Cellulant is building a single payments API for Africa’s fintech companies

Cellulant has announced plans to build an application programming interface (API) for Africa’s payments companies to solve payment problems in Africa. The interface according to the Pan-African payments company is also expected to grow eCommerce and improve cross-border remittances in the region. Speaking at the CIO 100 Symposium held in Naivasha Kenya last week, Felix […]

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The Opportunity Cost of Doing Business for SMEs in Africa

The African economy has gathered momentum over the years, with an estimated increase of 3.8% of the real output growth in 2017. As the largest economies gradually strengthen, the 2018/2019 performance should reach 4.1% according to the African Development Bank. This economic growth and sustainable development has largely been contributed by Small and Medium Enterprises […]

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12 South African startups selected for Knife Capital’s 4th Grindstone Accelerator

South African venture capital firm Knife Capital has announced the twelve African startups that will take part in its fourth Grindstone Accelerator programme. The 12 will join former Grindstone accelerated companies such as ticketing solutions provider Quicket, financial inclusion business Picsa; augmented reality animation & gaming company SeaMonster; payments software provider Electrum, transport data company […]

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Two Kenyan startups among Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa program graduates

Two Kenyan startups, Cloud9xp and PayGo Energy were among the second class of  11 startups who graduated yesterday from Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa program in Lagos.  Over the course of the 3-month program, the 11 startups comprising Launchpad Accelerator Africa Class 2 engaged with 48 mentors from 9 countries – Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, UAE, […]

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Report: Remittance income will drive economic growth for Africa

Despite an economic slowdown, most African countries are reported to have a positive economic outlook. This is according to ICAEW’s (the institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) latest report. In Economic Insight: Africa Q3 2018 launched this month, the accountancy body provides GDP growth forecasts for various regions including East Africa which is […]

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IT & Leadership: Rewriting the African narrative

By Karien Bornheim, CEO, and founder of FABS Footprint Africa Business Solutions (FABS) is a company that was inspired by frogs, dumping grounds, and handouts. It’s the antidote to the patronising tone adopted by the rest of the world as it pats Africa on the back. It is the company that was started nearly 20 years […]

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List of Eight African startups selected for the 2018 VC4A Venture Showcase

VC4A has announced the eight Africa ventures that have been selected for the 2018 VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A. The 8 startups have been selected from over 1000 applicants by the investor committee representing continent’s leading VC funds such as Accion, Orange Digital Ventures, Knife Capital, Ventures Platform, Blue Haven, 4Di Capital, AngelHub Ventures, Silvertree […]

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The Rising Tide of Tax Disputes

By JJ van der Walt, Candidate Attorney, and Arnaaz Camay, Tax Executive, Tax Practice, Baker McKenzie Johannesburg New research from Baker McKenzie, The Shape of Water: Tax Disputes in the Age of Intangible Value, shows that the amount of tax under dispute in Fortune 500 companies is equal to more than half of the profit […]

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“Africa is the Silicon Valley of banking”, say co-founders of TagPay

The rise of fintechs might be shaking up the banking sector in developed countries, but African banks are taking full advantage of this technological revolution. So argue the co-founders of TagPay, Yves Eonnet and Hervé Manceron, in their new analysis of the digital revolution, Fintech: The Banks Counter-attack. The book was presented at a press […]

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Internet Society Partners with Facebook to Expand Internet Connectivity in Africa

The Internet Society is partnering with Facebook to develop Internet Exchange Points (IXP) throughout Africa. An Internet Exchange Point is where multiple local and international networks, ISPs and content providers interconnect their networks together to efficiently exchange Internet traffic through an arrangement commonly referred to as Peering. Currently, 42% of countries in Africa lack IXPs, […]

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22.4 million smartphones shipped to Africa during second quarter of 2018

A total of 22.4 million smartphones were shipped to Africa during the second quarter of this year (Q2 2018), this is according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC). The global technology research and consulting firm’s Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows that Africa’s smartphone shipments increased 9.8% quarter on quarter (QoQ) and 6.0% […]

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List of 10 startups shortlisted for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 awards

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has named the top 10 startups that will compete for its prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2018 awards. The 10 startups beat more than 3 000 applications from 52 African countries who had submitted their applications in different categories. The categories included ICT, agri-business, public health and the environment/ […]

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Explaining the High Cost of Remittance to African Countries

