Microsoft teams up with DEMO Africa to empower African startups

Microsoft has teamed up with the Lions@frica initiative of the African Technology Foundation to empower the startups finalists that will be pitching at DEMO Africa 2018. Microsoft will provide the finalists with a variety of venture creation and technology support services through its Microsoft 4Afrika program. Since launching in 2013, Microsoft 4Afrika has brought over 700,000 small […]

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List of 30 Startups finalists shortlisted for DEMO Africa 2018

Three Kenyan startups are among the thirty African startups finalists shortlisted for DEMO Africa 2018. The startups, CLoud9XP, Sote and Zipora will join the other startups across the continent in Casablanca in October to present their technologies to the world. The startups were selected following a few months of innovation roadshows, city tours and virtual adjudication across […]

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Zimbabwe’s Agri-tech startup SMART Connect wins DEMO Africa Harare Tour

Zimbabwe’s Agri-tech startup SMART Connect has emerged the winner of DEMO Africa Innovation tour held by Micah Foundation in Zimbabwe, Harare.  The startup presented a mobile-web application that links smallholder farmers to buyers, transporters and other agribusiness entities through an inclusive business model with a broader view of stimulating economic growth and improving livelihoods of […]

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Uganda’s startup TIFAT wins DEMO Africa Uganda Innovation Tour

TIFAT a farm technology that connects farmers to a buyer’s marketplace has emerged the winner of the DEMO Africa Uganda Innovation Tour. Tifat beat a field of more than 15 other startups from Uganda in a two-round contest at the Hive Collab in Kampala. 30 start-ups participated and they all came geared up to pitch […]

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6 Kenyan Startups among the DEMO Africa 2017 30 finalists

6 Startups from Kenya have made it to the list of the final 35 startups from 28 African countries that will launch their ideas at the DEMO Africa 2017 conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. The startups were picked from a record 956 digital startups from that applied to launch at the event to be held […]

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Applications for the 2017 DEMO Africa now open

Applications for the 2017 edition of DEMO Africa are now open.  African Startups can now apply for a chance to showcase their Startups at the conference to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 6th to 7th September 2017. This is the 6th edition of the startup competition which debuted in 2012 at the World […]

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Here are the 5 startups that will benefit from DEMO Africa LIONS programme

The 5th edition of DEMO Africa concluded last Friday with the crowning of 5 startup companies that will benefit from the DEMO Africa LIONS programme. The 2-day event took place at the Sandton Convention Center, Johannesburg. The DEMO Africa LIONS programme is a partnership between DEMO Africa and the LIONS@FRICA initiative that curates a 2-week […]

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DEMO Africa 2016 finalists Startups announced, here’s the full list

5 Kenyan startups have made it to the final list of  30 startups that will take part in this year’s DEMO Africa conference to held in Johannesburg from the 25th to 26th August. The 30 were picked from picked from a record 723 technology startups from 27 African countries that had applied to launch at […]

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SimbaPay wins DEMO Africa 2015. Next stop: Silicon Valley

SimbaPay was on Friday, 25 Sep 2015 announced as the winner of the prestigious DEMO Africa 2015 event which was held in Lagos, Nigeria. SimbaPay now automatically qualifies for the global DEMO event that will be held in Silicon Valley, USA. At DEMO Africa 2015, SimbaPay showcased a new service which enables Africans living abroad […]

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Ampion Venture Bus West Africa Winner to Pitch at DEMO Africa 2015

After a successful collaboration in 2014, DEMO Africa and AMPION will be teaming up again this year with the winner of the AMPION West African Venture Bus challenge scheduled to pitch at the DEMO Africa event. The Ampion bus will begin its tour of West Africa on 17th September passing through Cote D’ Ivore, Ghana, […]

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DEMO Africa 30 Technology Start-ups list for 2015 released

DEMO Africa has today released a list of the thirty technology start-ups from across Africa that will pitch at the 2015 edition of the DEMO Africa event. Last year’s giant, Nigeria, tops the list again with 8 representatives followed by Kenya with 6. South Africa is third with 3 representatives while Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon and […]

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Start-ups Application for DEMO Africa 2015 Opens

The application window for DEMO Africa 2015 is now open and entrepreneurs can apply from today. The application process will be hosted by DEMO Africa’s partner VC4Africa. The application window will remain open throughout the months of March, April to close by end of May. This will be followed by all the qualifying applications being […]

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#AfricaCom2017 – Driving Digital Democracy in Africa

