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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Health demands in Africa are growing rapidly due to the continent's rapidly expanding population, which is expected to double to 2 billion by 2050. A new generation of African entrepreneurs has recognized the need to develop novel technological solutions but are faced with a lack of support for early-stage entrepreneurs. It is in this light that the Innovate for Life Fund has announced its inaugural cohort of talented 6 entrepreneurs who will take part in a three month accelerator program. The six were selected from a total of 246 applications from healthcare entrepreneurs from across Sub-Saharan Africa through rigorous selection and [...]
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
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We are proud to announce the eight selected ventures that have been selected by a team of investor experts to pitch at Nigerian Economic Summit #23 Startups Pitching Event. The selected start-ups will each have 5 minutes to pitch to prospective investors and 10 minutes to answer questions from them. The event will connect these startups with investors as well as grant them access to mentorship and professional advisory services. We had a total of 263 completed applications via the VC4A platform, and we have completed the grueling task of reviewing applications submitted by a highly qualified pool of startups. Applicants [...]
Fri, Oct 06, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
We often don't hear about the Indian Ocean part of Africa except for its sunny beaches, enjoyable weather and relaxing lifestyle. It's unlikely that you will think of the region as a vivid ecosystem supported by an active community of startups, funded by local VCs, trying to disrupt traditional businesses. However, this vision may change in the near future as something is happening in the ‘Tropical Valley‘ region. Like many countries in Africa, isolation is one of the main reasons why the general public knows little about the Indian Ocean. The largest regional markets namely Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion Island are [...]
Mon, Oct 02, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
AfriLabs; The largest network of over 60 technology and innovation hubs across 27 African countries has expanded by 7 new hub members, also extending its membership base to three new African countries – Sierra Leone, Somalia and Djibouti. Since it's inception in 2011, the network has grown steadily over the years. At the beginning of this year, it welcomed eleven new hubs into its network making a total of 18 new members so far in 2017. The new members of the AfriLabs network are: GE Garage Nigeria, Ecolia Labs Cameroon, Kumasi Hive Ghana, iRise Hub Somalia, aLabs Sierra Leone, CTID (Centre de [...]
Thu, Sep 28, 2017
Source: AfriLabs
Innoventures, in partnership with VC4A, CEDARE and JuiceLabs, has announced the top 11 startup companies chosen to proceed to “Plasma”, the third stage in its Startup Reactor program. The startup companies chosen are operating in different industries such as agriculture technology, consumer electronics, and industrial automation. During “Plasma”, selected entrepreneurs will have access to the full startup-support benefits provided by Innoventures, including office space, legal company registration, branding, mentoring, and in-depth sessions about how to build a company, in addition to seed funding for the more advanced startups. These 11 companies were selected from 39 startups that took part in the second [...]
Mon, Sep 25, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
AfriLabs; The pan-African network of 60 technology and innovation hubs across 27 African countries is proud to announce that Facebook is a partner-sponsor of its 2017 Annual Gathering that will be taking place from the 18th to 20th of October in Cairo, Egypt in partnership with Hivos themed ‘Future of Cities:Innovation,Spaces and Collaboration'. Facebook will be holding 3 sessions during the Gathering which will focus on Facebook Developer Circles, Facebook for Developer Platform and FbStart. These sessions will be free for all participants of the gathering to attend. ‘We look forward to connecting with the AfriLabs community on a number of [...]
Mon, Sep 18, 2017
Source: AfriLabs
VC4A STartup Academy experts
We are excited to launch the VC4A Startup Academy, offering direct access to expertise proven to work for successful entrepreneurs and investors operating across Africa. Founders can take their business to the next level by learning about the latest insights, download tools and listen to advice from 35 experts active in the emerging African startup ecosystem. The VC4A Startup Academy, launched today and part of online community platform VC4A.com, is broken down into three courses, each focused on a different life-stage of a new venture. The first course is called, ‘Start your business', and introduces participants to main themes to consider [...]
Thu, Sep 07, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
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The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), a private sector funded organization, announces its first Startup Pitching Events to be held at the 23rd Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja. The events aim to connect new ventures seeking to raise funds with potential investors. During the events on October 10 and 11, eight selected early-stage startups will pitch in front of venture capitalists and investors. Each startup will have 5 minutes to pitch to prospective investors and 10 minutes to answer questions from them. The applications for the startups have now opened on the VC4A platform and the application process will end on September [...]
