Zain and MIT Enterprise Forum launch global competition to help refugees

As the world faces the worst refugee crisis in recent history, the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab (MITEF Pan Arab) is on a mission to seek disruptive and scalable long-term solutions by harnessing the power of technology.

In partnership with Zain Group, a leading mobile telecom innovator across the Middle East and Africa, and MBC Hope, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of MBC, and supported by the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR) and Jusoor, MITEF Pan Arab launched on World Refugee Day, the ‘Innovate for Refugees’ global competition. The aim of the competition is to find and reward tech-driven cutting-edge solutions that address the most acute challenges faced by refugees.

Known for empowering entrepreneurs to develop future-looking solutions to community challenges, MITEF Pan Arab is opening up the ‘Innovate for Refugees’ competition to participants from around the world and is determined to engage and reach out to entrepreneurs, amongst them refugees.

Participants can apply online on mitarabcompetition.com from June 20 through September 1.  Four prizes of $20,000 each will be awarded to the most innovative solutions that effectively tackle challenges faced by refugees.
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131 Startups Shortlisted for First Round Adjudication in Demo Africa 2016

The 2016 edition of Demo Africa has shortlisted 131 startups from a record 723 applications companies. This year’s edition attracted startups from 46 countries an increase from 23 countries in the 2015 edition. Nigeria had the highest number of applications at 217, followed by Kenya at 154 and South Africa at 104. Other countries that had a good showing were Uganda at 23 applications, Cameroon 17, Ghana 16, Zimbabwe 14, Egypt and Tanzania 12, Ivory Coast 8, Ethiopia 7, Zambia and Rwanda submitted 6 applications each. This year, DEMO Africa also attracted participation of African diaspora entrepreneurs with those in the US topping the list at 15 applications and Belgium 4. Other applications were also received from United Arab Emirates, Netherlands, South Korea, Costa Rica and Afghanistan. Read the full story here:
Source: Techweez 28 June 2016