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Pan-African Platform AfriBlocks is the First Zimbabwean Startup Backed By Techstars

The tech industry is increasingly supporting more and more innovative Africa-based startups. Techstars Seattle — a local accelerator a part of Techstars’ worldwide network — is now among the bunch giving these companies a push in the right direction. Back in January, Techstars Seatlle announced its 2021 class of companies joining its programming — including for the first time ever a Zimbabwean startup called AfriBlocks, TechCrunch reports. AfriBlocks is a global pan-african freelance collaboration platform that helps vet African freelance professionals. The startup was founded by entrepreneurs Tongayi Choto and Roger Roman in July of last year in an effort to address the high unemployment rate that plagues many African countries today. “It can be very hard to find African freelancers,” CEO Choto told TechCrunch. “If a customer is lucky enough to get past those hurdles and find a freelancer to work with, they often don’t have the proper collaboration tools to complete the project in...

Mar 5, 2021

Audio-Learning Platform Knowable Partners With NBA Star Chris Paul For Online Nutrition Course

Remote learning has taken on a whole new meaning amid the pandemic, but audio-learning platform Knowable is taking it a step further to bring their educational experiences to life. Knowable — a first-of-its-kind platform teaching through a robust library of original, expert-led audio courses — has recently partnered up with Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul to lead a course about switching to a healthier diet and the importance of nutrition in Black communities. Throughout the exclusive course, Paul shares his personal experiences with plant-based eating and dives deep into how it’s transformed his game as an athlete. “My plant-based diet has completely changed my life in ways that I never could have imagined,” Paul told AfroTech. “Food has the power to affect every aspect of our lives. Since going plant-based, I’ve been in the best shape of my life, physically and mentally. Changes to my diet had a real impact on my game by aiding in reduced recovery time and inflammation.” In addition...

Jan 28, 2021

Nigerian Edtech Startup uLesson Raises $7.5M Series A to Lead the Future of E-Learning

uLesson — a Nigerian-based edtech startup — announced this week that it raised a $7.5 million Series A funding round for its online learning platform making remote teaching easier for students. Through both streamings and the use of SD cards, uLesson — the self-proclaimed No. 1 learning app — is able to minimize data and streaming costs in an effort to bridge the education gap within Nigeria and Africa as a whole, Tech in Africa reports. According to TechCrunch, this funding round was led by Owl Ventures — the largest venture capital fund in the world focused on the education technology market — along with other participants such as LocalGlobe and existing investors, TLcom Capital and Founder Collective. This new financing arrives just little over a year after uLesson closed its initial $3.1 million seed round back in November 2019. Since then, the company’s value proposition has increased largely due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the world’s education systems. Just...

Jan 22, 2021

This Black Activist Created An Online Platform to Demand Justice For Breonna Taylor

For weeks, the public has expressed constant outrage at the miscarriage of justice on behalf of Breonna Taylor. Taylor — a victim of police violence who was shot asleep in her home — has yet to have proper justice sought out for her wrongful death. The officers involved in the shooting — Brett Hankison, Jonathan Mattingly, and Myles Cosgrove — are still free as the world calls for action to be taken by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Despite this, there are still leaders fighting on her behalf, including L.A. activist and Detroit native Jelani Curtis — who created an online platform to provide easy steps to demand justice, Detroit Free Press reports . Curtis, who took this as a personal challenge to do right by Taylor, created the platform as an act of solitude and a way to use his skills for good. “Me, as a creative person who’s used to solving problems on a daily basis, I was kind of beating my head against the wall like there has to be some idea that can kind of...

Jul 24, 2020