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The OpEx Prize Competition launches in Ghana for young tech entrepreneurs

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The Executive Council of The Opportunity Exposure (OpEx) Prize “Made for the World”, is pleased to announce the launch of The OpEx Prize Competition on the 3rd of March 2021. It is aimed at unleashing Ghana’s Tech potential by unearthing and sponsoring young Ghanaian Tech Entrepreneurs or “Techpreneurs” who are using technology and have sustainable business models which could be scaled up.

The OpEx Prize Competition covers the Thematic Areas of Finance, Agriculture, Health and Education with the objective to give young Ghanaians between the ages of 18 – 35 years the opportunity to leverage technology for wealth creation.

According to a research by the International Data Corporation (IDC), the global information technology industry was on pace to reach US$5.2 trillion in 2020 and beyond with economies, jobs and personal lives becoming more digital and connected.

The OpEx Prize Competition has the mission to create industry-changing technology that brings us to a better, safer and more sustainable world and a vision to constantly ignite creative and innovative tech solutions that are scalable and sustainable. This is a collaboration between Dalex Finance and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) – Institute for Scientific and Technological Information (INSTI) / Technology Development and Transfer Centre (TDTC).

Who qualifies to participate in The OpEx Prize Competition?

Ghanaians aged from 18-35 years, one application to be submitted per applicant, show ownership of project or solution, show existence of a minimum viable product and services (only products and services using technology).

The Application process is open from 3rd March to 3rd April 2021 (1 month).

The Application Stages:

  1. Submission of application – applicant must make sure to submit the links to all required documents and videos granting access or the required permission to allow 3rd party access to the links).
  2. Initial Shortlisting (9th – 19th April 2021) – Applicants will be shortlisted, bringing the number to 20 people. Shortlisting will be done based on the following criteria: whether or not the applicant presented a clear and focused product and or service, if the product and or service would have social impact, has the potential to bring system change and scalable. Successful applicants will be contacted.
  3. Aptitude Test, Pitching & Judging (26th – 30th April 2021) – Successful applicants will be invited and given the opportunity to pitch their products and or services to a panel of judges. Each judge on the panel, will be looking out for that “X-factor” that makes the applicants product and or service stand out. Ten (10) applicants with the highest score at the end of the pitching session will then make it to the next round as the finalists.
  4. Training Exercise (3rd May – 7th May 2021) – The ten (10) successful finalists will undergo a week-long training exercise to orient and impact the necessary skills and knowledge.
  5. Announcement of Finalist (7th May 2021). The ten (10) will go on to receive the GHS 10,000 cash prize as well as mentorship during a six (6) months incubation period from 1st June – 30th November 2021 (subject to terms and conditions).
  6. The CSIR-INSTI Makerspace will serve as the Incubating Centre, providing world-class facilities and conducive environment with experts to support the successful finalists.

As a co-innovative facility, it is equipped with state-of-the art equipment and expertise required to transition the “Innovation Valley of Death”.  This will provide prospective startups and innovators in the OpEx Challenge the opportunity to prototype and test their ideas at a lower cost leveraging on shared resources and expertise.

Kenneth Thompson, CEO of Dalex Finance, touching on the essence of the OpEx Prize, stressed that without technology-led innovation, especially youth-led innovation, no economy can sustainably grow.

“The OpEx Prize Competition aspires to empower the Ghanaian youth for national development and wealth creation through the provision of creative and innovative tech solutions that are scalable and sustainable.”

About The OpEx Prize

The OpEx Prize is aimed at unleashing Ghana’s Tech potential by unearthing and sponsoring young Ghanaian Tech Entrepreneurs or “Techpreneurs” who are using technology and have sustainable business models which could be scaled up.

The OpEx Prize Competition covers the Thematic Areas of Finance, Agriculture, Health and Education with the objective to give young Ghanaians between the ages of 18 – 35 years the opportunity to leverage technology for wealth creation.

The OpEx Prize Competition has the mission to create industry-changing technology that brings us to a better, safer and more sustainable world and a vision to constantly ignite creative and innovative tech solutions that are scalable and sustainable.

The competition is a collaboration between Dalex Finance and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) – Institute for Scientific and Technological Information (INSTI) / Technology Development and Transfer Centre (TDTC).

