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.

From the rooftop lounge of Andela's appropriately named EPIC Towers, the skyline of Nigeria's coastal economic hub Lagos is littered with telecommunication pylons stretching as far as the eye can see. The tech startup, which trains software developers and is the poster child of the burgeoning tech scene in Nigeria, moved into the new five-story state-of-the art offices in January 2017 to cater for an ever-growing team. Just a few months prior to the move, Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg travelled to Lagos on a pilgrimage to visit Lagos's key tech companies, including Andela, which received a $24m Series B funding round [...]
Tue, Jun 27, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
The number of ‘hubs', both globally as across Africa, continues to grow rapidly. Yet, behind the output and success (or struggles) of physical hubs and co-working spaces lies the question of their continuity. As hubs launch, scale and develop, how do they seek to become financially sustainable? Are their business models created and leveraged in such a way that they can continue to operate in the future? Often, the prestige and attention bestowed upon these hubs comes as a result of the startups and entrepreneurs they facilitate, the partnerships they develop and perhaps most importantly, if the environment where they operate [...]
Mon, Jun 19, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
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
A new guide by the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator programme helps African start-ups approach mobile operators for partnership. The guide comes after this report which explores the rationale for mobile operator–start-up partnerships and the synergies they can yield. Collaboration between start-ups and mobile operators is on the rise. In Africa, two of the most mature partnerships are that of MTN and Jumia across Sub-Saharan Africa, and Safaricom and Eneza Education in Kenya. While the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator programme continues to advocate for similar collaboration across emerging markets, there has been one prevailing question that start-ups continue to ask our team: How should [...]
Tue, Jun 06, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
She Leads Africa has opened applications for the 2017 She Leads Africa Accelerator, a 3-month program designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria's brightest entrepreneurs. SLA's 2017 Accelerator will take place in 4 locations across Nigeria – Abuja, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, and Kaduna. The 2017 Accelerator will consist of 1 week residencies in the four locations where entrepreneurs will receive training from the SLA team and business leaders and experts. During these residencies, entrepreneurs will be focused on business strategy, growth, marketing, finance and distribution. They will also receive a host of on and offline training [...]
Thu, Jun 01, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
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
Last month I shared my story on how I started BitPesa, a payments company headquartered in Kenya with operations in Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, the UK, the DRC and Senegal. Fundraising is key in starting any business, and I pointed out how important the pitch is in the fundraising process. This week I want to talk about the Dealroom, and more specifically, how to make sure you're organized and on target. Then I'll wrap up with pointing out knowing the right people to target. Once you have the investor's attention you do not want to lose it. It's very important to have a [...]
Wed, May 24, 2017
Source: VC4Africa
According to Clarium Capital founder Peter Thiel, entrepreneurs should look for secrets where no one is looking and turn them into business opportunities. Thiel says it best in his book: “The road doesn't have to be infinite after all. Take the hidden paths.” One of those hidden paths leads to Africa, a market that remains unknown to most VCs. And yet African startups are expected to raise more than a billion dollars by 2018. According to Partech Ventures, the VC funding raised by African startups reached $367 million dollars in 2016, representing a 33 percent year-over-year growth. In fact, fundraising by [...]
Wed, May 03, 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
In the beautiful gold coast of west Africa, Accra, Ghana, AfriLabs: the Pan-African network of about 40 technology and innovation hubs across 20 African countries brought the crème of the crop of the African tech ecosystem together for the biggest gathering of technology and innovation in Africa. This event held at the Alliance Francaise centre at the heart of Accra for 3 days, from the 25th – 27th of October 2016. It was sponsored by Making All Voices Count (MAVC) and Microsoft 4Afrika. Not only were the sponsors and partners like Andela, Venture Capitalists for Africa (VC4A), United Nations Population Fund [...]
Wed, Feb 15, 2017
Source: AfriLabs
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
Watch the best video about innovation in the world and become part of the global community of innovators while at it. In a world that buzzes innovation it is hard to find that one true video that you were looking for. That one video that could inspire you. Or could really help you out understanding a new kind of innovation. Until now. Just released and available on your desktop, laptop and mobile device is The Innovation Station or TIS.tv. A community based network that selects and curates the best video about innovation worldwide. Both technical and social innovation, high-tech and low-tech. Video [...]
Wed, Feb 15, 2017
Source: AfriLabs