The Daily Brief: SnapChat is investing $150k in SA Startup, & more

There hasn't been much activity around the continent today. That's why we are keeping today's brief, a brief! MEST is looking to invest $700 in each of its cohort graduates this year and South Africa's Hashtag Our Stories has netted $150,000 from none other than SnapChat. Let's jump in already.

1. Ugandan edtech startup KAINO Africa launches its MVP tablet

The startup launched this year but hadn't developed a prototype yet. Today, they announced their MVP at an event in Kampala and are going straight into a private beta with four schools. It is interesting for anyone in Africa's edtech space. Full story on Digest Africa.

2. SA legal startup Baobab named as Southern African winner of HiiL challenge

South Africa's legal startup Baobab has been named the Southern Africa winner of justice accelerator The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law’s s (HiiL) annual Innovating Justice Challenge. Full Details on Ventureburn.

3. MEST to invest a total of $700k in these 7 African startups

MEST, one of Africa's oldest incubators, has announced that it will be investing $100,000 in each of its 7 cohort graduates for this year. 2018 also marks the incubator's 10th anniversary since it was founded in Accra, Ghana. Full story on Digest Africa.

4. SA journalism network Hashtag Our Stories lands $150k from Snapchat

Hashtag Our Stories, a South African startup, has netted $150 000 in funding from struggling social media Snapchat and a place in the US tech company’s startup accelerator Yellow. The year-old Durban-founded network is run by former social media reporter at CNN, Yusuf Omar and his wife Sumaiya. Full story on Ventureburn.

5. Why Paga’s technology is built and managed in Ethiopia

I got to know that Apposit, a US/Ethiopian tech firm, developed Paga's technology on Andile Masuku's Africa Tech Roundup. But Techpoint has more and says that Paga has a technical team of 25 software engineers that maintain and support the platform. However, they all work from Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital city. Full story on Techpoint.

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