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.

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
The second edition of the annual African Tech Startups Funding Report, published by Disrupt Africa, finds African tech startups raised almost US$130 million in funding in 2016. The report contains statistics and analyses for a host of African countries, as well as nine sectors. It also makes available data on startup acquisitions which took place in 2016; as well as the results of surveys relating to preferences and trends within the entrepreneur and investor communities on the continent. VC4A community members can obtain a 25 per cent discount on purchasing the report using the code “angelspecial” here. Below are five key trends [...]
Mon, Feb 20, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
Last year everyone was curious about Mark Zuckerberg's visit to the African continent, wondering why he was there and what he meant when he said “The future will be built in Africa”. Well first it's the people. According to a report by the African Development Bank (AfDB), UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), with 200 million people aged between 15 and 24 (a figure expected to double by 2045), Africa has the youngest population in the world. Then there's the economy. Conventional wisdom documented by the Economist and Time Magazine [...]
Fri, Feb 10, 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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“Opportunity Knocks”. It was only twenty months ago that an article about Nigeria's (under this title) growing tech scene was featured in the Economist. The author, reflecting on a fresh infusion of optimism born from the peaceful transition to fresh leadership under Buhari, suggested the promise of Nigeria's enormous potential might finally be sustained. Rapid economic growth for the better part of a decade had catapulted the country over its main economic and geopolitical rival, South Africa. And while far from rosy, a new governing party, mobile telecommunication industry explosion and a resurgent global appetite for Nigerian bonds pointed to [...]
Thu, Feb 09, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
Impact Hub Accra
For the past two weeks I have been based at Impact Hub Accra to assist the team with business development as well as conducting research as part of my master's in African Studies at Leiden University. As similar hubs continue to emerge across the continent, I seek to investigate the role hubs and innovation centres play in facilitating the pathways of its members. To explore this I have chosen to use Impact Hub Accra as a unique case study. My research focuses on how this particular hub advocates the trajectories of entrepreneurs, notably ‘social' entrepreneurs. I will spend the next couple [...]
Tue, Feb 07, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
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
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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Today in Africa, there are opportunities for mobile operators and startups to collaborate. A new report by GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator programme dives into these collaborations and the synergies they can yield. Although African startups have been at the forefront of innovation across the continent, many struggle to reach scale. Their struggles often stem from a combination of factors, such as the dearth of investment capital, lack of payment infrastructure, difficulty to reach unconnected users, a shortage of market insights and limited government support, among other challenges. Likewise, mobile operators in Africa have touched the lives of hundreds of millions and reached impressive [...]
Mon, Jan 30, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
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
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
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
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
By: Antony Cook, Associate General Counsel, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs lead, Microsoft Middle East and Africa Technology is changing Africa. More than any other time in history, innovation is rapidly transforming almost every aspect of how people live, communicate, work and learn across the continent. The rate of change is so quick that some are calling this the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution'. This transformation offers the potential to address some of Africa's most pressing issues in areas including health, education and the environment. At the heart of this transformation is cloud computing. The digital divide – no longer divisiveCloud computing is technology that benefits [...]
Tue, Dec 06, 2016
Source: Microsoft on the Issues Africa
In order to assess the overall state of digital education in Africa, Microsoft conducted a survey at this year's Innovation Africa Summit, held in Kenya. The summit is the largest annual gathering of high-level officials from the wider education community in more than 40 African countries, who come together to discuss challenges and opportunities around education, ICT, science and technology. The survey revealed that there are a number of challenges that still hinder the adoption of e-learning across the continent. Respondents highlighted the limited funding for devices, a lack of stakeholder and teacher support as well as inadequate infrastructure, a lack [...]
Mon, Nov 21, 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