Opportunities to maximise on this week

By Lincoln Njogu
iHub
  Published 28 May 2018
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  1. Last Call for your Green Startups to win 500,000 Euros

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge which is organized by the Postcode Lottery (active in the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK and Germany) is still ongoing.

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018 is a global search for the best green business plan that combat climate change. It is a competition for bright entrepreneurs that successfully fuse sustainability, entrepreneurship and creativity.

With a combined total of €1,000,000 in prize money, the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is one of the largest annual competitions in the field of sustainability. The winner receives €500,000 to further develop their service or product and bring it to market within the next two years. The runner-up will receive €200,000 and the three other finalists will win €100,000 each.

How does the competition work?

Your startups can submit their sustainable business plans until the 1st of June ( which is in 7 Days time) , 2018, at www.greenchallenge.info. All entries must be submitted in English. In mid-July, the organization will announce the 25 nominees who will be running for the 5 finalists position.

In mid-August, five finalists will be selected for the final round of the competition. If your startup has been selected, they will be invited to attend the grand finale in Amsterdam on September 13. There they will present their business plan in front of a selected audience to an international panel of experts.

The winner will not only take home half a million euros, they will also receive six months of expert coaching and help in bringing their idea to market.

2.IBM Digital - Nation Africa

The initiative, “IBM Digital - Nation Africa”, provides a cloud-based learning platform designed to provide free skills development programs for up to youth, enabling digital competence and nurturing innovation in Africa.

This is part of IBM’s global push to build the next generation of skills needed for “New Collar” careers.  “New Collar” is a term used by IBM to describe new kinds of careers that do not always require a four-year college degree but rather sought-after skills in cybersecurity,data science, blockchain, IoT, artificial intelligence, cloud, and much more.

For the youth of Africa to be able to benefit from a cognitive future there needs to be a much higher level of digital literacy. At the top of the skills pyramid are developers, who need to know how to create solutions that can leverage the power of cognitive, and entrepreneurs who are aware of the potential. IBM Digital - Nation Africa is designed to help raise overall digital literacy, increase the number of skilled developers able to tap into cognitive engines and enable entrepreneurs and would be entrepreneurs grow businesses around the new solutions.

Through a free, cloud-based online learning environment delivered on IBM Cloud, the premier cloud platform for business, the initiative will provide a range of programs from basic IT literacy to highly sought-after advanced IT skills including social engagement, digital privacy, and cyber protection.

Advanced users will be able to explore career-oriented IT topics including programming, cybersecurity, data science and agile methodologies, as well as important business skills like critical thinking, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The initiative aims to empower African citizens, entrepreneurs, and communities with the knowledge and tools to design, develop, and launch their own digital solutions.

Register on the web link:http://developer.ibm.com/africa

3. SmartHectar

SmartHectaris the first AgTech & WaterTech Accelerator in Germany.  SmartHectar is looking for early-stage startups to join its first cohort of 6 startups. The first batch will kick-off in Berlin in September 2018. SmartHectar offers startups €30.000 investment and the curriculum based on the co-creation with a dedicated corporate partner. Best startups of the cohort will also receive an extra benefit of week-long workshops and pitching sessions in Silicon Valley! Interested startups can apply on theSmartHectar website.

4. Digital Skills For Africa

The Digital Skills For Africa has been training job seekers and business owners in Africa on digital skills since 2016. Last year it announced that it had trained one million people and committed to training another 10 million by 2022.

The Digital Skills for Africa program can be accessed both online and offline. Anyone can start learning the skills needed to grow in their business or their career at g.co/digitalskills. There are more than 100 online lessons for free, these cover topics from 'How to build our online presence', and 'How to land your next job', to 'Introduction to coding and machine learning'. If you complete all sessions successfully, you will receive a certificate from Google, endorsed by the European Advertising Bureau. The lessons are short, 2-4 minutes in length to learn on the go and the training videos are low bandwidth, with transcripts instead to read instead of watching a video.

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