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AFTSCAPETOWN2022 AlphaExpo Pitch Competition Winners Go Home With Over $100,000 Worth of Prizes.




WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, 2 December 2022 /African Media Agency (AMA)/-14 African startups took to the stage to pitch to a panel of judges and attendees at the recently concluded Africa Fintech Summit in Cape Town, South Africa. Ethiopia’s Chapa, an online payment gateway enabling merchants to accept local and international payments, clinched first place, while Periculum, an enterprise data analytic software provider and SmartWage, a WhatsApp-based HR and communication platform for remote workers, finished second and third, respectively.

From November 2-4, the Africa Fintech Summit gathered over 700 fintech stakeholders from across Africa and the globe for various ecosystem-building engagements ranging from panel discussions and workshops to startup exhibitions and ecosystem tours. Among those engagements was the 5th Alpha Expo Pitch Competition which concluded the three-day summit.

The AlphaExpo micro-accelerator is a sector-agnostic program that enables early-stage startups from across Africa to pitch on the Africa Fintech Summit Stage, demo their products to a wide variety of stakeholders, meet an extensive network of prospective investors, partners, and customers, and also increase their chances of being accepted to top accelerator programs!

The Alpha Expo Micro Accelerator Program has held up its objective as an ecosystem growth initiative by connecting early-stage founders with growth opportunities for scale.

Alumni of the AlphaExpo program have raised over $200M since participating and include industry leaders such as MarketForce, Yellow Card App, Asaak, Piggyvest, ArifPay, Payhippo, and many others.

With the goal of layering on the accelerator’s impact so far, organizers of the Africa Fintech Summit fielded hundreds of applications and finally chose the 14 startups that pitched in Cape Town.

Joining the top three comprising Chapa, Periculum and SmartWage were MaishaPay, MooveBeta, PrimeNet, Pigibank, Dukapaq, e-fiat, Upstream, XR Global, ENTR Technologies, Fanogroup_Namibia, and Sava.

The startups took the stage to tell a compelling story about the solution their company was building and why it mattered before judges and delegates at the summit.

The panel of judges included active investors, startup founders and executives at leading companies;

·    Kayode Nubi; Startup Programs Lead at Paystack,

·    Nivesh Pather; Investment Manager at Norrsken,

·    Hector Bartlett; Co-Founder & Managing Partner at One Day Yes VC,

·    Philani Mzila, Investment Manager – Africa at Founders Factory Africa/ Standard Bank.

Our team of judges scored each pitch based on pre-established criteria and delivered the verdict that saw Chapa slightly edge a tightly contested competition followed by Periculum and SmartWage as second and third runners

Beyond the invaluable feedback delivered by the judges which would help the startups better pitch their value going forward, all the participants scored top prizes. Chapa as winner will;

·    Join finalists of the 2022 Ecobank Fintech Challenge in a bootcamp valued at $10,000, 

·    Secure product credit worth $25,000 by AWS

·    Access Guaranteed membership in the Fintech Association of South Africa, valued at $2750.

·    Get a Cash prize of $3000 sponsored by UQDO, 

·    Secure $5000 hiring credits from TalentintheCloud to help recruit new hires.

·    Get a package of 3 Pan-African press releases and media training for company spokesperson(s) valued at $11,000 from African Media Agency (AMA) 

·    Return tickets to Washington D.C. for the 9th Africa Fintech Summit on April 20, 2023 sponsored by Africa Fintech Summit.

AWS also awarded the 2nd and 3rd runners $10,000 and $5,000 product credit package, respectively. 

All the participating startups get;

·    A marketing, pitch deck and fundraising strategy review sponsored by Dedalus Global

·    1000 credits toward KYC digital onboarding sponsored by UQDO.

·    $1,000 product credit from AWS.

·    Mentoring and coaching sponsored by Paystack and FINASA’s Co-Founder & #aiMOM Lavina Ramkissoon. 

·    A fundraising & investor readiness strategy masterclass by Ibex Frontier.

On the value of the competition, Nael Hailemariam, Chapa co-founder and CEO, noted “Chapa is established to empower local businesses in East Africa to thrive in the global economy. We are happy to win the Alpha Cohort pitch contest at Africa Fintech Summit with this mission. 

Payment is about partnerships. Let’s partner and make Africa thrive!”

