88mph accelerator program

88mph is searching for startups with ideas that can scale across english speaking Africa. The accelerator program is open to both local and international tech entrepreneurs.

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Youth Unemployment Outlook – August 7th 2012

Do ILO regulations contribute to youth unemployment?

The African Development Bank has claimed that labour regulations were “excessively rigid” and contributed to youth unemployment.

South Africa’s DA presents plan to tackle youth unemployment.

This is the second in a series of five thematic plans to grow the nation’s economy and create jobs. Helen Zille’s party’s campaign to tackle youth unemployment includes a voucher scheme for potential entrepreneurs, a youth wage subsidy and a programme for apprentices.

Scotland’s youth jobless rate reaches 49 per cent

In March this year, Scottish Borders Council missed out on Scottish Government funding worth £9 million to tackle youth unemployment.

South Tyneside’s UcanB program tasked with tackle growing problems created by rising youth unemployment

The project is targeted at young adults who have left school with little or no qualifications.

In China prospects for educated workers gets worse

The Chinese media is rife with tales of overeducated young people taking jobs as cashiers, assembly-line workers, even “night soil collectors.”

 

 

 

Youth Unemployment Outlook – August 2nd 2012

Ireland’s youth unemployment numbers fall slightly

The standardised unemployment rate was unchanged at 14.8 per cent.

Young Spaniards leave the country seeking a brighter future

With Spain’s unemployment rate for people under 25 at an astonishing 53 percent, many are seeking jobs elsewhere.

The latest African Economic Outlook warns about youth unemployment

Generation U will impact severely on the capacity of African states.

UK: Youth unemployment in Salford to be tackled head on

The new Salford Futures initiative, launched by City Mayor Ian Stewart will promote jobs and apprenticeships for young people.

The share of American 18- to 24-year-olds who were employed fell to 54 per cent last year

Picture of the Day: Youth Unemployment. From the Financial Times

2013 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA)

The 2013 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA), aims to contribute towards developing new products, increasing efficiency or saving cost in Africa.

Researchers will be invited to propose projects that unlock new African potential under one or more areas which include manufacturing and Service Industry; Agriculture/agribusiness; ICTs; Health and Wellbeing; and Environment, Energy and Water.

The organizers expect the prize to promote among young African men and women the pursuit of science, technology and engineering careers and business applications.

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African Social Venture Prize

The Orange African Social Venture Prize will reward three projects or enterprises addressing needs of the ‘bottom of pyramid’ market in Africa through technology.

The digital projects range from e-health and mobile banking to digital and mobile applications for education or agriculture. They therefore represent huge opportunities for social development.

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Anzisha Prize

The Anzisha Prize is a youth innovation competition that promotes entrepreneurial projects amongst young people (age 15-20) in Africa. Finalists will win an all-expense paid trip to the African Leadership Academy campus in Honeydew, a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa to attend a weeklong entrepreneurship conference. Grand prize winners, selected from these finalists, will share $75,000 USD in cash prizes to take their projects to the next level. This year, there will also be a special $10,000 award given to an Anzisha finalist with a renewable energy related project, courtesy of Silicon Valley Community Foundation Donor Circle for Africa.
The Anzisha Prize celebrates young entrepreneurs in the private and social sectors – both for-profit efforts that generate employment for other members of the community, and non-profit efforts that address entrenched social problems in the community. Applicants will be evaluated on the impact, ingenuity, and scalability of their entrepreneurial efforts.
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Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World Competition

The Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard have come together to organize this joint initiative called “Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World.” This competition aims to help young changemakers create a better world of opportunities for women and girls in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

The competition seeks entries from 18-35 year olds to submit a 5-minute platform to pitch their inspired idea to the world. There is an opportunity to win a $25,000 grant.The grant must show creativity and sustainable impact in the lives of women and girls across Asia, Pacific, the Middle East or Africa through entrepreneurship.

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