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OceanHub African accelerator programme applications open

Cape Town-based impact accelerator OceanHub Africa is calling on impact-for-profit startups focused on the ocean to apply for its accelerator programme.

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Cape Town-based impact accelerator OceanHub Africa is calling on impact-for-profit startups focused on preserving and restoring the health of the ocean to apply for this year’s six-month online acceleration programme.

Applications close on 5 March 2021

In a press statement, Alexis Grosskopf and Stéphanie Canac, co-founders of OceanHub provide insight into the importance of assisting ocean-conscious and sustainable-focused startups.

“We believe it is down to businesses to implement the necessary changes and up to us to promote more Oceans-conscious innovative businesses : innovations led by science, technology and entrepreneurship will provide the necessary leverage points to meet SDGs’ objectives [Sustainable Development Goals], with the right pace and scale” say co-founders of OceanHub Africa Alexis and Stéphanie.

OceanHub African Accelerator programme

Applications for the accelerator programme opened on 25 January 2021 and close on 5 March 2021.

Interested startups can submit an online application for the programme here.

Beginning in April 2021, only the most innovative and impact-driven startups that focus on developing an environmentally conscious and profitable ocean economy will be selected for the prestigious accelerator.

The programme will assist participating startups to scaleup their existing business model with insight from OceanHub’s partner services and highly qualified network of stakeholders. In addition, participants will be provided mentorship and support that includes one-on-one business training and personal development skills.

Other benefits of the accelerator include pitching to investors and access to a large portfolio of impact investors that form part of the ocean-focused ecosystem.

How to qualify

Interested applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • An ocean-minded startup, that has a direct or indirect positive impact on the ocean by either addressing or providing tangible solutions to climate change, pollution, or overexploitation of the ocean
  • A for-profit organisation and operational in Africa
  • The startup must have a scalable service or product readily available to market or soon to be available
  • The startup’s product is innovative and adopts a disruptive business model
  • Aiming to enter new investments and markets.

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Featured image: OceanHub Africa founders Stephanie Canac and Alexis Grosskopf (Supplied)

Applications for the accelerator programme opened on 25 January 2021 and close on 5 March 2021.

Source: https://ventureburn.com/2021/01/oceanhub-african-accelerator-programme-applications-open/

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UberCOMMUNITY encourages locals to donate to fire relief efforts in Cape Town –

UberCOMMUNITY encourages the local community to donate items and help students, firefighters, and volunteers impacted by the fire by using the Uber app.

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In a response to the devastating fires that have impacted Cape Town, global e-hailing ride service Uber has launched UberCOMMUNITY. It is an initiative that encourages the local community to donate items and help students, firefighters, and volunteers impacted by the fire by simply using the Uber app.

It is an initiative that encourages the local community to help students, firefighters, and volunteers impacted by the fire by simply using the Uber app

With many University of Cape Town students displaced, over 100 firefighters working round the clock to tackle the blaze, it is up to the local community to step in and provide much-needed assistance.

Uber drivers will be mobilised to drop off donation items to collection points in Cape Town. By following the below steps, locals can access this delivery service free of charge and help assist those that are working hard to contain the fire.

Want to donate much-needed items to those affected by the CT fires? Simply enter the promo code UBERCOMMUNITYCT in your Uber app – this offers you 1 free trip (up to R250) for all trips ending at Old Mutual West Campus, Pinelands. T&Cs apply.

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— Uber South Africa (@Uber_RSA) April 19, 2021

How to make use of UberCOMMUNITY

  • Open the Uber app from Monday 19 April to Tuesday 20 April 2021 between 5 pm – 10 pm (Monday) and 9 am – 10 pm (Tuesday)
  • Tap the Menu icon on the top left-hand corner of the Uber app
  • Select ‘Wallet’ and scroll down and tap ‘Add Promo Code’.
  • Enter UBERCOMMUNITYCT and tap ‘Add’. This offers you 1 free trip (up to R250). T&Cs will apply.
  • Tap ‘Where to’ and enter ‘Old Mutual Mutual Park, Pinelands’.
  • Request a ride as usual.
  • When the driver arrives – please meet him or her at your pick-up point with your donations. Don’t forget to wear a mask or facial covering
  • The driver will then deliver them directly to the UCT Student Representatives Council and Gift of the Givers drop-off point in Cape Town. Items received will be sorted, packaged, and distributed to those in need.
  • Uber will cover the fare costs involved, drivers will be compensated per normal
  • Riders will not be able to take any rides in any of the UberCOMMUNITY vehicles, these are strictly for donation supplies only.
  • In an official press statement, Uber outlines what items are needed for donation.

    “Uber is encouraging all locals to donate items such as general toiletries, sanitary pads, beverages and non-perishable food items. Every donation, regardless of the size, will make a huge difference to those affected.”

    The UberCOMMUNITY feature is only available in Cape Town CBD, Greenpoint, Constantia, Claremont, Rondebosch Lower, Pinelands, Century City, and surrounding areas to ensure that the drivers do not congest critical areas for emergency services.

    The collection and distribution of all donations will be conducted in partnership with Gift of the Givers and donations will operate on 19 April from 5pm- 10pm and on 20 April 2021 from 9am to 10pm.

    Locals are advised that all donations must be placed in a bag or box before being collected by an Uber driver and to clearly indicate what is being donated.

    All Covid-19 protocols must be adhered to when you meet the drivers with the items to be sent to the donation collection points

    Please note: Offer applies to the first 20,000 users who apply the promotion code. Offer applies to existing users of the Uber App. Valid for up to 1 trip. Offer valid from 19 April 2021 and, regardless of when the promotional code is applied, offer will automatically terminate at 22:00 on 20 April 2021.

