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.

This past week, the VC4Africa community converged in Johannesburg for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2017. It was the first time the global congress was hosted on the African continent, bringing together more than 6,000 participants from around the globe. During the week-long congress, a series of high-profile events were organized for the African investor community to take stock of the current state of the industry and to set a common agenda for the way forward. Of particular relevance, was the 2017 African Angel Investor Roundtable held at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on March, Wednesday the 17th. The curated meeting was [...]
Wed, Mar 22, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
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InCUBE8's role in the future of entrepreneurship support in Malawi is quite clear. Through our Youth Entrepreneurship Program – currently open for applications until the 24th March – we provide mentorship from an array of experienced and successful business men and women in various sectors. In addition to the program, InCUBE8 is in the process of establishing a co-working and business development centre called The CUBE. In a Global Entrepreneurship Monitor survey carried our in 2012, Malawi was rated with one of the highest entrepreneurial activity rates among the 69 GEM countries surveyed. Half a decade on and this hasn't changed [...]
Thu, Mar 16, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
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It would be an understatement to say that the theme of ‘social entrepreneurship' is thriving. As I look back at my time so far at Impact Hub Accra, I feel my thoughts and assumptions on the concept of social entrepreneurship change on a daily basis. This not only applies to my views on the subject within my (local) settings of Accra, Ghana and ‘Africa', but also on a global scale. When we speak of social entrepreneurialism and social enterprises, what do we mean? Are we referring to a unanimously understood definition, or do we all have our own take on what [...]
Wed, Mar 15, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
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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
Innoventures has opened applications for the fourth cycle of its accelerator program ‘Startup Reactor' in partnership with VC4A after a successful third cycle and its grand finale last December. The new cycle comes along with the launching of a new 30 million EGP venture capital fund which continues to show Innoventures' leadership in Egypt's venture capital space. Startup Reactor is a unique accelerator program designed to support innovative startups operating in several high-opportunity industries in Egypt. The program creates an environment to connect entrepreneurs, investors and mentors for a duration of six months. Participating investors and mentors will receive an equity [...]
Thu, Mar 02, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
GreenFingers Mobile, a technology platform provider for managing and financing smallholder farmers in Africa, recently launched out of beta stage and secured an equity seed investment from The Hivos Food & Lifestyle Fund, an impact investor based in the Netherlands and active member of the VC4A Investor network. Max Pichulik, the GreenFingers Mobile CEO explains: “With 7 billion people on the planet, and smallholder agriculture representing 70% of production in developing countries, efficient systems to manage food supply chains are imperative. Smallholder farmers typically farm less than 2 hectares, and live on less than $2 per day. We believe that technology [...]
Thu, Mar 02, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
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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
Many people wonder what to make out of the entrepreneurial revolution in the tech space on the African continent. Questions such as: Are there really enough high quality start-ups that can make it to global scale? Is the local and regional market opportunity big enough for them to grow? Is the funding sufficient to produce a unicorn? Is the human capital up for this daunting task? And the list of questions goes on and on and vividly portrays the skepticism against which convicts of entrepreneurship in Africa have to battle, both within their own markets and against those that prefer standing [...]
Tue, Feb 21, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
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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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The idea of artificial intelligence (AI) has long been confined to pop culture and science fiction. As it shifts into real life, there's little wonder it's been accompanied by feelings of unease – after all, if machines are becoming more intelligent, where will that leave us? The answer is that humans and machines are far more effective working together than apart. The goal of AI should be to build intelligence that augments human abilities and experiences. We need to take human capabilities of creativity, empathy, emotion, physicality and insight, and combine these with powerful AI functionality for optimal outcomes. If [...]
Sun, Jan 15, 2017
Source: Microsoft on the Issues Africa
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By: Antony Cook, Associate General Counsel, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs lead, Microsoft Middle East and Africa Cloud computing is the disruptive technology powering the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution'. The combination of affordable cost, flexibility and scale provides the opportunity for individuals and enterprises, small and large, to address some of the most pressing issues facing Africans. Many countries across the continent have young and rapidly growing populations. This challenges existing approaches to education, healthcare and the delivery of citizens' services. It also necessitates new approaches to building and utilising infrastructure, demanding innovative public-private partnerships and government leadership. Cloud computing offers the potential [...]
Tue, Jan 10, 2017
Source: Microsoft on the Issues Africa
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Artificial intelligence uses computing power to process huge amounts of data. This gives computers the ability to perform, and outperform, when carrying out tasks that require a certain level of human intelligence. This includes things like visual perception, recognising speech, independent decision making and analysing information. A good example of AI in action is when machines are able to translate massive amounts of written data into multiple languages in a matter of seconds. For example, Skype's online translator can help you communicate in eight languages for voice calls, and in more than 50 [...]
Thu, Dec 15, 2016
Source: Microsoft on the Issues Africa
Vacancy: Afrilabs Projects and Operations Manager We are recruiting to fill the position of Projects and Operations Manager in our ever expanding community of African technology innovators. Please click the PDF image below to download the job details and feel free to share with anyone you think might be qualified. Thank you. [...]
Sun, Aug 21, 2016
Source: AfriLabs
Overview The annual gathering proposed for 26th – 28th October, 2016 aims to provide a unique opportunity for members and other stakeholders to convene, learn the latest hub insights, and build partnerships between and with hubs. Unlike other technology conferences focused on just big government or Telcos, this gathering will focus on the grassroots innovation eco-system, their funders and the local governments. In order to key into the African integration agenda, the regional development or political organization at the hosting country is also expected to be co-opted into the planning and launch of the gathering. Value Proposition Innovation Ecosystem Interaction An opportunity to interact with other [...]
Tue, Aug 09, 2016
Source: AfriLabs
Hello Tomorrow has launched the Hello Tomorrow Challenge 2016, a global science startup competition dedicated to the transformation of innovations into impactful products and solutions. Hello Tomorrow is an international, non-profit initiative that promotes early-stage scientific startups with an aim to solve major industrial and societal challenges. Now in its third edition, the initiative has grown into a vibrant ecosystem that empowers scientists to transform innovations into world-changing products. This year, Hello Tomorrow has partnered with thirteen major private and public entities to define the scope of this international competition, including our principal partner, BNP Paribas with L'Atelier BNP Paribas, and The [...]
Thu, Jun 09, 2016
Source: AfriLabs
Vacancy: Afrilabs Program Director We are recruiting to fill the position of Program Director in our ever expanding community of African technology innovators. Please click the PDF image below to download the job details and feel free to share with anyone you think might be qualified. Thank you. THIS OPENING IS NO LONGER RECEIVING APPLICATION [...]
Sat, Jan 30, 2016
Source: AfriLabs
Article as Released by Partner After the successful premier Coworking Africa conference in Cape Town last July, we are ready to continue the conversation in the New Year, with the second Coworking Africa Meetup, held in Cape Town, South Africa on February 5th , 2016 at The Design Bank. The second Coworking Africa meeting will offer best practices in the context of coworking, shared knowledge, and will also focus on nurturing personal relationships between the members of the coworking community in South Africa, highlighting the ways in which the established community is leading the coworking movement in Africa giving an overall introduction [...]
Tue, Jan 26, 2016
Source: AfriLabs