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Women in tech – Last call

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WIN KSH 1,000,000 FOR YOUR BUSINESS!

WITStandard Chartered in partnership with @iLabAfrica has launched a search for the third cohort of women-led technology startups which will see five entrepreneurs win Sh1 million each.

The partnership seeks more diversity in technology and for more opportunities for women to develop entrepreneurial and leadership excellence.

The program combines world class startup support with local and international experience to provide Africa’s most competitive and attractive startup incubation program focusing on immersive learning, mentorship, building and growing Africa’s next iconic startups taking on the continent’s most relevant challenges and opportunities

Who are we looking for?
We are seeking to recruit the best entrepreneurial minds, women-lead startup teams leveraging on technology as a key driver of innovation in business. The applicant must:
  1. be a woman
  2. be the CEO with equal or majority ownership in the company
  3. 18 and above
  4. of Kenyan nationality
What are the the program thematic areas?
Applicants may submit applications across but not limited to the following thematic areas:
  1. Agribusiness
  2. Education
  3. ICT
  4. E-Commerce
  5. E-Health
  6. Fintech
What do Participants Get?
  1. Three months incubation at Strathmore University’s leading business and innovation incubator- @iBizAfrica
  2. Mentorship from world class mentors
  3. Coaching by top business, technology and legal professionals
  4. Immersive, world-class entrepreneurship curriculum
  5. Networking and exposure to expand your business networks
What do Winners Get?
  1. USD 10,000 or KES 1,000,000 equity-free grant seed funding for the top 5 winners
  2. 9 months ongoing support from Standard Chartered and @iBizAfrica to assist with go-to market and scale.
Terms and Conditions
  1. Participants must be physically available to attend the program over the three months incubation
  2. Participant accommodation costs are not catered for
Application  deadline 4th November 2019 

REGISTER HERE 

For more information Click here

To Apply click here

Helping Kenyan Companies fight Cybercrime

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ACPM IT Consulting Ltd. an international consulting company today announced the expansion of ACPM IT Consulting to Kenya. As part of this expansion, it shared details of a Memorandum of Understanding with @iLabAfrica Centre -Strathmore University and BCK Kenya. The overarching goal is to make it safer for Kenyans to access the internet without having their data compromised. The Strathmore ACPM SOC as a Service will provide the best way for companies to outsource their Security Monitoring by providing the benefits of 24/7 monitoring, decrease in cybersecurity threats to IT infrastructure, achieving regulatory compliance and Saving money.

The African market is experiencing significant rise in cybercrime due to fast-paced technological advances and companies are investing more in Cybersecurity experts to help prevent cyber-attacks.

Through the Hungarian Embassy in Kenya, ACPM IT is collaborating with @iLabAfrica Strathmore University and BCK to provide information and assistance to academic and commercial sector in Kenya on risk reduction and computer security incidents. This partnership will equip African students with the technical skills and certifications required to help companies prevent cybercrime and build the Kenyan economy.

@iLabAfrica- Strathmore University has built an international reputation for its world-class academic teaching, professional training, and research in technology. Working with ACPM IT and BCK, the University has already begun training students on various cyber security training programs and is providing cybersecurity services to potential clients.

@iLabAfrica, a Centre of Excellence in Research and Innovation in Information Communication Technology at the University, is spearheading the rollout and students will be able to benefit from access to high-quality learning online resources, hands-on lab experiences to develop technical skills, and the opportunity to achieve industry-recognised cybersecurity certification to complement their chosen fields of study.

“We are delighted to be part of this partnership with ACPM IT and BCK to help train and equip our students and the public with the right skills to help companies in Kenya fight cybercrime. We are happy for the support from the Hungarian Embassy in Kenya for helping to facilitate this partnership from a government perspective in partnership with Academia and Media. From this collaboration we look forward to bring skills to the local workforce, provide a service to local companies and an opportunity for us to further embark on research and understand what is happening in the world of IT in Kenya.” said Dr. Joseph Sevilla, Director @iLabAfrica, Strathmore University.

“The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding between ACPM IT Solutions, ILabAfrica and BCK features a historic moment as the first Foreign Direct Investment from Hungary to Kenya. This partnership will ensure the training and employment of highly-skilled cybersecurity experts to run the SOC and will save billions of Kenyan shillings for those companies that are affected by cybercrime in Kenya.,” said Mr Marton Milkos, CEO, ACPM IT.

