Tech By Her Accelerator Is Empowering Female Founders In The Tech Industry, Apply Now

Tech By Her Accelerator is accepting applications from African female founders. This opportunity is open to female entrepreneurs of tech startups in Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria.

The program is for female entrepreneurs looking for an opportunity to grow and scale their business in the tech ecosystem. Also, the program aims to mentor female founders and build an alumni network of participants who will become ambassadors for other upcoming founders.

Therefore, if you are looking for ways to learn and expand your Pan-African networks in the tech industry, this is for you.  

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The Tech By Her Accelerator

Tech By Her is powered by MEST with support from the Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative, ‘Make-IT in Africa’, (implemented by Deutsche fur Gesellschaft Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The initiative aims to support rapidly growing female-led tech ventures into becoming globally competitive and sustainable brands.

Also, the purpose of the program is to develop a strong Pan African female entrepreneurship community. This way, it will mentor female founders and build an alumni network of successful Tech By Her Accelerator participants who will become ambassadors for other upcoming founders.

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Benefits Of Participating In The Tech By Her Accelerator

  • Holistic coaching and training
  • Access to industry leaders and experts from across the continent
  • A supportive community of leading female entrepreneurs
  • Invitation to the alumni network of successful female entrepreneurs
  • An expansive network of tech experts
  • 2 Intensive Boot Camps in Accra, Ghana, all expenses paid
  • 3 Months of virtual mentoring and coaching
  • Media publicity and visibility through MEST social media pages, websites, and media partners.

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Eligibility Criteria

Generally, it will be a selection of ten (10) best and most impactful female entrepreneurs from Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya. Then, beyond the drive, ambition and a genuine interest in the growth of your business, you should also fulfill the following requirements;

  • Be a founder/co-founder of your organisation, be a female and available to participate fully in all aspects of the program
  • Be an early-stage startup and have achieved commercialization and monetisation phase
  • A technology-based, or have technology as the core enabler of the business
  • Must have begun operations at least one (1) year before applying, and have a live product or service in the market
  • Be an African national or resident and have registered the business in one of the three operational countries (Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya).
  • Have evidence of revenue and clearly demonstrated the potential to scale.
  • Have a business model with a social impact, i.e have a solution to a problem described in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (locally and/or globally)
  • Be willing to organize at least one (1) community event in your operational country with support from the local MEST office.
  • Also, the willingness of the founder to be an ambassador of the program and of tech entrepreneurship, encouraging and motivating other females in the entrepreneurial space.

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How It Works

The program will kick-off with a virtual launch and interactive session. There, fellows will learn about the program, get introduced to their mentors and discuss what the next three months will be about. Next, is a ten-day immersion Bootcamp, all-expenses-paid in Accra, Ghana. Afterward, participants will return home to organize community-building events for females in the tech space.

Altogether, the Tech By Her Accelerator is a 3-month industry-agnostic program, including all expenses paid meetups in Accra, Ghana. In the program, founders will receive hands-on training, mentoring and access to industry leaders who will share their experiences and expertise from across the continent. Also, participants will pitch in front of a panel of investors.

In conclusion, participating in the Tech By Her Accelerator program will equip you with the skills to take your business to the next level. It will also avail you of the opportunity to be champions for Pan-African Tech By Her Accelerator.

The window for application will close March 13, 2020. Subsequently, shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview on 17 – 19th March 2020. Click here to read more and apply

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Google Adsense for Nigeria

Google Adsense is a contextual advertising network designed for online publishers to make money from their content. This means Google displays advertisement on your video, blog, news portal or other form of website that is extremely relevant to your audience.

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Shan George: Biography, Career Journey Of A Veteran Actress, Filmmaker

Shan George is a Nollywood actress, singer, film producer, and director. She is the Founder/CEO of a tuition-free film school, Divine Shield Film Academy in Calabar, Nigeria.

