E-commerce & Mobile Payments in Africa will not scale without Business Process Integration

E-Commerce (or M-Commerce) and Mobile Payments in Africa gets a lot of attention.  I get a number of mobile payments pitches every month, and you can imagine how tough my skin has become over the last 6 months. Especially as I have personally transitioned from a plastic world into a mobile money world- I carry […]

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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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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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Startup Business Models within the African Context

This evening, Afrinnovator will be hosting a Startup-focused event titled “What’s your Business Model?“. Last month we held an event that brought together several seed funds and VCs for a panel discussion open to questions from Startups about matters related to funding, we also got some feedback from these funds about what they have observed […]

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What's your Business Model?

Many an entrepreneur have come up with a brilliant idea and gone about the painstaking business of developing it only to come to the realization that there’s no sound business model behind it, or the business model is not sustainable. The problem is significant among tech startups where the founder has a great vision for […]

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Why it may be better to be employed (first)

Guest contributor Andrew Mugoya is the Author of ‘African Apps in a Global Marketplace‘ and the Founder of Asilia (an international creative agency) and Afriapps (a showcase of great African apps). Entrepreneurship is all the buzz. Founding your own startup has never been easier and has never been more encouraged than it is now. So […]

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Is My Tech Idea Viable?

If there’s one question I’d love to answer: Is my tech idea viable? Unfortunately, despite my daily interaction with entrepreneurs, no one asks me this question! When I was offered the opportunity to write on here, I thought this would be a great forum to answer my unasked question. The tech world is rife with ideas, […]

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Startup Watch: Esoko Ltd: Powering an agric revolution

The gist of this story was originally written by Oluniyi David Ajao, a tech leader, writer and entrepreneur in Western Africa as part of a series of posts on Esoko When we look around markets, we see the need for better information everywhere. Farmers are lacking prices, traders need transport and new contacts, projects and […]

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mLab Southern Africa Prepares for Launch with Call for Membership Applications

mLab Southern Africa (SA), the region’s new incubator for entrepreneurs and innovators with a focus on mobile technology, is pleased to announce that application for membership has opened. The head office of the mLab SA will be officially opened at The Innovation Hub in Pretoria on 15 September, but already mobile developers and entrepreneurs with […]

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Get your pitch on at IPO48 Nairobi 2011

The 48-hour tech startup pitching contest, IPO48, is back in nairobi, and bigger! Last year the contest was held at the Strathmore University where a bunch of young and innovative minds congregated over a 48-hour period to come up with ideas and making businesses out of them. This time the event is to be held […]

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