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Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams will deliver a keynote address at the online 2020 artificial intelligence (AI) for Good Global Summit on Thursday 18 June under the theme AI-driving digital divides and the future of African economies. artificial intelligence for Good is the leading United Nations platform for global and inclusive dialogue on artificial intelligence is organised by The International Telecommunication Union.This summit comes as many countries are developing AI strategies to bridge digital divides and to remain competitive in the global economy. This webinar will explore Africas varying AI strategies as well as their impact on the continents economic growth. The panelists will provide regional success stories that explain the opportunities and challenges in deploying these strategies, with discussions on what their impact will be on the future of AI in Africa.Details for the webinar are as follows:Date: Thursday, 18 June 2020Time: 16:00 - 17:30 (SA Time)Link for registration and programme: https://aiforgood.itu.int/events/ai-driving-digital-divides-and-the-future-of-african-economies/ The online session is open to public (need a prior registration to access Zoom). It will also be broadcast on AI for Good social media channels including our departmental twitter account. @CommsZA ; AI for Good YouTube ; AI for Good Facebook ; AI for Good Twitter Enquiries:Mish MolakengCell: 082 469 3997
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Ghana Tech Lab (GTL) is calling for applicants to apply to take part in the first cohort if its Africa AI Accelerator programme. The six month acceleration programme — run in partnership with GIZ and IBM — aims to promote local innovations in the field of artificial intelligence, machine learning and data usage. The first cohort will support 10 AI startups from Ghana, South Africa, Rwanda, and Uganda. Applications close on 25 June. The programme will provide startups with product development and business development support offered both via interactive virtual and physical sessions. The support will includecoaching and mentorship from AI experts from IBM and access to IBMs Digital Nation Africa (DNA) platform and other digital tools. GTL has made a particular call for startups that have female founders, are working on health ideas that could help tackle the current Covid-19 pandemic or are working on natural language processing (NLP) applications, as well as startups that have an open-source and open data-oriented business models. To be eligible to apply, startups must: Be a for-profit startup, operating in Ghana, South Africa, Rwanda, or Uganda, with a team of at least two people. Have been operational for at least one year Have an artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML) product or service. Have traction with early revenue and early customers, with a clearly demonstrated potential to scale. Have a business model with a social impact Have an up to date venture profile on VC4A with appropriate information for business and financing partners. Be willing to commit and be readily available for all virtual sessions for the six-month period of the accelerator programme, as well as an on-site bootcamp and on-site demo days in Ghana (contingent on easing of travel restrictions by participating countries) If your startup meets all these eligible requirements, please proceed to apply for the programme.
will be calling for applicants to join their first Cohort in their Africa AI accelerator programme. The accelerator programme will partner with IBM and GIZ and run for 6 months. The idea is to promote local innovations within the fields of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data usage. The first cohort will host 10 startups drawn from South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, and Rwanda. Apply now What does your startup stand to gain? Startups will receive business and product development support. This support will cover both physical and virtual sessions. Mentorship and coaching from IBMs AI experts shall provide access to the Digital Nation Africa (DNA) platform, in addition to other digital goods. GTL will give a key focus on female founders with health ideas and are eager to help in tackling COVID-19 or NLP applications. They shall prioritize startups with business models that are open source and data-oriented. What does it take to qualify? Must be a startup operating within Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, or Rwanda. Must have been in operation for a year The product must have an AI or ML component Business with a positive social impact Have a currently updated business profile on VC4A . Commit to on-site Bootcamp and on-site demo days. Ofcourse in accordance with travel restrictions caused by covid-19. Back in March, Ghana Tech Labs took part in a virtual training programme covering 4,081 youths shortlisted out of .4,591 applicants The training provides free mobile data to their participants who are enrolled in the 2-week long free online training. As part of the lockdown directive senior high school students and university students would be idle thus an opportune time to nurture them with skills. The GTL Lockdown Training was absolutely free of charge and ran from April 6 to 17.
