Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent (the first being Asia in both categories). At about 30.3 million km2 (11.7 million square miles) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth's total surface area and 20% of its total land area. With 1.2 billion people as of 2016, it accounts for about 16% of the...
Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent (the first being Asia in both categories). At about 30.3 million km2 (11.7 million square miles) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth's total surface area and 20% of its total land area. With 1.2 billion people as of 2016, it accounts for about 16% of the world's human population. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, both the Suez Canal and the Red Sea along the Sinai Peninsula to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos. It contains 54 fully recognised sovereign states (countries), nine territories and two de facto independent states with limited or no recognition. The majority of the continent and its countries are in the Northern Hemisphere, with a substantial portion and number of countries in the Southern Hemisphere. Africa's average population is the youngest amongst all the continents; the median age in 2012 was 19.7, when the worldwide median age was 30.4.Algeria is Africa's largest country by area, and Nigeria is its largest by population. Africa, particularly central Eastern Africa, is widely accepted as the place of origin of humans and the Hominidae clade (great apes), as evidenced by the discovery of the earliest hominids and their ancestors, as well as later ones that have been dated to around seven million years ago, including Sahelanthropus tchadensis, Australopithecus africanus, A. afarensis, Homo erectus, H. habilis and H. ergaster—with the earliest Homo sapiens (modern human) found in Ethiopia being dated to circa 200,000 years ago. Africa straddles the equator and encompasses numerous climate areas; it is the only continent to stretch from the northern temperate to southern temperate zones. Africa hosts a large diversity of ethnicities, cultures and languages. In the late 19th century European countries colonised almost all of Africa; most present states in Africa originated from a process of decolonisation in the 20th century. African nations cooperate through the establishment of the African Union, which is headquartered in Addis Ababa. Source: Wikipedia
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10 African startups winners of MIT Solve initiative

Ten African startups are among 33 winners of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Solve Challenge, which seeks innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues. A total of 1,150 applicants from 110 countries took part in the first stage of the competition and the winners were chosen from 60 finalists invited to pitch their tech-based solutions to a panel of expert judges and a live audience at the Solve Challenge Finals in New York City. As the MIT class of 2018, ...
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#FoodNextAfrica: The SA startup making ice cream from insect milk

In response to increasing demand for nutrient-rich foods and the high cost of producing animal protein, Cape Town startup Gourmet Grubb is turning to insects as a sustainable alternative to traditional agriculture. Although "an age-old practice in countries within Asia, South America and Africa," using insects as a food source is a novelty in western culture. Here, Lauren Hertzenberg reveals how Gourmet Grubb is rising to the challenge of creating a new market for insect-based foods and winning ...
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Applications are now open for MEST class of 2020

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST)—a pan-African training programme, seed fund and incubator for technology entrepreneurs—is now accepting applications for its 2020 training programme. Successful applicants will benefit from a one-year programme of "rigorous entrepreneurial training," hands-on project work and guest lectures. The course is fully sponsored—including free meals, housing and a monthly stipend—and culminates in an investor pitch with the chance to receive seed...
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Innovation vital to Africa's DNA, but so is strategic communication

Innovation is key to African stability and economic growth and building the continent's innovation capability requires investment. Yet, while there's no shortage of challenges facing the continent and innovators with viable solutions, African innovation isn't getting the level of global support it needs. "Once the rest of the world sees Africa's potential through a positive lens, investment and support is likely to follow," writes PR and communications expert Mimi Kalinda. Here, she looks at the...
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Applications open for LaunchLab Ideas Programme, South Africa

Early-stage startups from multiple industries, including AI, agritech, insurtech, fintech, blockchain, IoT and Smart Cities, are invited to apply for the second edition of LaunchLab's Ideas programme. To apply, you need to submit a three-minute video pitch explaining your business idea. In the initial sift 20-40 startups will be shortlisted to run through a 2-week value proposition design crash course. Selected startups will then be invited to pitch to a panel of judges who will choose the winni...
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Why Africa's youth should be encouraged to launch tech startups

Although Africa is a continent brimming with creativity, resourcefulness and untapped opportunity, it needs a more robust startup ecosystem to support its emerging entrepreneurs. And that requires close collaboration between the corporate sector, government, and academia says Sarah Heck, an advisor on international entrepreneurship and youth programs to the Obama Foundation and head of entrepreneurship at Stripe. In Tom Jackson's article, Heck discusses some of the initiatives that are already h...
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Tech-savvy women making a difference in Kenya

Dubbed the "hope of Africa" a non-profit organization led by four women founders is transforming the lives of young women by helping them develop a range of technology, business and entrepreneurial skills. With financial support from Infodev (the World Bank Innovation and Entrepreneurship arm), Google Rise, iHub, Computer Aid, Seneca Group, the Kenyan government and others, AkiraChix has given "hundreds of young women, especially from less privileged backgrounds, a chance to explore careers in t...
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Loon's Internet-slinging balloons are headed to work over Kenya

A network of giant helium-filled balloons is going to deliver internet access to some of the most inaccessible areas of Kenya. Development of the balloon-mounted antenna system began seven years ago as Project Loon at Google's innovation lab. Now, having graduating to become a company in its own right, Loon is working with Telkom Kenya to deliver connectivity and improve opportunities for those living in rural areas. Here, Alex Davies looks at how the balloon network system works, the challenges...
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How Africa can embrace an AI-enabled future

Although more widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation may initially cause job losses, it likely to create many more jobs than it destroys. Research shows as many as 2.3 million new jobs being created by 2020. And African countries have the potential to reap the benefits if they act fast, says Microsoft Managing Director Zooaib Hoosen. Here, he explores what "skilling-up for an AI-powered world" means for the continent's policy makers and how they need to ensure African peop...
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Startups invited to apply for AppsAfrica Innovation Awards

Applications are now welcome for the fourth annual AppsAfrica Innovation Awards. The awards are open to corporates, established ventures or startups that have launched tech services in at least one African market. The 2018 awards span 14 categories, including Disruptive Innovation, Health, Blockchain, Education, Fintech, Agritech, IoT, and Social Impact. Winners will gain industry recognition, global publicity and the opportunity to network with more than 300 industry peers at the awards celebra...
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