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The Future Is Looking Up – Forbes Africa

  • The following year, she joined Space Trek, a space science camp in Cape Town offered by Morehead State University in Kentucky, United States(US).
  • One of the ambitious projects many are looking forward to in the country is the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, with a square kilometer (one million square meters) of collecting area.
  • Early 2018, the young entrepreneur founded a company called Space in Africa, a platform that covers the business, technology, discoveries, events and political news around the African space and satellite industry.
  • There are currently 13 space agencies listed in Africa and 28 satellites have been launched by African countries (owned by Egypt, Algeria,Angola, Morocco, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya).
  • Charles Mwangi was involved in the development of Kenya’s first space object christened 1st Kenya University Nano-Satellite (1KUNS-PF),also a 10cm x 10cm x 10cm cube satellite.
  • According to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) 2017 annual report, there are approximately 4,600 satellites in the earth’s orbit.

Read full article: forbesafrica.com

Internet of Things Now a Growing Trend in India’s Agriculture

  • Imagine the use of smart sensors, telecommunication and power of Information Technology (IT) for real time monitoring of crop health, checking of soil vitals, developing smart irrigation facilities and many more.
  • Opencube Labs (OCL) based out of Bengaluru are currently working towards creating open source, farmer friendly IoT based agricultural products.
  • A hand held device to check crop health, smart sensors to get real time soil health, smart irrigation system and smart livestock management system are all built completely on open hardware platforms like Arduino and Raspberry Pi along with ESP.
  • The central console controls water pumps, checks water level in the tanks and gets information from the moisture, humidity and soil sensor that provides condition of the soil and triggers action based on pre-set parameters.
  • IoT, according to the creators and system integrators in the ecosystem, is another opportunity to modernize Indian agriculture and achieve a new phase of exponential growth through IoT applications.

Read full article: iot.electronicsforu.com

Amazon to boost MSME with new partnership; Who are Tamil Nadu’s biggest disruptors?

  • There is no doubt that ecommerce giant Amazon India is transforming the way this country buys and sells.
  • Hear from the change agents in the fields of manufacturing, journalism, arts, agriculture, entertainment, literature, technology, music, sports, e-commerce, social service, food and beverage, governance, politics and services.This startup could change the $30 billion HR marketIn a typical situation, hiring a new candidate often entails a lengthy and tedious process.
  • Among the many topics that were discussed in length, Monetising the New India Opportunity was a prime theme.

Read full article: yourstory.com

Saving India’s startups will take more than just a cool app

  • When internet startups first opened for business in India, they seemed like the most lucrative industry to work for.
  • Mumbai’s Ola and Uber drivers were striking for over 10 days in October.
  • The next month, over 200 restaurants in Kerala decided to boycott platforms like Zomato and Swiggy.
  • Shortly after, hotels in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, followed suit, refusing to honour bookings from aggregators like MakeMyTrip, Goibibo, and OYO.
  • For instance, Uber and Ola drivers had to buy their own cars.

Read full article: scroll.in

WORKSPACE 2.0

  • Currently the coworking or flexible office market is less than 5 per cent of the commercial real-estate market and it is expected to grow 30-50 per cent over the next 10 years, says Ankit Samdariya, CEO at The Hive, a company that offers the concept of integrated ecosystems and lifestyle campuses where people can work, live, eat, shop and have fun.
  • In a research report titled ‘Spotting the opportunities: flexible space in Asia Pacific’, realty advisory firm JLL says that demand for flexible offices – including coworking spaces and serviced offices – is growing faster in Asia Pacific than anywhere else in the world.
  • New York-based WeWork, recognised globally as one of the most valued shared space providers, already has a collaboration with Embassy Group to create sizeable shared office space in Bangalore, Mumbai and the National Capital Region.
  • Office designs, furniture, devices and amenities provides and even colours have a significant impact on the operational efficiency of employees, says a recently released Knight Frank India report on the changing perceptions of the workplace titled ‘Co-working: The office of the future’.
  • Also, the coworking appeal is no longer restricted to startups and freelancers, it has become more appealing to long established businesses and multinationals as well, who see the benefits of working out of a shared space environment in terms of reduced costs and reduced hassle, says Priyanka Krishnan from IShareSpace, a contemporary, premium, shared space and a hybrid between a business centre and a co-working space.
  • It is being viewed as an instrument that could drive a dynamic and vibrant culture of corporate productivity impacting financial, cultural and environmental ethos of the organisation.