The World Bank recently released a study report with findings that the cost of remitting cash to African nations is higher compared to other continents all over the world. The report indicates that for every 200 dollars sent to Africa, a charge of 12% as remittance fee is imposed. Inward and Outward Remittances Since the […]

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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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Nigerian fintech startup Mines, secures $13M funding

Mines, a Nigerian fintech startup re-inventing credit in emerging markets secured $13M funding. The Series A round was led by The Rise Fund, a global fund managed by TPG Growth. The startup says it plans to use its investment for talent acquisition, continued growth in Africa, and expansion to South America and South-East Asia. Mines […]

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Kenyan AgriTech Startups can now apply for the MTFC Innov8Agric Challenge

Kenyan and other African startups in the Agriculture sector have been asked to apply for this year’s edition MTFC Innov8Agric Challenge. The innovation challenge is a key event at this year’s edition of Meet The Farmer’s Conference to be hosted in Dubai. The event will host young farmers, agropreneurs, and Innovators in the Agric Value Chain […]

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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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DPO Group names Lourens Brink as new Chief Financial Officer

African payment service provider DPO Group has named Lourens Brink as the Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective August 1, 2018. Brink, who was serving as the Head of Finance for DPO PayGate South Africa, will bring 11 years of financial, strategic and operational experience to the DPO Group. He will be based in Nairobi. Brink […]

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Kenyan Startup Mookh Africa wins Visa Everywhere Initiative Top Prize

Kenyan Startup Mookh Africa is the overall winner of the Visa Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) Everywhere Initiative, The startup won both the “Social Business Payments” challenge as well as the overall prize for its idea taking home KES.5 million and the opportunity to work with Visa to develop the concept further. The Visa Everywhere Initiative […]

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Africa’s Mobile Market Remains Flat as Smartphone Shipments go down

Africa’s overall mobile phone market remained flat in Q1 2018 although smartphone shipments declined for the second successive quarter, according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC). The global technology research and consulting firm’s recently published Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows that a total of 52.1 million mobile phones were shipped in Q1 […]

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Piece Building a Better Supply Chain in Africa

By Dustin Homer, Director: Client Solutions at Fraym It’s well known in the logistics and supply chain game that the last mile of a shipment’s journey is inevitably the most expensive – possibly accounting for over 50% of total delivery costs, according to a 2016 report by McKinsey. Now imagine that last mile is in Africa. […]

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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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The Big Six of Smart Cities

The term Smart City is not a new one and, while some examples already exist on the African continent, it is not as widespread as it should be. Urbanization, Economic, Social and Environmental Sustainability requirements are putting increasing pressure on cities’ infrastructure. This requires a paradigm shift to urban centres operational and management models by […]

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Cloud computing can improve local realities in Kenya

Corine Mbiaketcha Nana, Managing Director Kenya Hub covering East, Central and West Africa at Oracle Kenya has distinguished itself as a hotbed of technological innovation and creativity. The challenge now is how to consolidate these gains and leap forward as a country– to enhance the quality of life for all.  Cloud computing in layman’s terms […]

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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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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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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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Jim Rogers: Cashless Africa – A dream tech investment

It took the chance encounter of being held hostage in the Congo in the 1990s to awake in James Beeland Rogers Jr. (the Singapore-based veteran investor, businessman, adventurer, and author), a realization of the great future that awaits Africa.   “When you are that close to the ground, you can see what is false, what […]

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Smart City Global Summit to be held in Africa in June

International government and industry leaders are set to gather in Algiers, Algeria for the Smart City Global Summit to held in June. The gathering will assess global and regional Smart City growth strategies with a special focus on Africa and emerging markets. The Summit and Exhibition, will feature over 4000 Delegates including International City Mayors, […]

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Report: Africa’s Smartphone Market Declines as feature phone market goes up

Africa’s smartphone market experienced a quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) decline of 6.4% during Q4 2017. This is according to the latest insights announced yesterday by global technology research and consulting firm International Data Corporation (IDC). The Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker  insights shows smartphone shipments were down to 20.3 million units for the quarter. Year on year (YoY), […]

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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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Digital credit scoring is paving the way to more affordable microloans in East Africa.

Fintech companies are using digital technology to score the creditworthiness of people in emerging markets, potentially enabling millions of people in East Africa to get access to affordable credit and financial services for the first time More than 2.5 billion people around the world – many of them in Africa – lack formal identification that […]

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Orange and OpenClassrooms partner to provide digital technology training to young Africans.

