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South African Agritech Startup Khula Raises $1.3M Seed Round To Help African Farmers Thrive

Small African farmers are facing a multitude of problems that affect the progress of agricultural production on the continent. But software-for-agriculture startup Khula has an innovative solution that’s helping this niche industry thrive again. TechCrunch reports that the South African-based company just announced the raise of a $1.3 million seed round to help further scale its farming software and expand nationwide. The round, which closed last year, was led by AECI — one of Africa’s biggest agrochemical companies — and included participation from South African impact investor E Squared Investments. With financial-backing from its lead investor, Khula now has access to AECI’s wide distribution network which is poised to help the platform scale its inputs app. AECI’s support will go a long way as a long-term partner that’s genuinely interested in the execution of the platform’s services. “Khula has very attractive fundamentals, a sizable addressable market, app development...

Njera Perkins

Aug 3, 2021

2 Chainz's GAS Cannabis Partners With Black-Owned Cannabis DTC Tech Platform

Rapper 2 Chainz is expanding his business ties in the cannabis space through a new partnership with a fellow Black-owned business. GAS Cannabis — a premium brand launched by 2 Chainz back in 2018 — is now teaming up with direct-to-consumer cannabis lifestyle technology platform CampNova in an exclusive partnership, a press release reports. As part of the partnership, CampNova will serve as an exclusive delivery and sourcing partner for Gas Cannabis to provide an easier and elevated shopping experience for consumers looking for quality cannabis products. “CampNova combines all the online shopping experience and technology of Amazon for shopping, UberEATS for fast delivery and FashionNova for influencer lifestyle,” CampNova co-founder and chief marketing officer Emery Morrison said in a statement, “all in one centralized location.” “Adding Gas Cannabis to our menu is a reflection on our access to high-level individuals,” he adds, “and the ability to create solid partnerships that cut...

Njera Perkins

Jul 15, 2021

LaMelo Ball Is Partnering With The Only Black Woman-Owned Sports Training Product Tech Platform

2021 NBA Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball is taking his talents off the court with a brand new unique sports partnership. Today, POWERHANDZ — the only Black woman-owned global athletic training and rehabilitation product tech platform in existence — announced its merger with PH Innovation Holdings, Inc. and partnership with Ball where the Charlotte Hornets guard will serve as a general partner, brand ambassador and board member of PH Innovation Holdings, Inc. and The Power to Give Foundation, a press release reports. Ball has been using POWERHANDZ’s products since 2019 and his affinity for the brand is what helped him and his manager find a way to become a part of the company’s success. “Training is my lifestyle. Using POWERHANDZ during training and pre-game warm ups, just activates everything. I feel more explosive on the court,” Ball said in a statement. “I liked the overall vision so much, I didn’t want to just be a customer, I wanted to be a major partner, have ownership to create...

Njera Perkins

Jul 8, 2021

OneTen Launches Tech Platform To Create One Million Career Opportunities For Black Talent Over The Next Decade

Traditional hiring processes often overlook qualified prospective Black candidates for job opportunities. But with some help from OneTen’s new tech-based platform, the organization hopes to generate more career paths that will level the playing field for Black talent. Today, the coalition of leading CEOs and their organizations debuted a new talent platform that will jumpstart OneTen’s ambitious program to hire, upskill, reskill and promote one million Black individuals in their careers over the next 10 years. “OneTen has a deeply important mission: Identifying and cultivating Black talent who the traditional career development pipelines have left behind, training them, and positioning them for success in a career,” Obed Louissaint — Senior Vice President, Transformation and Culture, IBM — said in a statement. “We hope that by placing more Black individuals in these fields, we will not only create careers and support families, but also create meaningful change in the organizations...

Njera Perkins

Jun 29, 2021

CEO Samuel Adetunji Brings In 7 Figures A Month By Providing His Cannabis Platform To The World

As more states legalize cannabis , Samuel Adetunji wants to make sure patients get connected to the best cannabis physicians possible, so he created a platform that does just that. Adetunji is the co-founder and co-CEO of Veriheal , a platform that connects prospective patients who are seeking a better quality of life through cannabis with state-certified medical marijuana doctors online to provide customized medical recommendations. Adetunji and his business partner, Joshua Green, delivered cannabis paraphernalia to customers when they noticed a more significant gap in the market. “My business partner and I did some research and tried getting cannabis cards ourselves and found out how hard it was to get access to dispensaries,” Adetunji told AfroTech. “It was even hard to find out if doctors worked in the industry or wrote recommendations for patients. We figured our business idea could be scaled throughout the nation.” Founded in 2017, Adetunji said he “launched the company out of...

Michelai Graham

Jun 23, 2021

These Founders Are Building A Hip Hop EdTech Platform, 'Disney Sees Us As A Threat, So We're Onto Something'

Today’s educators are the single most influential figures in kids’ lives and the best way to reach them is by appealing to their interests. This includes incorporating popular music like Hip-Hop into core curriculum, making certain subjects resonate better with students. With this idea in mind, Healthy Hip Hop co-founders Roy Scott and Wes Smith came up with a unique concept that could both improve student-learning environments and increase classroom engagement by merging innovative technology , education , music, and cultural relevance together. For co-founder Scott, the idea for Healthy Hip Hop’s platform was sparked by an epiphany he experienced while he was picking up his son from school one day. “When I was picking up my son, Justice, from school, I noticed him repeating my music word for word,” he shares with AfroTech. “Those lyrics promoted drugs, violence, misogyny, [etc.] and that was just my light bulb moment that I couldn’t be this kind of influence on my son or anybody...

Njera Perkins

Apr 9, 2021

Music Platform The Digilogue is Using Tech to Educate the Global Music Community

The music industry as of late has been blazing a new trail that merges both music and technology in ways that are shaping the future as we know it. Though many artists and labels are just now catching onto the trend, music and tech platform The Digilogue just celebrated four years as a leader in the music world working to innovate technology and impact the community at large. View this post on Instagram A post shared by THE DIGILOGUE (@thedigilogue) The Digilogue — which stands for Digital Dialogue — is a community-driven music and tech platform connecting and educating the global music community through digital marketing, artist development, publishing, sound production, and customer acquisition. The company was created in 2016 with the intention to build up a real community in the music industry starting with co-founder Drew de Leon ‘s core network. Courtesy Photo Drew — VP of Digital Marketing at Alamo Records and former Director of Digital at Def Jam — has used his 10 years of...

Njera Perkins

Aug 22, 2020