The 20th anniversary of Africa’s largest tech-focused event may have come and gone, but beyond the record-breaking number of visitors, exhibitors and speakers and new launches and cutting-edge products this year, the outcomes make for a lasting impression. AfricaCom was once focused solely on the telecommunications market, but now that conversation has successfully shifted to […]

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South Africa’s insurtech startup Pineapple accepted into US Insurance accelerator

More than a year and a month after insurance tech startup Pineapple raised R5.2m from Lireas Holdings, the strategic investment arm of Hannover-Re Group Africa, the startup has now been accepted into The Hartford Insurtech Hub. The Johannesburg-based startup will get to work with top Insurance companies in the US such as Travellers, Aetna, USAA, […]

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Africa eCommerce Week: Africa had 21 million online shoppers in 2017

Africa had 21 million online shoppers in 2017 according to a report by UNCTAD, the United Nations body that oversees trade for development. The report notes that mobile connectivity is fueling e-commerce in countries like Madagascar, Uganda and Zambia, priming them to better engage with the digital economy. The report was released at the ongoing […]

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Ecobank names MFS Africa Ltd as its Digital payment partner

Ecobank has announced the appointment of MFS Africa as its Digital payment partner enabling cross-platform payment services for Ecobank account holders. The partnership allows Ecobank customers to send and receive money to and from over 170 million mobile money users through an integration with MFS Africa that covers all Telcos in the MFS Africa Hub. […]

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Korea Invests $9 Million to Support Development of Science and Technology Skills Across Sub-Saharan Africa

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) has signed an initial US$ 3.8 million grant agreement with the World Bank to support the development of science and technology skills across Sub-Saharan Africa. The grant is part of a larger US$ 9 million grant by the Government of Korea to support the Regional Scholarship […]

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Johnson & Johnson has Launched a US$50,000 Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0

Johnson & Johnson has launched the Champions of Science Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0, a continent-wide competition calling on African innovators to submit ideas for innovative technologies, products and solutions that have the potential to create positive impact for African communities. Now in its second year, the 2018 Africa Innovation Challenge is open to innovators and entrepreneurs from Kenya, […]

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Liquid Telecom names Wellington Makamure new Regional CEO for Southern Africa

Liquid Telecom has appointed Wellington Makamure as the new Regional CEO of Southern Africa in charge of four key markets in the region. In his new role, Wellington will be directly responsible for the leadership, strategic and operational management of Liquid Telecom’s wholesale, enterprise and retail businesses throughout Zimbabwe, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo and […]

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536 East Africa companies compete for the coveted 2018 CIO100 Awards

With entries coming to an end, 536 East Africa companies participated for the analysis as 200 companies make it for final screening. According to the CIO100 technical team, the data was collected for the last four months ending 30th September, 2018. The team will therefore proceed to sieve out from the bunch of 200 companies to […]

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Oracle Appoints Andrew Sordam New Vice President for sub-Saharan Africa

Oracle today announced the appointment of Andrew Sordam as Vice President for sub-Saharan Africa with immediate effect. Andrew Sordam takes over from Cherian Varghese who has been named as the Regional Managing Director and Vice President for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and South Asian Growing Economies at Oracle, based out of Singapore. Sordam […]

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Kenyan startups top list of 2018 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge Africa winners

Kenyan startups have topped the list of  2018 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge Africa winners. The startups, Lynk, WeFarm, and Solar Freeze were among the four regional winners selected to compete for the 2018 economic prize. The winning startups were selected from 9 IIC finalists and from 10 Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion finalists […]

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Africa Rising: How millennials and entrepreneurship are driving the African economy

By Clemens Weitz, CEO: ROAM (Ringier One Africa Media) In recent months, Africa has seen several big announcements of international multi-million-dollar awards to build more inclusive, sustainable economies in the region. Jack Ma’s Netpreneur Award, France’s $76m Africa Start-up Fund, MIT’s Inclusive Innovation Challenge, and many other similar initiatives are recent evidence of this mindset […]

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Alibaba’s Jack Ma Launches US$10 Million Africa Entrepreneur Prize

Alibaba Group founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma has launched a $10 million ‘Netpreneur’ Prize for African entrepreneurs. He made this announcement at the “Netpreneurs: The Rise of Africa’s Digital Lions” conference held in South Africa yesterday. The money will be donated through his Jack Ma Foundation to support entrepreneurs working to address Africa’s most […]

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More than half of Sub-Saharan Africa to be connected to mobile by 2025

More than half of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa will be connected to mobile service by 2025.  This means there will be 634 million unique mobile subscribers across the region which is equivalent to 52 percent of the population, up from 44 million (44%) at the end of last year.   The mobile ecosystem is […]