Wed, Sep 06, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
AfriLabs; The largest pan-African network of over 60 technology and innovation hubs across 25 African countries is holding its 2017 Annual Gathering taking place from the 18th – 20th of October in Egypt hosted by AfriLabs member hub The District in partnership with Hivos. The AfriLabs Annual Gathering and the Hivos Coworking Summit will be coming together as a joint event to provide more opportunities for the different members of both networks to exchange knowledge, network, build collaborative relationships and share resources. The conference is themed ‘Future of African Cities: Innovation, Spaces and Collaboration'. This conference is a showcase covering a select [...]
Tue, Sep 05, 2017
Source: AfriLabs
AfriLabs has joined forces with the pan-African ICT 4 Social Innovation Network, founded by SPIDER & iHub Kenya to unite key sectors for digitally advancing development in health, education and rights across the continent. The Networks share a common goal of promoting African technology solutions to bridge divides in access to quality education, health and rights and to bring social innovation to scale for greater good under SDGs and AU's Agenda 2063. “Social Innovation is borne out of creatively approaching the hindrances which stall development, whether in making sure that children access quality education irrespective of where they live, online security [...]
Wed, Jun 07, 2017
Source: AfriLabs
AfriLabs is proud to announce and welcome 11 new hubs into its pan-African network. AfriLabs has been working through technology hubs to build an innovation infrastructure that encourages the growth of Africa's knowledge economy by supporting the development of start-ups, technology, and innovation, fostering partnerships between tech hubs across the different regions and promoting opportunities that the hubs and their communities can benefit from. The new members of the AfriLabs network are: nHub Nigeria, inCUBE8 Malawi, iBridge Nigeria, Lumumba Labs Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Wenak Labs Chad, Sote Hub Kenya, The Innovation Village Kampala Uganda, The Tech Village Zimbabwe, BitHub [...]
Thu, Jun 01, 2017
Source: AfriLabs
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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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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
AfriLabs; The largest network of technology and innovation hubs in Africa is holding its Annual Gathering this year in Cairo, Egypt from the 18th to 20th of October 2017. The AfriLabs Annual Gathering is the biggest convergence of key stakeholders in the African technology ecosystem who come together for 3 days to network, share ideas & experiences showcase disruptive innovations and build partnerships. This year's theme “Smart Cities” is centred on employing Big Data and Internet-of-Things applications to improve the different aspects of daily life like Data analytics, Water/Waste Management, Buildings & Infrastructure, Energy Management, Transportation, Cyber Security etc. The attendees from [...]
Wed, Feb 15, 2017
Source: AfriLabs
Hello Tomorrow is a non-profit that aims to help and promote the enablers of tomorrow's society, those carrying innovations who aim to change paradigms and create future uses. To reach that goal, Hello Tomorrow has launched the Hello Tomorrow Challenge, the world's most exclusive deep tech competition for startups and projects offering visibility, connections and financial rewards (€250K for winners)! Over the past 3 years, they have gathered a world-class ecosystem of 10 000+ applicants in 100+ countries, along with partnerships ranging from the most prominent industrial corporates (Airbus, L'Oréal, Air Liquide), investors (Partech, Atomico, Accel etc.) and international [...]
Wed, Feb 15, 2017
Source: AfriLabs
Microsoft-AfriLabs Training for Startups Microsoft in collaboration with AfriLabs hosted a free technical training for startups on the 8th of April, 2017 at the Leadspace Co-working space in Yaba, Lagos state, Nigeria. It was focused on the use of Microsoft's Azure and BizSpark platforms and how they can be used to improve technology based businesses. This training was open to all startups within and outside the AfriLabs network with technology based products/solutions. Nourhan Al Enany (Audience Marketing Manager,Microsoft 4Afrika) Somet Kipchilat (Technical Evangelist, Microsoft 4Afrika) Djiba Diallo (Startup Engagement Lead, Microsoft 4Afrika) Anna Ekeledo (Head of Secretariat, AfriLabs) [...]
Wed, Feb 15, 2017
Source: AfriLabs
AfriLabs, iceHubs Global and Impact Hub will be co-hosting a Hub in a Box Sustainability Workshop for innovation spaces to crowdsource the best of what we know about revenue generation across different funding streams and types of spaces/hubs. Because it is so critical to tap the knowledge of experienced practitioners, we will select participants via an in-depth application process. What are we aiming for? We know that innovation spaces must thrive financially in order to deliver the best support possible to the entrepreneurial communities they serve, but the road to sustainability is difficult. Nonetheless, we believe the answers we seek are [...]
Wed, Feb 15, 2017
Source: AfriLabs