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Why global investors should invest in Africa's tech startups
Why global investors should invest in Africa's tech startupsArticle

It's a well-known fact that the youth are the primary consumers of technology. A fact that puts Africa, with its literally hundreds of millions of young people, firmly on the map as a significant global launchpad for technology startups.

Kashira Naidoo & Zach George 25 Jun 2020

Digital transformation in Africa
Digital transformation in AfricaArticle

IDC defines Digital Transformation (DX) as applying new technologies to radically change processes, customer experience, and value...

Mark Walker 17 Mar 2020

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 2: Is there really a market?
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 2: Is there really a market?Article

In this series of articles, Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp, shares 20 of some of the most important lessons he has learned using a sequence that mirrors the typical stages of any entrepreneurial journey...

Allon Raiz 10 Mar 2020

Video Exchange Africa, AfricaCom Panel (L-R): Siddhartha Roy, Cees van Versendaal, Russell Southwood, Ryan Solovei.
#AfricaCom: The many VOD marketsArticle

Video on Demand in Africa is hampered by high data costs and driven by consumer behaviour change...

Louise Marsland 25 Nov 2019

Taking a loan has never been easier thanks to the proliferation of mobile lending platforms. Rosenfeld Media/Wikimedia Commons
Mobile-based lending is huge in Kenya: but there's a downside tooArticle

Over the past 10 years mobile-based lending has grown in Kenya. Some estimates put the number of mobile lending platforms at 49...

Victor Odundo Owuor 4 Oct 2019

Ashlin Perumall, senior associate, corporate/M&A practice at Baker McKenzie
How will we regulate blockchain and cryptocurrency in Africa?Article

While fintech and mobile solutions for money transfers have taken off in Africa, there has been a mixed reaction thus far from governments to the use and regulation of blockchain and cryptocurrency...

17 Jul 2019

Get into Africa to seize opportunity
Get into Africa to seize opportunityArticle

Why Africa is commercially exciting right now; and why businesses, big and small, need to be paying attention and investing, before the barriers-to-entry and competition truly kick in...

James Hedley 2 Jul 2019

NSE boss Geoffrey Odundo, Brand Integrated partner Richard Mukoma present an award for the most admired brand in the food category in Kenya to Del Monte Kenya marketing manager – Margaret Nyoro, at the Most Admired Brands event at the Exchange in Nairobi. Looking on is Thebe Ikalafeng, founder and chairman of Brand Africa and Brand Leadership – the founders of the annual African survey. Image supplied.
Brand Africa announces the Most Admired Brands in KenyaArticle

Brand Africa has announced the Most Admired Brands in Kenya. The list, the 7th annual Brand Africa 100: Africa's Best Brands, is based on the comprehensive pan-Africa survey of the most admired brands among African consumers...

26 Jun 2019

From left to right Michael Kennedy, James Hedley and James Tagg.
#AfricaMonth: Quicket striving to become first pan-African ticketing companyArticle

Quicket founders, James Tagg and James Hedley elaborate on the company's aggressive growth trajectory, especially throughout Africa, on what it is that sets them apart and on their future plans...

Juanita Pienaar 31 May 2019

Brand Africa 100 launch at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, South Africa.
Africa's top 100 brands announcedArticle

Brand Africa has announced the Top 100 brands in Africa in their 7th annual 'Brand Africa 100: Africa's Best Brands'...

27 May 2019

Do we need a digital detox?
Do we need a digital detox?Article

Digital is booming (and showing no signs of slowing down) in Africa, so is the global trend towards "detoxing" from technology and social media relevant to us in sub-Saharan Africa?..

Issued by Dentsu Aegis Network 14 May 2019

#BizTrends2019: What does 2019 have in store for us?
#BizTrends2019: What does 2019 have in store for us?Article

Despite the undeniable power of modern predictive analytics, in some ways, we are no better off than the old crone with her crystal ball when it comes to predicting what the world holds in store for us in 2019...

Simon Carpenter 9 Jan 2019

Africa's mobile money ecosystem connects to China
Africa's mobile money ecosystem connects to ChinaArticle

Africa's largest mobile money ecosystem has connected to China's largest payment service in real-time...

5 Dec 2018

Brad Reilly of Network BBDO's presentation at the Red & Yellow School's #DigitalAgencyShowcase. Image via Shae Leigh of Red & Yellow School .
#DigitalAgencyShowcase: How non-digital agencies win at digitalArticle

Network BBDO is one of the IAB Bookmark Awards' top six-ranked digital agencies of the year, and so presented at last week's Digital Agency Showcase at Red & Yellow School. ECD Brad Reilly showed some non-digital work and others in the automotive space. Remember Raj and Raj 2?

