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Female Nigerian robotics engineer invents smart bra that can detect breast cancer

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A female robotics engineer in Nigeria, Bolarinwa Kemisola, has invented a smart bra that has the capability of detecting breast cancer in its early stages.

Kemisola who announced the feat on Friday, said the new device can help in the “fight against breast cancer in Nigeria where an estimated 17,000 women die of the disease every year.”

The smart bra, according to the scientist, contains a total of 14 sensors connected to a USB outlet through cables, with the system, including a phone application where the procedure can be followed and monitored.

She stated that she was inspired to devote herself to finding a solution to breast cancer on the day her aunt died died of the disease.

The cancer detecting bra (Photo Credit: Tech Trend Africa)

The cancer detecting bra (Photo Credit: Tech Trend Africa)

Following the advice of several healthcare professionals and scientists, she said she began work on the first prototype in February 2021.

The new device, according to Kemisola, will also help in raising awareness about breast cancer in Africa where a data by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 74,000 women died of breast cancer in Africa in 2020 alone.

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Kenyan digital assets startup, Crypsense, selected for Draper VeChain Accelerator programme

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A Kenyan digital assets startup, Crypsense Digital Group, has been selected for the 2022 Draper VeChain Web 3 Accelerator Programme which will grant it access to mentorship and support.

The 12-week Web 3 Accelerator Programme which is designed to deliver high-growth blockchain companies, is run by Draper University, a leading pre-accelerator and incubator in Silicon Valley, California, USA, and fosters growth of high potential technology startups.

The programme was founded by Timothy Cook Draper, a top tier venture capital investor with the likes of Tesla, SpaceX, Twitter, Coinbase, Skype, and Baidu among his investments.

The Nairobi-based digital assets capacity building and management platform, a brainchild of The Africa Blockchain Centre, and one of the startups at Adanian Labs, a venture studio, was established to nurture, and scale 300 impact-driven tech startups across Africa, according to Disrupt Africa.

“This is an amazing opportunity to accelerate Web 3 adoption in Africa through the programme and partnerships.

“We have so much untapped talent and potential within our continent in blockchain and Web 3.

“I am excited for Africa and I can’t wait to see where this opportunity takes us,” Alice Anangi, co-founder and CEO of Crypsense Digital Group, said on Friday.

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Egyptian food-tech startup, Bonbell, secures $350k in initial funding round

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Egyptian food-tech startup, Bonbell, has secured $350,000 in an initial funding round through a Canadian angel investor for the App services development.

Bonbell, a food ordering technology startup, according to the Chief Business Officer of the company, Doaa Abdel-Hameed, is seeking to increase the number of restaurants it covers to 750 by the end of 2022 across Egypt and other North African country.

She added that the startup is negotiating with two other venture capital funds in Europe and the GCC to raise $10 million in seed funding by the end of the year.

“We aim to help restaurants in offering an easier food ordering experience to their customers, either through food delivery or reserving a table in the restaurant, as well as take away orders and also the special orders made by customers in their restaurants.

“We pursue a better experience for the Egyptian user in food ordering; we see a lot of potential and opportunities to do that through developing the App constantly based on the user reviews, and adding more restaurants in all of the Egyptian governorates,” Abdel-Hameed said on Thursday.

Abdel-Hameed emphasized that the Bonbell has, in the past six months, earned the trust of more than 12,000 customers who used the app in food ordering in all ways offered.

She added that the success of the
Bonbell App, in offering the best experience to its users can only be done through strategic partnerships with many more restaurants, in addition to the constant development of the technology used in the App, as well as relying on offering inventive solutions to the Egyptian user such as Robotic Stations service.

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