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Oracle hosting its Chatbot Week Africa In Kenya and Other African Countries to Showcase How the Tech can Transform African Business

Oracle has announced that it will be hosting its Chatbot Week Africa in Kenya, South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town), Mauritius, Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja), Senegal, Ivory Coast and Ghana this week. The Chatbot Week Africa roundtable discussions will be are set to start on July 2 and will run until 6 July 2018. The […]

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An effective blended learning strategy for Africa: how to get it right

An effective blended learning strategy for Africa: how to get it right More and more learners are turning to online courses that enable them to participate in primary, secondary and tertiary education over the web and at a distance from campus. Debates rage over how best to implement e-learning, particularly in regions such as Sub-Sahara […]

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Protecting Privacy and Personal Data Key to Digital Economy in Africa, says Internet Society

The Internet Society and the African Union Commission has unveiled a new set of Guidelines that highlight how privacy protection and the responsible use of personal data are critical factors in building greater trust online and in advancing the digital economy in Africa. The Personal Data Protection Guidelines for Africa launched at the Africa Internet Summit in Dakar, […]

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Nurturing Africa’s Growing Private Healthcare Market

Dustin Homer, Director: Client Solutions for Fraym The African socio-economic landscape – much like its geographical landscape – is characterized by extremes. Large, impoverished areas are peppered with pockets of considerable wealth. Informal and formal economies are deeply enmeshed, and equally essential to economic wellness on both macro and micro levels. It’s no wonder Africa […]

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Mastercard appoints Raghav Prasad as new Sub-Saharan Africa Division President

Spurred on by the company’s steady growth in Sub-Saharan Africa and in line with its focus on investing in the continent, Mastercard has appointed Raghav Prasad as Division President for Sub-Saharan Africa. Prasad will strengthen the company’s ongoing commitment to delivering value to customers and consumers in Africa by leveraging technology to build stronger and […]

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Four African Economies among Most Improved in Removing Legal Barriers Against Women – World Bank

Despite daunting challenges, several economies in Sub-Saharan Africa are making progress in enacting laws that promote equality between men and women, this is according to the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law 2018 report, released last week. However, women continue to face widespread legal barriers in Sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the […]

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Nadine Tinen appointed to lead the Sub-Saharan Francophone Africa region for PwC France and Francophone Africa

PwC has named Nadine Tinen as the Regional Senior Partner of PwC Sub-Saharan Francophone Africa, taking over from Edouard Messou. Nadine began her career in 1996 at PwC Cameroon and was admitted as a partner 10 years later. In 2010, she took over the Firm’s Cameroon practice and, in 2014, joined the Leadership Team for […]

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Opinion: Pervasive connectivity still a pipe dream in Africa

The African continent is still being marked by a lack of pervasive connectivity. This is largely because of outdated infrastructures such as copper and GSM networks, as well as delayed decisions around the introduction of 3G and 4G technologies. Many African countries are also going through geopolitical changes, prioritizing areas other than ICT for investment […]

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Kenya among Sub-Saharan African economies that set new record in reforming their business climate

Kenya is among the Sub-Saharan African economies that set a new record in reforming their business climate. This is according to the 15th-anniversary edition of the World Bank Group’s annual Doing Business report. The report notes that Kenya reduced the number of procedures required to register a business, and also reduced the time for import […]

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Ecobank launches mVisa across 33 African Countries

Ecobank has partnered with Visa to launch Ecobank Scan+Pay with mVisa solutions to their consumers across 33 African countries the bank operates in. The strategic partnership according to the two companies signals interoperability on a cross-border level – and potentially huge gains – as it affords consumers with the ability to use their mobile phone […]

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Could blended learning be Africa’s recipe for educational success?

More and more learners are turning to online courses that enable them to participate in primary, secondary and tertiary education over the web and at a distance from campus. Debates rage over how best to implement e-learning, particularly in regions such as Sub-Sahara Africa which are ripe for educational reform. In this article, I explain […]

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iHub, World Bank to host one-week bootcamp for startups from East Africa

As part of part of a business acceleration program to help East African tech start-ups commercialize and scale innovative digital products, iHub and the World Bank Group will host a one-week intensive boot camp in Nairobi. The Traction Camp accelerator launched six months ago by iHub and the World Bank Group’s infoDev program will connect […]

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Addressing Financial Inclusivity through Digital Democracy: Is Bitcoin the digital version of gold?