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Shan George Background

Shan George was born on the 21st of April, 1970, to a British dad and Nigerian mum in Ediba, Abi local government area, Cross River State, Nigeria. She attended Edanafa Secondary Commercial School, Ediba, Cross River, Nigeria.

After obtaining her Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSCE), she proceeded to obtain a degree in mass communication from the University of Lagos (UNILAG) in 1996. Shan George is a divorcee blessed with children.

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Shan George Career

The veteran actress describes her journey into Nollywood as a miracle, because she stumbled upon the career path while in search of a job, to raise money for her tuition fees at the University of Lagos. It was two years into her acting career that she delved into movie production.

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Initially, her mother didn’t want her involved in the industry. But, when she started making money, the tables turned, because she saw that actresses could be successful. 

She produced her debut movie All For Winnie while in her final year. Subsequently, she released her debut studio album, Dance in 2010. The album received positive reviews from several music critics.

Shan George

Filmography (As An Actress, Director, Producer)

Soaps

  • After The Storm
  • Winds of Destiny – 1997
  • Super Story (Revenge) – 2020

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Movies

  • Outkast – 2001
  • Kosorogun 1 & 2 – 2002
  • Itohan – 2002
  • Outkast – 2002
  • Tim ba t’aiye wa 1 & 2 – 2003
  • Computer Girls – 2003
  • Church Business 1 & 2 – 2003
  • The Cartel 1 & 2 – 2004
  • Masterstroke 1 & 2 – 2004
  • London Forever – 2004
  • A Kiss from Rose 1 & 2 – 2004
  • Deadly Desire 1 & 2 – 2004
  • Blood Diamonds – 2004
  • A Second Time – 2004
  • More Than Gold 1 & 2 – 2005
  • Hidden Treasures 1 & 2 – 2005
  • Travails of Fate 1 & 2 – 2006
  • Passionate Crime 1 & 2 – 2006
  • Connected Firm 1 & 2 – 2006
  • Welcome to Nollywood (Documentary) – 2007
  • The Trinity 1 & 2 – 2007
  • A Can of Worms 1 & 2 – 2007
  • The Wages – 2013
  • The State (Season 1, 2 & 3) – 2019
  • In My Country – 2019  
  • The Revenge of Labista – 2020
  • No Chance – 2020

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Shan George

Awards And Nominations

  • Mоѕt Aссlаіmеd Aсtrеѕѕ іn Nіgеrіа аt thе Аfrіса Моvіе Асаdеmу Аwаrdѕ (AMAA)
  • Bеѕt Aсtrеѕѕ іn Nіgеrіа аt thе Аfrіса Маgіс Vіеwеrѕ Сhоісе Аwаrdѕ (AMVCA)
  • Recipient of the Best Actreѕs Award аt thе Gоldеn Ісоn Моvіе Асаdеmу Аwаrdѕ (GIAMA)
  • Nominated for the Best Act, Female (English) at the Cross River Movie Awards (CRIMA) – 2013 
  • Best Director at the Cross River Nollywood Awards (CRINA) – 2014
  • Movie of the Year at the Cross River Nollywood Awards (CRINA) – 2014
  • Best Producer at the Cross River Nollywood Awards (CRINA) – 2014
  • Award Recipient at the Calabar Entertainment Conference (CEC) – 2019
  • Actor of The Week by Don Dollar Entertainment – 2019
  • Award Recipient at the Anneozeng Ogozi Aid Foundation (AOAF) – 2019

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Shan George

Shan George Quotes

“Be the best of the best with an open mind.”

“Don’t be deceived, respect the real actor, you can’t sleep your way up.”

“There’s a difference, to HEAR and to COMPREHEND. Hearing is Physical, Comprehension is Spiritual.”

“Have a mind of your own, and focus on doing the right things, instead of joining the BANDWAGON…”

“Majority carries the vote. But the majority isn’t always right. Because almost everyone is doing that thing, it really doesn’t mean that thing is the right way. Have a mind of your own and follow it.”

