Have you ever wondered what makes a successful enterprise tick, but never had the chance to ask or talk to the right person?
Techpoint Inspired is a platform where prominent entrepreneurs get to share the human story behind their companies. A handful of these companies have been chronicled on Techpoint and we are excited to get you even closer to the people behind them.
Among these people will be Ms. Funke Opeke, founder and CEO of MainOne, who will be giving a keynote address themed: Entrepreneurship: The way forward for Nigeria.
The date remains May 29th, 2017. Unable to register? Don’t sweat it; we will be live-streaming the event live on Facebook. Watch this space for a timely notification.
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Acquisition rumours. MultiChoice Africa, the company behind popular video entertainment and internet brands like DStv, GOtv, Africa Magic and MWEB (South Africa’s second largest internet provider), is reportedly in talks with the MTN Group over its possible acquisition.
Nigerian startups shine on Google Launchpad Accelerator shortlist. Recently, Google opened applications for the fourth edition of its Launchpad Accelerator to startups in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
Following about 2 months of scrutiny, 33 successful startups, from across the globe, have been selected to work closely with Google for 6 months, receive equity-free support and marketing spotlight opportunities.
Among the 6 African startups that made the cut, Nigerian startups shone the most.
Of pencils and toothpicks. Remember when Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu projected that Nigeria would start producing pencils by the year 2018?
Well, good news, Akwa Ibom State has commissioned a pencil and toothpick production factory, one good year ahead of Minister Onu’s projection.
Now if you just get around finally sending Nigerian astronauts to space.
Sleep for losers? Voluntary sleep deprivation is widely regarded as a recipe for greatness. People that sleep nights are thought to be failures. How true are these ideas?
Every weekday at 9AM (West African Time), we feature up and coming startups looking to break into the Nigerian tech scene.
This week’s featured startups
- RentALodge — find hostel accommodation in preferred schools and cities
- Dataplans — find and compare data plans easily
- Skillsearch — find potential clients and monetise your skills
- LaundryBros — order pickup and delivery of laundry anywhere in Lagos
- HITHOOD — shop online anywhere in Nigeria and Ghana
Check out these new features coming to Android phones. What confectionery is Google cooking this time, after Nougat?
Expectedly, the name of the next Android operating system (version 8.0), which will be released later this year, will begin with an “O ”. Here are some features we can expect from “Android O”.
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