Financial inclusivity is a pre-requisite for building any economy, none more so than in Africa. Acknowledging the role Fin-Tech is playing in redefining financial boundaries and opportunity, AfricaCom 2017 has added a specific track focusing on Africa’s financial digital fluency.  Debuting this year at the continent’s single largest and most influential technology, media and telecoms […]

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AfricaCom 2017 – Celebrating 20 years of Africa’s telecoms and technology journey

Header: A look back at 20 years of AfricaCom shows how far we have come …and where we are yet to go… Strap: Enabling Economic Democracy  AfricaCom, Africa’s largest technology, telecoms and media event celebrates its 20th anniversary in November this year, and promises delegates and exhibitors three days of thought-provoking content and cutting-edge technology and […]

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AfricaCom 2017 to be held from 7th-9th November as it celebrates its 20th Anniversary

One of Africa’s leading technology event AfricaCom will be held from 7th to 9th November 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. The event was launched yesterday at an event held in Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa.  The event also kicked off the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of what has come to be known as Africa’s […]

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Next Einstein Forum launches Africa Science Week in Nairobi, Kenya

African Media Agency (AMA) The Next Einstein Forum (NEF), an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung, today announced the launch of NEF Africa Science Week in Nairobi, Kenya. The event aims to recalibrate innovation in Kenya with the right investments and incubator environment can lead to […]

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Microsoft announces plans to deliver Microsoft Cloud from Data Centers in Africa

Microsoft has announced plans to deliver the complete, intelligent Microsoft Cloud for the first time from data centers located in Africa. This new investment, according to the company is a major milestone in its mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more The investment is also a recognition of […]

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World Bank’s XL Africa Program to Support Africa’s Top Digital Entrepreneurs

The World Bank Group has launched a five-month acceleration program to support 20 most promising startups from Sub-Saharan Africa. Known as XL Africa, the program will see the startups receive mentoring from global and local experts, learn through a tailor-made curriculum, increase their regional visibility as well as get access to potential corporate partners and […]

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Digital Growth in Africa: The Role of Business Leaders

Like in other parts of the world, digital growth in Africa is more dependent on the private sector than on governments. Business leaders have a pivotal role to play in this development. While governments have a role to play where digital growth is concerned, it is private businesses that have the flexibility to drive growth […]

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Microsoft gathers African leaders in Nairobi to discuss digital transformation in the public sector

  Microsoft is bringing together government decision makers from across the African continent to discuss digital transformation in the public sector at an event to be held in Nairobi. The event according to Microsoft will address the company’s mission to empower sectors like agriculture, health, justice, transport, public finance and shared services, through digital transformation. […]

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How Tech Entrepreneurs Can Leverage Millennials in Africa

Millennials are determining the conduct of business the world over. In Africa, they form 37% of the population. This bulge in youth population makes Africa the continent with the youngest population on earth. About Millennials They are more amenable to new ways of businesses. Due to their ability to fit into emerging structures, they are […]

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1.2 Billion People Travelled the World in 2016, 58 million to Africa -UNWTO

Destinations worldwide welcomed more than 1.2 billion people in 2016; while 6 billion people toured within their borders, in an unprecedented growth of the domestic travel sector. This is according to the latest tourist barometer report released by United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The robust growth in international arrivals maintained a steady upward trajectory, […]

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Businesses in Africa worried about market volatility and political risks

Businesses operating in Africa increasingly worry about the unpredictable business environment where markets are volatile and political perils are on the rise. This is according to the key findings of the 6th annual Allianz Risk Barometer analyzing corporate risks globally, as well as by region, country, industry, and size of business. Other growing concerns for […]

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Sophos announces special partner initiatives for small businesses in Africa

Network and endpoint security leader Sophos has announced a new special training and incentive initiative for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) in Africa. The initiative for channel partners is designed to enable them to address small and medium businesses as a focus for their go-to-market activities.   Speaking on the new initiative, Mr. Harish Chib, […]

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Guest Post: Partnering for inclusive and transformative digital education in Africa

By Kunle Awosika,  A considerable 92% of government decision-makers in the field of education throughout Africa believe that e-learning is extremely important in improving education on the continent, and 57% believe their governments could be doing more to implement e-learning initiatives and to bridge the digital divide. This emerged from a survey conducted among attendees […]

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Intracom Telecom Supplies its StreetNode™ Platform to MTN for Trial in South Africa

