Riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna’s new t-shirt line pays for girls to attend school in Togo

October 16, 2018 Editor 0

OG riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre has launched a new t-shirt line with all the money going to Peace Sisters, a non-profit that helps pay school tuition for underprivileged young girls in the West African nation of Togo. The shirts feature the likes of Kim Gordon, Jill Soloway, Chuck D (all seen below), Patton Oswalt, W. Kamau Bell, and Carrie Brownstein. The money from each $40 t-shirt sends a girl to school for a year. […]

Africa Roundup: Paga goes global and 4 startups raise $99M in VC

October 4, 2018 Editor 0

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Polestar unveils first production EV with aim to overtake Tesla Liquid Telecom goes long on Africa’s startups as future clients Nigerian digital payments startup Paga is gearing up for international expansion with a $10 million round led by the Global Innovation Fund. The company is exploring the release of its payments product in Ethiopia, Mexico, and the […]

We’re kicking off Startup Battlefield MENA, here are the startups and agenda

October 3, 2018 Editor 0

We’re kicking off Startup Battlefield MENA here in Beirut, where 15 startups will be taking the stage, along with speakers from Facebook (our partner on the event through its FB Start program), Instabug, Eventus, Wuzzuf, Careem and Myki. For those of you who can’t be here in person, check back on TechCrunch later today, where we’ll be sharing videos and other highlights from the event. And of course, announcing the winner! For the first time, TechCrunch is holding Startup Battlefield […]

September in Africa: Alibaba saves wildlife and Google Partners comes to Nigeria

October 2, 2018 Editor 0

Pan-African ecommerce giant Jumia may be about to launch an initial public offering (IPO), if reports are to be believed, valuing the company at around $1 billion USD. According to Reuters, Jumia, which already claims to be Africa’s first “unicorn” based on how much investment it has received, is considering a possible New York listing early next year. It’s all very exciting, but for now let’s get back to news that has actually happened. Like the fact that Alibaba Cloud, […]

Hear about the keys to local investing at Startup Battlefield Africa with Omobola Johnson and Lexi Novitske

September 20, 2018 Editor 0

Omobola Johnson (Image: Flickr/World Economic Forum under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 TechCrunch Startup Battlefield is returning to Africa in December, this time in Lagos, Nigeria. We will have a day-long program full of our flagship Battlefield competition highlighting the best startups that Africa has to offer. Not only that, we’ll have panel discussions designed to explore the continent’s rapidly developing technological infrastructure on the continent. To wit, I’m excited to announce the first two speakers who will don our stage […]

AI can protect elephants from poachers — here’s how

September 19, 2018 Editor 0

A project by the USA’s Cornell University has been using Artificial Intelligence to help with protecting elephants in Afrika against poaching. Named the Elephant Listening Project (ELP), the initiative tracks elephant herds across the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo. The tracking of elephants is done through 50 sensors placed in various locations in the park. A major focus has been to monitor elephant activity at numerous forest clearings throughout Central Afrika, but ELP has also used acoustic methods to estimate elephant […]