Read full article: mydigitalfc.com

Mumbai thriving on space crunch

  • As startups mushroom across India’s financial capital of Mumbai, demand for coworking space for startups, entrepreneurs, freelancers and corporates has shot up.
  • Work Square, a new entrant, provides coworking space at Lower Parel and Powai.
  • As for the cost of working of WeWork BKC, it is Rs 18,000 per person per month for the hot desk, Rs 25,000 per person for a dedicated desk, Rs 40,200 per month for a one-seat private office, according to information on their portal.
  • WeWork aims to double the number of its locations in India to 20 across Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and reach 35,000 desks by the end of the year.
  • It provides shared workspaces for technology startup subculture communities, and services for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, small businesses and large enterprises.

Read full article: mydigitalfc.com

[Weekly funding roundup] Christmas comes early – Investors play Santa with over $640 M for Indian startups

  • Funding raised by the Indian startup ecosystem crossed the half-a-billion-dollar mark this week, anchored by Byju’s $400 million private equity funding.
  • From Monday until today, total funding in the ecosystem went past the $641 million mark across 31 deals.
  • The week saw 22 early-stage deals raising $60 million, nearly the same amount as in the previous week, and two late-stage deals garner $35 million.
  • The company’s plans to now ramp up operations in the domestic market, and expand its presence overseas.A quick look at key early-stage deals this week B2B agri-marketing platform Ninjacart raises Series BBengaluru-based B2B agritech startup Ninjacart on Wednesday raised Rs 250 crore in a round led by Accel US, Syngenta Ventures, Jo Hirao, Founder of ZIGExN, Neoplux, HR Capital and Trifecta Capital.

Read full article: yourstory.com

Working Together

  • AltF CoWorking is India’s first private co-working space provider, which offers corporates, SMEs and startups private office spaces with flexible policies and customised services that include premium locations with connectivity, offices with natural light, layouts designed to support flexible team structure and competitive pricing ranging from Rs 8,000 to Rs 12,000 a seat depending on the location.
  • In the current scenario, says Singh, coworking spaces cover around 3.1 million square feet and this number is slated to grow 4 fold to about 13 million by 2020.
  • GoWork has several packages for its members like Day Tripper (at Rs 350 per day), Tourist (at Rs 3,750 for ten days), Resident (at Rs 6,500 for a month), Citizen (an exclusive membership, at a price of Rs 8,250), Minister (one’s personal space at a price of Rs 10,000) and Virtual Office (at Rs 2,500).
  • At Cyber City in Gurgaon, Huddle is able to offer flexibility, infrastructure and additional benefits as compared to conventional spaces at a fraction of cost – starting at Rs 6,000 per month.
  • About 55 per cent of companies identified increased flexibility as the driver of this shift to coworking and 11 per cent said that the sense of community fostered among workers was the key while another 11 per cent stated that the greater speed to becoming operational was the primary reason for opting for coworking.
  • Interestingly, about 75 per cent stated that personal productivity linked to wellbeing and happiness would increase as they shift towards a new flexible and collaborative model of occupancy.

Read full article: mydigitalfc.com

Coworking sector will disrupt traditional office leasing

  • Although it currently represents only a small share of the total leasing demand – 2 million square ft coworking space transacted during the first eight months of 2018 in India — coworking operators are planning to lease 8 to 9 million square ft by 2020.
  • The Toronto-based commercial realty advisory recommends occupiers, especially small and medium enterprises in India, to consider use of flexible space for their office requirements in order to benefit from an integrated networking environment, greater cost-effectiveness and more innovative workspace design.
  • Large occupiers in technology, fintech and e-commerce industry should consider coworking space to fulfil the requirement of site offices in multiple locations.
  • However, as the coworking office market is still in its nascent stage, the availability of large office spaces may be a concern.

Read full article: mydigitalfc.com

Plano Automotive Startup Patents Car Odor-Elimination Tech, Builds on Marijuana Legalization » Dallas Innovates

  • When you purchase a new vehicle, even if it’s pre-owned, you want it to feel like  yours.
  • So if the interior lingers of smoke, body odor, or just general funk, it can tend to feel like you’re driving around in a borrowed car.
  • Plano-based NuVinAir is a startup founded in 2013 with a mission to become the future of clean driving.
  • This year, 20 certified distributors have been launched, and NuVinAir expects to be sold out by the end of 2019.
  • The NuVinAir Cyclone is what the company calls the standard sanitization option for dealerships across the U.S.

Read full article: dallasinnovates.com