Liquid C2 partner Google and Anthropic for advanced cloud solutions in Africa

March 7, 2024
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  • Liquid C2 partner Google and Anthropic for advanced cloud solutions in Africa
  • Ring Capital launches a new fund
  • MDaas Global scores $3m pre-Series A

 Liquid C2 partner Google and Anthropic for advanced cloud solutions in Africa   

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Liquid C2, a subsidiary of Cassava Technologies, has teamed up with Google Cloud and Anthropic, a big AI company, to bring top-notch cyber security, cloud solutions, and AI to businesses all over Africa.

Liquid C2 will be one of Google Cloud's main security providers in Africa, ensuring better protection and access to cutting-edge cloud technology.

It’s also hooking businesses up with Google Workspace for smoother teamwork and productivity, plus some nifty AI tools to boost creativity.

But wait, there's more! Liquid C2 is also partnering directly with Anthropic to cook up some AI solutions for big companies looking to level up their game.

Anthropic has advanced AI models, including Claude, that can perform a variety of tasks such as dialogue, content creation, reasoning, creativity, and even coding. And guess what? These AI tools will be available through Google Cloud's Vertex AI platform.

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This collaboration aims to make African businesses more competitive and innovative. With improved cyber security and AI, Liquid C2 and Anthropic are paving the way for Africa to shine in the digital age. And it is not just big companies; any business, regardless of size or industry, can benefit from these cutting-edge technologies.

Cassava Technologies' CEO, Strive Masiyiwa, is excited about it. He sees this collaboration as a significant step forward in Africa's digital transformation, bringing responsible AI and economic opportunities to the continent.

Ring Capital launches a new fund

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Ring Capital, a French VC firm, has launched a new fund called Ring Africa, targeted at French-speaking West Africa.

The firm invests in startups aiming to impact society and the environment positively. Think tackling climate change, helping the region's transition to a more formal economy, and boosting agriculture.

Ring Capital is putting €50 million into this fund to support startups from pre-seed to Series A stages. It’s collaborating with Mstudio, a startup studio based in Abidjan, to make it all happen.

Mstudio plans to bring successful business models from English-speaking Africa to Francophone Africa. No reinventing the wheel here — just proven strategies.

Cedric Mangaud and Leslie Ossett, the co-founders of Mstudio, have extensive experience. They've already launched successful ventures in Anglophone Africa and are now bringing that expertise to the French-speaking side.

Mstudio is thrilled to be working with Ring Capital. Mangaud calls it a game-changer for the Francophone African tech industry.

Speaking of game-changers, former government employee Elisabeth Moreno will become President of the Board at Ring Capital. Her mission is to promote greater inclusion and diversity while advancing Ring Africa's development.

MDaas Global scores $3m pre-Series A

MDaaS co-founders
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MDaaS Global, a Nigerian healthtech startup, has raised $3 million in pre-Series A funding!

Aruwa Capital and Newton Partners led the round, with follow-on support from Ventures Platform.

The company, founded in 2017, is preparing to scale BeaconOS, its proprietary tech platform introduced in 2023, and expand its healthcare network to cover all Nigerian states.

It has big plans to set up shop in every nook and cranny via a mix of its clinics and partnerships.

As we all know, access to healthcare in Nigeria is not without its challenges. MDaaS aims to address this head-on by increasing access to diagnostics and preventive care.

With 17 diagnostic centres across 10 states, the startup has already made significant strides. And hold on to your hat, it’s planning to construct an additional 23 centres in the coming years!

MDaaS doesn't just stop at diagnostics; it offers a range of services, from digital X-ray and ultrasound to ECG and echo for cardiac services, not to mention various lab services.

Patients can access these services via the SentinelX app, a personalised care programme that charges a one-time fee for yearly access to a doctor.

MDaaS has served over 275,000 patients in its seven-year history, with 108,724 in the last year alone. Women comprise 60.8% of its clientele. It’s performed over 240,000 diagnostic tests, with chest X-rays, urinalysis, and full blood count leading the way.

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Have a terrific Thursday!

Victoria Fakiya for Techpoint Africa

She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.

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