Leigh Andrews 31 Oct 2018

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Mobile money transfers have taken off in Somalia. But there are risksArticle

A recent World Bank report showed that Somalia has one of the most active mobile money markets in the world, outpacing most other countries in Africa...

Victor Odundo Owuor 15 Oct 2018

Africa: A hub for innovation
Africa: A hub for innovationArticle

Africa presents organisations across industry sectors with ample business opportunities...

21 Sep 2018

The state and potential of the aviation sector in Kenya
The state and potential of the aviation sector in KenyaArticle

Jumia Travel engages Kelvin Mwasi, the commercial manager of Skyward Express to shed some light on the state and potential of the aviation sector in Kenya...

Josephine Wawira 26 Jul 2018

#MobileCommerce: The growth of mobile shopping in South Africa
#MobileCommerce: The growth of mobile shopping in South AfricaArticle

E-commerce is going from strength to strength in South Africa, more and more consumers are gaining confidence in making online purchases that are not solely limited to the likes of books, CDs, electronics, airline tickets and the like...

Graham Du Plessis 13 Jul 2018

The most admired African brands announced
The most admired African brands announcedArticle

Brand Africa's 100 list of Africa's Best Brands for 2017/18 was released last week at an awards ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa...

28 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: Will you be part of the quarter-of-a-billion-hustle?
#AfricaMonth: Will you be part of the quarter-of-a-billion-hustle?Article

Uganda is one of the most entrepreneurial countries in Africa according to research stats...

Cobus van Zyl 24 May 2018

#AfricaLEAD: Jack Leslie on why this is Africa's time
#AfricaLEAD: Jack Leslie on why this is Africa's timeArticle

Chairman of Weber Shandwick, Jack Leslie, tells Bizcommunity.Africa what it will take to attract multi-national investment to Africa, the final frontier for growth and expansion for business at a pan-African level...

Louise Marsland 16 Apr 2018

Digital lunch scheme boosts productivity in Kenya
Digital lunch scheme boosts productivity in KenyaArticle

An innovative, low cost, digital lunch scheme for staff that's been implemented by over 60 companies across major Kenyan cities, is being hailed as pivotal in boosting staff productivity, retention and companies' profitability...

28 Mar 2018

Mariam Abdullahi
African telcos need to disrupt or be disruptedArticle

For African telecoms providers, who have feasted on near-uninterrupted subscriber and revenue growth over the past two decades, the need to adapt is paramount...

Mariam Abdullahi 19 Feb 2018

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Vodacom connects to the fast laneArticle

At a little more than four years old, Vodacom's "internet of things" (IoT) business was already generating R800m a year in revenue and "accelerating very fast", group CEO Shameel Joosub said last week...

Nick Hedley 20 Nov 2017

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Somaliland's voting technology shows how Africa can lead the worldArticle

Africa has become a testing ground for technological leapfrogging...

Calestous Juma 16 Nov 2017

Unpacking the future for technology, media and telecoms in Africa
Unpacking the future for technology, media and telecoms in AfricaArticle

AfricaCom 2017 presents a global speaker line-up in this uncertain age of digital disruption and transformation...

12 Oct 2017

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CGIAR wants to build a big data platform and innovate with startups to help smallholder farmersArticle

CGIAR met with a wide range of partners to look at how they could use their data using AI and big data to drive farming improvements in continents like Africa...

11 Oct 2017

Africa's app-based taxis battle Uber over market share
Africa's app-based taxis battle Uber over market shareArticle

Uber's entry into the African continent, where it now operates in 15 major African cities, could be changing the transport narrative forever...

25 Aug 2017

Cash is no longer king. All hail digitisation
Cash is no longer king. All hail digitisationArticle

Cold, hard cash has been on the decline in mature first world economies since the 1990s when electronic banking started becoming popular.

Peter Alkema 14 Aug 2017

How to market to Africa's resilient, ambitious middle class
How to market to Africa's resilient, ambitious middle classArticle

How do you market to Africa's extremely aspirational middle class that is more than 100 million strong, with a combined monthly spending power of R1.3 trillion?

Louise Marsland 22 May 2017

Two very different responses to Uber - Kenya and South Africa
Two very different responses to Uber - Kenya and South AfricaArticle

Entry of the ride-sharing service, Uber, into passenger transport markets across the world has brought disruptive competition with substantial benefits...

Thando Vilakazi and Shingie Chisoro Dube 27 Mar 2017

1bn in mobile subscriptions soon for Africa
1bn in mobile subscriptions soon for AfricaArticle

The building blocks of a new mobile revolution: these are the strategic focus areas for Africa's telcos in 2017…

Mariam Abdullahi 16 Mar 2017

Africa's top brands from Brand Africa 100
Africa's top brands from Brand Africa 100Article

The most admired brand in Africa is Samsung and the most valuable brand in Africa is Google…

9 Mar 2017

Jumia Travel expands with new local and international destinations
Jumia Travel expands with new local and international destinationsArticle

Jumia Travel has unveiled new destinations with new properties in South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, and Tunisia, as well as outbound destinations including Dubai, London, New York, Paris, and Mecca...

