Happy new month Guys!
Welcome to a brand-new edition of the Big 5 Daily, your one-stop shops for African-made innovations.
Remember when we told you that Gokada is shutting down to be reborn? Well, the Nigeria-based on-demand motorcycle platform is back with a bang! The startup resumed operations on the 27th of August 2019 by unveiling it’s upgraded ‘Gokada 2.0’.
Now for the Big 5 proper,
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Big News! Alibaba Group, Dalberg, A. T. Kearney, Export Trading Group, U.S. African Development Foundation, and the Zenith Bank have come together to form a World Economic Forum initiative. They are leveraging this initiative to launch the Africa Growth Platform that aims to create an enabling environment for Africa-based startups to grow and compete in international markets. Interesting right?
Next on the Big 5, the Mastercard Foundation — a global foundation set up by Mastercard to promote education and financial inclusion for people living in poverty, has launched Young Africa Works in Ghana. The Young Africa Works initiative will create the opportunity for three million youths in Ghana to access good employment by 2030. Applaudable!
Drum roll! Momentum Metropolitan, WeThinkCode and MWR InfoSecurity, have partnered to launch a new skills program that will recruit and train women coders. This initiative was launched to address the under-representation of women in technology. The initiative will leverage WeThinkCode’s two-year tuition-free software development training program to teach women how to code. Women are you ready?
Also, Popular search engine company, Google has revealed that it will be shutting down Google Hire — its job search tool which was launched two years ago, on the 1st of September 2020. Google plans to channel its resources to other products in the Google Cloud portfolio.
Finally, Telegram, a cloud-based instant messaging and voice over IP platform revealed plans to launch Gram, a digital currency, to its potential investors in early 2018. However, a report by The New York Times has revealed that the messaging app plans to roll out the first batch of Gram coins in two months or risk forfeiting all funds from investors by the 31st of October 2019. Check the Blog for full details!
That’s it for today’s edition of the Big 5 Daily!
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