Tech giant Naspers has announced today that it will invest R100-million in SA aerial-data analytics startup Aerobotics , through its early-stage business funding initiative Naspers Foundry . The investment is pending approval by local regulatory authorities. Aerobotics is a subscription-based artificial intelligence (AI) company that provides intelligent tools for the agricultural industry to manage its crops. The startup was founded by Benji Meltzer and James Paterson ( pictured above, left to right ) in 2014, is a leader in the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in agriculture. The insights Aerobotics provides to its clients include tree counts, the identification of missing trees, and the size and health of trees. The company has progressed its technology to engineer fruit counts, and to provide data on fruit size and colour. Farmers use the intelligence to manage their farms, trees and fruit more efficiently. Aerobotics delivers the insights through their proprietary Aeroview platform and Aeroview InField mobile app. Naspers South Africa CEO Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa stressed the importance of food security which has been highlighted further in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. "This young, all South African team, has produced a world-class technology solution in South Africa and has also successfully entered the US market where they are gaining momentum. "This type of tech innovation addresses societal challenges, and is exactly the type of early-stage company that Naspers Foundry looks to back," she said. R29m Paper Plane Investment Today's announcement, follows Aerobotic's announcement in February last year that it had received R29-million ($2-million) in investment from SA venture capital (VC) company Paper Plane Ventures (see this story ). In November last year Aerobotics was named the Best Startup and Venture Capital Company category at the 2019 Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association ( Savca ) Industry Awards (see this story ). Naspers Foundry, which was announced at the end of 2018, is a R1.4-billion initiative aimed at strengthening the SA tech sector by providing funding to talented and ambitious technology founders and entrepreneurs. Last year, the initiative invested R30-million in online home cleaning services business, SweepSouth (see this story ).
Naspers announced a R100 million ($5.5M) investment in agritech business Aerobotics, through its early-stage business funding initiative Naspers Foundry . Aerobotics is a subscription-based artificial intelligence (AI) company that provides intelligent tools for the agricultural industry to manage its crops. Aerobotics, founded by James Paterson and Benji Meltzer in 2014, is a leader in the application of artificial intelligence in agriculture. The insights Aerobotics provides to its clients include tree counts, the identification of missing trees, and the size and health of trees. The company an AppsAfrica Innovation Award Winner in 2019 has progressed its technology to engineer fruit counts, and to provide data on fruit size and colour. Farmers use the intelligence to manage their farms, trees and fruit more efficiently. Aerobotics delivers the insights through their proprietary Aeroview platform and Aeroview InField mobile app. The intersection of agriculture and technology has always been my passion and it has been incredible to work with a talented team, and leading agricultural groups, to contribute towards the future of agriculture. We are proud to be building quality technology in South Africa and delivering it to customers around the world shared James Paterson, Aerobotics co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. Our journey is only just beginning, but already Aerobotics has demonstrated success in our ability to collect and analyse tree and fruit-level information, which are critical to the agricultural industry. We have seen great support from commercial-scale farmers and, more recently, crop insurance companies in the US who require accurate tree-level information about their clients. We are excited to have Naspers as a partner, bringing proven skills in building global technology companies together with the capital required to continue building for, and with, the agricultural industry. Food security is of paramount importance in South Africa, and the Aerobotics platform provides a positive contribution towards helping to sustain it shared Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, CEO South Africa of Naspers. This importance has been highlighted further in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, with agriculture considered globally as critical infrastructure. This young, all South African team, has produced a world-class technology solution in South Africa and has also successfully entered the US market where they are gaining momentum. This type of tech innovation addresses societal challenges, and is exactly the type of early-stage company that Naspers Foundry looks to back." Naspers Foundry, which was announced at the end of 2018, is a R1,4 billion initiative aimed at strengthening the South African technology sector by providing funding to talented and ambitious technology founders and entrepreneurs. Last year, the initiative invested R30 million in online home cleaning services business, SweepSouth. Naspers Foundry backs talented local technology founders building businesses that improve peoples daily lives and show great potential to scale.
Aerobotics uses artificial intelligence, drone and satellite imagery to help farmers manage crop health and predict crop yields.
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Egyptian fintech Shahry has raised $650 000 in a pre-seed investment from Egyptian bank Egbank . The digital lending startup was founded in January last year by Sherif ElRakabawy ( pictured above ), who is also the co-founder of Egyptian price comparison website Yaoota, and Mohamed Ewis. Tech publication Menabytes reported in an article yesterday that the transaction was made by the bank's investment arm. The publication said the startup uses an artificial intelligence (AI) based credit scoring engine, which enables users to apply for virtual credit through its mobile app. With the virtual credit users can then use this to purchase products from various online stores. ElRakabawy told Menabytes that the startup has 15 000 users, most of whom don't have formal access to a bank account.