Entrepreneurship Blogs

Learn more about what is going on in the world of entrepreneurship. The blogs below are pulled from some of the leading sources of business information across the continent. Click on the entry to go to the full article.

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The Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) in Lagos, Nigeria, and NaiLab in Nairobi, Kenya, have announced the startups that will take part in the Make-IT Accelerator programme in each country.Make-IT in Africa is a 2.5-year project (2017-2019) that focuses on promoting tech entrepreneurship for sustainable and inclusive economic development in Africa and on strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem as a whole.The accelerator programme, which received over 280 applications from startups across Africa, begins in this month and is implemented by the German International Cooperation (GIZ), Endeva, CcHub and Nailab on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as [...]
Thu, Jan 11, 2018
Source: VC4Africa
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VC4A is looking back on a productive year and gearing up again for 2018!As the year comes to a close, we are so fortunate to be able to look back on a productive year made possible by our friends and colleagues. We are thankful for your continued support, enthusiasm and constant willingness to collaborate.Through the efforts of VC4A's more than 400 ecosystem-building partners, the African startup community has successfully opened a new chapter of growth again in 2017. Fueled by an expanding pool of entrepreneurial talent ready for investment, there are now a growing number of businesses well positioned for [...]
Fri, Dec 22, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
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A decade ago, mobile phones propelled the beginnings of Africa's tech wave through the arrival of mobile money – today, the mobile revolution has applications across every sphere of modern life in the region. With a young population of early-adopters and an improving infrastructure from telecommunications to payments, investment in Africa in 2018 is likely to eclipse record-breaking growth, and be driven by more post-seed capital.Investors and entrepreneurs alike building on the foundation of a rapidly expanding tech ecosystem will tap into success in four key trends:#1 Global tech brands adopt a local approachEighty-five percent of the world's population now [...]
Wed, Dec 20, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
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Innoventures held ‘Startup Nova – Entrepreneurship Explosion' as the final phase of its Startup Reactor program's fourth cycle at the prestigious Hilton Ramses in Cairo, Egypt on December 5th. Cash prizes of 15,000 Euro total were given to four promising startups by VC4A, the program's partner and main sponsor. In addition, Innoventures also announced an upcoming 100 million EGP fund for startup ventures based in Egypt.First place prize went to Happiana, a startup that specializes in creating adaptable charging solutions that can charge any device, anywhere at anytime, with a goal of erasing the words “Battery Low” from existence. Their [...]
Wed, Dec 13, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
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After another year where the Seedstars World team traveled to 20 African countries with the mission to find the best tech startups in emerging markets, we are now just two weeks away of hosting our third Africa Summit in Maputo, Mozambique on December 14th.During 2017 we got to witness growing ecosystems, better startups and more involvement from public and private partners. We are very excited to be able to bring the entire network together in Mozambique in December and together look into some of the opportunities of the continent and explore how technologies can rapidly improve the current status quo [...]
Wed, Nov 29, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
The 4th edition of the continent's largest gathering of business angels, or #AAIS2017, saw 300+ attendees, 75 speakers, 20 XL Africa Scaleups, and 80 investor organizations come together during two amazing days in Cape Town. From 11 keynotes, and nine panel discussions, its easy to see why everybody is talking about investing in Africa.Angel investing in Africa: a growing trendLet's begin with the basics. The very fact that these kinds of events are happening shows that the startup and investment culture is gathering speed. The entrepreneurial ecosystem may be an emerging one. And that means Africa is truly a land [...]
Fri, Nov 24, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
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Africa 118 is a local start-up that offers marketing services to SMEs in Africa. Their vision is to be the digital Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for SMEs in Africa – helping organisations who don´t have a marketing person with resources to grow their business using digital services. Microsoft 4Afrika first met Africa 118 back in 2014, when we awarded them with an innovation grant. Since then, we have continued to follow their journey and provide ICT support. Katherine Heumos, Partner Business Evangelist from Microsoft Germany, is currently in Kenya to support Africa 118 with a marketing strategy, as part of the MySkills4Afrika [...]
Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Source: Microsoft on the Issues Africa
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Four years ago, if Anthony Kuria from the Red Cross in Nanyuki, Kenya, wanted to send an email, he had to walk hours to the nearest WiFi hotspot. Now, he has fast and affordable internet in his office. Four years ago, young entrepreneur Kaakpema Yelpaala started working on a solution to improve the quality of healthcare in emerging markets. Today, that solution is being used by over 1,000 healthcare practitioners in 100 clinics, reaching two million patients. These success stories – and many more – are all a result of the work Microsoft 4Afrika and our partners have done since 2013. By [...]
Thu, Mar 30, 2017
Source: Microsoft on the Issues Africa
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Blockchain technology is being hailed as the potential ‘second generation of the Internet'. Like many innovations coming to market, Blockchain promises to disrupt the way we do business and revolutionise the financial services industry. Blockchain, which has been referred to as the incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions, first gained popularity with the digital cryptocurrency, bitcoin. Blockchain is expected to have a market value of $290 billion by 2019 and has captured the interest of business leaders, government institutions, academics and technology providers across the world. Financial institutions in particular have been experimenting with these technologies to run their businesses more efficiently. Why [...]
Mon, Mar 20, 2017
Source: Microsoft on the Issues Africa
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From inventing windshield wipers to coming up with solutions to improve the lives of millions of people around the world, women have been harnessing the power of technology to do great things for their communities, families and themselves since as early as the 18th century. In Africa, women have also made their mark on the world. Take Kenyan-born Juliana Rotich for example. Rotich is the co-founder and executive director of Ushahidi – a web-based reporting system that uses crowdsourced data, mobile phones and web reporting to formulate real-time visual maps during crises. Or, Mariéme Jamme from Senegal, who is the CEO [...]