Djiba Diallo, Senior Fintech Advisor at EcoBank said “ We are very happy to welcome Chappa as one of our Ecobank Fintech challenge bootcamp for 2022. As a Pan-African Bank fostering Bank-Fintech collaboration and innovation, Ecobank has so far incubated a significant number of Fintechs in our flagship Fintech Challenge and Chapa will be getting access to our Pan African Sandbox and innovation platform to scale up across Africa, Service Provider Partnerships, Access To Partner Networks, and Integrations With Existing Ecobank Digital Offerings. We look forward to collaborating with Africa Fintech Summit in upcoming Alpha Expo efforts so our Ecobank Challenge collaboration adds synergy to the continent”. 

Lavina Ramkissoon, FINASA Co-Founder & Master of Ceremony for the Pitch Competition said “On behalf of the panel of judges and myself, I would like to congratulate all pitching startups for their innovations that are resolving real African problems and the future of the continent is in these problem solvers and innovators. We look forward to watching these startups soaring and scaling up in the months and years to come” 

Zekarias Amsalu, Co-Founder of Africa Fintech Summit said “ Alpha Expo mini accelerator and pitch competition is our flagship initiative that has brought visibility, access and opportunity to 60+ early stage startups over the last 4 years, some of these are now scaled-up problem solvers and we are very pleased to see new additional innovators in Cape Town. We thank the panel of judges whose expertise and foresight was instrumental in startup feedback as well as identifying winners. We look forward to supporting all cohorts with all our ecosystem partners. Congratulations to all pitching startups!”

Distributed by African Media Agencyin partnership with Africa Fintech Summit

About Africa Fintech Summit

AFTS ( is the premier global initiative dedicated to the African fintech ecosystem. AFTS is traditionally hosted in Washington, D.C., each April during the World Bank/IFC annual meeting week and in a different African city each November (most recently Lagos, Addis Ababa, Cairo & Cape Town).  

Supported by an advisory board of thought leaders and fintech pioneers, AFTS is a unique space where innovative ideas are debated, investments mobilized, partnership deals signed, and collaborations formed across sectors and geographies. AFTS is organized in partnership between Washington, D.C. based firms, strategic advisory group, Dedalus Global, and Pan-African consultancy advisory firm, Ibex Frontier.

Media contact (AFTS):

Charles Isidi

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La Guinée équatoriale confirme huit nouveaux cas de Marburg




OMS – La Guinée équatoriale confirme huit nouveaux cas de Marburg (archives)

New York, USA, le 24 Mars, 2023/African Media Agency(AMA)/La Guinée équatoriale a confirmé huit nouveaux cas de Marburg, portant à neuf le nombre de cas confirmés depuis que l’épidémie de fièvre hémorragique virale a été déclarée le 13 février dernier dans ce pays d’Afrique centrale.

Selon l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), les nouveaux cas ont été confirmés à la suite de l’analyse en laboratoire d’échantillons supplémentaires. Les nouveaux cas ont été signalés dans les provinces de Kie Ntem, à l’est, de Littoral, à l’ouest du pays, et de Centro Sur, qui ont toutes des frontières internationales avec le Cameroun et le Gabon.

Les zones où des cas ont été signalés sont distantes d’environ 150 kilomètres les unes des autres, ce qui laisse supposer une transmission plus large du virus. À ce jour, on dénombre 20 cas probables et 20 décès.

« La confirmation de ces nouveaux cas est un signal essentiel pour intensifier les efforts de riposte afin d’arrêter rapidement la chaîne de transmission et d’éviter une épidémie à grande échelle et des pertes en vies humaines », a déclaré dans un communiqué, la Dre Matshidiso Moeti, Directrice régionale de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) pour l’Afrique. « La maladie de Marburg est très virulente, mais elle peut être contrôlée et arrêtée efficacement en déployant rapidement un large éventail de mesures d’intervention en cas d’épidémie ».

Des experts supplémentaires de l’OMS déployés dans les prochains jours

L’OMS collabore avec les autorités nationales pour renforcer les mesures d’intervention d’urgence en améliorant la surveillance de la maladie, le dépistage, les soins cliniques, la prévention et le contrôle des infections, ainsi qu’en menant des enquêtes épidémiologiques supplémentaires et en renforçant la sensibilisation du public pour aider à freiner la propagation de l’infection.

Des experts supplémentaires de l’OMS en épidémiologie, logistique, opérations sanitaires et en prévention et contrôle des infections seront déployés dans les prochains jours. L’agence onusienne aide également les autorités sanitaires des pays voisins, le Cameroun et le Gabon, à renforcer la préparation et la riposte à l’épidémie.

A noter qu’il n’existe pas de vaccins ou de traitements antiviraux approuvés pour traiter le virus. Toutefois, les soins de soutien – réhydratation par voie orale ou intraveineuse – et le traitement des symptômes spécifiques améliorent les chances de survie.

