Tag: Africa

The Mastercard Engage programme is launching in Kenya targeting fintechs

The Mastercard Engage programme is expanding in sub-Saharan Africa targeting fintechs in Kenya and Nigeria. Mastercard says the first Engage events will be held...
Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge

Google’s News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge expands to Africa

Google has announced that it is launching its Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey. The GNI Innovation Challenge...
2019 Google Africa Certifications Scholarships open

Applications for the 2019 Google Africa Certifications Scholarships opened

Google has opened applications for its next round of Google Africa Certifications Scholarships. In line with its commitment to provide mobile developer training to 100,000...
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[Podcast] Why Brands Should Pay Attention to Audio Content Marketing

In this latest episode of Africa Startup Roundup, we sat down with Allan, the founder of Portable Voices, a Kenyan audiobook production company and podcast...
Seedstars is launching a $100M fund to invest in African tech startups

Seedstars is launching a $100M fund to invest in African tech startups

Seedstars has announced a new partnership with Paris-based First Growth Ventures to launch a $100 million fund to invest in African tech startups. Seedstar...

Facebook AI researchers create the world’s most detailed population density maps of Africa

Facebook is working closely with key non-profit and research partners to use artificial intelligence (AI) and big data to address large-scale social, health and...
Branch International

Branch raises $170 million funding round, announces new partnership with Visa

Visa and Branch International, have announced a partnership that will see virtual Visa prepaid debit cards offered to over 2 million consumers in Sub-Saharan...
Partech Africa Report: African tech startups raised US$1.163 billion in equity funding in 2018

Partech Africa Report: African tech startups raised US$1.163 billion in equity funding in 2018

African tech startups raised a total of US$1.163 billion in equity funding in 2018. This is according to the Partech Africa annual report on...

Jack Ma’s US$10 Million Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative opens applications

African entrepreneurs can now apply for the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI). The US$10 million Prize competition founded by the Jack Ma Foundation to...
Jumia Kenya

Jumia welcomes Mastercard as its new shareholder

A few weeks Jumia filed for an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, the company has welcomed a new investor. The leading pan-African...
Online Marketplaces Could Create 3 Million Jobs in Africa by 2025

Online Marketplaces Could Create 3 Million Jobs in Africa by 2025

Online marketplaces such as Jumia, Souq, Uber, and Travelstart could create around 3 million new jobs by 2025 across Africa. This is according to...
DEMO Africa

DEMO Africa is heading back in Morocco in partnership with APEBI

The Federation of Information Technology, Telecommunications and Offshoring (APEBI) and DEMO Africa have today announced a partnership that will see the two organisations co-host...
Google Launchpad Accelerator Program

List of African Startups taking part in the third Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme

Google has announced the 12 African startups that will take part in its third class of its Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme. This class which starts...
Partech Africa Report: African tech startups raised US$1.163 billion in equity funding in 2018

Ampion and Plutos Ventures launch new venture to invest in African startups

Africa-focused Ampion and Berlin-based Plutos Ventures Holding have announced the founding of Ampion Ventures to support African startups. The goal of the new project...
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Africa’s Smartphone Market Sees First Growth Since 2015, IDC Report

Africa's smartphone market grew 2.3% in 2018 to total 88.2 million units, according to the latest figures announced by IDC.
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[Column] Open banking to transform East Africa’s digital financial services

Open banking is revolutionising the financial services landscape across the world, and presents opportunities for transformation and financial inclusion throughout East Africa. However, the region...
Visa Everywhere Initiative

Visa to reward $100,000 To Women Entrepreneurs in Global Competition

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Visa has announced the launch of the first Visa Everywhere Initiative: Women’s Global Edition. The global program invites...

Funtrench partners with BTA to offer certified blockchain-related courses in Kenya

Funtrench has announced a new partnership with US-based blockchain certification company, Blockchain Training Alliance (BTA) to offer certified blockchain-related courses in Kenya. This partnership puts Kenya as...

3 Kenyan Startups Selected To Pitch At The ‘Next Billion’ EdTech Prize In Dubai

Next Billion EdTech Prize was founded in 2018 by Indian billionaire Sunny Varkey’s Varkey Foundation, to recognize innovation in education in low income and emerging markets.

