Win seed capital, trip to Turkey, exposure: deadline extended for GIST Tech-I contest

The deadline for the GIST Tech-I Competition - an annual contest for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide - has been extended to January 12, 2018. Led by the U.S. Department of State - and implemented by AAAS - the GIST initiative invites aspiring startup innovators to submit their ideas online, which are reviewed by experts and voted on by the global voting public in order to determine the finalists. New this year, the U.S. Department of State has asked all past GIST Tech-I finalists to play an active role in soliciting, selecting and mentoring the 2018 Tech-I participants. New 2018 applicants will be able to choose which Alumni Mentor they want to work wit

Inspiring idea: app lets you buy great unsold meals at a bargain

Too Good To Go app was launched by three Londoners - Chris Wilson, Jamie Crummie and Jimmy Wu - as a smart response to the 210,000 tonnes of food thrown away annually by UK restaurants. The idea is for the app to let Londoners buy perfectly good restaurant meals, which are unsold at the end of the day and would usually have been thrown away. Says the app Founders: The UK is the biggest waster of food in Europe. There is this huge social injustice. We have all this surplus food on one side and people going hungry on the other. We should be treating food as precious and the most valuable energy source and not something to just throw away.” The team Too Good To Go app launched in June 2017, in

Inspired agropreneur: Stella Adetunji

Stella Adetunji refers to her business, Kellas Biz Ideas, as intentional farming consulting. To put that into perspective, she will take the roughest, most unpromising piece of land and turn it into an organic source of food (see gallery below). StartFragmentStella got into agriculture after attending a training in July 2017 that focused on organic farming in containers. Post-training, she wasted little time, and converted a personal property (an uncompleted, one-floor structure without a roof) into a farmhouse where she plants tomatoes, cucumber, carrot, cayenne pepper, potato, cabbage - all in containers. While battling with controlling pests - especially attacking the tomato plants - sh

Win the trip of a lifetime: DSTV Eutelsat Star Awards for teenagers

The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards is a partnership between Eutelsat and MultiChoice Africa, whose objective is to stimulate interest in science and technology, and inspire innovative thinking among secondary and high school students across Africa. Who can enter? The Awards are open to students between 14 and 19 years of age in secondary, high or combined schools anywhere in Africa where MultiChoice operates. Entries can be submitted in English, French or Portuguese. Entry ealine is 12 February 2018 The essay topic It’s sixty years since the first satellite Sputnik was launched, broadcasting a unique and easily captured ‘beep, beep, beep’ signal.Looking back at this historic moment, write an essa

Win £2,200 + more: The 2018 BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition

The BBC's 2018 International Radio Playwriting Competition for 2018 is now open to entries, for a chance to win £2,200 sterling, a trip to London and have your play broadcast across the world on the BBC World Service. Three prizes are up for grabs: Two first prizes – for the best radio plays by writers with either English as their first language or English as their second language. Both winners’ plays will be broadcast on BBC World Service. The Georgi Markov prize - for the most promising script, this prize gives the winner a chance to come to London for two weeks and work alongside BBC Radio Drama and with BBC World Service journalists. Who can enter? Anyone aged 18 or over and living outs

Imagine...a shampoo made just for your needs!

Zahir Dossa is the founder and CEO Function of Beauty, an amazing beauty & hair care startup that creates shampoos and conditioners, completely personalised for each customer. The company started business in 2015, with the singular objective of meeting customers' exact hair needs, based on their answers to a detailed online 'Hair Profile'. Says Ms. Dossa: "Every single person is unique and different. We can make 14 billion combinations based on how a customer fills in his or her questionnaire. You choose between four hair types, three hair 'structures', and three moisture levels. Next, you select five 'hair goals', and then choose between five fragrances, three fragrance strengths, and six

¥1m grand prize: Olympus Global Photo Contest

Olympus Global Open Photo Contest 2017-18: anyone can participate with any kind of camera. Submissions are welcome from any country or region around the world. Entry closes:15:59 (Japan Standard Time (GMT +9) | Monday, February 26, 2018 | Throughout its nearly 100-year history, Olympus has been recognised as a pioneer and innovator focused on contributing to society by making people's lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling. In line with these contributions, the Olympus Global Open Photo Contest 2017-18 will feature the following six categories: Getting Outside Art Power of Light Light Stories Connections to Cherish Enter

