Mastercard launches new Sustainability Innovation Lab to empower businesses and consumers

GLOBAL – Mastercard, an American multinational financial services corporation, has announced the launch of its new Sustainability Innovation Lab, which will spearhead the further development of the company’s portfolio of environmentally conscious digital products and solutions. The Lab will focus on ways to empower businesses and consumers to transform how they produce, distribute and purchase products and services, ensuring both people and the planet can thrive as the global economy rapidly digitizes.  In support of the EU Green Deal, Mastercard selected Stockholm, Sweden as the home of the global Lab…

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Global Innovation Initiative Group launches US$100m fund to fuel African tech investments

AFRICA – The Global Innovation Initiative Group (GIIG), has announced the launch of GIIG Africa Fund, a Curaçao-based private investment fund aimed at investing in early-stage tech innovation start-ups across Africa. The GIIG Africa Fund will invest annually in the winners’ pool of start-up participants from the African region of the Global Start-up Awards (GSA), an independent start-up ecosystem competition. Through its multi-platform venture-builders, GIIG says it seeks to develop the largest relationship infrastructure of mission-aligned African innovation stakeholders to accelerate the co-creation of disruptive African solutions. According to a statement, the…

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Innovation accelerator Impact Lab launch Agritech Launchpad for innovative entrepreneurship

MOROCCO – Impact Lab, an African innovation accelerator, officially launched Launchpad Agritech, an acceleration program dedicated to the promotion of innovative entrepreneurship in the Moroccan agro-industry. With this initiative, Impact Lab aims to accelerate the marketing of Moroccan Agritech startups, but also to encourage the future generation of Moroccan Agritech entrepreneurs. “We are convinced that Morocco has the potential to position itself as a major innovation hub in the agro-industrial sector in Africa. However, the ecosystem of Agritech startups in Morocco is still weak, and innovation opportunities in the sector…

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Seedstars and Shell Foundation partner to launch a new innovation programme

AFRICA – Seedstars, a global venture capital fund, and Shell Foundation, an initiative of the oil major Royal Dutch Shell, have joined forces to look for sustainable, scalable and innovative startups addressing universal access to energy-related challenges, as well as sustainable agriculture, mobility and transportation. With support from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), they are launching the Energy, Mobility and Agriculture Innovation Program to find African tech entrepreneurs in the mobility, transportation, energy, and agriculture space in order to provide them with the resources, training, and potential…

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