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Are you a Fintech Company? Apply to this Opportunity

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fintechEfma is a very well-known not-for-profit global association, created 45 years ago by banks and insurance companies. Their mission is “content sharing and networking”.Efma brings together more than 3,300 retail financial services companies from over 130 countries (1/3 of the top 100 financial institutions are Efma members) and its members include prestigious worldwide groups such as: BNPP, Deutsche bank, Citi, Santander, Bradesco, OCBC, BBVA, etc.

Efma will launch a new Fintech portal on 14th April 2016, a unique website to facilitate interaction between financial institutions and Fintech companies.

The campaign for Fintech data collection has already started and submission is free of charge.

Efma Fintech portal benefits:

The Efma Fintech portal will be a worldwide repository of leading Fintech solutions and services. It will provide a unique Fintech database: banks will be able to search and have access to the latest information about Fintechs and their solutions. It is being brought to the market in partnership with Microsoft and Avanade.

Moreover, the Efma Fintech portal will serve as a forum for networking and collaboration. It will create leads for Fintechs as a “match-making” service, where banks can post their needs/projects. If a Fintech solution match their criteria, this Fintech will be directly put in contact with the requesting bank.

Furthermore, the related Fintech Awards will highlight the best-in-class Fintech solutions, chosen by a panel of recognized experts (ceremony scheduled for 14 April 2016).

Application Deadline

Apply before 29 February 2016 in order to be eligible to participate in the Fintech awards on 14 April 2016.

If you have any question, please send an email  

Vacancy: Afrilabs Program Director

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AfriLabs is a network of tech innovation hubs in Africa. Each hub serves as a physical convening space for entrepreneurs, technologists, developers, designers, and investors in each tech community. S/he manages communications in both directions and empowers members of Afrilabs. This digital-savvy employee is also responsible for all communications, PR, social media, and content creation on the community portal, among other things. This is a Web 2.0 communications role, incorporating online tools and in-person networking to create relationships, fundraise, empower peer-to-peer communities and ultimately build the organization’s brand, both online and offline. While every day as a Program Director is different, the successful individual will be responsible for coordinating the overall activities of the AfriLabs secretariat including Fundraising, Media Relations & Communications, Partnerships, Projects as well as Membership.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Community Empowerment – work with the members of Afrilabs. The manager, in close contact with the community, shall be responsible for planning, organizing and implementing initiatives/programs, which enable the communities to: a. Further grow, b. Add value to the members of the community, particularly Afrilabs members. This work also entails developing and implementing a sound social networking strategy for the community, an adapted media mix for the communities (mailing-lists, Afrilabs website with community functions, wiki, blog etc) and to develop intelligent cross-linkages with various partners.

2. Afrilabs Programs – In this context, the Program Director shall also plan and implement the key areas of Afrilabs. The focus here includes: Policy advocacy (lobbying on tech entrepreneurship), research and knowledge sharing among members.

3. Content Creation and Updates – To empower the community, write blog posts, articles, newsletters, communications materials, and material for social media channels. He/she will be responsible for updating the main Afrilabs site and related project pages, with input by Afrilabs members and the community at large.

4. Africa Hub Directory – The Program Director shall implement a “live Africa Tech hub Directory” on the website as one identified step of “added value” for members of the Afrilabs community. The directory shall serve as a clearinghouse for African entrepreneurship, and shall contain appropriate sections that shall match the expectations of the community, and that contains community-driven updating and governance structures.

5. Social media marketing – creating, managing and growing the organization’s presence through blogs, microblogs, and other strategically relevant online spaces including mailing lists. Enable the community to contribute and co-manage the organization’s presence in relevant online spaces (e.g. taking up community management roles)

6. Events and event planning – attending events on behalf of the organization and plan meet-ups for the Afrilabs community in countries and on the continent where possible. Key event targets include an annual meeting/gathering, as well as workshops, webinars/seminars organized periodically among others.

7. Public relations – support the Afrilabs secretariat in managing incoming media requests; develop and maintain and relationships with journalists and Afrilabs liaisons (hub contact persons) to promote the activities and values of Afrilabs, and engage the Afrilabs community to contribute to public relations through peer-to-peer processes (for example blogging)

8. Analytics – Using online analytic tools and other measurement tools to provide reports on metrics, and continually find ways to improve on those metrics through testing and new initiatives

9. Fundraising – Develop a fundraising plan and mobilize campaigns to raise funds for various Afrilabs activities. Fundraising targets shall be set by the Board, and is an important Key Performance Indicator for the Programs Director.