Orange has announced a new partnership with online education platform OpenClassrooms to provide digital technology training to young Africans.   Under this partnership, students will be able to access OpenClassrooms courses via the mobile network. The courses can be followed on the student’s smartphone for subjects that don’t require a computer (Understanding the web, The […]

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FinTech players to gather in Nairobi for the Finnovation Africa Series summit

More than 300 participants from established banking powerhouses to FinTech start‐ups will in May gather in Nairobi for the Finnovation Africa 2018 summit. The event will bring together stakeholders to tackle the most pressing questions for the progress of FinTech in Africa, providing a platform for them to engage in creating the future of financial […]

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Liquid Telecom and other Industry leaders to gather in Kigali for the Africa Tech Summit.

Industry leaders will from 14th -15th February gather in Kigali Rwanda for the Africa Tech Summit. They will include international players and investors who want to drive growth in Africa. Liquid Telecom will join the  innovators and influencers from across the African ecosystem at the event that will provide unrivalled insight, networking and business opportunities – […]

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Growing Africa’s digital ecosystem by bringing high touch to high tech

The international tech community is nurturing Africa’s digital ecosystem by supporting skills development, technology adoption and the growth of digital businesses across the continent. Giants like Google and Facebook are leading the effort through direct investment, partnerships and in-market teams in key African markets. Google and Facebook both opened offices in Nigeria in 2017. Lagos […]

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62 million: No. of international arrivals in Africa in 2017

Africa reached a record 62 million international arrivals in 2017, translating to a growth of 8%. Arrivals in Sub-Saharan Africa increased by 5% while North Africa enjoyed a strong recovery with a 13% growth in arrivals. The continental growth supersedes that of the international number, which stood at 7% in 2017 to reach 1,322 million. […]

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Allianz Risk Barometer: Business interruption dominates business risks in Africa

They take aim at the backbone of the connected African economy and, when they strike, can jeopardize the success, or even the existence, of companies of every size and sector. Business interruption (#1 with 31% of responses, up from #6 in 2017), fire and explosion (#2 with 31%, up from #8 in 2017) and political risks (unchanged at #3 with 28%) […]

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Norwegian accelerator Pangea launches in Kenya; Pilots 500,000 USD in Investment for 10 Startups

Pangea, a Norwegian platform connecting African startups with international investment and expertise, has launched its accelerator program in Kenya. Pangea has partnered with Strathmore University’s @iLabAfrica and will see the accelerator link up Kenyan startups from across the industry with investors especially the African diaspora which currently remits approximately $160 billion annually.   As a […]

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Tapping into Africa’s Fastest Growing Markets through the Power of Data

As competition for lucrative business opportunities becomes even fiercer in regions like Europe and North America, Africa is attracting more attention from the international business community than ever before. And this isn’t just in the powerhouses of South Africa and Nigeria – both of which have recently shown lacklustre economic growth of around 0.8% – […]

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How to skyrocket your skills

Education, it has been said, is the key to success. One easy to access education tool are online courses. Online courses are available for nearly every topic. In a similar fashion, there is no doubt that knowledge is power. Indeed, education is a sure way for individuals to achieve their personal dreams and aspirations. At […]

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Africa : What is at stake with the Data Centers?

By Olivier Labbe, CAP DC IT is an economic area where Africa has dramatically bridged its gap. Thanks to 350 million smartphones in 2017, more than half of the world’s mobile payments will be made on this continent and we are now talking about “reverse innovation”. Future technologies will not just be deployed in Africa, they will […]

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Top Five Online Courses in African Perspective

E-learning and online courses (the so-called edtech) are booming, also in Africa. Often we talk about online courses in a more general manner. Africa, continent, of the youth, aims at a skills gap between rich and poor. But online education can be one important tool to improve the access to higher education. Edtech benefits of […]

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WorldRemit raises $40m, seeks to target 5 million customers in Africa

Digital money transfer service WorldRemit has raised $40m to drive its next phase of global growth. The series C round of funding was led by LeapFrog Investments a dedicated equity investor in emerging markets, supporting fast-growth firms that deliver social impact alongside commercial returns. The company says it’s aiming to serve 10 million customers connected […]

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4 Key Essentials of E-learning in Africa

The rate of technological advancement in Africa is growing rapidly. Introduction of computer and internet in the 20th century has significantly improved the way of life across the globe and in the African continent. Africa countries are now embracing technological innovations in their operations. Technological innovation has brought new dimensions in every aspect of life […]