Intracom Telecom, a global telecommunication systems, and solutions vendor has today announced that it has successfully completed the live field trial of StreetNode™, its SON (Self Organizing Network) based Point-to-Multipoint (PtMP) platform, implemented by MTN’s South African operation. The trial took place in Johannesburg and was aimed at evaluating the platform’s unique capabilities to provide the […]

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State of Mobile Web Report, Africa 2016 - Infographics - African Opera Mini users by country

Opera releases State of Mobile Web Report 2016, reaches 100 million users in Africa

Ghanaians, Kenyans, Seychellois and Mauritians are the highest data users with an average usage of over 160MB/month. This is according to the State of the Mobile Web Africa 2016 Report, released by internet company Opera. The report highlights mobile internet trends across the continent, including consumer browsing behavior and app usage. The findings show that […]

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Oracle and KCB to hold a developers forum to help drive Cloud Adoption in Africa

In an effort to grow the adoption of cloud services efficiently across Africa, Oracle , has partnered with Kenya Commercial Bank to together to hold a three-day developers day targeting the firm’s ecosystem of customers, partners, independent software vendors, user groups and innovation hubs. The four-day event will entail focused and in-depth sessions with experts […]

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Standard Bank rolls out its Banking App in four African Countries

  Standard Bank has announced the expansion of of its Standard Banking app to to  four additional countries in Africa. Customers in these countries: Uganda, Namibia, Ghana and Botswana will now be able to conveniently interact with their personal banking services via the app. The launch of the app according to the company is a […]

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Standard Chartered launches Africa’s most extensive roll out of mobile and online banking

Standard Chartered Bank has today unveiled its newest mobile and online banking platform for its 1 million clients across 8 African markets. The platform is the most extensive digital rollout of its kind in Africa by an international bank. Supported by the Bank’s global-standard technology, clients will enjoy a consistent online experience across laptops, tablets […]

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ShowMax launches internet TV services in Kenya and 35 other African countries

Internet Service provider ShowMax has officially launched its TV services in 36 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya, making its services available to 65 countries globally. Launched in August 2015, consumers in these countries will pay US$ 7.99 per month for unlimited viewing. The catalogue includes approximately fifteen thousand TV show episodes and movies, totaling […]

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Airtel Africa Executive Wins CSR Leadership Award

Airtel Africa’s Vice President for Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Mr. Michael Okwiri was yesterday presented with the CSR Leadership Award at the Africa CSR Leadership Awards held in Mauritius. The Africa Leadership Awards event attracted government ministers and top business leaders from across the continent. Mr. Okwiri has been recognized for embodying […]

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#AfricaCom2015: Ericsson and Intel to showcase the innovative HDS 8000 at AfricaCom

The ongoing AfricaCom event in Cape Town, South Africa has seen top tech companies unveil impressive products and Ericson and Intel have not been left behind. The two companies will during the event demonstrate the innovative HDS 8000 at AfricaCom. Designed to help large operators and data enter service providers build the software-defined infrastructure they […]

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Airtel and Facebook launch Free Basics Services in 17 African countries

Bharti Airtel has today announced its new partnership with Facebook which will see the two companies launch Free Basics in 17 Africa countries that will provide access to services like health, educations, jobs, communication and local content at no additional cost The Free Basics whose launch in all markets is expected to be completed by […]

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COMESA and Microsoft collaborate to promote access, skills and innovation in 19 African Countries

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)through the COMESA Business Council (CBC) and Microsoft have signed an MOU that will see them promote access, skills and innovation in 19 African Countries. The MOU sets out how they will collaborate in the areas of access to technology, development of relevant skills and the fostering […]

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Airtel and Liquid Telecom Sign Pan-African Fibre Connectivity Deal

Bharti Airtel’s mobile broadband subscribers in Africa will soon be able to enjoy faster Internet access speeds on its 3G and 4G networks. This follows a new partnership between Airtel and Liquid Telecom that will see the telecommunications company use Liquid Telecom’s terrestrial fibre network to connect its mobile base stations and enterprises. The framework agreement […]

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#GES2015KENYA: 1,000 Entrepreneurs Surveyed Across Five African Countries

GeoPoll, the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the U.S. State Department have released a survey of 1,000 business owners throughout sub-Saharan Africa on entrepreneurship in their countries President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit GeoPoll surveyed 200 entrepreneurs per country in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa, […]

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#GES2015Kenya: General Electric Africa and Gearbox to launch GE Garages in Nairobi

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) is here already and Kenyans are really looking forward to it. The event which will bring together top investors from across the globe will held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre and be attended by USA President Barrack Obama. Already several companies have shown interest in investing in Kenya with […]

