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Africa Iot & AI Challenge Launched by IEEE GCAIoT to Build Talents in the Tech Space

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The IEEE GCAIoT has officially launched another version of its flagship program, Africa Iot & AI Challenge during the closing ceremony of IEEE GCAIoT 2020 in Dubai. A challenge that will receive great support from both WAKANDAI Ventures & Benya Capital.

The Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) a global, US-based organization is behind the upcoming event on the African continent.

The Africa Iot & AI Challenge in spite of seeming like a competition is more of a digital transformation movement. It is aimed at building qualified calibers in the technical fields, organizers say.

The program takes participants through workshops and training as well as providing them with all the necessary support.

Just after receiving the necessary training, participants compete in the local finals; then, winners of each country get qualified into the regional finals that take place annually within the activities of the IEEE Global Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things (GCAIoT) at Dubai in December.

The president of IEEE TEMS in a statement said, ‘In TEMS, we focus on people, and our collective tagline is “Leaders Enabling Products/Services for Good”. Along with technology, we need exceptional talents for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which is important for creating socially impactful products and services.

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He added that, the IoT & AI Challenge is largely designed to encourage young talents to take on the challenges that can create an impact for humanity, which is also the tagline of IEEE.  Noting that they were not just organizing the challenge but also providing the youth with all the necessary knowledge and insights into the tech industry that’s happening through their  “IoT & AI Knowledge Hub”.

The aim of the Africa IoT & Challenge is to build qualified calibers in the technologies of industry 4.0 in Africa

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This challenge is being launched after a successful campaign of the Arab Iot & AI Challenge in partnership with many regional and local partners all over the MENA region.

Eng. Ahmed El Beheiry, the founder of WAKANDAI Ventures, said, “WAKANDAI is committed to bringing IoT & AI solutions & applications to the African communities. We are pleased to announce that the Africa Iot & AI Challenge is supported by IEEE TEMS organization and the sponsorship of Africa’s prominent digital transformation group “Benya Capital”.

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In confirming their venture’s support for the challenge, Eng. Ahmed Mekky, Chairman & CEO of Benya Capital, affirmed that Benya Venture which is the dedicated investment fund, technology incubator & startup accelerator arm of Benya Capital, was proud to be the sponsor of the Africa IoT & AI Challenge.

Benya Capital says they are committed to enabling the digital transformation of African nations and digitally uniting the MENA region.

Applications to Africa Iot & AI Challenge will be communicated in due course.

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9 Startups Accepted into the First Next Health Accelerator with $15K Seed Funding

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Intrepid Entrepreneurs, a non-profit designed to catalyze the power and promise of young people and women to fundamentally advance their societies, recruited nine startups for the inaugural cohort of the Next Health Accelerator.

Female, African entrepreneurs with a minimum viable product (MVP) from 26 countries applied to the program. After a rigorous review process, nine startups from seven countries were selected to begin the program in March 2021. The investor readiness accelerator is six months long and includes $15,000 seed funding, international mentors and partners, business support services, and value chain access.

The Next Health Accelerator’s focus on sexual and reproductive health is founded on the premise that unmet needs for sexual education, menstrual hygiene management, family planning, medication abortion, and STI diagnosis and treatment will be most sustainably delivered by local African enterprises.

Sexual and Reproductive Health issues directly affect 300 million women and girls on the continent and the productivity of the entire continent. For the continent to prosper and support its burgeoning youth population, it must harness the demographic dividend with access to equitable healthcare and economic opportunities. Next Health Accelerator addresses both.

Next Health Accelerator

The 2021 cohort includes:

  • Rocket Health: Provides telemedicine and pharmacy services for SRH needs including convenient lab test retrieval and medication delivery in Uganda
  • Verifie: Delivers STI self-tests and treatment products via doorstep delivery in Ghana
  • Pharmaserve: Specializes in delivering high-quality pharmaceuticals in Nigeria through a fully integrated inventory monitoring system
  • Girls Pride: Provides menstrual hygiene management education and skills training to create reusable pads in The Gambia
  • Pad-Up Creations: Employs over 100 people in Nigeria to produce single-use, chemical-free pads sold in 16 countries
  • Valorigo: Manufacturers single-use sanitary eco-friendly pads made from locally grown bamboo in the Congo
  • The Grace Cup: Delivers SRH education and reusable menstrual cups in Kenya
  • Kosmotive: Provides SRH information and access to SRH self-care products in Rwanda
  • Massira: Delivers SRH information interactively as well as access to SRH services and products through an online community in Ghana 
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Lindsey Simmonds, the Co-founder of Intrepid Entrepreneurs in a press statement said,

“After 15 years in philanthropy, I believe now more than ever that it is women who will solve women’s health challenges and it is Africans who will solve Africa’s development challenges.”

She continued that, development policies made in Washington, D.C. or London need to make room for the power and promise of the youth and women on the African continent. And on this premises, their Next Health Accelerator catalyzes African startups to investor readiness to make scalable, sustainable impact imbued with the commitment and determination that only comes from homegrown ideas.

Visit the intrepidentrepreneurs.org to learn more about the Next Health Accelerator 2021.

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