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Burning Heroes launches 2023 African edition ‘Startup Awards’

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Burning Heroes (BH) Founders Association, a tech platform with the mandate of empowering startups in Africa, has announced the launch of its Africa Startup Award for 2023.

The contest, according to BH, is designed to “help African Startups reveal their potential and help develop the region which has huge prospects.”

The Program Manager for the Burning Heroes Startup Awards, Victor Aneleh, who announced the commencement of entries for the award, said it is open to Pre-Seed Startups with market validation and product prototype, while campus-based and Seed Startups are also eligible to apply.

“The competition is a part of Burning Heroes Founders Association’s mission to equalize access to global opportunities for talented founders,” Aneleh said.

“BH’s target is to harness the potential of Tech Start-Ups which could serve as a catalyst to Africa’s socio-economic development and a key to unlocking local value creation and employment on the continent.”

“BH Africa will offer 30 of the early-stage startups domiciled or operating on the continent an opportunity to live-pitch online to an all-African and European panel of VCs and successful Tech Founders. Applications will however, close on January 13, 2023, and can be done online on our website,” he added.

Burning Heroes Startup Awards is supported by top partners in the USA and Europe including 500 Global, APX.VC, Techstars, Starta VC, and Stanford Entrepreneur Club.

The Africa Edition, according to Aneleh, will have as judges the likes of Meta, AWS, Flat6Labs, Savant VC, The Delta, OnePay S.A (SisPay), Africa: The Big Deal, Impact Rooms, Fund The Gap, Africarena, Katapult VC, Naspers Labs, and more.

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Angola inaugurates new satellite control centre for ANGOSAT-2

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Angola has inaugurated its first satellite control centre with the main task of monitoring the activity of the country’s satellite, ANGOSAT-2.

While inaugurating the Centre on Friday at the Funda area of Luanda, the southern African country’s capital, President João Lourenço said the fully equipped centre with technical and technological means will be maintained by its technical experts with the help of Russia after the launch of the ANGOSAT-2 in October last year.

“With the launch of this satellite and its commissioning, Angola will win in all services, so we will improve our telecommunications and our social communication and will also benefit from this important project,” President João said.

“Therefore, further investments to ensure that our telecommunications contribute to the development of the country and the services of our economy, not just of Angolan society, will continue to be made.

“It has been said here that in terms of fibre optics and therefore cable transmission and investment that we are making today to connect Angola to the neighbouring country, specifically the DRC,” the President added.

The Satellite Mission and Control Center, according to local media, is an intelligent infrastructure with multiple engineering advantages, capable of guaranteeing the tracking, monitoring and operation of satellites.

Angola had, in December 2017, launched its trial satellite ANGOSAT-1 alongside the Russian rocket, but it was soon to be lost after it had lost control as soon as it entered orbit.

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Egyptian e-sports platform, GBarena, buys Tunisia’s Galactech, for $15m

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Egyptian e-sport startup, GBarena, has acquired the Tunisia-based online tech platform, Galactech, in a swap deal worth $15 million.

GBarena which is the leading Middle Eastern e-sports platform, gounded in 2016 by Mustafa Zaza and Bishoy Mesdary, in its bid to create an online gaming community the connects gamers with tournament organisers and customers, said in a statement on Friday that its quest to provide its customers with a platform where they can manage their tournaments through fully automated processes informed its decision to acquire the Tunisian firm.

Galactech, founded in 2019 by Houcem Maiza and Houssem Zouaghi, has over 200,000 active users and with the acquisition,will support GBArena’s plans to expand into the GCC, including Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Tunisia, and the Middle Eastern esports industry.

The acquisition marks a milestone transaction for GBarena in anticipation of closing its Series A later this year, with participation from investors in the US, Singapore and the MENA region.

“Our goal has always been to provide our users with an unparalleled e-sports experience, no matter where they’re located in the world. With our acquisition of Galactech, we can now ensure that our users from North Africa will have access to identical features and content they have come to expect from us while providing them with extensive opportunities for growth and development within the esports community,” CEO Samer Wagdy said.

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