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Online sports betting craze in Kenya is here to stay

Online sports betting rising in Africa at an unprecedented pace, no doubt about that. Sports is no longer just about entertainment but also about making money. A lot of money. Many smart Africans are making money by betting on sports on platforms like Betin Kenya. Although as much as 40% of the African population is […]

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Konnect Africa unveils new hotspot service to bringing Wi-Fi to rural Africa

Eutelsat-owned satellite broadband service provider Konnect Africa has unveiled a new hotspot service aimed at bringing Wi-Fi to rural communities in Africa. Known as SmartWIFI, the company says the service is part of its ongoing commitment to bring digital opportunities to Africans. SmartWIFI leverages Konnect Africa’s powerful, reliable satellite broadband network to enable sales outlets […]

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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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InterSat sets up teleport services in Nairobi, to provide broadband internet in Africa.

Global Satellite solutions provider InterSat has announced the setting up of its teleport services in Nairobi to launch broadband internet in Africa. The company has partnered with ABS which is one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world to have its iDirect platforms on ABS-3A C-band and Ku-band beams in the continent. […]

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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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What does the future African city look like?

What does the future African city look like? How do we identify the impact and trends resulting from urbanization? What new regulation and governance models are needed? What about engagement models that embrace social inclusion and civic participation? These are all questions we need to answer and as 31 October marks World Cities Day – […]

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The role of payment infrastructure in boosting cross border business and drive economic growth

By Denis Kruger, Head of Sub-Sahara Africa, SWIFT Four years after its launch, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Tanzania are benefitting from quicker and cheaper payments through the East African Payment System (EAPS). Currently serving a population of more than 150 million people – and with Burundi soon to go live on the platform – what […]

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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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Medical Education in Sub-Sahara Africa

The state of Medical Education in Africa Medical education in Africa has significantly evolved over the years. From the time when there were only 5 medical schools in the region, to the expansion era after African countries achieved independence and now when the medical education structure is making efforts in providing mhealth programmes for students. […]

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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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The rise of innovation accelerators in Sub-Saharan Africa

While businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa have steadily been adopting 3rd Platform technologies such as cloud, mobility, big data analytics and social business, there has now been a shift in focus towards the uptake of innovation accelerators. These innovation accelerators are disruptive technologies that enable companies to enhance the way they engage with customers and deliver […]

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Orange launches 50 million euros investment initiative to support African Startups.

Orange Digital Ventures , Orange Group’s investment vehicle for early-stage innovation projects in Africa has launched a new investment initiative to support startups in Africa. The initiative will see the Group commit 50 million euros corresponding to half of the direct investments made via its new Orange Digital Ventures Africa programme; the other half is […]

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What impact has IoT made in Africa?

Getting connected via the web has long been an issue in Africa. This is especially true when it comes to the more remote, undeveloped areas; of which there is many. This issue can be largely solved by the implementation of IoT. Previously, in order to establish an internet connection, we would rely on copper or […]

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Connected Learning Key to Improving Education in Africa, says Internet Society Study

  Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and the Internet, in particular, can have a transformative effect on education in Africa. This is according to a report launched today by Internet Society. The report was presented at the Africa Regional Internet and Development Dialogue taking place today in Kigali, Rwanda. Titled “Internet for Education in Africa […]

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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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Huawei and Honeywell partner for smart city projects across the globe

Huawei has announced a new partnership with American based technology firm Honeywell Home and Buildings Technologies to pursue large-scale smart city projects across the globe.  Through this collaboration, the two companies will help city administrators build intelligent urban infrastructures that enable them to control costs while making their cities desirable and functional for their residents. […]

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Online sports betting craze in Africa is here to stay

We have previously sports betting has become popular in Kenya and other African countries. This rise of these betting sites has been attributed to the increased internet penetration and mobile money services. Certain countries in the continent like Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa have in recent times experienced a massive outbreak of betting companies. In […]

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Opinion: Africa’s Leap Frog to Sustainable Technology for industries

It is safe to say that the industrial sector in Africa is still developing, and an increasing number of countries within the continent are building manufacturing industries that are on their way to superseding the rest globally. Global challenges such as climate change and ever growing populations are adding pressure to the limited resources, especially […]

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Guest Post: Cost-effective Digital Learning

While the rate of internet adoption keeps on rising especially in many African countries, the cost is still too high for most communities to fully enjoy its benefits. One of the most affected areas is the education sector. Connecting schools to the internet can greatly boost the quality of education and provide vast learning resources […]

