On Monday, 6th November, 2017, at a dinner in Cape Town, the ten (10) winners of this year’s edition of the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards were announced.
The award scheme supported by BoomPlay Music, Basebone, BBM, Content Connect Africa, Mobile Monday South Africa (MOMO) and the Mobile Ecosystem Forum(MEF) seeks to celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across the African continent.
This year’s AppsAfrica awards attracted over 300 entries from 31 countries judged by an independent panel of leading industry experts. At the end of the day, out of about 50 nominated finalists across 10 categories, only 10 walked away with the big prize. The winners are listed below;
1. Best Social and Messaging Award
This award went to Kenyan emergency response startup Flare.
2. Disruptive Innovation Award
This next award also went to UK based startup operating in Africa, What3Words.
3. Best African App
The winner of this award was music streaming and download service Boomplay Music.
4. Enterprise Solution Award
This award was picked up by the only startup to win more than one award, What3Words.
5. News and Entertainment Award
This one went to Nigerian news startup Bounce News.
6. Educational Award
This award went to Kenyan startup Snapplify.
7. Fintech Award
This was awarded to Flutterwave.
8. Social Impact Award
This award went to Vodacom e-School.
The winner of this award was mobile-based auction service Mazady.
10. Changing Africa
This award was won by mobile financial services startup company Jumo.
“The AppsAfrica.com Awards were first organised three years ago to celebrate the best in mobile and tech across the continent and it is fantastic to see the growth each year, with entries from over 31 countries this year. Even more encouraging is how rapidly African start-ups are now scaling to compete with established corporates with winners from both,” said Andrew Fassnidge founder of AppsAfrica.com.
The winners of the various awards also get the opportunity to showcase their products at the Africa Tech Summit Kigali next year. Along with the opportunity to connect with the world leaders in tech and investors.
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Womenpreneur Digital Hub to Promote Digital Skills & More for MENA Women
The Entrepreneurship Academy of the SANAD Fund for MSME and Womenpreneur Initiative have once again teamed up to champion women’s economic equality in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In March 2021, the partners launched the Womenpreneur Digital Hub, an online knowledge and resource-sharing platform that aims to expand women’s access to skills-building tools in a time when lockdowns and economic contraction have disproportionately impacted female employment in the region.
The coronavirus crisis has forced many women out of the workplace through a constellation of factors: Economically, it has taken a particularly heavy toll on sectors where women are overrepresented, such as retail, care, and food service. School and daycare closures have added further pressure, with many households placing the responsibility for at-home schooling and childcare solely upon women. As a result, although women in MENA comprise only a quarter of the region’s total workforce, they account for over half of COVID-related job losses.
The Womenpreneur Digital Hub aims to help women regain their economic footing through a three-fold approach. First, online training will be offered free of charge for hub members to hone skills that empower them on the job market, such as financial knowledge, digital literacy, and business management. High-profile speakers will provide insights into current industry trends and tips on accessing career opportunities. Second, the hub will connect users for mutual information and support, experience exchange, and valuable network-building. In this way, the platform intends to accelerate the third factor, which is to open up potential employment paths for those whose careers have been upended by the crisis.
Ines Ebrecht, Chairperson of the SANAD Technical Assistance Facility which runs the SANAD Entrepreneurship Academy, said: “Women’s employment is not only a social justice issue, it is also an economic one. Women’s ability to participate in the workforce not only provides them with financial stability and freedom on an individual level, it also enables an economy to fully open the tap on creativity, entrepreneurship, productivity, and income generation. The SANAD Entrepreneurship Academy is glad to once again join with Womenpreneur Initiative to advance gender parity as a key to prosperity in the Middle East and North Africa.”
Womenpreneur CEO and founder Sana Afouaiz said: “The pandemic provoked a major setback in gender equality and threatens to walk back decades of progress. Yet we can also pivot to grasp the opportunities. As the world entered into lockdown, the transition to online work has created a growing demand for digital jobs. The Womenpreneur Digital Hub is targeted toward equipping women to future-proof their skills and give them valuable knowledge for the employment market. Our aim is to ensure that every woman and girl in MENA has access to the tools that will help her realize her full economic potential.”
Sign up for the hub at: www.womenpreneur-digital.com
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