Wed, Mar 08, 2017
Source: Microsoft on the Issues Africa
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Ghada Khalifa, Microsoft Philanthropies Director for Middle East and Africa Five million jobs will be lost to automation by 2020 as our world becomes more reliant on technology. This is according to the World Economic Forum, which also estimated that by 2020 the Fourth Industrial Revolution will have brought us advanced robotics and autonomous transport, artificial intelligence, machine learning, biotechnology and genomics. It's evident that learning new and more relevant skills is vital if we are to survive and thrive in a world increasingly dominated by technology. One skill necessary for the future world of work is coding. Futurist Marc Goodman once wrote, [...]
Thu, Feb 23, 2017
Source: Microsoft on the Issues Africa
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Aisha has a thirst for making a difference. She recently graduated with a degree in social work, and she has her heart set on working at an NGO, where she can work to empower other young people. It's difficult to even get the opportunity to meet with the right people at this NGO, but Aisha is determined – and she uses the new intelligence features on Office 365 to help her stand out from the rest. Restore, research and edit with ease She's off to a good start. Her final research project focused on empowering African youth, so all she needs to do [...]
Thu, Feb 23, 2017
Source: Microsoft on the Issues Africa
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Gaming consoles always seem to be the center of attention, but there are many hardcore gamers who stand by the PC as the best option for gaming. There are some good reasons for this, including having access to better, sharper graphics and more physical control when it comes to hardware. Here are 4 of the best things about gaming on a PC versus a console: Keep playing without needing to upgrade One of best things about gaming, is finishing a level and upgrading to more challenging ones with better graphics. It's no secret that consoles are bad at upgrades, in fact you can't actually [...]
Fri, Feb 10, 2017
Source: Microsoft on the Issues Africa
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Intelligent technology is changing how the world does things. Everyone is empowered to do more, and less. Using technology to tackle some of life's most mundane tasks means spending more time doing what you love and less time doing what you have to do. Below is an infographic that looks at five ways we can be more productive this year, so we can achieve more in less time. [...]
Mon, Feb 06, 2017
Source: Microsoft on the Issues Africa
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By: Amr Kamel, Microsoft GM in the West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands In December 2016, Nominet Trust released the 2016 top 100 tech for good projects. This annual list explores innovations that use digital technology to drive social change around the world. Of these 100, 11 are from Africa, where solutions include shack fire detection systems, medical diagnostic apps, taxi services for medical emergencies and smartphone-based education programmes. A significant amount of innovation focuses on providing solutions to challenges experienced in sectors like education and healthcare. Mobile and cloud platforms, in particular, have acted as catalysts [...]
Sun, Feb 05, 2017
Source: Microsoft on the Issues Africa
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By Amrote Abdella, Regional Director of Microsoft 4Afrika 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 ways the rest of the world would never have thought to. To us, this is what it means for technology to be innately African. Innovation Ecosystem No one has ever doubted that Africa has a thriving entrepreneurial spirit. Despite sub-Saharan Africa [...]
Fri, Jan 20, 2017
Source: Microsoft on the Issues Africa
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Kevin Becker recently moved to Kenya and built this great DIY three-wheeler for his son. “My son wants to be outside all of the time. This three-wheel cart allows him to pedal himself around like Fred Flintstone, or I can push him from behind with the handle. The larger wheels are good for the rough terrain on our farm. He can turn the front wheel to steer himself, or I can tilt the cart back so the front wheel is off the ground when I need to steer.” http://www.afrigadget.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/video-1440795606.mp4.mp4 The Three-Wheeler in action. “Except for the wood, I used parts that I had on [...]
Sat, Aug 29, 2015
Source: AfriGadget
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For many of you reading this, the title of this article might lead you to a vision of one laptop per child – or some other Silicon Valley vision of progress for Africa. The technology I wish to discuss is slower and simpler. Full disclosure: it's my invention. The Betabook is a portable whiteboard, which can be used with a smartphone for archiving, content creation, and social media sharing. During my time in Egypt working with the icehubs network, I tested the initial prototypes. Uses in this context included: Translation – through drawings (and the written text of others) I've been able to communicate [...]
Mon, Dec 22, 2014
Source: AfriGadget
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These are great news from our Ethiopia-based partner iceaddis: a student recently designed a new wheel for skateboards that can be produced in Ethiopia – made and designed in Africa. Reinventing the wheel? Eh! Bauhaus product design student Daniel Scheidler presented his bachelor project on affordable and locally appropriate vehicles for individual transport in Ethiopia. Through extensive field research in Addis Ababa, Daniel concluded that new roads of good quality have been built across the city and the country, but owning a car is still far too costly for the great majority of the population, while the public transport system (buses [...]
Wed, Jul 23, 2014
Source: AfriGadget
Maker Faire Africa 2014
Maker Faire Africa was first held in Ghana in 2009, then Kenya 2010, Egypt 2011, Nigeria 2012 and now in South Africa 2014. It's been an amazing thing to be a part of, and the best is to be there and see the local ingenuity, the practical inventions that are made by some of the smartest and scrappiest people in Africa. Makers from across Africa will join ZA Makers for 4-days of meet-ups, mash-ups, workshops, and seed-starting ideas for new collaborations in open innovation across the continent. When: Sept 3-6, 2014 December 3-6, 2014Where: WITS (University of the Witwatersrand), exact location TBDWho: [...]
Tue, Jul 08, 2014
Source: AfriGadget