Musings on the on the 'Silicon Savannah': Past, Present & Future

Kenya has come to be closely associated with technology innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the area of mobile technology, raising the country’s profile internationally as one of the up-coming tech hubs in Sub-Saharan Africa. The country has even been dubbed the ‘Silicon Savannah’, a term that embodies the aspirations of the country to dominate technology […]

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The Silicon Savannah: Of Vanity Capital and Vanity Companies

This article was originally written by Jonathan Kalan for ImpactIQ.   NAIROBI – Here at ground zero for the new era of African innovation, investors are learning what an impact investing “bubble” looks like. Too much money, too few investment-ready companies. Lots of hype, uncertain impact. The city’s start-up scene has been hyped by international […]

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5 Tech Ecosystem Cultural Differences: East Africa vs Silicon Valley

I have now been back in East Africa working in the Tech scene for 3 months after 7 years working in silicon valley. I attended one major conference, hang out  at incubators/workspaces in Tanzania and Kenya meeting with the startup community… Spent time in the rural areas of Tanzania on a solar tech pilot and […]

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Savannah Fund: Be the change you want to see in the world…

Global Media react to Savannah Fund announcement at Pivot East Conference in Nairobi, June 6th 2012

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Innovating the Business Model – Interview with Robinson Esalimba, Founder Afrovumbua

When we talk about innovation in many cases, the reference is made to creating innovative products. In the interview below, Robinson Esalimba, founder of Afrovumbua, discusses innovation from the perspective of business models, he also shares some insights funding and the ‘Silicon Savannah’: Briefly introduce Afrovumbua We are a consultancy firm. Our two main objectives […]

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Comparisons and Lessons from the Kenyan and Jordanian Startup Ecosystems

In 2009, Yahoo acquired Maktoob a thriving Arab online community that had 16 million users at the time, Mashable.com reported a suspected price of $85M Sitting at a lively roundtable discussion between young technology entrepreneurs during Amman’sMixNMentor at Oasis500, a leading seed investor and incubator in the Middle East and North Africa, an unlikely individual walked through the […]

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Startup Culture = Entrepreneurship Culture + Innovation Culture (SC = EC + IC)

Part of our recently released ebook “Innovative Africa: The new face of Africa“, studies startup ecosystems or clusters, what makes them tick and what it takes to create one. As far as creating startup ecosystems especially as far as technology goes, Silicon Valley is usually the model deferred to and most observed. This has evidenced […]

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Pivot25 Finalist, IPO48 Winner Wins Regional "Startup World" Competition in Nairobi

Startup World is a global competition with an aim to find the next great startup outside Silicon Valley. The competition is being held in 36 cities world-wide including the recently concluded Cape Town and Nairobi with Kigali and Dar es Salaam coming up. Up for grabs for the grand prize winners of Startup World – to be carried out […]

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Will the Local Tech Startup Investors Please Stand up?

The first live Afrinnovator Meetup (branded ‘kongamano’ – swahili for ‘meetup’) took place this past Monday at the incredibly huge 88mph-run Startup Garage space in Nairobi. The event put together a panel of funds and VCs that are focused on tech investment: Invested Development, an impact investor; 88mph, our gracious hosts and eVentures Africa. We […]

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Infographic: Mobile Web Africa 2012 Visualised including Statistics, Quotes and Insights

This past week, we covered Mobile Web Africa 2012 and we started coverage with 5 reasons to attend as well as live coverage that you can relive Day 1 and 2 here on Afrinnovator. I got the chance to be one of the first speakers on the opening day of the conference and spoke on […]

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