Johannesburg, South Africa - African Leadership Network Ventures (ALN Ventures), the African Leadership Network’s (ALN) pan-African accelerator for early-stage companies, recently began their nine-month bootcamp for their first class of entrepreneurs. ALN Ventures recently selected a group of 9 entrepreneurs from 275 applicants.

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International experts will call for African leaders to “leapfrog the shackles of convention” at a major education conference next month, in order to ensure that African economic growth is sustained by adequately trained young people. The programme for this year’s eLearning Africa, which is being co-organised by the African Union and co-hosted by the Government of Ethiopia, reflects the extraordinary breadth and pace of change underway in African education – and the challenge for new technology-based solutions to meet Africa’s growing demand for high quality education and training.

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My computer science class in secondary school was largely spent on social media sites (e.g., Facebook, MySpace, Hi5, etc.). However, I spent very little time learning how to code or other similar skills that could have been valuable to my classmates and myself. In the same vein, the use of technology and technology education across Africa is, to a large extent, still at its infancy. A study conducted by AT Kearney has shown that the mobile phone ecosystem in Africa has provided more than five million jobs and generated close to US$15 billion in government revenue in 2011 . It is therefore extremely likely that technology will play an important role in Africa realizing its potential.

Read more: Womenology: How African Women Can Lead in Tech

 
The theme of this year’s Africa Business Conference held at Harvard Business School in Cambridge, MA on February 27th to March 1, 2015 was “A More Inclusive Africa: The Pursuit of Progress for All”. The conference was organized into three main panel sessions each broken up into subsections based on industry, all of which had themes of inclusivity as a main talking point. The featured industries this year included entrepreneurship, finance, business and geopolitics, education and healthcare, infrastructure and resources and sports. 

Read more: 17th Annual Africa Business Conference 2015: Inclusivity in Africa

 

Africa is alive and well, and open for business. The continent now holds the fastest growing economies in the world, but still struggles to develop an infrastructure for its entrepreneurs. Why? Bank rates average 25%, loans are inaccessible, and coordinated resources are hard to come by, leaving the continent’s businesses, over 99% of which are SMEs, underbanked and unable to access the tools they need to evolve. To combat this, Ingressive has created a resource pipeline to thoroughly vet, represent, build and connect high-growth businesses with international resources and impact opportunities. Come find out what it’s like to be an African entrepreneur, international investor, and legal and auditing firm connecting Western businesses with Sub-Saharan opportunities. We demystify the African entrepreneur’s experience, show you just how easy it is to cross borders for business, and introduce you to the Silicon Valleys of the Sub-Saharan.
 
The global gathering of some of the world’s most powerful and influential political, business and academic leaders in the now famous Switzerland town of Davos, opens last week with the formidable presence of Nigerian businessmen, including Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote of the Dangote Group; banker turned serial entrepreneur, philanthropist and champion of Africapitalism, Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Tony Elumelu, as well as Wale Tinubu, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Oando Group, in attendance.

Read more: Dangote, Elumelu, Tinubu, lead Nigeria’s business elite to WEF 2015

African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka on Friday, January 16 expressed optimism that 2015 holds an opportunity for the African continent to achieve progress in economic growth depending on the political will of African Governments. “It will depend on the policy stance of the countries, and the choices that they make or do not make,” he said.

Read more: Sustainable economic growth and peaceful elections should be Africa's focus in 2015

The Africa Business Club, a Member of Student Clubs of HBS, Inc., Announces the 17th Annual Africa Business Conference at Harvard Business School
 
 
The Africa Business Club, a Member of Student Clubs of HBS, Inc., announced the 17th Annual Africa Business Conference to be held at Harvard Business School. The event will be held from Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March, 2015.
 
The conference is the world’s largest student-run event focused on business in Africa, bringing together preeminent keynote speakers, expert panelists, and nearly 1,500 passionate students and professionals from across the globe to discuss and debate important African business and leadership topics. This year’s conference will continue the tradition of professional networking with inspirational leaders, thought-provoking talks, and an enriching experience for all the attendees. The conference will culminate with the annual conference gala at a new location, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston’s historic waterfront district, followed by an after-party featuring a world-famous musical performer. 

Read more: Quench your thirst for Africa’s stellar growth at HBSABC

 

 
This competition of ideas is sponsored by the Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, in collaboration with the World Bank. Check out our knowledge share website for the latest information on the competition and exchange of ideas among participants.
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World leading innovative, and fashionable portable charger Puku is set to announce a brand new multi-year partnership with Victoria's Secret as the official charger for the brands inaugural London Fashion Show this December.

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