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The Next Einstein Forum launches search for 54 African science and technology champions

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF)  has launched the search for fifty-four science and technology Ambassadors, one champion from each African country. The selected NEF Ambassadors will join the NEF Fellows Class as part of the NEF’s Community of Scientists. NEF Ambassadors attend the NEF’s signature event, the NEF Global Gathering, the second edition of which will […]

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Sage Foundation launches $1 Million Enterprise Fund for African non-profits

Sage has today launched a $1 million enterprise fund open to non-profits from Africa. The fund according to Sage is to help nonprofits with enterprising ideas improve the lives of veterans, young people or women, and girls. The $1 million will be split between two rounds of $500,000; with the second round ready for release […]

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Facebook launches Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge for Middle East and Africa

Facebook has launched a Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge for developers across the Middle East and Africa. The challenge will see developers from the region create innovative bots with winners walking away with a number of prizes. This challenge, according to Facebook, aligns with the company’s commitment to promote innovation in the Middle East and […]

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Group of Andela Developers Left to Right: Chris Ganga, John Kariuki, Penina Wanjiru and Suada Haji Nairobi, Kenya Photo Credit: Robert Opiyo

Andela named most innovative company in Africa

Andela has been named among the most innovative companies in Africa by Fast Company. Each year, Fast Company recognizes enterprises that tap both heartstrings and purse strings and use the engine of commerce to make a difference in the world. Andela was recognized for its efforts in nurturing fast-class coders in the continent. Most of […]

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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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Uganda is Kenya’s Leading Source Market, While USA Beats UK to the top Position

In a surprising turn of events, Uganda took the lead as Kenya’s top source market in Africa, while Germany and Italy tail the numbers globally. According to data from the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB), The Pearl almost doubled her score of 29,038 visitors in 2015 to 51,023 for the year ended (2016). The report attributes […]

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Guest Post: How Mobile Technology has changed how companies do business.

By Brenda Kimuyu, Guest Contributor Mobile technology has become very popular around the world in recent years. According to Statista, a leading statistics company on the Internet, the number of smartphone users is forecast to grow from 1.5 billion in 2014 to around 2.5 billion in 2019, with smartphone penetration rates increasing as well. Just over […]

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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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2017 Travel Goals; Explore Six of Africa’s Most Exotic Islands

No one talks of safari without mentioning the great treks that crisscross the African continent. So popular is this cradle of mankind for its magic-ridden sunsets and vast plains teeming with wildlife, that many seem to awe away at the bush ideal, totally ignoring that the continent also takes pride in mothering some of the […]

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What does it mean for technology to be innately African?

Mobile and cloud may be global technologies, but African start-ups have explored their functionalities, shaped their applications and used them to build differentiated business models suited to their markets. They have created new and uniquely African technologies that speak to their lifestyles and complexities, using the infrastructure as a base to deliver key services in […]

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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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Mozambican startup develops a solar powered tablet to provide internet to rural African homes

Mozambican technology start-up Kamaleon has developed a solar-powered mobile tablet to connect more Africans to the internet. Launched in November 2016, the startups says the “Community Tablet” (“Tablet Comunitário”) is an innovative and engaging way of promoting digital literacy through a shared platform. The Community Tablet is a solar powered mobile computer with touch screen […]

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Societe Generale partners with American Express in Africa on online sales and POS payments.

Societe Generale has announced that it has signed a merchant acquiring partnership with American Express in eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa where the Bank operates. These countries include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, and Senegal. The agreement involves both online sales and POS payments through electronic payment terminals. This means that […]

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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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Opinion: Why startups must know their playing field

The startup scene in Africa is rapidly growing with so many start-ups coming up with great ideas that will change the continent. Most of the business ideas tend to be associated with our hobbies, passions, strengths or even the resources that are at our disposal. However, it’s easy to be carried away with that idea […]

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Safaricom named 2016 Best Mobile Operator in Africa

Safaricom has been named the ‘African Mobile Operator of the Year’ at the annual CommsMEA Awards for 2016. Safaricom was nominated for the award which is distributed by CommsMEA, a leading Middle Eastern publication that focuses on the telecoms sector. The award recognizes one mobile operator in Africa that has continued to develop, improve and […]

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Liquid Telecom report highlights cybersecurity concerns for African businesses

