2030 Finance | April 4, 2017

New wave of African startups at U.S. accelerators

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The PeaceTech Accelerator based at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington D.C. has selected NicheStream, a Cape Town, South Africa music-streaming service that recently launched a dedicated channel for Afrikaans music. “We believe that music, the communities it fosters and the divides that it can bridge can help to bring about reconciliation in conflicted communities and regions,” said PeaceTech’s Eva-Maria Dimitriadis.

Triple Bottom Line Enterprises, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which is developing water management tools for affordable piped water infrastructure in rural communities, will join Silicon Valley accelerator ImagineH2O’s cohort of 12 water startups.

And Nigerian clean energy startup Solstice Energy Solutions won Berkeley’s Cleantech University Prize, for its internet-connected devices that help African homes and businesses manage energy efficiently and find clean, money-saving alternatives.

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