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Moroccan e-commerce platform Hmizate expands into fintech
Moroccan e-commerce platform Hmizate expands into fintech

Moroccan company Hmizate, which since 2011 has provided an e-commerce platform offering users access to goods, food, travel services and deals, has expanded into fintech with the launch of HmizatePay...

By Tom Jackson 16 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: Growthpoint Investec African Properties launched
#AfricaMonth: Growthpoint Investec African Properties launched

First announced in 2015, Growthpoint Investec African Properties (GIAP) is finally off the mark, commencing operations in the pan-African real estate market.

By Sindy Peters 14 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa
#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa

People across Africa face considerable challenges - many of them existential. But, without the right devices, connectivity, and skills, those who badly need their problems solved often can't access available solutions...

By Greg Morris 8 May 2018

Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing
Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing

Kenyan agri-tech startup Twiga Foods has partnered IBM Research to extend access to microloans to 220 food stall retailers across Kenya using a blockchain-based financing system...

By Tom Jackson 19 Apr 2018

Why my startup scene is better than yours: Senegal
Why my startup scene is better than yours: Senegal

African tech is booming, but which ecosystem has the most going for it, either for launching a business or making investments?

By Tom Jackson 9 Apr 2018

Lance Mambondiani, CEO: Steward Bank
#SeamlessAfrica: Banking is not about the app, but connectivity and content

The bank of the future is not necessarily about apps, but about engaging people where they are spending time...

By Nicci Botha 6 Mar 2018

#AEI2018: Closing Africa's energy gaps
#AEI2018: Closing Africa's energy gaps

While access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all will usher in economic growth and job creation on the continent, energy projects in Africa lack sufficient access to financing sources...

By Danette Breitenbach 22 Feb 2018

Not all African startups need VC money
Not all African startups need VC money

Not all African tech startups will feel the need to raise VC funding, but those that do must ensure they are adequately prepared for what is a lengthy process.

By Tom Jackson 21 Feb 2018

Kenya's Mondo Ride takes home $2m funding
Kenya's Mondo Ride takes home $2m funding

Kenyan ride-hailing startup Mondo Ride has secured $2m in funding from investors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt to help it expand across the continent...

By Tom Jackson 1 Feb 2018

SA's Airbuy launches e-commerce payment gateway
SA's Airbuy launches e-commerce payment gateway

South African startup Airbuy has rolled out its alternative payment gateway that allows e-commerce sites to accept payments without their customers exposing their banking details...

By Tom Jackson 25 Jan 2018

Nigeria's SureRemit raises $7m via ICO
Nigeria's SureRemit raises $7m via ICO

Nigeria-based non-cash remittance platform SureRemit has raised $7 million via an initial coin offering (ICO) to roll out its digital voucher system that makes payments easier and cheaper...

By Tom Jackson 23 Jan 2018

Partech Ventures launches $70m Africa VC fund
Partech Ventures launches $70m Africa VC fund

Partech Ventures has announced the launch of its Partech Africa fund, which has secured over €57 million ($70 million) toward its target size of €100 million ($122 million)...

By Tom Jackson 22 Jan 2018

Damian Michael
#BizTrends2018: Make sure you're at the heart of disruption

I recently travelled to Dubai to attend the 37th Gitex Technology Week - where the future of business begins. Tech pioneers and futurists, business leaders and IT professionals come to GITEX to experience the world's most advanced technology...

By Damian Michael 8 Jan 2018

Chrisna Basson, head of strategy at Weathermen & Co, Namibia.
#BizTrends2018: A positive perspective on moving towards 4.0

What a year it's been! But enough people have written about that, so I'd rather look at a few of the consequences we'll feel in 2018. Which, to my surprise, are mostly positive. I've highlighted four of the best...

By Chrisna Basson 8 Jan 2018

BBM Messenger's Adam Pattison on chat, dark social and the new mobile economy
BBM Messenger's Adam Pattison on chat, dark social and the new mobile economy

On his visit to South Africa for the MMA (Mobile Marketing Association) Forum in Johannesburg on 2 November and Mobile Monday in Cape Town on 6 November, Adam Pattison, vice president, Americas & EMEA at BBM Messenger, shared insights into chat or dark social and how this is shaping the mobile economy...