Regional partners for Jack Ma’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative named

A few weeks after announcing that it will officially call for applications starting from the 27th of March 2019, Jack Ma’s Africa Netpreneur Prize...
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Nigeria’s Fintech Startup TeamApt closes $5.5M Series A Round To Scale Into Additional Markets

TeamApt, a Nigerian startup that provides digital solutions and payment infrastructure for Africa, has closed on a $5.5M Series A round, led by Quantum...

[Column] Kenya’s ISP market ripe for usage-based bandwidth service

It’s is difficult to imagine a world without internet connectivity, let alone a business that is not connected. The internet has become a very vital...
Mariam Abdullahi - SAP Africa

[Column] Building the Intelligent Telco Enterprise – Growth opportunities for African telecoms operators

While the telco industry may have seen its traditional revenue streams decline further in 2018, thanks in part to the popularity of over-the-top (OTT)...
MEST Africa Challenge

List of 50 tech startups selected for the second annual MEST Africa Challenge

MEST Africa has announced the 50 startups that have been selected to take part in the second annual MEST Africa Challenge. The challenge will...

ASUS introduces its ZenBook, VivoBook and TUF Gaming laptop models in Kenya

ASUS has introduced its new laptop models, ZenBook, VivoBook and TUF Gaming into the Kenyan market as it seeks to boost its market share...

Utimaco and Astel sign distribution partnership for HSMs in the Africa region

Astel, a leading provider for IT infrastructure and office automation solutions on the African continent, and Utimaco, the global number two in Hardware Security Modules...

Kenyan Clubs in CAF Confederation Cup 2019

Confederation Cup is arguably the second most important football tournament on the African continent after the Cup of Nations, with many fans already gambling...

Applications for the Sanofi VivaTech challenge extended to February 22nd

Global pharmaceutical company Sanofi has announced the extension of the registration period for the call for proposals for this year’s VivaTech, an annual technology...

Jack Ma’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative applications open in March 2019

The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) will officially call for applications starting from the 27th of March 2019. ANPI is a  US$10 million Prize...

Startups: Why you should apply for the Sanofi VivaTech 2019 challenge

Viva Technology (Vivatech), an annual technology conference, dedicated to innovation and startups takes place in less than three months. The conference will be held...

Facebook partners with African NGOs for Safer Internet Day 2019

Tomorrow, on 5th February the world will be celebrating Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019, a day set aside to promote the safe and positive...

[Column] Charting a new course for Africa’s economic prosperity

Imagine a world where the laws of business survival are being redefined and new competitive market models re-assembled with the advent of 4th industrial...

Startups: Here’s how to qualify and apply for the Sanofi VivaTech challenge

Pharmaceutical company Sanofi recently launched three challenges for African healthcare startups to find innovative solutions that can help improve access to healthcare and transform...

Sanofi VivaTech challenge calling on African startups to innovate health, here’s how to apply

Sanofi Kenya has launched three challenges for African startups in partnership with VivaTech. The challenges are for the startups to find innovative solutions to...
SMEs

CDC announces new investment to support high-growth SMEs in Nigeria

CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, has announced a new investment designed to support high-growth SMEs in Nigeria. CDC has made a US$15 million commitment...
MEST Africa Challenge

MEST opens applications for its $50 MEST Africa startup Challenge

MEST Africa has opened applications for its second annual MEST Africa Challenge, a Pan-African pitch competition for tech scale-ups based in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya,...
GSMA 2019 Mobile Gender Gap Report

The 2019 trends impacting mobile on the African continent

According to the GMSA Mobile Economy 2018 report for sub-Saharan Africa, mobile subscribers rose by 44% in 2017 and this was further bolstered by...

Africa’s 50 most funded tech startups in 2018 raised a total of $618M, Digest...

Africa’s 50 most funded tech companies in 2018 raised a total of $618M. This is according to the Digest Africa INDEX, an annual report...

Facebook’s growing momentum in Africa (Infographic)

2018 saw Facebook grow its momentum and step up its investment in Africa. Today, more than 139 million people across Sub-Saharan Africa come to...

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...

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...

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...
Google Launchpad Accelerator Program

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...
Partech Africa Report: African tech startups raised US$1.163 billion in equity funding in 2018

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
Jumia White Paper 2019

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
Smartphone

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...