$100,000 in awards for entrepreneurial secondary school students

Created by University of Delaware Horn Entrepreneurship in 2012, the Diamond Challenge is a global, innovative entrepreneurship contest that provides a unique opportunity for teens to learn about entrepreneurship while putting their ideas into action. While many entrepreneurship programs focus on principles of small business management, the Diamond Challenge focuses on unleashing creativity, encouraging a mindset of abundance and self-determination, and promoting purposeful entrepreneurial action. The Diamond Challenge is backed by academic grounding in state-of-the-art entrepreneurship education methodologies. The 2018 submission deadline is January 05, 2018. Click here to learn more about

G-Startup: win $250,000 to change the world

Global startup competition, G-Startup Worldwide, is held around the world to find the most innovative, early stage startups, invest a total of $1,000,000 in them, provide the support of a global network, and enable the startups change the world. Startups around the world are invite to apply to a regional competition for a chance to pitch onstage and win investment prizes. Application locations include: Dubai, Tel Aviv, Beijing, Riyadh, Sao Paulo, Silicon Valley, Jakarta, and Bangalore. Click here to find out more about eligibility requirements.

Enter: The $1m Hult Prize for social entrepreneurs:

The Hult Prize was established in 2009 to help launch startups that solve the world's toughest issues. Today, the Hult Prize is the world’s biggest engine for the launch of for-good, for-profit startups emerging from university - with over 2500 staff and volunteers around the world. The theme for the 2018 challenge is 'Harnessing the power of energy to transform the lives of 10 million people'. Click here to apply

Photo contest: enter to win $1,000

Diabetes triggered by pregnancy affects 1 in 7 births — and the vast majority of women affected live in low-and middle-income countries. Together with the World Diabetes Foundation, Women Deliver seeks to elevate the issue of gestational diabetes. The Diabetes in Pregnancy Photo Contest is open to all photographers who are 18 years old or older. All photos entered must highlight subjects, scenes, etc., from one of the following three countries: India China Nigeria Each entry must tell the story of someone who has experienced diabetes during pregnancy in some capacity. Examples include a woman who has, or has had, diabetes during her pregnancy; health workers who work with women diagnosed wit

Innovative ideas for Zero Hunger: $10,000 funding + mentorship

Does your company have the potential to solve hunger? Applications are now open for the 2018 UN World Food Programme WFP Innovation Accelerator (WFP) Innovation Accelerator. Launched in 2016, and based in Munich (Germany), the accelerator identifies, supports and scales high potential solutions to hunger worldwide. Successful applicants receive up to US$100,000 in funding, mentorship from industry experts, and access to the world's largest humanitarian organisation. Apply here.

She healed herself through nutrition, and built a business on it

If we can't find a solution, why don't we create one? That's exactly what Dorothy Olokodana (Founder of Organic Dorothy) did. She was training as a pastry chef when, in 2012, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, which brought on a whole host of symptoms: allergies, darkened facial skin weight gain, acute sinusitis, hair loss, chronic constipation, dairy intolerance, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, heat intolerance, and so on. Dorothy says that prior to diagnosis, she was initially treated for hay fever for over 6 months, yet the symptoms persisted. She took matters into her own hands, did some research and concluded that her symptoms were linked to poor digestive health.