10. Management – Coordination and management of remote and on-site secretariat staff, volunteers and interns. The Program Director shall motivate, set performance benchmarks, recommend for hiring and firing to the board and oversee the work of secretariat staff members.

Line of Reporting

The Program Director shall report to the Afrilabs Community. This will include, among others:

– Afrilabs Board

– Afrilabs members

– Afrilabs partners

– The global tech entrepreneurship community on behalf of the African tech community

Oversight of the work of the Program Director is by the AfriLabs Board.The Program Director shall prepare and deliver to the board a written quarterly report of the state of affairs of the organization in scheduled meetings.

Qualifications –

Openness, creativity, leadership potentials

  •  A relevant university diploma or degree
  • Sufficient practice and knowledge of web 2.0, particularly social media tools / community building tools
  • Experience with fundraising
  • Proven experience of working with and within communities. Experience with establishing self-governance mechanisms of communities is a plus, ideas on it is a must. – Intense activity on social media and virtual collaboration/communication tools
  •  Passion for openness, networking, and African tech development
  •  Understanding of the open source landscape Skills we are looking for
  •  Ability to be resourceful and to delegate
  • Capacity to adapt to any African environment: a people’s person
  • High sense of organisation and discipline, since you will be working from your base
  • Capacity to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Team player, especially in virtual collaboration and co-working
  • Mastery of the English language, and no fear of other African languages

What you will need for this position

  •  A workstation: laptop, netbook, tablet or pad.
  •  Broadband internet connection. Except for weekends, responses to emails must be provided on the same day. We do not accommodate “out of office” auto mails. Internet connectivity expenses will be paid for.
  • At least 8 hours a day. We expect that by nature, you are the type that spends at least 5 hours daily on the internet.
  • Location: This person will be based in a member hub on the continent. Travel requirements is up to 50% across the continent to member hubs, as well as locations of donors in Europe, Asia and the Americas as may be required.

Remuneration:dependent on experience.

How to apply: Send two documents:

a) 1 pager on how you plan to do the work and your salary expectations.

b) Your CV Send these two documents in .odt or .pdf by February 5th, 2016, midnight GMT

Send these documents to: applications@afrilabs.com

Initial Contract: 6 months, renewable on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. Performance will be monitored against a work plan based on the “duties and responsibilities” of this document. Overall performance indicator after one year will be securing the necessary funding for running the organization for an additional 24 months after the end of period, and achieving high degree of interaction among member hubs as well as self-governance.

Apply to Pitch your Idea or Startup in Silicon Valley and Win Seed Capital Prizes!

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The GIST Tech-I Competition is focused on young science and technology innovators who have an idea or startup. If this describes you, then apply today! Or if you know someone whose idea or young company deserves the world’s attention, please forward them this message.

Application Deadline

22nd January 2016.

Application Details

Expert reviewers will select up to 100 applicants to advance to the semi-finals, during which their pitch videos will be featured online and voted on by the public. These votes will help to select thirty finalists who will present their ventures to a global audience at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley, California. During this internationally prestigious event, these amazing up-and-coming innovators will receive intensive skills training, mentorship, and networking access to global leaders in their fields. Winners of GIST Tech-I will receive seed capital prizes and all finalists will receive up to three months of mentoring following the finals.

Contact Details

For more information regarding the competition, visit here or Send an email .

 

Apply for Stanford Seed’s East Africa Transformation Program

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The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Seed) seeks innovative and growth-oriented leaders of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in East Africa.

Seed’s highly interactive Transformation Program challenges SME leaders to assess their vision, redefine their strategies, and make ambitious changes toward exponential growth.

The program is designed to expose SME leaders to:

  • Core business skills such as accounting, finance, marketing, operations, corporate governance, organizational design, strategy, and more
  • Applied skills such as negotiation, teamwork, leadership, and pitching
  • Approaches to product design and prototyping
  • Prominent executives and corporate, venture, and angel investors who participate as guest speakers, expert panelists, and business mentors

Participants attend four intensive sessions over a six month period.