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AfricaHackOn Conference: The state and future of cyber security in Kenya

By Chrispus Kamau Kenya has been rapidly developing technologically for some time now. Statistics such as a 79% mobile penetration in the country is prove of this. We have several start-ups and developers building technical solutions in various areas of the economy. Web and mobile applications are been introduced into the market at a very high rate. We also […]

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The 2015 AfricaHackon Conference set for of July 31st

By Nixon Kanali, TechTrendsKE On Friday the 31st of July 2015, AfricaHakon, East Africa’s premier technical computer security in partnership with the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) will be holding one of the biggest conferences in Nairobi. The conference, which will be held at the iHub, will brings together the individual talents of the best and […]

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IBM Research Africa app to help manage Nairobi Garbage menace

Data Research Scientists from IBM Research Africa have developed an application that could soon help curb the menace of garbage heaps across Nairobi County. The scientists have designed and developed a solid waste management system to help solve this problem. A survey conducted in 2011 revealed that Nairobi is one of the most congested cities […]

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Kenya’s Gov’t to make better decisions from products made out of big data, says Dr. Ndemo

  As the number of Africans using technology grows, so does the influx of big data. With the global industry’s worth estimated at more than $100 billion and growing at ten percent every year, the impact of big data on both public and private sector is huge. This week ‘CNN Marketplace Africa’ hosted by Zane Asher […]

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iWayAfrica Zimbabwe achieves Cisco Certified Partner Status

iWayAfrica Zimbabwe, a Gondwana International Network (GIN) company has been awarded its Cisco Select Certified Partner status. Achieving this status certifies that iWayAfrica Zimbabwe has demonstrated the technical ability and product knowledge necessary to sell, install and support Cisco solutions. In addition, iWayAfrica Zimbabwe has also met the requirements for small and midsized business specialisation. […]

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Orange and Ecobank launch money transfer service in Africa

By Nixon Kanali, Orange and pan-African banking group Ecobank have rolled out a service that will enable Orange Money subscribers who also have bank accounts with Ecobank to transfer money between their respective accounts. The partnership according to the two companies comes as part of a joint strategy to enhance mobile financial services and to […]

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Report: Local Internet Hosting Opportunities Key to Furthering Internet Development in Africa

Local Internet hosting is key to the development of the Internet ecosystem in emerging countries. This is according to a report released today by the Internet Society. The development of locally relevant Internet content that is attractive to users has been shown to have a positive impact on Internet adoption. As the infrastructure necessary for […]

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Dr. Ndemo and German Scholar create Kenya’s first management Book with focus on Start-ups

Dr. Bitange Ndemo and Tim Weiss a German Scholar, have come together to work on a book that seeks to enhance and invigorate together with practitioners and scholars the dialog surrounding business environments and entrepreneurship in Kenya. Dubbed as “Digital Kenya | The new generation of entrepreneurs”The book is strategically positioned to contribute to the […]

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Opinion: Why Africa needs Smart Cities more than any other continent

Picture this, in the past days,Africa has been faced with a lot of problems which we could practically avoid. Look at it from this angle at this time and age UNICEF estimates that Over one million people die from malaria each year, mostly children under five years of age, with 90 per cent of malaria […]

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Samsung in patnership with @iLab Africa Unveil Eight New locally developed Apps

Samsung Electronics East Africa, in partnership with @iLab Africa, has today unveilled eight new locally developed mobile applications (apps) during the 2nd edition of the Samsung Apps Show N’ Tell. The Apps have been designed by young Kenyan app developers as part of the ongoing partnership between  Samsung Electronics East Africa and Strathmore University. The Apps […]

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Kenyan solar startup Agsol among Microsoft Airband Grant Fund winners

Kenyan solar startup Agsol is among three startups that have been selected for Microsoft’s third annual Airband Grant Fund. The grant is part of the Microsoft Airband Initiative launched in 2017, whose goal is to expand the internet’s reach across the world. Agsol builds solar-powered processing machines for farming communities not yet connected to the […]

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Co-op Bank and SimbaPay partner to offer Diaspora Remittances

The Co-operative Bank of Kenya has today announced a new partnership with SimbaPay to offer international money transfer services to the bank’s customers in the Diaspora. The service which is currently available for the UK-Kenya remittance corridor only and see Co-operative Bank accounts receiving the funds being credited instantly. ”Our customers who already bank with […]

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Year in Search: What Kenyans Searched for on Google in 2018

