16 JULY, 2021
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Appropriate morning ☀️ ️
Twitter is striking off Fleets. The reports characteristic became once launched to abet reduce the alarm that comes with having everlasting posts nonetheless it looks every person honest uses the characteristic to boost their tweets.
They’re engaged on one thing recent, possibly the coveted edit button. 😅
In on the present time’s edition:
- Ghana Chronicles
- Mercurial Fire 🔥
- Gokada’s ticket to big app stardom
- TC Insights: Funding Tracker
- SEED Award winners announced, and so that they’re all Africans
All the things that has a initiating has an pause.
The day earlier than on the present time became once my final day in Accra, Ghana. I stayed indoors and adopted up on about a conversations earlier than heading for the airport.
I spoke to Daniela Kwegyir-Afful from the Fintech and Innovation plight of job of the Financial institution of Ghana. After talking to many companies it made sense to connect with the regulator. I also spoke to Eli Hini, Head of Mobile Financial Companies and products for MTN Ghana. Mobile Money is a mountainous deal in Ghana and MTN is the market leader with 17 million registered subscribers and over 200,00 agents all over the nation.
Size of vehicles
Why are there many ‘small’ vehicles in Ghana?
When my field couldn’t match into the non-existent boot of the Shuffle trudge I ordered to the airport, it jogged my memory of the principle inform I made when I purchased into Ghana. Quite loads of the vehicles primitive for taxi companies are small.
In Lagos most Uber or Shuffle drivers spend a Toyota corolla or camry nonetheless here it’s extra of Toyota Vitz or Kia Picanto. Diversified drivers defined that the reason in the wait on of here is that the smaller vehicles are extra gas efficient. It makes me wonder in the occasion that they’re extra gas efficient than these the drivers spend in Lagos and why smaller vehicles aren’t neatly-liked in Lagos.
It’s been two weeks of meeting a form of folks and corporations. I’ve been impressed by the skill and efforts being build into the tech ecosystem. Having a sit down up for telling these reports and seeing extra success reports from Ghana.
Thank you to every person who confirmed up, reached out or helped out in a single or the a form of. I’m definite I’ll composed preserve meeting extra folks and studying extra in regards to the tech ecosystem in Ghana.
Thank you Ghana your meals has been kind to my neck that’s started folding.
Thank you and Goodbye Ghana. Unless we meet again. Medaase and Akyire!
Mercurial Fire 🔥 with freda yawson
Indicate your job to a five-year-frail
I occupy two jobs, both of which want to provide with making the realm a greater plight by making improvements to folks’s lives. With my first job, I abet the executive earn solutions by compare and policy. In my a form of job, by Innovate Ghana, I abet formative years attain up with solutions the spend of technology.
What’s one thing you want you knew earlier in your profession/life?
To remove nothing at face imprint! Every so regularly you simply don’t know what you don’t know. It’s crucial that we remove time to verify, validate and compare the context of conversations, challenges, and solutions. Chatting with consultants and folks with diverse views will provide you with a greater image of the stammer/resolution.
What’s the handiest advice you’ve ever got in your profession?
One of my managers once advised me, “Beginning up with the lead to tips.” Realize what your targets are, title the bear of folks you’ve got got to be love, and don’t be shy to achieve out.
What (singular) fulfillment are you most enough with?
My licensed Bruce Lee quote is: “Sparkling is no longer ample, we should always always apply. Piquant is no longer ample, we should always always produce.” It’s been translating my engineering records into sparkling essential experiences. I’m enough with the indisputable fact that Innovate Ghana has created an ambiance for formative years to apply what they’ve learnt in college to change their communities. Up to now we’ve skilled 300 students by our workshops and 650 by partnerships.
Uncover us one thing you cherish doing that you just’re monstrous at. And protest us one thing you’re big at nonetheless don’t trip doing
Dawdle-Karting. I love racing nonetheless for some reason, I’ve by no plan gotten on the pinnacle of the leaderboard, I’m consistently in the center 😭. I also cherish taking half in soccer nonetheless I detest working.
Most folks protest me that I’m appropriate at organizing events and bringing folks collectively nonetheless I don’t trip the approach. The administrative a part of getting folks collectively is a chore! On the pause of the day, I trip getting my chums collectively and being a part of a community.
What recent programs of doing things will you preserve from this previous year?
My mum will assert at me for this because my total life she’s been telling us [my siblings and I] to be cleaner. We consistently laughed at her for laundry her hands 20 times a day. When Corona got here, all of us regarded at her and acknowledged she became once factual. From which occupy, it’s being extra attentive to effectively being and cleanliness. In phrases of tech, it’s the discussion on the spend of digital innovation to solve complications love education or even blood donation.
Freda Yawson is an engineer, policy consultant and entrepreneur who is passionate in regards to the spend of improvements in STEM to pork up lives in Africa.
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TC INSIGHTS: FUNDING TRACKER
This week, $25.1million of the $26.1million raised, 96%, went to Egyptian startups. Fintech unicorn Fawry led a $10m investment into one other Egyptian startup: meals discovery platform Elmenus. Luxor Capital and Marakez also participated in the round.
The a form of gives for the week contain:
- Egyptian healthtech platform Yodawy raised $7.5million from Middle East Mission Partners, Global Ventures, Algebra Ventures, CVentures, P1 Ventures, and Athaal Angel Merchants Neighborhood.
- iNNOHEALTH, a South African e-effectively being startup, closed a seven-figure seed round from unnamed Hong Kong-primarily primarily based VC
- AIfluence, a Kenyan advert-tech platform, raised $1million from EQ2 Ventures, Antler East Africa, Nigerian VC Oui Capital, and ArabyAds.
- Egyptian edutainment platform Jeel secured a S1.2million seed funding round led by Kuwaiti and Jordanian angel investors.
Taager, an Egyptian social commerce startup, raised $6.4million from 4DX Ventures, Raed Ventures, Beco Capital, Breyer Capital, and a few particular particular person investors
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SEED Awards winners announced and so that they’re all Aricans!
The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Constructing is “an annual awards blueprint designed to title the most innovative and promising in the neighborhood-led originate-up eco-inclusive enterprises in putting in and rising economies.”
With over 900+ functions all over 9 international locations alongside with Indonesia, India, and Zimbabwe, this year’s award winners were announced on the UN Excessive-Stage Political Forum on Sustainable Constructing.
Eco-inclusive African startups from South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, Botswana, Malawi, and Zambia were announced as winners who will partake in SEED’s one-year Accelerator programme.
The six startups are Regenize, Peec Energy, Wuchi Wami, Kalahari Honey, Eco-Gen, and JVL-YKMA Recycling Plant.
Examine their work here: Meet the SEED Award 2021 winners and runners-up
Written by – Daniel Adeyemi & Timi Odueso
Edited by – Daniel Adeyemi