 

Contact:

Bernard on +233 242624530

Email: mail@opexprize.org

 

 

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Techstars: Young Nigerian Tech Entrepreneur sets new record in Rwanda

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Payday, a Pan-African Fintech startup, founded by Nigerian entrepreneur, Favour Ori has become the first Rwandan company to join the prestigious Techstars Toronto Accelerator program.
Techstars is an operational investment company that assists founders and early-stage entrepreneurs scale their vision into a thriving business, beginning with the Demo Day at the end of the program where selected startups will be able to pitch to a carefully curated group of investors.
The 3-month accelerator program’s goal is to provide entrepreneurs with invaluable skills, resources, and connections to a large pool of global talent and investors.
CEO, Favour Ori said, “Joining Techstars will be a game-changer for us. This is an opportunity to work with and learn from outstanding mentors, as well as to leverage their experience, skills, and network to create a platform where all Africans, regardless of location, can enjoy financial inclusion”
Rwanda represents one of the best turnaround stories the world has seen in a generation. The word that best describes the founders and team behind Payday is “resilient”.
“Moreover, Payday has engineered a financial product that Africans need across the continent, and the recent traction they are seeing makes us believe that this is the start of something massive” says Sunil Sharma, Managing Director of Techstars Toronto.
“We are thrilled to be able to co-invest with some of the best early-stage fintech and e-commerce investors in Africa” says Sharma.
The inclusion of Payday in this program represents an endorsement from one of the world’s most reputable investor communities, emphasizing the potential of the company’s business model and its commitment to developing innovative payment solutions that will simplify how Africans move money around the world.
Techstars has 15 unicorns under its umbrella. Some of the notable ones include; SalesLoft, SendGrid, ZipLine, Chainalysis, and DataRobot, etc. We are sure going to be the NEXT!
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Paradigm Initiative releases short film ‘FOCUS’ urging citizen vigilance to protect digital rights

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Paradigm Initiative (PIN), a pan-African social enterprise working to advance digital rights and inclusion in Africa, will on Wednesday, October 20, release its second and latest short film entitled ‘FOCUS’ to the public on the YouTube platform where it can be accessed for free.

The release was preceded by a premiere on Thursday, October 14, which was attended by a rich and influential cast of prominent social and digital rights activists, journalists, policymakers, members of the diplomatic corps, social media influencers, and others.

FOCUS was directed by acclaimed filmmaker, Tolulope Ajayi, and produced by Up In The Sky, a creative and production agency based in Lagos. The short film creatively explores and dramatizes PIN’s 2020 annual digital rights and inclusion report dubbed Londa, which depicts the health of digital rights and inclusion in 20 African countries.
It follows PIN’s first and widely-regarded short film, Training Day, and marks a continuation of the organization’s innovative trend to harness the power of story-telling in raising awareness on its research findings and spurring citizen-led actions on the protection of digital rights and government accountability.

The newly-released short film FOCUS especially accentuates the importance of citizen vigilance in confronting and halting the disturbing wave of restrictive policies enacted across several countries in Africa to constrict social spaces online, muffle speech, and subvert online mobilization and democratic movements.

Its release on October 20, 2021, a date when last year the Nigerian government violently quelled the nationwide ‘ENDSARS’ protest against police brutality that received global attention with an attack on protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, has refocused attention on the state of online freedoms in Nigeria and the power of citizens to mobilize freely.

Commenting, PIN Chief Operating Officer, Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu said: “Focus is an exploratory way used by PIN to best impact the society through storytelling while spotlighting key issues plaguing the digital rights inclusion ecosystems. With this short film, we hope to inspire change and bring about radical thinking and adjustment.”
Twitter, the service that played a central role in how young Nigerians were able to mobilize and coordinate actions for the protest, remains inaccessible in Nigeria following a suspension enforced by the government since June 2021.
Internet blockades and arbitrary bans, a continent-wide problem in Africa, formed part of the central theme of the short film as PIN presented options to citizens facing such repression on how to maintain access using tailored tools it developed to boycott the blockades.

FOCUS also alerts citizens to means to identify and take collective actions against the subtle but increasingly desperate and broad-ranging plots by the government to slip through policies and other restrictive measures aimed at limiting online freedoms and censoring speech.

