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Ancient Civilizations Had Game Nights Too!

Burying loved ones with basic necessities like grains, ceramic pots, and clothing, to ensure their comfort in the afterlife, was a fairly common tradition in ancient cultures. However, the families of some lucky individuals went a step further by including a board game for entertainment. Morten Ramstad, a researcher at the University of Bergen, Norway, stumbled upon one of the rare artifacts found only in a handful of graves before while excavating the remains of an Early Iron Age (400-300 BC) b

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Barcelona Opera House Reopens To A Sold-Out Audience Of Potted Plants!

Spain's three-month-long lockdown order imposed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic was finally lifted on June 22, 2020. To celebrate the joyous occasion, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain one of Europe's oldest and most famous opera houses staged its first live performance since mid-March. While every seat was occupied, there was not a human to be found. Instead, the sold-out audience comprised 2,292 potted plants carefully selected from local nurseries.

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Covid-19 and African tech startups roundup [19/06/2020]

Talks are in progress to overhaul South Africa's Covid-19 loan guarantee scheme, which aims to support small firms, but has struggled with low take-up. This, as the International Publishers Association ( IPA ) has opened a call for project proposals to address the damaging impacts of Covid-19 on education in Africa, with grants from the $200 000 Africa Publishing Innovation Fund (APIF) available to the best ideas. With Covid-19 headlining news all over the world, Ventureb

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Covid-19 and African tech startups roundup [18/06/2020]

President Cyril Ramaphosa last night announced that level 3 lockdown restrictions would be further eased, allowing hotels, restaurants, cinemas and personal care services such as hairdressers and beauty salons to operate again. A date when these will be allowed to recommence operations has yet to be announced. This, while Cape Town edtech startup Reflective Learning , which recently launched version two of its online maths teaching platform and a Software as a service (Sa

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Lori Systems, Twiga Foods included on WEF's 100 New Technology Pioneers list

Kenyan tech startups Lori? Systems and Twiga Foods have been included on the World Economic Forum's ( WEF ) 2020 Technology Pioneers list which includes 100 tech firms from around the world. WEF unveiled the list in a statement on Tuesday (16 June). The two Kenyan startups were the only names that were included from Africa. Twiga Foods is a mobile-based B2B distribution platform founded in 2014 by Peter Njonjo and Grant Brooke, while Lori Systems is a logistics startup fo

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Covid-19 and African tech startups roundup [17/06/2020]

The SA government plans to allow more sectors of the economy to open under the level 3 lockdown restrictions. This, as Startupbootcamp and UK-South Africa Tech Hub , a UK government initiative, are hosting the Disrupt Covid-19 Digital Hackathon from 6 to 9 July. With Covid-19 headlining news all over the world, Ventureburn has launched a regular daily roundup on the virus and how it is affecting Africas tech startup sector. Those with any news releases relatin

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Sanofi announces five winners of AfricaTech Healthcare Challenge

Global pharmaceutical company Sanofi has announced the five winners of its AfricaTech Challenge, following an online finals which took place last week. It follows a pitch on 11 June, which saw 11 startups take part in four challenges. It replaces the 2020 edition of VivaTech that was to be held in Paris. The 11 were chosen from 268 applications from 34 African countries, after a call was put out earlier this year (see this story ). The five winners are:<

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Dubai fintech Mamo Pay joins Visa Fintech Fast Track Program

Dubai-based fintech Mamo Pay that recently raised $1.5 million in a seed round has joined Visa's Fintech Fast Track Program, it announced in a statement to MENAbytes today. The program will enable Mamo Pay to reach a wider audience, and benefit from the capabilities and security of VisaNet, Visa's global payment network. "Through Fast Track, Mamo Pay and Visa will partner on a number of initiatives including launching prepaid cards to accelerate financial inclusion and cashless adopt

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Checkout.com, a global payments company with presence in MENA hits $5.5 billion valuation in new round

Checkout.com, a London-headquartered global payments company has tripled its valuation to $5.5 billion with the closing of its $150 million Series B, it announced in a statement today. The company that has a big presence in the Middle East through its Dubai office that serves clients all over GCC and Egypt, has become one of the most valuable fintechs in the world with the latest round. "The $5.5bn valuation reflects a growing business demand for transformative online payment solutio

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EXCLUSIVE: Andela Confirms Exiting All Offices Selling Assets & Going Fully Remote

Full remote work is a 'go' for Andela Less than 72 hours after word got out that Andela was laying off 135 employees (approximately 10 percent of its workforce) due to concerns related to the global pandemic, the company announced a bold plan to go completely remote . "This week, we announced at an all-hands that we are going to be a remote-first company. While we've always been a leader in distributed work, we've now proven that we can operate fully remote by delivering

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6 Kenyan startups to participate in Google Startup Accelerator Africa

. This is the fifth edition of the program, which was once referred to as Launchpad. This 2020, they will host an impressive 20 startups rather than their usual 12. The unique circumstances presented by the covid19 pandemic has compelled Africa Class 5 to proceed remotely. After 3 weeks of continuous operation, there will be a week-long period dedicated to a virtual Bootcamp. The pool of startups was selected from Ghana, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, South Africa, and Kenya. All these

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Egypt's online real estate platform Sakneen, receives Y combinator support

, a Cairo real estate platform has received funding and support from Y combinator. The 2020 Winter batch graduated sometime this year after holding a virtual demo day. Thus far the startup has raised $150,000 from the combinator - both of whom are part of YC S19. Trella and Breadfast are the other Egypt-based startups that have graduated from Y Combinator. They were also shortlisted to YC S19. (Sakneen stands out as one of those startups intending to make a presentation at the

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