Google yesterday released Year in Search 2018, an overview of the searches and questions that drove Kenyans online throughout the year. The trending searches in 2018 were mainly dominated by events and personalities. Kenyans’ enthusiasm for football was once again seen in the fact that ‘World Cup 2018’ took the top spot in the trending […]

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Cellulant announces partnership with 2018 Pwani Innovation Week

Cellulant today announced its partnership and title sponsorship of the inaugural Pwani Innovation Week in conjunction with Swahilipot Hub. To be hosted in Mombasa County, the first Pwani Innovation Week will take place from 3-7 December 2018  at the Kenya Coastal Polytechnic.   The highlight of this partnership will include a Concept Hack where youth from […]

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Andela is hosting a 24-Hour Hackathon to fight “Fake News” in partnership with BBC

Andela is partnering with BBC News to host a two-day hackathon which will see participants spend 24 hours working in teams to prototype solutions to solve an element of the fake news ecosystem. Dubbed “Fighting Fake News” Hackathon, the event will take place at the Andela Kenya office in Nairobi from Friday 9th to Saturday […]

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DHL Express awarded most Top Employer certifications on the continent

DHL Express has been awarded most Top Employer in Africa for the fifth consecutive year, at the prestigious Top Employer Africa 2019 certification ceremony, held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Hennie Heymans, CEO, DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa said that receiving this recognition from the Top Employers Institute for the fifth consecutive year is […]

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Five steps to evaluating a DDoS managed service provider

The news that the Southern African Department of Labour was recently able to foil a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on one of its external facing servers in early September reminds us that businesses and governments must remain vigilant at all times. While this DDOS attack was unsuccessful, a 2016 attack in Liberia, West […]

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Facebook launches its fact-checking tool in Kenya to fight fake news

Facebook has announced a new partnership with Africa Check; Africa’s first independent fact-checking organisation and AFP, to launch its first Africa Fact-Checking programme in Kenya.  The programme will help asses the accuracy of news in the country and also help reduce the spread of misinformation, whilst improving the quality of news people find on its […]

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5th Ordinary Session of the ATU Plenipotentiary Conference

When: August 17, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) and the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) are hosting 5th Ordinary Session of the ATU Plenipotentiary Conference. This is an event that brings together Ministers of ICT, senior government officials, regulators[…]

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The dream of connected homes could yet be closer for emerging markets

By Charles Kimari For the past several years, the Internet of Things (IoT) has remained the industry’s biggest buzzword for its promise of delivering seamless connectivity across the multiple devices and technologies that we interact with in our daily lives – from our smartphones to smart TVs to the Family Hub refrigerator to even our […]

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Five essential steps to close the cloud skills gap in Kenya

By Corine Mbiaketcha Nana, Managing Director Kenya Hub covering East, Central and West Africa at Oracle The ability to find and retain cloud-savvy, IT staff continues to be considered as one of the key barriers to cloud adoption according to Oracle’s latest ‘You & IaaS’ survey. As Infrastructure-as-a-Service adoption grows and the technology matures, the […]

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Treasury Given Two Weeks Parliament Notice to Decide Fate of Cryptocurrencies in Kenya

National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich on Tuesday addressed the national assembly on the existence of cryptocurrencies in Kenya particularly Bitcoin. In his request for a statement, Molo MP Kimani Kuria had asked Rotich to appear before the Finance and Trade Committee to explain on the regulations the government has put in place for crypto-currencies […]

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Liquid Telecom named Microsoft Gold Partner for cloud productivity

Liquid Telecom has been named a Gold Partner for Cloud Productivity in Microsoft’s Partner Network programme, a prestigious accreditation achieved only by the world’s top IT and telecoms companies. The Microsoft Partner Network programme allows partner companies to provide high-level solutions for businesses as well as enterprises. “Our Microsoft Gold Partner status confirms our position at […]

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Internet of Things: Pandora’s Box or enterprise enabler?

By: George Kalebaila, Research Director for telecommunications, media, and Internet of Things (IoT) at International Data Corporation (IDC).   The enterprise remains wary of investment into the Internet of Things (IoT). There are key inhibitors to adoption that affect its efficiency, impact, and availability. This doesn’t mean that IoT isn’t on the cusp of widespread adoption […]

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Tech Tamasha annual conference launches to celebrate Kenya’s technology space

Last week together with a number of tech enthusiasts and industry leaders we gathered at Nailab for the launch of Tech Tamasha. Tech Tamasha is an annual technology conference that will be hosted by technology blog Techweez, in partnership with leading industry stakeholders. The conference aims to celebrate Kenya’s technology space by highlighting the best […]

