Archive for April 2016

Othman Bekkari from Morocco ready for Africa StartIp Cup


Othman Bekkari (far right), founder of GOMOBILE won the Morocco StartUp Cup competition and will be proudly representing his country at this maiden event.

GOMOBILE, a Telecom industry startup has a goal of “Connecting the Unconnectable”. GOMOBILE allows people who do not have access to internet, including illiterates, to access relevant vocal content through their mobile phone.

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RackSpace Sponsors Africa Startup Cup

RackspaceLogoManagedCloudLogoAfrica StartUp Cup is proud to announce Rackspace® (RAX: NYSE) as a Sponsor for the maiden edition of the

The Africa StartUp Cup is the first regional competition to take place on the continent. It is a proven model to build feasible businesses, nurture employment, and increase entrepreneurial settings. The competitive process will bring winners of 18 Startup Cups in Africa to Ghana to battle for a slot in the World StartUp Cup in Silicon Valley later this year.

According to Mr. Emmanuel Nyame, Regional Director for the Africa StartUp Cup programme, with the support received from Rackspace, entrepreneurs who participate in the Africa Start Up Cup challenge would be able to design a viable business model, develop customers, and accelerate their startup into the marketplace through a comprehensive judging, coaching, and mentoring process.

Mr. Nyame disclosed that an extension of the Rackspace sponsorship would also allow the top 3 winners of the Africa StartUp Cup Challenge an opportunity to build on their U.S.-based cloud system at no cost. This offer would enhance their practical skills, which will propel them from ground levels to the heights in business and challenge the African community to support the diverse entrepreneurial climate.

The three-day event, which will be hosted in Ghana in April, shall consist of a summit on Africa’s economic progress, mentoring as well as a final pitching round for participating startups.  The event will educate entrepreneurs on how to design a viable business model, develop customers, and accelerate their start-up into the marketplace through a comprehensive judging, coaching, and mentoring process.

“We are proud to support Africa StartUp Cup challenge in its maiden efforts to arm entrepreneurs with skills necessary to develop viable and successful businesses in Africa,” said Graham Turney, senior manager, marketing at Rackspace.

About StartUp Cup®
StartUp Cup manages an international portfolio of entrepreneurial programs proven to grow entrepreneurs, jobs and enhance entrepreneurial ecosystems. StartUp Cup represents a global network of hyper-local accelerators featuring business model competitions in more than 60 countries. Our focus is on applying innovative technical skills by serving as global leaders in entrepreneurial job creation and the generation of investment-ready businesses.

Additional global initiatives include: WECREATE whose mission is to grow a global network of Women’s Entrepreneurial Center of Resources, Education, Access, and Training for Economic Empowerment (WECREATE) Project is a physical entrepreneurial community center that can be replicated in any community. The WECREATE is a public-private partnership between the U.S. State Department and StartUp Cup.

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StartUp Cup Unveils International Experts for Maiden Africa Summit in Ghana

Maiden Africa Startup Cup

Back in July 2015, during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, United States President, Mr. Barrack Obama, promised the establishment of entrepreneurial centres to empower women in the society. This was a topic that he was really keen on during the summit and is quoted saying:

“Women are powerhouse entrepreneurs. The research shows that when women entrepreneurs succeed, they drive economic growth and invest more back into their families and communities”

His message was an announcement of the  new WECREATE Centres (Women Entrepreneurial Center of Resources, Education, Access, and Training for Economic Empowerment), a physical entrepreneurial community center that can be replicated in any community. This project, the first of StartUp Cup’s major endeavours on the African continent, is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) and StartUp Cup. Kenya is the second one to be opened in Africa. The other centre is at Zambia and another to be opened in Mali in the next coming months. A couple of others have been set up in Pakistan and Cambodia. Over the course of time, more centres will be opened up throughout the African continent.

In due regards to the need to promote entrepreneurship and businesses in order to create a sustained continent, many organisations are making commendable efforts, but StartUp Cup hopes to achieve even more to ensure that each individual is empowered to create jobs and provide sustained living through the Africa StartUp Cup, commented Sean Griffin, CEO  Founder of StartUp Cup. StartUp Cup’s Africa regional presence is poised to ensure this, as well as create an open environment for entrepreneurs to not only strive within the continent but to also have a great impact on the lives of others.

The Africa StartUp Cup is another great effort by StartUp Cup and the U.S. Department of State to bridge this gap of educating and providing important tools to entrepreneurs in Africa and the world at large. “In the wake of the rising inflation, high costs of doing business, shortage of funding opportunities, among other challenges that entrepreneurs face in modern times, it is only right that we lead entrepreneurs to overcome such challenges” said Emmanuel Nyame, President & Regional Director for Africa StartUp Cup.

The Africa StartUp Cup summit is an extraordinary event designed to showcase and celebrate entrepreneurs and is expected to host over five hundred (500) delegates from every conceivable industry, and in the process shine a global light on the power of Africa’s entrepreneurs and startups to improve lives. The event, which takes place on April 29, includes a line-up of key experts with the know-how of entrepreneurship development in Africa. In addition to the summit on Africa’s progress in business, there would also be pitches from selected winners from across Africa, as well as a great deal of networking with investors, business leaders, governments, and the elite in Africa’s growth agenda.

Some of the confirmed speakers for the summit include Sean Griffin, CEO & Founder of StartUp Cup World (Washington DC) , Diana Ofwona, West & Central  Africa Regional Director of UN Women, Neal Hansch, Managing Director of MEST (Ghana) , Albert Biga, CEO of Zooba Shop (Ghana) , Neeraj Gala, Product & Innovations Director of Bharti Airtel Africa (Kenya Head Quarters) , Ethel Cofie, Founder & CEO  of Women in Tech Africa (Ghana) , Eric Kinoti, CEO of Shade Systems EA (Kenya and Eastern Africa), Lukonga Lindunda, CEO of BongoHive (Zambia), Vuyisa Qabaka, CEO of Entrepreneur Traction (South Africa), Zineb Rharrasse, Founder of StartUp Maroc (Morocco), Ahmed Maawy, Founder of Swahilibox(Kenya).

The summit is open to the public – To acquire your pass for this summit, either to participate or exhibit your products to a wider audience kindly visit the Africa StartUp Cup Page.The program also includes a VIP Cocktail with investors, governments, and selected dignitaries, to help boost networking and promote more conversations about Africa’s next level in entrepreneurship.