    Offer valid between 09:00, 19 April 2021 – 22:00, 20 April 2021. Restrictions: (i) Offer valid in South Africa only where the Uber App is available and; (ii) Maximum discount for this Offer is R250. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer

    Read more: SA eCommerce giant joins effort to assist Cape firefighters
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    Featured image: Uber (Supplied)

    Want to donate much-needed items to those affected by the CT fires? Simply enter the promo code UBERCOMMUNITYCT in your Uber app – this offers you 1 free trip (up to R250) for all trips ending at Old Mutual West Campus, Pinelands. T&Cs apply.

    Source: https://ventureburn.com/2021/04/ubercommunity-encourages-locals-to-donate-to-fire-relief-efforts/

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    Winners of Africa’s largest inter-university hackathon 

    Hosted by Zindi, UmojaHack Africa 2021, a data science hackathon for students has announced this year’s winners who won over $10 000 in prizes.

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    Hosted by Zindi, UmojaHack Africa 2021, a data science hackathon for students has announced this year’s winners who won over $10 000 in prizes.

    The selected winners secured $ 10 000 in prizes

    Celina Lee, CEO of Zindi comments on the importance of the hackathon in fostering innovation and much-needed solutions in the space of data science.

    “UmojaHack Africa has proven to be a game-changing event, especially when so many young people have been impacted by the global pandemic. This is a chance for students from across the continent to come together to learn, compete, and have fun. UmojaHack is about building skills, creating new machine learning applications to solve problems that really matter while forging new connections among the students as well as with industry. We are incredibly excited to see what the students come up with in just one weekend.”

    UmojaHack Africa 2021

    With over 1000 students from 126 universities across Africa competing, data science students from nine African countries were awarded and over 8500 submissions created to solve real-world machine learning challenges.

    Participating students originated from Algeria, Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

    Selected participants underwent three different machine learning challenges; a financial resilience prediction challenge, a logistics challenge for African B2B service provider Sendy, and a computational biology challenge using the DeepChain™ platform developed by InstaDeep.

    Winners

    Second place in the Sendy Delivery Rider Response Challenge was awarded to Tony Mipawa, a data science student from the University of Dodoma.

    Mipawa comments on the award received.

    “I’m very happy with the outcome. My advice is, whenever there is an opportunity to learn, you should take it. Learning is all about passion; whenever there is an opportunity to learn, put your whole effort into it, do it well. Try to learn from anyone you meet. I would like to thank Zindi for what that mentorship programme gave me.”

    According to reports, the winning solutions developed by Zindi users will be shared with these organisations and deployed in real-world applications.

    Read more: Africa’s largest data science hackathon for students to take place
    Read more: SA tech startup aims to promote emotional intelligence among students

    Featured image: David Pupaza via Unsplash

    “UmojaHack Africa has proven to be a game-changing event, especially when so many young people have been impacted by the global pandemic. This is a chance for students from across the continent to come together to learn, compete, and have fun. UmojaHack is about building skills, creating new machine learning applications to solve problems that really matter while forging new connections among the students as well as with industry. We are incredibly excited to see what the students come up with in just one weekend.”

    Source: https://ventureburn.com/2021/04/winners-of-africas-largest-inter-university-hackathon/

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    POPIA 101 for businesses

    All businesses with employees, customers, and suppliers must comply with POPIA, which comes into effect on 1 July 2021. Here is a practical guide.

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    All businesses with employees, customers, and suppliers must comply with POPIA, which comes into effect on 1 July 2021.

    Here is a practical guide to the most important aspects of complying with POPIA as a business

    With the commencement date of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPI) of 1 July 2021 fast approaching, businesses should be reviewing their use of personal information to determine if it complies with the Act.

    It is important to understand that any business that has employees, customers, and suppliers must comply with POPI when dealing with personal information. Below are a few tips on ways businesses can kick-start their compliance exercise.

    Figure out what personal information you process and why

    Under POPI, a business must be able to justify why it holds personal information based on one of the several justifications set out in POPI.

    This is a good opportunity for a business to assess what information it collects (whether from employees, customers, services providers, or other third parties such as credit bureaus) and reviews whether that information is actually necessary for the purposes for which it was collected. In this regard, minimality is key – businesses should not collect more personal information than is required.

    Importantly, the term “personal information” is defined very broadly to mean any information that can be used to identify an individual person or another business entity.

    Get rid of what you do not need

    Under POPI, a business cannot keep a record of personal information once the reason for which it was collected no longer exists unless required by law.

    For example, unless required by law, a business should not keep the personal information of any former supplier when the relationship has ended.

    Businesses should therefore check whether they are holding onto any old records of personal information that they no longer need and dispose of them in a secure manner. It is important to note that more data means more risk and it is best to purge what is not required.

    Look at security

    Correct management of personal information means appropriate security must be in place to protect it. POPI requires a business to put in place “appropriate, reasonable technical and organisational measures” to prevent loss, theft, or damage to personal information.

    The suitability of security measures will depend on the business and the type of personal information it holds.

    Marketing

    Opt-out marketing emails and SMSs are a thing of the past under POPI. Unless a person is an existing customer, a business cannot send him or her marketing emails or SMSs without first getting consent from the person.

    Any request for marketing consent must include language that is set out in Regulations to POPI. Businesses should therefore review their direct marketing practices.

    Go for the easy wins

    POPI compliance may seem like a daunting task but there are some “easy wins” when it comes to compliance. Basic documents used by the business will likely need updating for POPI compliance.

    These include company privacy policies and employee and supplier contracts. All these documents should aid the business in proving its compliance with POPI.

    This article was written by Wendy Tembedza from Webber Wentzel.

    Featured image: Gabrielle Henderson via Unsplash

    Source: https://ventureburn.com/2021/04/popia-101-for-businesses/

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