“…Just keep being good to your fellow humans. Pray, work hard, and play hard.”

“All we need is LOVE, and the understanding that I can’t be YOU, and you can’t be ME.”

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“There’s always a way out of every situation. Whatever the challenges are, they can definitely be surmounted.”

“Eyes on the goal, don’t get distracted, ignore bitter noise.”

“As long as it doesn’t offend God or harm any human, just do your thing, craze your craze and be happy. This life is yours. If people want to talk, let them.”

“We the people can make a change. We can’t change anything from a distance. Get involved.”

“I’m not everybody’s friend, and I’m not anybody’s enemy. If you see me hanging out with someone you hate, don’t transfer the hatred to me, especially when I’m not the reason or cause of your hating that person. If God were to hate you for all your wrongdoings…”

“Don’t use what you get by grace to disgrace others, the dice of life is still rolling.”

“Men of true impact don’t fight for position, visibility or appearance.”

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Entrepreneurial Lessons

Learn to be Independent

Shan George’s story is a lesson to every young lady who is faced with challenges. George had to see herself through school. She sought ways to pay her tuition fee which eventually landed her in the movie industry.

Normally, she would have given up under the excuse of not being privileged. But, she rose to the occasion as an independent woman to fend for herself. She is a legend in the industry today, because of the step of courage she took several years ago.

Entrepreneurship is a serious business. An Entrepreneur should learn to be independent and not always wait for someone to spoon-feed you. As an entrepreneur, you have to rise to the occasion when the need arises. By constantly showing up and persevering, things will start to fall in place for your business.

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Zayed Sustainability Prize Submission Of Application For Global Innovators Is Ongoing

The 2021 edition of the Zayed Sustainability Prize is now open for application submission. This is a prize award for those who are driving innovative, impactful, and inspirational sustainability solutions in five distinct areas; Health, Food, Energy, Water, and Global High Schools.

Basically, it is recognizing pioneering solutions and technologies that can change the world. Therefore, if you have innovative solutions in the area of health, food, energy, and water or you are guiding high school students to implement solutions in these areas, this is for you.

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The Zayed Sustainability Prize

The Zayed Sustainability Prize fund is organised by the Abu Dhabi Government in honor of the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, Late Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It is organised to honor and continue his sustainability and humanitarian legacy.

It was implemented in 2008, and the first award ceremony was held in 2009. Since then, the Zayed Sustainability Prize has rewarded innovators and visionaries whose achievements have furthered the global proliferation of innovative, impactful and inspirational sustainability solutions.

Altogether, over 318 million people have been directly and indirectly impacted by the sustainability solutions including school projects of the 76 recipients of the Prize winners.

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Categories Of The Zayed Sustainability Prize

The Zayed Sustainability Prize awards five categories. It recognizes organisations that can demonstrate innovative, impactful and inspirational sustainability solutions in the following areas but are not limited to:

Health:  

  • Ensuring access to essential and affordable healthcare
  • Ensuring access to maternal and new-born healthcare
  • Ending epidemics (AIDs, Malaria, Tuberculosis, etc.)
  • Preventing and treating water-borne, communicable and non-communicable diseases
  • Reducing illness from pollution, hazardous chemicals, and contamination.

Food:

  • Decreasing hunger and malnutrition
  • Increasing agricultural or other food processing productivity
  • Enhancing sustainable food production

Energy:

  • Ensuring access to affordable and reliable clean energy
  • Increasing the production of clean energy
  • Improving energy efficiency
  • Introducing new forms of clean energy or other technology innovations

Water:

  • Ensuring access to safe and affordable drinking water
  • Ensuring access to sanitation and hygiene
  • Increasing water use efficiency
  • Improving water quality

Global High Schools

The Global High Schools category recognizes high schools or secondary schools, from six global geographic regions that propose innovative and sustainable projects in these areas; health, food, energy and/or water. The global regions are: The Americas, Sub-Sahara Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Europe & Central Asia, South Asia, and East Asia & Pacific

The application must be submitted by the students and supported by the school management. Also, the project must;

  • Demonstrate how they meet the three criteria: innovation 20%, impact 50% and inspiration 30%.
  • Be able to be implemented and operational within one to two years;
  • Benefit the school community and/or their local/regional community for several years.

