Exploring an alternative model for funding Africa's startup enterprises: Search Funds

It is a well-documented fact that Africa is growing at a tremendous rate and there is no day that goes by without a story about the continent’s economic rise from all major news publishers. The stories are largely based around natural resources and large infrastructure projects. The stories have also involved a diverse group of […]

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IISS: Emerging Africa Geo-Economics, Resources and the role of Technology and Innovation

Earlier this week, a group of African business and political leaders, academics, journalists and researchers met in the Gulf island nation of Bahrain for the first Geo-economics conference focused on Africa organized and hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), “The Geo-Economics of Resource and Conflict in Africa”. Who the heck are IISS? I asked myself […]

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Bitcoin Crypto-currency and the opportunity for a truly Pan-Africa money revolution

NOT AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE: Imagine you are a freelance coder in Zimbabwe during the collapse of the financial banking system in the last decade. Your local currency is going through world record inflation meaning anything you earn locally is worthless. Any foreign currency you earn, say through accepting paypal transactions cannot be withdrawn to a […]

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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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The most exciting mobile apps from Africa

The following is a guest post by Rudy De Waele, CEO & Founder of Nyota Media. The article is based on the below embedded slideshow which is a result of his company Nyota Media‘s latest research and in-depth analysis of the African mobile market focusing on the most progressive Sub-Saharan countries. Included are lots of statistics on mobile and 3G penetration, […]

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As smartphone wars heat up: Africa Techies beware of the App distraction to your business

“Why should I get the intel Yolo vs the Samsung Pocket”- asked a young man at the Safaricom Junction shop. “This phone is just like a computer, it has the intel chip inside!” replied the Safaricom attendant “So this WiDi HD video streaming, I don’t have a compatible TV, it is useless to me”- shot […]

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Futures of Technology in Africa

We recently announced a new section of Afrinnovator.com for Book Reviews. For our first review, we’ll be looking at a book that was put together following a research on the ‘Futures of Technology in Africa’ done by Jasper Grosskurth a futurist and researcher with the STT Netherlands Study Center for Technology Trends Jasper travelled widely across sub-saharan […]

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Introducing Afrinnovator Book Reviews

We are introducing a new feature on Afrinnovator.com – Book Reviews. We’ll be reviewing from time to time interesting books about Africa, technology in Africa and the future of Africa. This is in a bid to achieve our mission to help propel Africa forward especially through technology. These will be books written by African authors […]

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AfrinCast Episode #5: TEDxYI

For the 5th episode of AfrinCast we talked with Raquel Wilson, the event curator for the upcoming TEDxYouthInspire. Raquel is a youth and gender programming consultant who serves the African Diaspora. If you’ve not yet heard about TEDxYI: Never in the history of the planet has the sharing and distribution of ideas from young leaders and thinkers been […]

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AfrinCast Episode #4: TMS Ruge

In the fourth episode of AfrinCast, we caught up with TMS Ruge (listen to find out what ‘TMS’ is in full) for a discussion on Africa, the ‘renaissance’ of Africa and the emerging new face of Africa. We also talked about how new technology is helping level the playing field for Africa and giving us […]

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