Looking North: Investigating Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship in North Africa

Much of our focus in the past has centered around Sub-Saharan Africa and in particularly key ‘hubs’ in the region – Nigeria in Western Africa, Kenya in Eastern Africa and South Africa in Southern Africa. However, it goes without saying that though these areas are much discussed and have received a lot of attention for […]

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The Influence of Technology on Governance (in Africa)

Kenya Tweets, a Kenyan social media research and consultancy firm recently released the first of several reports investigating the use of Twitter by various presidential candidates ahead of the 2013 national elections. This first report (a mini-report really) investigates Martha Karua’s engagement on Twitter: mentions, hashtags, sentiment analysis, key words used in tweets by her […]

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Clean/Green Technology in Africa: Setting the Stage

I have to begin by admitting my own ignorance of the clean energy and green tech sectors particularly as far as Africa is concerned. However, it would appear that there are great opportunities for Africa and African startups to venture into the areas of cleantech/ greentech. In fact, consider this as setting the stage for […]

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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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Announcing the ebook: Innovative Africa – the new face of Africa

“‘Tech in Africa’ has come a long way in a very short time. It took less than five years for a small and fragmented group of pioneers to evolve into a sizeable pan-African community. It includes IT start-up centres, experienced computer literates, profitable start-ups, established businesses serving African and global clients and, most recently, a […]

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20 Quotes on Business, Leadership & Social Innovation from #AcumenEAF12

We recently covered Acumen Fund’s East Africa Fellows Innovation Conference through our live blog. The innovation conference, which focused on social entrepreneurship and the need for new leadership, captured the zeitgeist of the current dialogue around development in East Africa. The event brought some of the most renowned minds in the space together at the Tribe Hotel in Nairobi, […]

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Innovating for the People: How Africa is using Technology for Better Governance.

This post is the forth and last article in a four-part series on Africa: The Present Frontier. Follow this special series by interacting with parts one, two and three . On his first day in office, US President Barrack Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government start the process that led to the Data.gov we […]

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Exclusive: Infographic on Pivot East 2012 – Statistics, Quotes & Highlights

We brought some coverage the past few weeks on Afrinnovator of East Africa’s mobile apps developer conference Pivot East. From the pre-event infographic on “What startups want from Pivot East in 2012” and the Live Blog of Day 1 and Day 2 of the event, not to mention the announcement of the eventual winners Ma3Racer. […]

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Where Opportunities Lie in the African Mobile Space

This is the second in a 4-part series on Africa: The Present frontier.  Africa straddles two realities. One is underpinned by the belief that Africa is the next frontier and measures the continent’s progress against an expected trajectory and momentum modeled on that which developed economies have followed in the past. As the continent leapfrogged […]

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Message from Africa: Have Money, Will Buy.

This is the first of a four-part series on Africa: The Present Frontier. The usual picture of Africa rarely includes middle class consumers and designer brands. In fact, it rarely portrays the other reality, the true potential that lies on the continent and in its people. Sadly, this robs many western brands off the opportunity […]

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