Winner: the ubiquitous, all-purpose charger

On the 5th of December, Innoventures hosted “Startup Nova - Entrepreneurship Explosion” at the prestigious Hilton Ramses, as the final phase of its Startup Reactor program’s fourth cycle. A total of 15,000 Euro on cash prizes was given to four promising startups by VC4A, the program’s partner and main sponsor. First place cash prize of 8,000 Euro went to Happiana, a startup that specialises in creating adaptable charging solutions that can charge any device, anywhere at anytime - with a goal of erasing the words “Battery Low” from existence. Bioniclimbs - a research and development based company for developing prosthetic limbs with a focus on high functionality, fast production and customiza

Seriously Scrumptious Snacks

Owner of Clara’s Corner, Azuka Nduaguibe, is a dyed-in-the-wool artiste, with so many tricks up her sleeve: chef, cook, writer, painter, bead maker, and graphic artist. Her latest venture, Clara's Corner, is a food company focused on healthy, high fibre cereal and baked goods such as granola, low-fat yoghurt (greek and regular), energy bars, and fruit nectars. Organic granola's oats are known to deliver impressive numbers in fibre and iron, while nuts and seeds add heart-healthy unsaturated fats and some protein. All yogurts are excellent sources of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc, and vitamins B6 and B12. What distinguishes Greek yogurt is its thicker, creamier texture, its containing pro

Spectacular: for your eyes only

South African techpreneur, Stephanie Cowper, is the game-changing co-founder and CEO of BeSpecular - a startup that has developed an innovative mobile app (Specular) that helps the visually impaired lead more independent lives. With a Specular app subscription, the visually impaired person is able to take photos of the object/situation that they need help with, send the details to a sighted person, and receive a response to their query via a text or voice message. How did Stephanie get the idea? The delivery of this bold, new, digital concept is Stephanie's very first entrepreneurial venture. She got the idea for Specular app while studying Technology Entrepreneurship at Stanford University.

Going Coconuts!

It's that time of year when every household is getting set to cook up a storm - bake, fry barbecue, and grill. We were asked for recommendations on the healthiest cooking oil options, and here's who/what we found. Emeka Ugwoeje is the Founder and Managing Director at SFK Cococnut Oil Company, which manufactures coconut oil, water and flour - and is a major supplier to the pharmaceutical, confectionery and cosmetics industries. An ex-staff of Law Union & Rock Insurance Plc. (and a graduate of Electrical Electronics Engineering from the University of Maiduguri), Emeka ventured into the coconut oil extracting business over nine years ago. "SFK coconut oil is produced in its most hygienic and p

Interview: The thrilling tour guide

When people say they wish they could travel for a living, one begins to imagine the sheer number of opportunities out there. A tour guide, for example, could easily be one such dream job. To take this thought into reality, Bank & Entrepreneur Africa magazine caught up with sought-after hospitality entrepreneur, Mark More, to learn first-hand what goes into leading groups of people through some of Nigeria’s most famous sights. Excerpts: Who’s Mark More? I’m a graduate of Geography from the University of Ilorin (Nigeria), and I own and operate MotleyTravels . I started my travel career in 2004 with the defunct Aviation Development Company (ADC Airlines) as a Passenger Service Officer, after w

Fate Foundation 2017 Annual Celebration: Fantastic night out for entrepreneurship

The Future of Entrepreneurship. That was the theme for Fate Foundation's Annual Celebration which took place at the Muson Centre, in Lagos, yesterday. Under the leadership of Fola Adeola (Founder), the Fate Foundation has served as a committed catalyst of growth for several levels of entrepreneurs, especially MSMEs. The highlight for the evening was a presentation of certificates to Nigeria's next generation of entrepreneurs, who graduated from the following FATE courses: Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme (EEP) 20 Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme (EEP) 21 Aspiring Entrepreneurs Programme (EEP) 58 Aspiring Entrepreneurs Programme (EEP) 59 Aspiring Entrepreneurs Programme (EEP) 60 Aspiring Ent

A personal experience turns her into a change agent for Africa's pharmaceutical industry

Medsaf Founder, Vivian Nwakah, is clear about her mission: to put in place a system that makes quality medications as pervasive as possible, across Africa - based on the fact that every human being should have access to safe and cost effective healthcare. Nwakah has set up Medsaf as a technology-enabled pharmaceutical platform that not only connects high quality, trusted manufacturers to the medical industry on the Continent, but also provides important drug information and facts. In an attempt to wipe out issues of unfair pricing, quality control, and substandard or counterfeit drugs, Medsaf procures in-demand and scarce medications, vitamins, and supplements directly from leading local and

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