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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On the 5th of December, Innoventures held “Startup Nova – Entrepreneurship Explosion” at the prestigious Hilton Ramses in Cairo, Egypt, as the final phase of its Startup Reactor program's fourth cycle. 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 [...]
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
Last week the early-stage investor community convened in Cape Town for the 4th annual African Angel Investor Summit 2017 hosted by ABAN, VC4A and SABAN. Over 300 attendees spent two days discussing the opportunities and hurdles they experience in their journey to back the next batch of successful ventures, such as the 20 growth-stage companies from the XL Africa accelerator program that were present.75 expert speakers shared their knowledge in 11 keynotes, 9 panels and 5 workshops around this year's theme: ‘Start-Scale-Exit, Funding great startup teams poised for global success'. In the morning of the first day the current investment [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
With entrepreneurship conference season at it's peak in Cape Town (AfricaCom, AfricArena and last week's AAIS2017), coffee-infused conversations about the lesser-spotted African Unicorn are unavoidable, and DNA traces of this mythical beast seem to be present in every startup that is pitching.While I am all for stretch goals and would love to see some African Unicorns in the club, the endless pursuit of Unicorn status at the expense of building sustainable companies is not constructive for the ecosystem. Unicorns aren't real, and neither are the valuation expectations of many local startups that believe they will be worth over USD1bn within [...]
Mon, Nov 20, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
Innovate Ventures, the leading Somali tech and business startup accelerator launched in partnership with VC4A, Telesom and the Work in Progress! Alliance, had their second cohort of 10 startups graduate from their programme. This year's accelerator saw over 400 applications received, building on the traction of last year's programme. The seed investment given doubled from $15,000 last year to $30,000.The Innovate Accelerator is a 12-week programme intended to support and fund the next wave of Somali startups. Mentorship and training was provided by domain experts and entrepreneurs and four startups from the programme received $30,000 in investment from Innovate Ventures [...]
Thu, Nov 09, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
AfriLabs and Hivos International teamed up with District, Wasabi and Progrss sponsored by Facebook, The French University and The American University in Cairo and Ethiopian Airlines to host the AfriLabs Annual Gathering and The Coworking Summit as a joint conference called the ‘Future of African Cities'. In attendance were over 50 technology and innovation hubs and coworking spaces from Africa and the MENA region, international corporate organizations, Investors, Egyptian government representatives, Academia from within and outside Egypt. Day 1 took place at The French University in Sherouk City and consisted of presentations, panel discussions, a co-creation session organized [...]
Mon, Nov 06, 2017
Source: AfriLabs
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
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
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