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Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA) is a program created in collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and other multiple partners globally. The purpose is to support impact- driven startups and showcase the exciting business opportunities in emerging markets, which are also vital for implementing the Agenda 2030 and solving complex challenges. In addition, the program focuses on strengthening the networks between the impact actors, engaging the Nordic community with the global impact entrepreneurs, and enhancing the mobilization of capital towards impactful business.

GIA 2017 brings impact-driven entrepreneurs from emerging markets to Helsinki to accelerate their business, attract additional financing, and build long-lasting networks. The program includes online pre-event coaching and Helsinki BootCamp program from November 25– December 2, 2017 culminating in Slush.

IN 2017, SLUSH GIA IS LOOKING FOR IMPACT STARTUPS THAT:

• Have the vision to solve pressing challenges globally
• Have a business idea that has gained some traction, but is still in an early phase
• Have a solution that supports the sustainable development goals (SDGs)
• Have potential to scale
• Have skills and drive to succeed
• Have at least one working prototype

MODE OF APPLICATIONS

Click here to register for the Slush GIA local competition or visit https://goo.gl/forms/ZLy0CgAJYP4V50eD3.

The deadline of application is 15 July 2017. And the pitching competition will be held on 21 July 2017 at Buni Hub.

WHAT IS SLUSH?

During what is – let’s be honest – the sh*ttiest weather season of the year, Slush brings together the leading actors of the global tech scene to Helsinki for something very special. Described by many as “Burning Man meets TED”, the event has grown in just a few short years to 17,500 attendees and 1 million live stream viewers. In 2016, over 2,300 startups, 1,100 venture capitalists, and 600 journalists from over 120 countries come to Slush to drive business, and to experience the phenomenal atmosphere.

READ MORE at http://www.slush.org/gia/

Screen Shot 2017-06-12 at 12.53.33 PMThe iHub, Facebook and Telecom Infra Project (TIP) are excited to announce and invite everyone to the first OpenCellular workshop in Africa on 19th and 20th of June 2017, at iHub in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop is a two day event, filled with great speakers across many organisations, on the topic of rural access and connectivity, including Facebook, GSMA, USAID, BRCK, Vodafone, Cavium, Keysight, and OpenCellular core team. Detailed agenda can be found at: http:/www.opencellular.ihub.co.ke

OpenCellular is an open source hardware and software project designed by Facebook that aims to bring a more affordable wireless access platform to remote areas through utilising the benefits of open source on access technologies. The workshop will bring together the OpenCellular ecosystem, which includes the open-source developer community, mobile network operators, OEMs and regulators for a discussion on connectivity.

This event is for anyone who is interested in rural connectivity. We strongly encourage MNOs, regulators, regional operators, entrepreneurs and vendors to attend. We also recommend that researchers and students from universities and research labs attend. There is lot to learn and contribute to the OpenCellular project.

The workshop is free and open for everyone however, it requires registration. Register here for an opportunity to attend the workshop and influence the conversation, policy and technology to get more people online. There is a small budget available to sponsor travel for some of the participants so it would be great to see all Afrilabs members represented.

Useful links:

Workshop page: http://www.opencellular.ihub.co.ke
TIP: www.telecominfraproject.com
TIP project group: https://www.telecominfraproject.com/project/access-projects/opencellular-wireless-access-platform-design/
OC blog: https://code.facebook.com/posts/1754757044806180/introducing-opencellular-an-open-source-wireless-access-platform

K-Startup Grand Challenge, now in its second year, will invite 50 international startups for 4 months of fully supported acceleration in Korea, giving startups from Tanzania an opportunity to expand their business in Asia. Last year 400+ startups from the SSW network applied for the program and several were accepted.
 
Applications for the program are open now and close on June 7th. Startups founded in the last five years that have an MVP can apply here.
  • Download a print-ready poster for your local co-working spaces (PNG and PSB). Also attached in low-res with this email
  • Download press release and fast facts doc about the program here (feel free to share with local startup media)
  • For social media ideas, check this doc
  • VentureBeat published about the program here and TechCrunch published here
  • For any questions email nathan@g3partners.asia
Why Korea: Over the past decade (South) Korea has become Asia’s cultural capital. It’s now vying for recognition as one of Asia’s top startup hubs and Seedstars’ first Global winner (Flitto) came from Korea. It’s a safe and stable country with access to over 2 billion potential customers just a short flight away. Korea boasts the world’s fastest mobile internet, 88% of Koreans own a smartphone (world No. 1) and half of them live in Seoul (26 million people) – imagine how quickly tech trends spread! Korea’s also home to global brands like Samsung, LG and Hyundai who’ve signed on to support K-Startup Grand Challenge. Tech talent is abundant (64% of Koreans hold a university degree). Bloomberg ranked Korea No. 1 in innovation in 2015 and 2016.

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Jahazi Participant recruitment

After Graduation, do you know your career path? Tai Tanzania aims at reducing the rate of unemployment in Tanzania by organizing a session that will help you grab that job deal, or start your own company. The training will be conducted every Saturday for 7 weeks at Buni Innovation Hub. Anyone is welcomed to attend
Deadline to register is 19th April 2017 the session starts on 22nd April
“Create your future now”