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World Bank Injects Ksh.5 Billion To Support Kenyan SMEs

In a major development, the World Bank has today announced that it has injected Ksh. 5 billion to support Kenya’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The grant from the International Development Association (IDA) will see Kenya Industry and Entrepreneurship project (KIEP) benefit some 33,050 individuals and 2,393 firms and help them to increase scale innovation and productivity […]

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Samsung has launched a new Mobile campaign to reward local consumers

Samsung Electronics is launching a  campaign to reward consumers who purchase Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Dubbed ‘Score with Samsung’ the six-week-long campaign will see Samsung customers win 40” television for every Samsung mobile device purchase they make.   Charles Kimari, Head of Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics East Africa said, “Our customers are at the […]

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It’s now possible to make your PayPal withdrawals via M-Pesa.

If you use PayPal to receive payments in Kenya then this is the best news for you today. Safaricom has announced a new partnership with the online payment service and TransferTo that will allow M-Pesa customers to send money or make purchases online via PayPal.   Previously, the withdrawals could only be made via Equity […]

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Ecobank’s upgraded mobile app attracts 3 million new customers

Pan African bank Ecobank has announced that its upgraded mobile app has attracted 3 million new customers in just 6 months since it was launched bringing the total number of customers using its mobile app to 4 million. The app builds on the core functionality that saw the original version applauded as a game changer […]

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Key highlights from the Jumia Mobile Week 2018 White paper

On March 15th, Africa’s leading online shopping platform Jumia released its Mobile Week 2018 white paper. The report noted that out of 420 million mobile phone subscribers in Africa, 100 million own a smartphone and this number is expected to double in the next two years. Jumia attributes the growth in mobile phone connections and […]

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Editorial: Introducing Generation Z

By Ben Roberts, CTO, Liquid Telecom, A new generation is emerging across Africa who have never known life without the internet or social media. How will their consumer behaviour and spending patterns shape businesses in the future? And as more Gen Zs enter the workforce, how will their new ideas and approaches alter the workplace? Most […]

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Agriculture based startups dominate Pangea’s application list

Just two months after launching in Kenya, Norwegian accelerator Pangea has closed its application platform recording a total of 403 applications. Agriculture was the largest sector represented, comprising 27% of the applications. The growing interest in agriculture casts light to the doom-spelling statistics that indicate low youth involvement in the sector. Fintech came in second […]

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Report: Kenya Makes Significant Progress in Sustainable-Finance Reforms.

Kenya is one of 34 countries that have introduced banking reforms to expand sustainable lending, making emerging markets a major force in driving development and fighting climate change. This is according to the first comprehensive Global Progress Report of the Sustainable Banking Network, an IFC-supported organization of banking regulators and associations. Those 34 countries account for […]

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ICT Authority Scoop’s Gold Mark Award at the CIO 100 Awards

Kenya’s ICT Authority earned the distinguished CIO 100 Gold Mark Award during the 7th East Africa CIO 100 Awards. The organization received the award  in recognition of excellence enterprise Information Technology adoption. According to iLab Africa, a research center at Strathmore University, which independently evaluated the survey, ICT Authority demonstrated its prowess following its significant […]

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Kenya’s GrassRoots Bima named among best fintech innovators in the world.

GrassRoots Bima, a Kenyan technology company has been named among the top Fintech firms in the world in 2017. The insurtech company was recognized by KPMG and H2 Ventures in the ‘Fintech100’ report which compiles a list of the year’s best fintech innovators from around the world. The Fintech100 represents the most innovative companies, creating […]

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Opinion: Who’s ready to Adopt Digital Financial Services?

By Ben Leo, CEO of Fraym African consumers are the global leaders in the adoption of digital financial services like mobile money. Yet traditional banks and emerging digital providers both continue to grapple with how to expand financial inclusion.  It can be expensive and difficult for financial services providers to figure out the most useful product […]

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Impact of Innovation on Real Estate

Among the various factors that have disrupted the world’s economic growth is the enormous impact that technology has had, and continues to have on many sectors. The Real Estate industry is no exemption. The fact that most individuals and companies have embraced the importance of tech innovations and solutions in democratizing service provision, is in […]

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Samsung has launched the Galaxy J7 Neo in Kenya for Kshs. 21,999.

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy J7 Neo smartphone in the market in what the company says is to offer consumers an affordable avenue to experience the 4G LTE network internet speeds. With its 5.5″ display and crisp HD resolution (1,280 x 720 HD), Samsung says the Galaxy J7 Neo brings out every last detail and […]

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