With the support of The Kingdom of Netherlands, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and the United States Department of State, FOCUS continues Paradigm Initiative’s efforts to mainstream topical issues using the medium of story telling as a vehicle of social transformation.

The short film is available for free viewing on PIN’s YouTube channel @ParadigmHQ, in English and French versions to cater to reach audiences from the anglophone and francophone parts of Africa.
Watch the film for free on YouTube below.

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How to use the chart pattern like a pro trader

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Chart pattern trading has become a very popular way to make consistent profit in the stock market. The majority of the traders have realized the fact short term trading method is not that useful in the trading industry. So, they are trying to learn about long-term trading techniques. When it comes to long-term trading techniques, the chart pattern trading strategy is by far the most effective means to find reliable trade signals in the market.

In this article, we are going to discuss some amazing techniques by which you can trade the major chart patterns like a pro trader. Though some of the steps will be hard, you can easily learn this by using the tips mentioned in this article.

Continuation chart pattern

As a new stock trader, you should not be trading the market based on the reversal chart pattern. Reversal chart pattern trading is very tough and the risk factors are also very high. To keep your fund safe, you should be looking at the important market variables and look for reliable trade signals which favor the trend. Once you start focusing on the trend trading technique, you will find things easier. Moreover, most of the breakout takes place in favour of the existing trend and thus the retail traders can easily make a big profit without facing much hassle.

Reversal chart pattern

After learning about the continuation chart pattern trading technique, you need to learn some advanced trading techniques by which you can deal with the reversal patterns in the market. Look at this site and learn about the reversal pattern trading technique so that you can take wise decisions in the investment business. Never think you can become good at trading without practicing the things in the demo account. Get a professional demo account from Saxo and try to learn the reversal chart pattern trading strategies in a very effective way. As you become confident with your demo trading performance, you may start trading with real money.

Learn candlestick pattern

You should integrate price action trading basics with the chart pattern trading technique to find the best possible trade signals in the market. Without learning to deal with the major candlestick patterns in the market, things will be really difficult in the trading industry. You need to follow some basic rules and take the trades in a very strategic way. As you become good at analyzing the major candlestick pattern, you will learn to find the major breakout with a high level of precision. While trading the major breakout, try to follow a conservative trading technique as it will make you more confident with your actions.

Learn to trade with low risk

Smart traders never trade the market with high risk. They use a low-risk trading approach since they know trading is one of the riskiest businesses in the world. The maximum risk which you should take per trade is 1% of your account balance. However, as you gain experience, you can risk more than 1% of your account balance. But remember, chart pattern traders also deal with frequent losing trades. Never expect that you will be winning most of the trades without doing the proper data analysis. Take your time and learn to deal with the market in a conservative way. As you become good at that, you will learn to make the right decision in the trading profession.

Trade with confidence

After learning about the chart pattern trading method, you should work on your confidence level. Without having strong confidence in your trading actions, you will never learn to deal with the losing trades. Most people think emotions have no place in the investment industry. And this is very true. Sadly, the rookie traders don’t believe in this factor. But to survive in this profession, you must gain control over your emotions and trade the market with strong confidence.

 

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5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Love Doll

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For a lot of people, lifelike sex dolls are now a sensible way of satisfying their sexual needs, sexual fantasies and some nice intimacy. Many are opting for love dolls as away of upgrading their sexual experiences, be a it a solo sexual satisfaction or in concert with a partner. For some, these love dolls have become almost like real human partners capable of taking the place of their real partners as far as meeting their sexual satisfaction goes.

Thanks to technology and materials advances, sex dolls are now made to a very standard with a realistic feeling skin, soft touch, implanted and realistic looking hair, and even removable hymens. This means sex dolls are now able to provide many with genuine and lifelike sexual relationships such as those that they’d get from real people. If you buy the right lifelike sex doll from the right manufacturer, you will pretty much get an exquisite feminine replica that is as real as they come and one which will meet both your sexual and psychological needs.