By Jessica Tennant 20 Nov 2017

Jason Peisl, PnP's information systems executive. Photo: YouTube
#AfricaCom: How Bitcoin made PnP sexy and other stories

One of the unplanned, but positive, spin offs from Pick n Pay's (PnP) Bitcoin experiment is that it has made retail sexier in attracting talent...

By Nicci Botha 9 Nov 2017

Photo: YouTube
#AfricaCom: M-Pesa sees partnerships as the road to growth

What started out simply as a convenient way to send money home has evolved into the continent's mobile money success story...

By Nicci Botha 8 Nov 2017

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
Cape Town drone company UAV Industries raises $499k

Cape Town-based drone operator UAV Industries has raised R6.84m ($499,000) in funding from Glenheim Venture Capital Company, the first direct investment made by Glenheim's Section 12J fund...

By Tom Jackson 24 Oct 2017

Alan Knott-Craig
#EntrepreneurMonth: If you can sell your first startup, sell it

Us humans have a heuristic bias to sell our winners and hold onto our losers. That's not the way to build wealth. Better to hang onto your winners and cut your losers loose...

By Alan Knott-Craig 18 Oct 2017

#MeetTheInvestor: Duncan Goldie-Scot
#MeetTheInvestor: Duncan Goldie-Scot

Duncan Goldie-Scot does not have the profile of a typical investor in African tech startups...

By Tom Jackson 17 Oct 2017

Business of Design speaker Q&A: Yehuda Raff
Business of Design speaker Q&A: Yehuda Raff

Business of Design (BoD) is back with a speaker lineup of note. The two-day seminar is held annually in Cape Town and Johannesburg during October and doesn't just focus on design in itself but has a much broader vision for the field in all areas of business...

By Jessica Tennant 6 Oct 2017

Consumer spending leads economic recovery
Consumer spending leads economic recovery

The recent launch of the Mastercard SpendingPulse Report is a first for South Africa. The Report is an early indicator of consumer spending trends...

By Danette Breitenbach 21 Sep 2017

Sneha Shah, MD of Thomson Reuters Africa
#GIL2017: How global volatility can benefit Africa

Not so long ago, people would have scoffed at the notion that the UK would be pulling out of the EU or that Donald Trump would be sitting in the Oval Office...

By Nicci Botha 21 Aug 2017

The convergence of credit card and cash in Africa
The convergence of credit card and cash in Africa

According to a recent study conducted by Mastercard, over 50% of the South African population still transact using cash on a daily basis...

By Simeon Tassev 1 Aug 2017

#StartupStory: The Sun Exchange
#StartupStory: The Sun Exchange

Through The Sun Exchange, anyone can go solar and start building wealth powered by sunlight. It allows for collaborative solar finance using blockchain...

By Ilse van den Berg 11 Jul 2017

#StartupStory: KapitalWise
#StartupStory: KapitalWise

KapitalWise uses predictive analytics to analyse your accounts and move extra cash towards your investment goals. In a nutshell, it automates savings and investing...

By Ilse van den Berg 27 Jun 2017

#StartupStory: Flexpay
#StartupStory: Flexpay

In the #StartupStory spotlight this week is Flexpay: a product created in response to the high demand in the market for purchasing goods via piecemeal payments...

By Ilse van den Berg 19 Jun 2017

#StartupStory: FOMO Travel
#StartupStory: FOMO Travel

With the Barclays Accelerator 2017 Africa programme well underway, we chat to our first startup, FOMO Travel, about how the business is making travel affordable and debt free...

By Ilse van den Berg 31 May 2017

David Williams
#AfricaMonth: Internal trade barriers show signs of falling

While the road ahead may still present significant challenges, some of Africa's most long-standing internal trade barriers are beginning to show signs of falling. We interview David Williams, Maersk Line Africa chief executive and global head of Safmarine to find out more...

By Ilse van den Berg 30 May 2017

Nigerian fintech startups offered chance to pitch for incubation
Nigerian fintech startups offered chance to pitch for incubation

Nigerian fintech startups have the opportunity to pitch for NGN3 million ($10,000) worth of incubation and prize money of NGN500,000 ($1,600) at the Fintech Startup Challenge in June...

By Tom Jackson 1 May 2017

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