Liquid Telecom has released new Cybersecurity & Data Protection Report identifying the latest cyber security and data protection concerns and challenges facing African businesses. According to the research findings, African businesses find themselves at a crossroads, where they must balance digital transformation with a greater focus on security policies and how to better protect customer […]

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AFROPX is launching an online platform focused on African images

AFROPX, a startup that wants to transform access to African photos has announced plans to launch an online marketplace focused on African images. The platform will be consisting of commercial, news, and artistic photos, as well as videos and illustrations produced by African talents. According to the founders,AFROPX goes to market looking at high potentials, […]

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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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Kaspersky Lab has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Smart Africa Alliance, to raise awareness on cybersecurity

Kaspersky Lab and Smart Africa sign MoU to raise awareness on cybersecurity in Africa

  Kaspersky Lab has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Smart Africa Alliance, to raise awareness on cybersecurity. The MOU will also see the two parties work together to drive improvement of protection of networks and critical systems in the continent. According to the two organisations, the Alliance is responsible for bringing together […]

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Tecno Mobile already has a dominant market share in Six African countries namely Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Cameroon

Tecno Mobile eyes Middle East Market with the launch of Phantom 6 series in Dubai

Last week, on Friday 25th, Tecno Mobile finally unveiled the much-awaited addition to the Phantom series, Phantom 6 and Phantom 6 plus. The two devices were unveiled at Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa, Dubai,moving away from the tradition of an African launch. The reason why Tecno Mobile decided to launch the two devices in Dubai […]

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Janusz Naklicki, Oracle Vice President of the Russia, Africa and Central Europe region, welcomed customers to the 2-day Oracle Africa Innovation Summit in Mauritius this week

Oracle Continues to Drive Cloud Adoption in Africa

Exchange of best practices and gaining expert insights from top cloud strategists was the key focus for Oracle  customers who took part in Oracle’s two day long ‘Africa Executive Summit’ that concluded today in Mauritius. Dozens of Oracle customers gathered to understand various aspects of the cloud adoption process including capacity building, innovation, security and […]

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Orange and ENGIE sign deal to expand rural electricity grid in Africa

Orange and ENGINE have signed a deal that will see them support the  the expansion of the rural electricity grid and ENGIE’s optimisation of energy supplied to Orange’s telecoms infrastructure in Africa. The deal between which was signed by Stéphane Richard, CEO of Orange , and Isabelle Kocher, Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer of ENGIE reasserts […]

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Africa’s top organisation renew commitment to fuel growth of continet

Africa’s blue chip organizations last week renewed their commitment to making Africa a better place to work and fuel the continent’s growth over the next decade. This  was agreed during the Human Resource Winners Africa Conference held at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Nairobi. Making the keynote speech at the conference, Airtel Africa’s Chief Human Resource […]

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Second phase of the ACE submarine cable system to expand broadband connectivity in Africa starts

Orange, together with other members of the ACE consortium have announced the start of the next phase of the ACE submarine cable system to expand broadband connectivity and digital services in Africa. This second phase which the consortium has invested around US$700 million will see the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable system is […]

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How WeFarm is helping farmers share information via text across the globe

  Technology has become an integral part in the growth of most economies in the world. Most of the countries especially in Africa have agriculture as their most economic generators, faming and exporting farm produces in various parts of the world. According to The Economist, crop yields in Africa are between one-third and one-half of […]

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Orange Digital Ventures invests in Afrostream

Orange Digital Ventures has announced that it is investing in Afrostream, a subscription video on demand service (SVOD) of African, African-American and African-Caribbean films and television series, alongside TheFamily, Cross Culture Ventures I L.P. and ACE & Company. Through its corporate fund, Orange will enable Afrostream to accelerate the development of its original and innovative […]

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Samsung to take part at 5th Innovation Africa Summit in Uganda

Samsung Electronics Africa has announced that it will be taking part in the fifth Innovation Africa Summit scheduled to take place at the Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda from 30 September to 2 October 2015. The summit will bring together over over 40 African ministers, deputy ministers, and cabinet secretaries from 30 countries to share […]

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mi-Fone objects to Xiaomi entering Africa with similar name

mi-Fone the FIRST African Mobile Devices brand  objected to Chinese Smartphone giant Xiaomi and their African distributor upcoming plans to distribute smartphones across Africa.  In the legal papers served to Xiaomi, the objection rests on the basis that the introduction of Xiaomi’s ‘Mi’ products on the continent is an infringement of trademark in a market […]

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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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