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Co-founder @DisruptAfrica. Tech and business journalist in Africa. Passionate about the vibrant tech startups scene in Africa, Tom can usually be found sniffing out the continent's most exciting new companies and entrepreneurs, funding rounds and any other developments within the growing ecosystem.
How to apply for the Slush Global Impact Accelerator

African startups have been invited to apply for the Finland-based Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA), which supports impact-driven startups via a four-week programme...

By Tom Jackson 2 days ago

Kenya's Wagon Shopping posts strong growth as it seeks funding

Kenyan e-commerce startup Wagon Shopping processed KES405,000 ($4,000) worth of orders in the first quarter of this year, up 675% from last year, as it positions itself for a funding round...

By Tom Jackson 3 days ago

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

Logistics marketplace wins Seedstars Tunisia

Tunisian startup Optimalogistic, a real-time marketplace for logistics services, has been named the winner of the local leg of global seed-stage startups competition Seedstars World...

By Tom Jackson 16 May 2018

Applications open for 2018 Gauteng Accelerator Programme

The Innovation Hub, the innovation agency of the Gauteng province, has opened applications for this year's edition of the annual Gauteng Accelerator Programme (GAP) innovation competition...

By Tom Jackson 15 May 2018

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 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

Startupbootcamp Africa partners Google to support startups

Startupbootcamp Africa has signed a formal partnership with the Google Cloud Startup Programme, which will offer startups selected for the Cape Town-based accelerator more than $20,000 worth of tech support...

By Tom Jackson 9 May 2018

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

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

SunCycles getting Namibia moving with "e-bikes"

"For a country with inadequate public transport systems and a general cultural aversion towards bicycles, the uptake in Namibia has been surprisingly good."

By Tom Jackson 30 Apr 2018

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

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

French South African Tech Labs opens calls for applications

Cape Town-based incubator and accelerator French South African Tech Labs (FSAT Labs) has opened the call for applications to its third class of entrepreneurs...

By Tom Jackson 26 Apr 2018

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

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: 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

Why SafeBoda, SafeMotos don't fear Uber or Taxify

Everyone knew it might happen someday, and that has indeed proven the case. Uber and Taxify are expanding beyond taxis in Africa...

By Tom Jackson 13 Apr 2018

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 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

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