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Barclays Africa launches Tech Lab Africa programme to accelerate Fin Tech and Health Tech ventures across the continent

Cactus Advisors has been commissioned by Barclays Africa to run the Tech Lab Africa program

Barclays Africa Group Ltd (Barclays Africa) announced the launch of Tech Lab Africa, a venture programme which promises to change the future of 10 innovative African enterprises.

The world of financial services and digital health and wellness is being disrupted by new technologies, agile companies and innovative products and services. Non-traditional competitors are penetrating the market and long-held competitive boundaries are disappearing.

The future will be defined by those who embrace disruptive innovation and work within the world’s most active innovation ecosystems.

“In order to compete, Barclays Africa needs to connect, shape and scale with these new industry players. We are looking for big, fresh ideas that promise to shake things up – be this in the financial services industry, the health sector, or anywhere else,” says Ashley Veasey, Chief Information Officer for Barclays Africa.

“We are not limiting our applicants. Ideas must address or better yet solve existing challenges or create opportunities in unchartered territories. As long as the idea or venture thinks differently, we’ll consider it.”

The programme will be run for 13 weeks, hosted in Cape Town and finalists will face a judging panel that will choose the most interesting business propositions or ventures. The final selected ventures will then be afforded access to prominent business mentors, industry leaders, influencers and experts. The intention is that the end results will boast a fresh portfolio of businesses that will change the face of the financial technology and digital health industry.

“The selected ventures will get access to support and mentorship from Barclays Africa executives and external experts and industry leaders. These enterprises will also be enabled through market days and roadshows to meet potential customers and investors, and may potentially get an opportunity to become a preferred supplier to Barclays Africa.”

Applications opened on Monday, 20 July 2015. Interested applicants can visit www.techlabafrica.com to find out more information about submitting their applications and tracking their progress.

Representatives of successful entrants must be able to stay in Cape Town for the duration of the 13-week programme (from 7 September to 10 December, 2015).

Kenneth Omeruo
Omeruo Ndukaku Kenneth is an Innovation Management expert,the CEO of Emerging Media,a new media company.He is a member of ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management and the US-Africa chamber of Commerce.He is the Founder of TechTrends Nigeria Blog,Nigeria Innovation Summit and the African Innovation Academy.Kenneth is a highly sought-after Internet Marketing Consultant who has through his seminars, articles, training and consulting, helped many organizations, Individuals, Businesses maximize the Internet for business purposes.Kenneth has also being featured as a guest on the TV show TODAY ON STV Nigeria and on Bloomberg Africa TV.He is the author of the best –selling Internet Book: How To Create Unlimited Internet Wealth. He is a syndicated columnist with the following Newspapers in Nigeria: Daily Independent, Financial Standard, PUNCH, BusinessDay, and Sun.Kenneth organises the EduNet Conference for Universities in Nigeria. Kenneth is a member of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria( ISPON ) Roundtable For Capacity Development in Nigeria,member pre-selection committee for Nigeria at the UN World Summit Awards,a Panelist for Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria(YouWIN)-a Federal government initiative created by the ministry of finance,supported by ministries of Communications Technology,Youth Development,Worldbank and DFID. A 2013 Judge at the Google Cloud Developers Challenge for Sub Saharan Africa.He has been a contributing editor of Nigeria Communications Week,Africa Telecom and IT Business Magazine,ICT Today magazine,M2 magazine.Kenneth has been invited to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, Oracle Open World Conference USA, Oracle Cloud World Dubai, and GITEX Dubai. He now lives in New York with his family and presently working on an Open Innovation project for Nigeria. You can contact Kenneth through email: (kenneth (at)techtrendsng.com) Facebook:www.facebook.com/Kenneth.omeruo On Twitter:www.twitter.com/kennethomeruo Skpe:Kenneth.Omeruo

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