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Simon Carpenter, Chief Technology Advisor for SAP Africa
#AfricaMonth: Committing to the digital transformation of agriculture in Africa

"What Africa needs, across the board is insight and foresight. Whether that is government agencies getting a better handle on what crops grow best and where so that they can direct policy and investments or the individual farmer farming better. Doing this requires data..."

By Cari Coetzee 17 May 2018

Brett St Clair
#AfricaMonth: The time to become a disruptor is now

Are African businesses ready to become disruptors? Disruption is a trendy term - but disruption has been around since the big bang, and we've seen it operating through time at different scales...

By Brett St Clair 15 May 2018

Kenya's iHub launches Health Meets Tech Application Challenge
Kenya's iHub launches Health Meets Tech Application Challenge

Kenyan incubator iHub will hold the Health Meets Tech Application Challenge in June, aimed at creating a platform for health workers to interact with developers from the tech ecosystem to develop innovative e-health solutions...

By Tom Jackson 15 May 2018

Ten African startups selected for Disrupt Africa Live Pitch Competition
Ten African startups selected for Disrupt Africa Live Pitch Competition

Ten startups from across Africa have been selected to take part in the inaugural Disrupt Africa Live Pitch Competition, which takes place in Nairobi next week...

By Tom Jackson 10 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: The digital life expectancy of Africa's youth
#AfricaMonth: The digital life expectancy of Africa's youth

Africa's new digitised youth population, Generation Z, will define Africa's digital future and these are the skills they will need to do it...

By Louise Marsland 8 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

How this unfunded ed-tech startup quietly conquered Nigeria
How this unfunded ed-tech startup quietly conquered Nigeria

The ed-tech space across Africa is one of great potential, and we regularly hear about innovative startups building solutions tackling educational issues across a variety of countries on the continent...

By Tom Jackson 4 May 2018

Two Egyptian startups selected for 500 Startups accelerator
Two Egyptian startups selected for 500 Startups accelerator

Egyptian startups Harmonica and Shezlong have been chosen to take part in the 23rd batch of the US-based 500 Startups accelerator, securing $150,000 in funding as well as training and mentorship...

By Tom Jackson 3 May 2018

Seedstars to open hub in Cairo
Seedstars to open hub in Cairo

Seedstars World is to open its first MENA-based Seedspace hub in Cairo, Egypt on 4 May 2018 at an inaugural event featuring different actors from the local ecosystem and international community...

By Tom Jackson 30 Apr 2018

Nigeria's TradeDepot secures $3m Series A round
Nigeria's TradeDepot secures $3m Series A round

Nigerian startup TradeDepot, an innovative SaaS platform for FMCG distribution in Africa, has secured a $3m Series A round led by Partech Ventures' recently launched Africa Fund to expand in Nigeria and launch in other countries...

By Tom Jackson 27 Apr 2018

Emilar Gandhi, public policy manager for the SADC region for Facebook | Photo: Jessica Tennant
Facebook Africa, Digify Africa launch online safety programme for SA youth

Facebook Africa and Digify Africa have partnered to launch an online safety programme called Ilizwe Lam, Xhosa for my world...

By Jessica Tennant 25 Apr 2018

If the future in Africa is mobile, identity verification is paramount
If the future in Africa is mobile, identity verification is paramount

Mobile operators are becoming an important provider of, and platform for, a growing range of services. As a result, the ability to verify customer identity is becoming a business imperative for mobile operators...

By Sherry Zameer 25 Apr 2018

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#Prisms2018: Out of Africa - an insider's perspective

The following is an excerpt from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations International (CIPRI) 2017 Maggie Nally Memorial Lecture I delivered at the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster...

By Robyn de Villiers 23 Apr 2018

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

These are exciting times for the African tech space, but which ecosystem is the best place to launch or invest in a startup?

By Tom Jackson 20 Apr 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

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Why my startup scene is better than yours: Rwanda

It is heady days for the African tech startup space, but which ecosystem has the most going for it?

By Tom Jackson 13 Apr 2018

Google Go now available locally
Google Go now available locally

Google has announced that its Google Go app, which provides a "lighter, faster way to search", is now available locally...

By Ilse van den Berg 12 Apr 2018

Kenya's MoBar Delivery brings alcohol to your door
Kenya's MoBar Delivery brings alcohol to your door

Kenyan startup MoBar Delivery is connecting consumers with suppliers via couriers using a mobile app, streamlining and simplifying distribution of goods, starting with alcohol...

By Tom Jackson 12 Apr 2018

Four African startups make Seedstars final
Four African startups make Seedstars final

Four African startups have been selected amongst the 12 that will pitch for the chance to secure a share of $1 million in funding at the Seedstars World global final today in Lausanne, Switzerland...

By Tom Jackson 12 Apr 2018

Mental models for tech entrepreneurs coming to Africa
Mental models for tech entrepreneurs coming to Africa

According to Charlie Munger, Warren Buffet's partner at Berkshire Hathaway, you understand the latticework, or mental model, for the industry/country you're entering, before you enter it.

By Alan Knott-Craig 9 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

Applications now open for Demo Africa
Applications now open for Demo Africa

The application window for startups to launch at the 2018 edition of Demo Africa in Morocco is now open, with the event giving entrepreneurs the chance to meet potential investors and buyers in addition to providing mentorship and tools worth more than $25,000...

By Tom Jackson 4 Apr 2018

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

Which African tech startup ecosystem is the best, either for launching a business or making investments?

By Tom Jackson 29 Mar 2018

Nairobi Tech Week to take place in April
Nairobi Tech Week to take place in April

Coding academy Moringa School will host the third edition of Nairobi Tech Week next month, aimed at bringing together all in the tech ecosystem in one space to foster conversations and learnings around various relevant technology-related topics...

By Tom Jackson 28 Mar 2018

How to avoid falling prey to a Facebook/Cambridge Analytica-type scandal
How to avoid falling prey to a Facebook/Cambridge Analytica-type scandal

Following revelations that Cambridge Analytica exploited the personal data of millions of Facebook users, the social network is finding itself in a remarkably anti-social predicament...

By Ilse van den Berg 26 Mar 2018

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

Which African tech startup ecosystem is the most viable for launching a business or making investments?

By Tom Jackson 20 Mar 2018

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12 startups selected for first African Google Launchpad Accelerator

Google has announced the 12 startups that will participate in the first Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa class at an event held in Lagos, Nigeria...

By Tom Jackson 20 Mar 2018

Innovation policy hackathons to take place in Abuja, Lagos
Innovation policy hackathons to take place in Abuja, Lagos

Entrepreneurs, investors, students and public sector officials are meeting in Lagos and Abuja next week for Nigeria's first public policy hackathon to brainstorm ways in which the regulatory environment for innovation and entrepreneurship can be improved across Nigeria.

By Tom Jackson 19 Mar 2018

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Casablanca to host Afrikonnect event later this month

The Moroccan city of Casablanca will host its first Afrikonnect event from 22-23 March 2018, bringing together startups, investors, and corporates...

By Tom Jackson 14 Mar 2018

Urbantech hub KMT House launched in Egypt
Urbantech hub KMT House launched in Egypt

Urbantech hub KMT House has opened its doors in Cairo's Maadi district, through the collaboration between Drosos Foundation, District Spaces, and Progrss...

By Tom Jackson 14 Mar 2018

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