The Partnership has come at a time when kenya is experiencing cybercrime attacks and organisations are looking for ways to safeguard their ventures.

The Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge

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Are you a university student that wants to solve problems that matter? You’re in the right place.

Acumen with support from The Rockefeller Foundation have launched a global challenge platform for university students to come together and develop innovative solutions to problems associated with poverty

The organizations will equip students with the skills, guidance, and resources needed to develop innovative solutions for some of the world’s most intractable social problems.

The best ideas will win up to $20,000 in funding as well as an invitation to an exclusive community of experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and change agents, who will help transform these ideas into successful enterprises.

To learn more on this challenge. Click here 

 

The Strathmore University Students MADD Event with Barclays Kenya

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Barclays Make A Difference Day (MADD) is a citizenship initiative of Barclays geared towards promoting shared growth, with a keen focus on empowering the youth through the ReadyToWork program. The annual event was graced with the presence of 21 employees of Barclays Kenya, including the Marketing Director, Caroline Ndungu and Head of Citizenship, Regina Mwangi, as well as the Guest Speaker, Dr. Wale Akinyemi.

madd2After a wonderful welcome note from the Head of Citizenship, Regina Mwangi and @iLabAfrica Deputy Director, Dr. Emmanuel Kweyu, the audience was addressed by the Marketing Director, Caroline Ndungu who challenged the students to take control of their destiny and seize the moment to change their lives through the opportunities that come their way. She showed them how Barclays is committed to bringing a meaningful impact to communities, and the importance of students getting ReadyToWork, a program that provides young people with knowledge and skills they need in order to find employment or secure self-employment.

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Next up was Dr. Wale, a well known inspirational speaker and business consultant, who captivated his audience with his abundant wisdom, genuine personality and great sense of humor. He emphasised the students to work on building their capacity, protecting their personal brand, leaving a legacy and integrity among others. His generosity was also seen when he reduced the price of the books he’s authored by half.

The second part of the event was the Breakout Sessions in which the audience was divided into various groups, each group having discussions on the four pillars of the ReadyToWork program: Work Skills, Money Skills, Entrepreneurial Skills and People Skills.

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Not only did the students get to learn and understand these four core skills and how the program might suit their career, but also get to interact, engage and network with the Barclays employees. Through this program young people are empowered with the training and development they need to enhance their employment and self-employment prospects.

@iLabAfrica partnered with Barclays Bank of Kenya to offer the ReadyToWork program which is aimed at equipping the youth with employability skills. The partnership was established in July of 2016. The Digital Learning team of @iLabAfrica will facilitate both online and in-class training of the program, with the aim of reaching all Strathmore University undergraduate students. Enrolled students are expected to complete the curriculum in a period of one week, and during that period students will get the opportunity to gain knowledge on the four pillars of the programme.

Students can access the ReadyToWork program here.

 

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 

Navvi.com Beta Testing at iLabAfrica

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@iLabAfrica is working with Navvi.com, an information-mapping platform that aggregates, filters, and connects content through location and subject. Through this collaboration, Strathmore University students are participating in a beta test for Navvi.com. More than 60 students have already tested the application at Strathmore University. The testing was coordinated by Andy Sternberg and Elizabeth Gibbs, both from Navvi.com.

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In line with promoting the new platform in Kenya, two students from Strathmore University have been appointed as Navvi ambassadors. These are Robert from the Strathmore University Law School and Antony Wainaina a Telecommunications Student from the faculty of IT.

Navvi.com allows users to map, post, and share and read news that matters. It combines mapping technology with a blogging and social networking-feel to give users a unique experience in discovering topics, trends and news that matters to them in real-time. It works as a crowd sourced citizen reporting platform with a special interest in water, food, infrastructure, energy and ideology.

The platform will be launched in the first quarter of 2014 in Kenya. Kenya was chosen due to its strategic position as an emerging leader in ICT in Africa. Navvi.com is also being tested in the USA and India. The beta test users will help improve and develop new features for the platform whose aim is to provide accurate and relevant information to various groups of users in real-time.

Navvi.com is a product of BrightBox Global Inc and was founded by Natalie Spencer.

Click here to view pictures of Navvi.com Beta Testing at Strathmore University.