opens A Manufacturing Space For Nigerian Makers And Entrepreneurs
Credit: GE Africa
Multinational conglomerate General Electric has ventured into the Nigerian incubation space with the launch of The Lagos Garage, a hub for advanced manufacturing-based innovation, strategy development, idea generation and collaboration. Co-located with the GE Lagos offices in Victoria Island, the Lagos Garage will offer a year-round series of skills training programs focused on building the next generation of Nigerian entrepreneurs. Participants will be trained to use the latest in advanced manufacturing technologies – 3D printers, CNC mills, and laser cutters – in the first-ever fabrication lab in Nigeria. They will also learn how to apply the core principles of design thinking, product development, finance, marketing, sales, and customer acquisition in real-time to their ventures.
Safaricom's Internship Programme To Focus On Technology Skills For Women
Safaricom has announced plans to recruit 62 interns by January 2017 as part of its agenda to woo more women to the technology field. Internships are open to Kenyan applicants, preferably those in their 3rd to 5th year of study in ICT related fields including Computer Science, Information Technology, Electrical and Electronics Engineering or Telecommunications Engineering. Applicants must not have graduated. The internships will target 40 female university students under Safaricom's Women In Technology initiative, with a further 18 internships open to all university applicants. An additional four internships will be filled through the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya.
Boost Africa Launches To Finance Startups And Early Stage Businesses
Credit: Boost Africa
The Boost Africa Initiative, a unique partnership in support of innovation and entrepreneurship across Africa, was launched last week in Abidjan by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) in partnership with the European Commission. The initiative aims to foster the development of an efficient entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa by supporting the earliest and riskier stages of the venture value chain in an economically viable and sustainable way. Boost Africa aims to support young entrepreneurs to create innovative and compelling businesses with the capacity to compete regionally and globally, to attract domestic and foreign direct investment, to create new and quality jobs, and contribute to inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
"One I've realized is to give ownership to people who know what's going on locally. If you don't do that, your solutions end up going sideways."Ken Cochrum, Co-Founder of Indigitous. As Indigitous Founder, Ken Cochrum, explains, the organisation is a fusion of two ideas. The first idea is 'Indigenous' because it reflects Indigitous' desire for locally-generated strategies that work in each generation, language and culture. Secondly, 'Digital' because Indigitous believes in digital tools, resources, platforms and strategies can accelerate God’s mission.