9 Mar 2017

#eComConfex: A crash course in cross-border e-commerce
#eComConfex: A crash course in cross-border e-commerceArticle

As the CEO of the continent's largest online shopping platform, Nigeria-born Chris Folayan knows a thing or two about creating online experiences...

Lauren Hartzenberg 26 Feb 2017

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IAB Digital Summit announces diverse speaker lineupArticle

The IAB SA champions diversity in digital, which is apparent in the IAB Digital Summit's programme and speaker lineup including female digital leaders and experts of all ethnicities...

10 Feb 2017

Nairobi listed in Global Top 30 of JLL's Global City Momentum Index
Nairobi listed in Global Top 30 of JLL's Global City Momentum IndexArticle

Nairobi, ranked 10th, is the only African city listed in JLL's fourth annual City Momentum Index (CMI) of the world's most dynamic cities...

2 Feb 2017

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#BizTrends2017: Four signs the economy of the future is built on mobileArticle

Despite much hype and 'this is the year of mobile' predictions, the local market still hasn't quite reached its potential in terms of using mobile as a transacting tool...

Peter Miller 19 Dec 2016

MTN Mobile Money customers can now send money to Kenya, Rwanda
MTN Mobile Money customers can now send money to Kenya, RwandaArticle

This latest MTN Mobile Money innovation allows customers to send money across Uganda's borders, to Kenya and Rwanda...

1 Dec 2016

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Shifting focus from success to significanceArticle

I remember sitting in a conference in Morocco listening to the Ogilvy MD, Matthieu Plassard, as he shared that marketing in Africa was less about selling products and more about solving problems...

Mike Saunders 16 Nov 2016

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Vodacom sees market value exceed MTN'sArticle

The stars have aligned to give Vodacom the edge over its nearest rival MTN in terms of market capitalisation. Until late last year, MTN was significantly bigger...

Collen Goko 16 May 2016

#AfricaMonth Newsmaker: Amanda Louw joins AdJoin Media
#AfricaMonth Newsmaker: Amanda Louw joins AdJoin MediaArticle

AdJoin Media has appointed Amanda Louw as head of publisher relations. Louw was formerly at AdClick Africa working with agencies, publishers, ad networks and ad-serving technologies...

Beverley Klein 13 May 2016

Fast internet for Africa by 2020
Fast internet for Africa by 2020Article

Campaign launched for faster internet for all Africa by 2020...

Gabriella Mulligan 9 May 2016

#CommerceMonth: With e-commerce the whole world becomes your playground
#CommerceMonth: With e-commerce the whole world becomes your playgroundArticle

We asked Paul Midy, CEO of Jovago, to share his views on e-commerce and how it changed the industry...

Cari Van Wyk 13 Apr 2016

Brand Africa releases the 2015 Brand Africa 100: Africa's Best Brands
Brand Africa releases the 2015 Brand Africa 100: Africa's Best BrandsArticle

Brand Africa has announced that MTN is the overall best brand in Africa and reclaimed the #1 spot as the Most Admired Brand in Africa at a gala launch of the 4th Annual Brand Africa 100: Africa's Best Brands at Sandton Convention Centre...

Issued by Kantar 27 Oct 2015

MTN - Grand Prix Award as Africa's Best Brand
Brand Africa 100 reveals Africa's top brandsArticle

At the 4th Annual Brand Africa 100: Africa's Best Brands, which took place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 22 October, the top brands in Africa were announced...

26 Oct 2015

Simple solutions for growth: Rules for winning marketing in Africa
Simple solutions for growth: Rules for winning marketing in AfricaArticle

With a population of 1,1 billion people, 65% under the age of 35, growing economies and increasing middle class spending power, Africa is every marketer's dream...

Marilyn Dutlow Munga 5 Oct 2015

Technology increases East African hotel bookings
Technology increases East African hotel bookingsArticle

Online marketing, provision of Wi-Fi and online payment options score as leading aspects for travellers to East Africa, according to a recent survey by Jovago.com, an African hotel booking website...

21 Sep 2015

Five tech startup ideas that Kenya can export
Five tech startup ideas that Kenya can exportArticle

Having pioneered mobile money solutions like MPesa and crowd-sourcing platform Ushahidi, Kenya's innovative, resilient and global-looking tech community is working on the next big thing...

Ken Macharia 25 Aug 2015

Unlocking the FOREX value of local currency
Unlocking the FOREX value of local currencyArticle

The solution to global economic growth is to afford online merchants the ability to participate in the African GDP success story...

Gerry van Heerden 24 Jul 2015

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