On Startups: What exactly is a startup? (or the Startup Duck Test)

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of co-moderating two panels at the iHub during the monthly Nairobi Research Buzz event hosted by iHub Research and Microsoft. The theme was ‘Entrepreneurship 101′ based on research the iHub Research team is conducting on tech entrepreneurship in Kenya. There were two separate panels, the first consisting of […]

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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 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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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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Government efforts, Spillover effect and the Kenya Tech Ecosystem

Just over a week ago, iHub hosted Dalberg, a consulting firm to collect feedback from the iHub community about the Konza city project spearheaded by the Kenyan Government and investors inc. the IFC. In my opinion, I thought the session did not go as planned. The non presence of a Government official of any sort […]

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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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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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Startup Watch: TrueBranches – US-Based Nigerian E-commerce website

Having recently featured Wakanow.com, we keep the focus on Nigerian tech as this time we look at yet another internet company started by a Nigerian in the US. Toyin Kolawole started TrueBranches back in 2005 with an aim of providing an online lifestyle shopping service to Nigerians who would like to purchase items from US stores […]

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