The intent of the prize for schools is to encourage students to develop and implement their sustainability ideas and not for administrative projects or educational reforms at the school. Also, it is not for past achievements, but it must inspire students to take active roles in sustainable development.

Generally, organisations in all the categories must demonstrate a clear vision and long-term plan to further deploy their solution and scale up their impact. Also, it must inspire others to follow suit by advancing sustainable and human development.

They must also be eligible for each category, and organisations must be a small or a medium-sized enterprise (SME) or a non-profit organisation.

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Prize Award

The total prize fund is USD 3 million, which will be distributed as follows;

  • Health USD 600,000
  • Food USD 600,000
  • Energy USD 600,000
  • Water USD 600,000
  • Global High Schools USD 600,000 (divided amongst six schools; awarding each up to US $100,000)

Note that, there is no alternative to the cash award. After the award is received, it shall be used by the winners, per category, to further the ideas and ambitions within the winning submissions.

In addition, the award may be subject to withholding tax (if applicable) and/or income tax or other applicable tax which shall be payable by the winner, as applicable.

The award may be revoked and a refund required if discovered that a winner submits misleading information, or perhaps infringes the intellectual property rights of a third party.

How To Apply For Zayed Sustainability Prize

The submission of application is in the following stages;

  • Prepare and identify the award category most suitable for your organisation.
  • Create an account using your email.
  • Complete the online application form.
  • Submit your entry via the online portal.
  • Acknowledge your entry.

Thereafter, evaluations will be made in three stages before the final winners can be picked.

Finally, the overall winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize 2021 will be announced at the annual awards ceremony in the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January 2021.

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Facebook Launches Live Producer and Creator Studio App

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Social Media Marketing Talk Show, a news show for marketers who want to stay on the leading edge of social media. On this week’s Social Media Marketing Talk Show, we explore the full rollout of Facebook’s Live Producer for managing live-stream video and the new Creator Studio app […]

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How to save or invest money with PiggyVest (Piggy Bank)

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PiggyVest formerly known as piggybank.ng is an online platform that help people save money to meet their goals. The platform also offer people the opportunity to invest their money in various ventures and get up to 25% return on investments for as little as 8 months or more. Saving money attracts up to 13% interests. They are widely regarded as the biggest online savings and investing platform in Nigeria. There are various ways to save. You can save as an individual or as a group. You can save with a friend, with your husband or wife, you can save with

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How to get a loan from Sokoloan

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Sokoloan is an online loan provider in Nigeria that give short term loans to Nigerians through a mobile app without collateral. The lending platform is owned by a microfinance institution registered as Soko Lending Company Limited whose major focus is providing financial services to low income entrepreneurs, small businesses, women entrepreneurs and students. The platform is available for use 24/7 and the application process is fast. Unless there is bug. They pledge instant loan on application. Applicants do not require collateral to access loan. The only medium to apply is through the mobile app.   Sokoloan requirement Here are the

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How to get a QuickCheck loan and all you need to know

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QuickCheck is a popular loan platform in Nigeria that gives loan without collateral to Nigerians. QuickCheck loan is disbursed through the mobile app which users can download, install and apply for loan. The loan app is used by over 100, 000 people with so many positive reviews. Getting a loan is an easy process and you can apply 24/7. The platform is secured as they are PCIDSS complaint. They pledge to give instant loan and from the positive reviews from those who have used this app, it means they keep to their words. In Google play store they average 4.4

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