The daily brief: Bank of Zambia warns against crypto, and more

Zambia's central bank, Bank of Zambia, has warned its citizens against using crypto. Though this is not new as this trend has been seen across several other African countries. That and more in today's daily brief.

SA startup Doot! accepted into 500 Startups Kobe Accelerator

South African startup Doot! has been accepted into the 500 Startups Kobe Accelerator programme in Japan. Doot! was founded in July 2018 by co-CEOs Sbusiso Buna and Brandon Josi, CTO Louis van der Walt and Japan country manager Takayo Nakao. Full details on Ventureburn

Out of Cotonou, EtriLabs’ new generation startups are building for the world

In bustling Cotonou, Benin’s commercial capital, a homegrown company has tapped into the global technology revolution and, over the years, has made giant strides. Located in the suburb of Cotonou, inside a magnificent white duplex overlooking Cadjehoun Airport’s runway, is EtriLabs, one accelerator at the forefront of the silent uprising of Benin’s technology revolution. Full details on Techpoint

HISA2018 leads digital healthcare conversation

The Healthcare Innovation Summit Africa 2018 kicked off at the Gallagher Convention Centre on October 17, 2018, with its 4th successful year running. Each year, healthcare and technology influencers gather for two days of networking, lively intellectual exchange and exploration to see what’s new, what’s cutting edge and what will shape the future of healthcare on the continent. Full details on It news Africa

Affordable Housing Units Project in Kenya to be Managed on the Blockchain

Kenya’s government plans to incorporate blockchain technology in its new housing program to make sure that units go to the rightful recipients and that funds are properly managed. The government reportedly aims to build 500,000 units by the year 2022 within the affordable housing program to assist Kenyans who earn less than 100,000 Kenyan shillings (around $990) and cannot afford mortgages. Full details on Bitcoin Africa.

Here are the 10 startups pitching at Seedstars Lagos

Global early-stage startups competition Seedstars has announced the 10 startups taking part in its Nigerian event in Lagos, where they will compete for a place in the global final and the chance to pitch for up to US$1 million in equity investment. Full details on Disrupt Africa

Cape Town startup Aerobotics launches host of innovative agri-tech products

Cape Town-based precision agriculture company Aerobotics has launched five new innovations it claims have never been seen before in the agriculture industry. Founded in 2014 by James Paterson and Benji Meltzer, Aerobotics provides farmers around the world with pest and disease management systems for tree crop protection using drone and satellite data. Full details on Disrupt Africa.

Startup-focused AHUB programme returning to AfricaCom

Pan-African tech conference AfricaCom, which takes place in Cape Town in November, will again feature a dedicated startup and entrepreneurship space in the form of the AHUB. Taking place in Cape Town on November 13-15, AfricaCom will bring together 14,000 attendees, 450 speakers and 400 exhibitors showcasing various technologies and solutions. Full details on Disrupt Africa.

Bank of Zambia (BoZ) Warns Against Using Cryptocurrencies

The Zambia central bank, Bank of Zambia (BoZ), has cautioned citizens about the use of digital currencies as they are not considered legal tender. According to local media, the Bank of Zambia has received an increasing amount of inquiries about cryptocurrencies, which is a testament to the growing interest in bitcoin and its peers in the Southern African nation. Full details on Bitcoin Africa.

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