This Week in African Tech 🌍
Plus, Tech Safari Talent for Startups
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Last week we hosted our very fun Tech Safari Nairobi Mixer. We had a blast, bringing 180+ people together across Nairobi.
I asked a few founders and CEOs what their biggest challenges were over the last week (and at the event). One thing that came up consistently was finding talent.
But, we have a lot of great recruiters in our community.
So we’re running an experiment.
If you’re a founder or someone looking for talent, we’re launching Tech Safari Talent - connecting you to the best tech recruiters and talent on the continent.
Let me know about you and what you’re looking for here and we’ll connect you to someone who can help 🙂
Alright, let’s dive into the edition!
Airtel launches affordable 4G smartphones in Rwanda. They’re offering a $16.50 device with a 1GB data plan and unlimited daily calls for $0.80. The Connect Rwanda Initiative aims to bring high-speed internet to one million Rwandans by 2024.
Airtel’s new affordable smartphone
Ghana's Kofa, a pioneer in battery network solutions, teams up with China's TAILG Group to introduce the Jidi electric motorcycle. Together, they plan to roll out 200,000 electric vehicles and 5,000+ battery swap stations across Africa by 2030.
Kenyan social commerce startup Sukhiba Connect secures $1.5 million in funding for international expansion. The round was led by CRE Venture Capital and featured participation from Antler, EQ2 Ventures, Goodwater Capital, Chandaria Capital, and angel investors.
Husk Power Systems, a US cleantech startup, secures $103 million in Series D funding ($43M in equity and $60M in debt) to build AI-enabled renewable energy in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
OBM Education, an Egyptian ed-tech startup that helps pre-university students select courses and gives career advice, raises undisclosed funding to expand further into Saudi Arabia, after its prior six-figure round from EdVentures in August last year.
Events + Opportunities
We had a blast with 180+ amazing founders, investors, and techies at our Tech Safari Mixer last Thursday. Thanks to our partners, Paystack, Infobip, Founders Factory Africa, and Latitude59 for making it happen!
And we have a bunch more coming. Our next events will be:
🇷🇼 Kigali, Rwanda on Nov 8th
🇿🇦 Cape Town, South Africa on Nov 23rd
🇰🇪 Nairobi, Kenya with Latitude59 on Dec 6th
Stay tuned for when registrations open, and email me back if you’d like to partner :)
Startupbootcamp AfriTech picks ten African startups for its fourth ASIP Accelerator Programme in Dakar, Senegal. They'll get $18,000, three months of mentorship, and access to resources, with a demo day on February 8, 2024.
And that's a wrap for this week!
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