Additional program benefits include: 

  • Local and regional peer networks—designed to enrich the educational experience and build relationships across borders and industries
  • Eligibility to apply for a Stanford Seed coach upon completion of the program

Program Eligibility:

Applicants must demonstrate commitment and potential to grow and scale their companies, thereby creating jobs, products, or services that benefit those living in poverty.

  • Applicants must be founders/senior leaders of for-profit companies.
  • Applicants must lead organizations with an annual revenue range between$150,000 USD and $15 million USD.
  • Applicant’s company must be headquartered, legally registered, and currently operating within East Africa.
  • Applicant must have English language proficiency.
  • Previously, SME leaders working in the following sectors have participated agriculture/food processing, construction, civil engineering, real estate, education, energy, financial services, healthcare, information and communications technologies (ICT), retail/product manufacturing, transportation/logistics, and water and sanitation. Other sectors can qualify for admittance.

Program Fees
The Program fee for the May 2016 cohort is $1,500 USD.

Deadline
The application deadline is January 15, 2016, midnight East Africa Time (EAT). Please review all details carefully before applying.

For additional information on the Transformation Program, please visit Seed East Africa site.

Questions? Please contact:  dalbohm@stanford.edu

 

Apply for The Ericsson Innovation Awards 2016

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The Ericsson Innovation Awards 2016 is an open competition for students all around the world.  This year the competition is all about the future of cities. Today, more people live in cities than in rural areas, and by 2050, about 70 percent of the world’s population is expected to reside in urban areas. Ensuring that our cities are creative, connected and sustainable is a major challenge but also an opportunity to improve the lives of billions of people along with the health and future of the planet itself. That is why we are looking for students that have the next big idea to create a better future city life.

Prizes

The cash prizes are just one aspect of winning the Ericsson Innovation Awards this year: there are important career-enhancing incentives on offer too

  • First prize: EUR 25,000
  • Second prize: EUR 15,000
  • Third prize: EUR 1,000
  • Fourth prize: EUR 1,000
  • All finalists and semi-finalists will be given the opportunity to be interviewed for a possible internship or position at Ericsson

Dates to remember

  • September 18- November 30: Phase 1 – Registration and submission. Register your team
  • November 30-December 17: Open voting and Ericsson jury evaluation
  • December 18: Semi-finalists announcement. 10 teams announced that make it into semi-finals
  • December 19-February 11: Phase 2 – Development of a Minimum Viable Product, etc. Working with Ericsson experts to develop your idea.
  • February 19: Finalist announcement. 4 teams announced that have made it into the grand final
  • Date TBD: Award ceremony / final event in Stockholm, Sweden

Are you READY?? Register your team here. Get to learn more about this challenge 

MSK GALA 2015: START-UP ENTREPRENEUR COMPETITION

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The competition invites Business Plans from Start-up firms whose technologies, services, products, or business models show original features or promise of high added value to the society.

Candidates must be the business’ sole proprietor and fit the following criteria to be eligible for the competition;

  1. In business for about 3 years or less.
  2. Must have a maximum of up to 5 employees.
  3. Must be a registered business and with the necessary licenses to operate.

NOTE: All required documents must be presented on submission entry that is; business licenses, operations permit, and certificate of registration.

Criteria used;

Entries will be evaluated in the criteria described below

  • Innovative qualities (originality and competitiveness) – the potential to create new needs and markets in the specific industries.
  • Strong Market Potential – what is the marketability, feasibility, sustainability and feasibility of the business? Judges will consider if the entrepreneur has done adequate market research. Whether he/she knows the market environment and if the entrepreneur is considering a financial balance, investment plan and room for the business to scale.
  • Evaluation of applicant – judges will look at entrepreneurs with the experience, knowledge, tenacity, confidence and overall professional acumen needed to scale a highly potential business to a market leader.
  • The price will be awarded to a business firm that shows great potential for growth and contributes to the regional economic growth and that which poses the characteristics below
  1. A new business which creates an added value to the economy through utilizing the regions resources i.e. human and nature
  2. That business which nurtures talent and attracts talent from the region.

PRIZE

The top 3 winners will be awarded by IQ Marketing an outdoor advertising contract and mentorship in marketing strategies for the business. IQ Marketing shall develop for the entrepreneur the creative concept, and content of the business’ Ads. And place the Ads at strategic street advertising locations for the business.

All entries to be dropped in MSK offices by close of business 19th October 2015. 47 Muchai drive, Off Ngong Road.