La maladie de Marburg est transmise aux humains par des chauve-souris frugivores et se propage parmi les humains par contact direct avec des fluides corporels de personnes infectées, des surfaces et des objets contaminés. La maladie est très virulente et provoque une fièvre hémorragique dont le taux de mortalité peut atteindre 88%. Le virus appartient à la même famille que celui responsable de la maladie à virus Ebola.

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Bybit Goes Live With ARB Token and a $400K Prize Pool




DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 24 March 2023 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- Bybit, the world’s third most visited crypto exchange, is proud to list the Arbitrum (ARB) token — along with a massive prize pool of $400K to celebrate. Today, users will be able to deposit ARB and trade newly created ARB spot pairs, perpetual contracts, and trading bot pairs.  

Arbitrum is the biggest player in Ethereum’s layer 2 scaling landscape, designed to boost Ethereum’s speed and scalability while adding additional privacy features. The release of ARB (which includes “airdropping” 12.75% of the entire supply to the chain’s early users) is one of the most highly-anticipated events in the cryptocurrency industry this year. 

To celebrate this occasion, Bybit has launched a series of campaigns that offers ARB traders a chance to win part of its massive $400K prize pool. 

Firstly, all users who deposit 250 ARB will receive a gift of 25 USDT, and new users who have used the Arbitrum-native trading platform GMX, can claim a further 0.5 GMX with a deposit of 500 ARB. Also, Bybit’s official Twitter account will be giving away GMX and USDT in a lucky draw to 400 users who like or retweet its tweets, or follow the official Twitter account.

Bybit offers a range of trading bots, which allow users to automate strategies, backtest them, and trade the markets 24/7. Their bots are easy to configure, so even beginners can benefit from automated trading. 

As part of the ARB celebration, users who trade ARB via Bybit’s spot grid bots will share in a $20K prize pool. Another launchpool campaign for ARB subscribers will unlock a total of $150K in rewards. Finally, a high APY ARB fixed-term product is available via Bybit Earn, allowing traders to earn even more rewards from their investments. 

“At Bybit, we recognize our responsibility to provide forward-thinking opportunities for our users and lead the way in supporting the proliferation of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology,” said Ben Zhou co-founder and CEO of Bybit. “I am delighted to see that we are offering an ARB token listing, which promises unique rewards for those who make use of it. We are eager to see how our users leverage this powerful new asset and await their feedback with enthusiasm.”

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About Bybit

Bybit is a cryptocurrency exchange established in March 2018 that offers a professional platform where crypto traders can find an ultra-fast matching engine, excellent customer service and multilingual community support. Bybit is a proud partner of Formula One racing team, Oracle Red Bull Racing, esports teams NAVI, Astralis, Alliance,, Made in Brazil (MIBR), City Esports, and Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports, and association football (soccer) teams Borussia Dortmund and Avispa Fukuoka.

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African Media Agency and On Time join forces to launch the first women-owned lusophone press release distribution service in Africa




LUANDA, Angola, 23 March 2023, /African Media Agency/- African Media Agency (AMA), a leading Pan-African communications and media relations firm, and On Time, a public relations and marketing agency based in Angola, are pleased to announce the launch of the first women-owned lusophone press release distribution service in Africa.

This partnership will leverage the strengths of both companies to provide a unique and comprehensive press release distribution service to clients operating in the lusophone market. The new service will provide businesses, organizations, and individuals an integrated and comprehensive solution for distributing press releases in Portuguese to media outlets across Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and São Tome and Principe.

The lusophone region is growing economically and has significant potential for investment and trade. According to the World Bank, this African region has shown significant economic dynamism in recent years, with a GDP growth rate of 2.8% in 2021 despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This growth is driven by various sectors such as energy, tourism, agriculture, and the service industry, making it an attractive destination for investors and entrepreneurs.

“We believe in the power of collaboration and are thrilled to partner with On Time to launch this groundbreaking lusophone press release distribution service in Africa,” said Eloïne Barry, CEO of AMA. “As this region continues to experience economic dynamism, this new service will provide businesses and organizations with the necessary communications support to effectively reach their target audiences across the region.”

The partnership will see the two agencies bolster their media network to over five thousand journalists in their database, including noteworthy media from Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tome and Principe. As the first women-owned lusophone platform for press release distribution service in Africa, this partnership also aims to promote gender equality in the African media industry and empower women entrepreneurs in the region. 

“We are excited to join forces with African Media Agency to launch this important initiative” said Carolina Barros, CEO of On Time. “It’s a complementary part of the PR service we use to provide to clients. We believe that this service will increase visibility for businesses and organizations operating in the Lusophone market and contribute to the development of the media industry in the region.”

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