ICASA publishes an Invitation To Apply for International Mobile Telecommunications spectrum

Invitation To Apply for International Mobile Telecommunications spectrum (Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence for Mobile Broadband Wireless Access Services 700MHz, 800MHz and 2.6GHz)

Johannesburg – The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa hereby informs all stakeholders and the media that the Invitation To Apply (ITA) for radio frequency spectrum to provide mobile broadband wireless access services for urban and rural areas using the complimentary bands IMT700, IMT800 and IMT2600 has been issued.

The main aim of licensing 700MHz, 800MHz and 2600MHz is to ensure nationwide broadband access for all citizens by 2020 in line with the National Development Plan (NDP) and SA Connect Policy.

The licensing of this spectrum will go a long way in:

    prioritizing connectivity in roll-out obligations throughout the country

    promoting investment in the sector to facilitate economic growth

    prescribing high standards for quality of services, and

    implementing measures to promote affordability of services

South Africa experiences continued growth in demand for more spectrum as a result of significant growth in data traffic. The lack of availability of spectrum for IMT brings constraints and challenges in the provision of broadband services. In order to address South Africa’s bandwidth deficiency, the current allocated bandwidth of 567 MHz IMT spectrum needs to be increased.

ICASA believes that mobile telecommunication technologies are a critical component in achieving the goal of ‘broadband for all citizens’ in South Africa. ICASA is therefore inviting applications for prospective licensees for the licensing process of the IMT spectrum. 

Seedstars World is coming to Nigeria on August 11, applications open now

Startups with a working (minimum viable) product, who are less than two years old, and have raised less than $500,000 can start applying for Seedstars Lagos, the seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets. They are partnering with Omidyar Network, and are offering up to $1.5 million in equity investment prizes. If you’re interested, click here  to apply. Be sure to do it before July, 29.

30 Startup Finalists To Pitch To Angel Investors At Demo Africa 2016

Thirty African startups will get a chance to introduce their businesses and pitch their products and services to a dream audience — we’re talking venture capitalists, angel investors, and investment fund managers — at DEMO Africa 2016.

Scheduled for Aug. 25-26 in Johannesburg, the fifth annual Demo Africa is expected to attract tech buyers, entrepreneurs, innovation supporters and media from around the world.

That’s because the founding partners of Lions@frica — the initiative that created Demo Africa — include governments and private mega corporations from around the world: the U.S. State Department, Global Entrepreneurship Week, Microsoft, Venture Capital for Africa, Nokia, InfoDEV, African Development Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, DEMO, Startup Weekend, Appfrica, Business Action for Africa, Business Fights Poverty, and Venture Hive.

Launched at the 2012 World Economic Forum on Africa, the partnership is on track to achieve its goal to support 100,000 entrepreneurs as they launch and expand tech-based businesses by 2020.
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Gaming hub launched in Kenya to develop local startups

Various partners including VIA Water and iHub have launched the Chezo Serious Gaming Hub in Nairobi, aimed at realising the untapped potential of serious gaming in Kenya.

The Chezo Serious Gaming Hub, backed by VIA Water, has been formed by a consortium that brings together experienced serious gaming experts from the Netherlands and Kenya.

Other partners include iHub, Upande, Deltares, FloodCom and The Barn, with the Chezo Serious Gaming Hub launched in a bid to develop an industry of serious gaming in Kenya, focusing particularly on urban water-related issues.

It is the first initiative of its kind in Kenya, and aims to inspire, train and incubate local entrepreneurs to assist them in launching new business ventures ready to tackle real life, urban water issues in new and compelling ways.

Training materials developed will be freely available after the project in order to continue to inspire others beyond the project’s lifespan.

“Using games to educate and teach is a long standing tradition in Africa. Think of the famous and, probably, the oldest “Mancala” game – also known as “the sowing game” – used to teach agriculture and problem solving. Games form an integral part of African tradition,” the partners said.

“Kenya boasts a rich and vibrant technology scene and an entrepreneurship ecosystem that has in recent years received worldwide attention for churning out ingenious innovations. Despite this, serious gaming is still nascent and untapped, as is the case globally.”

The Chezo Serious Gaming Hub looks to change that, with the various partners providing pro-bono training, mentorship and other support to aspiring game developers. Workshops will begin next month, culminating in a “game jam” to select winners to proceed to the second stage.

These winners will receive additional support from consortium partners to further develop and launch their innovations, with this collaborative, mostly virtual stage taking up to four months.

Three overall winning teams will then be selected to receive further mentorship and other support from consortium partners, with cash grants of up to EUR2,000 (US$2,200) also awarded to the most promising teams.

Up to 30 people will be selected to participate in the programme, with applications open here.

She Leads Africa has announced the ten startups that made it into its Accelerator programme

The results are in. She Leads Africa has announced the first cohort for their SLA Accelerator Programme. The programme is supported by Guaranty Trust Bank, and the Work In Progress! Alliance and is made up of ten startups (some of which I think are pretty interesting). There’s Fresh Direct Produce and Agro-Allied Services, which uses Hydroponics to cultivate food crops (I like), VivaSante, which claims to “solve the medical industry’s procurement problem, by providing technology enabled distribution solution resulting in the transparency and simplicity”, DeliveryBros, which is a hyperlocal delivery startup (specifically pickups from the market to your house/office), Koko’s Kitchen, which makes confectionary dry mixes and sells them for cheap.

There’s also BubbleTii, which makes Bubble Tea (I just found out what that is): a Taiwanese drink made of tea, and tapioca balls, Shuttlers, which is a transport network company that serves professionals in Lagos, Keek’s which sells weight loss and general wellness packages to busy women, Native Bukka, which sells…guess…bukka food, Bath Kandy which makes “dessert-inspired beauty treats for women who crave the finer things”, and iPA (Independent Personal Assistant) which “provides strategic virtual assistance to high-level executives across Africa”.

The startups will spend the next three months working with mentors, investors and potential partners, and will have an opportunity to itch for N2 million at an investment Demo Day at the end of the programme.
Source: Techcabal 20 July 2016