To buy a sex doll that closely resembles the woman of your dreams and which will meet all your sexual desires and drive you to a sexual climax every time, here are some of the factors that you should consider: –

Silicone vs TPE Sex Dolls

This is an important consideration as it will have a bearing on the quality of the sexual experience that you will have with your doll as well as on other factors such as maintenance and longevity. Before you buy your lifeline sex doll, ask yourself whether you want to have a silicone or TPE sex doll. TPE accounts for 90% sex of dolls while silicone accounts for just 10%. Both materials have their advantages and disadvantages.

Silicone sits at the premium end of the market and is a good choice if you are looking for hyper-realistic sex doll with real hair implants, soft skin, ease of maintenance, longevity, and one that will easily support multiple sex positions just like a real human.

Many people find silicone sex dolls not just lifelike but also more practical, enabling the individual to derive maximum sexual delight, both from a physical and psychological perspective. Clients who have used silicone sex dolls report deriving sexual pleasure that is very close to genuine sex. On the flipside, silicone sex dolls are very expensive and heavier than the TPE sex dolls.

TPE sex dolls have their advantages, too. They are cheaper, softer and lighter and as a result, they are more accessible. However, being plastic, TPE can pose an environmental hazard. They also wear out faster than silicone sex dolls. While silicone sex dolls do not have any odor, TPE sex dolls can smell like gum or they will have the smell of the added fragrance.

What brand to choose?

There are numerous sex doll manufacturers in the market that you can choose from. The quality of their dolls varies considerably. Some of these build higher end and top quality sex dolls that are almost lifelike while others don’t. Generally, if you go for the bigger and better-known sex doll brands such as BBdoll, you are likely to get a better quality and lifelike sex doll than when you go for the small and more obscure companies. Bigger and famous companies also offer warranties and other perks that will make your sexual experience with your love doll a complete delight.

Buy from a Factory or Local Agent

When buying a sex dolls, there are usually multiple purchase options to go for. You can order online from sex shops, from dropshipping shops, from local agents or directly from the factory. It often makes sense to purchase your sex dolls directly from the factory as you are assured of a genuine product and you will get the sex doll at the right pricing. However, buying direct from the factory does not give you the personalized customer service that you would get from a local agent or sex shop. Besides, some resellers might bundle the sex dolls with other perks so buying from them may come with added value.

Do you accept the processing time?

When buying a sex doll, it is also important to factor in the processing time. TPE sex dolls can be processed fast, usually in as little as 3 to 5 days. However, silicone sex dolls usually take more than 20 days to process. You should keep this mind when deciding on which lifelike sex doll to purchase.

Do you want to use it for a short time or a long time?

The longevity of the sex doll is also something that you should keep in mind and this directly depends on the type of material used in making the sex doll. If you are looking for a sex doll that you can use for a less than a year, we recommend buying one that is made from TPE plastic. However, if you are looking for a long lasting and premium quality sex doll that you can use for years, a silicone sex doll is the way to go.

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Kaicy Amo Darkwah the CEO of Lord Rayden Foundation ties the knot in Georgia

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Kaicy Amo Darkwah, a well renowned personnel, a diplomat and philanthropist, tied the knot with Victoria Olivia Jones.

Kaicy Amo Darkwah, who is the CEO of Lord Rayden Foundation, on Monday, October 18 married Victoria in a simple wedding ceremony held in  Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Victoria Olivia Jones is a native of Augusta, Georgia and a medical student in the University of Augusta. In addition, she’s also the head of security operations.

The marriage ceremony was quite unique due to Covid 19 restrictions; as only the couple were allowed into the ceremony.  Yet they stood out and confessed their love to each other, and promised to be each other’s joy and safe haven.

Kaicy Amo Darkwah is currently pursuing his masters degree in Information Communication Studies.

The Lord Rayden Foundation with the mission of providing needed support to families of bereaved security service personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The foundation which was established in remembrance of late CPL Amo-Darkwah Evans aims to provide the necessary support be it medical, legal or financial to the bereaved family in the event of the passing of a security service personnel.

Through collaboration with non-profit and professional organizations, Lord Rayden Foundation promises to engage the services of legal practitioners, financial experts, tax specialists and health care specialists, to make sure that the bereaved can have easy access to these expertise support that would otherwise be difficult to access in such circumstances. .

These practical advice, support and training will enable beneficiaries of the foundation and their family to be able to deal with the challenges that comes with losing a loved one.

 

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