Rethinking Startup Finance in Africa

I had a wonderful opportunity to have a discussion with Eric Osiakwan an African tech luminary from Ghana and director of Ghana’s Cyber City initiative about startup financing in Africa, particularly in the technology sector. Eric has worked and ventured in 32 African countries where he has invested and worked with tech companies. As an angel investor, Eric […]

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Technology Transforming Elections in Africa

This article is a follow up to a previous article on ‘The Influence of Technology on Governance in Africa‘ in which we observed how technology is shaping how governments operate, how citizens expect their governments to operate, and the interaction between government and citizenry. We summarized the impact of technology on the ‘citizen’ (people) side […]

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Esoko Interview: Mobile Technology & Agri-Business in Africa

Afrinnovator: In a nutshell, what is Esoko? Esoko: In essence, Esoko is an information channel that individuals, agri-businesses, governments and projects use to collect and send out market information using simple text messaging. The platform provides automatic and personalized prices alerts, buy and sell offers, bulk SMS messaging, stock counts and SMS polling. Afrinnovator: Where […]

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Watchout Dealfish, Google Trader is here!

Google has officially launched it’s Google Trader service in Kenya following it’s success in Uganda and a launch in Ghana. Google announced on it’s official Google Africa blog: After the pilot launch in Uganda and the exciting launch in Ghana, we are excited to announce the launch of Google Trader in Kenya. Google Trader is a free classifieds service that allows people […]

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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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Web4Africa Ltd. acquires Alireta.com hosting service

Ghana’s premier web hosting company Web4Africa Ltd. is expanding into the Nigerian through the acquisition of the web hosting & domain names services of Alireta Nigeria Limited with effect from 1st May 2011. Founded in March 2003 under the name DomainStandard.net, Alireta broke new grounds by offering domain registration and web hosting services to residents […]

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Google Opens Up Umbono, SA Tech Incubator

The ‘innovation hub’ model seems to be taking more root in Africa, recently we covered Ghana’s MEST.  Google launches a technology innovation and incubation ‘hub’, Umbono, in Cape Town, South Africa. As we wrote recently it appears that Google’s interest in Africa is more than trivial. The tech giant is seeing great potential in Africa and […]

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Ghana's Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology Provides a Great Model for Developing Techpreneurs in Africa

In the latest Startup Watch segment we featured a mobile startup from Ghana that was founded by graduates of the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST). Erik hersman a while back wrote on the ‘developer to tech entrepreneur gap‘, one a which holds back young tech innovators in most African countries from really moving forward with […]

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Startup Watch: Nandimobile offers customer support solutions on mobile

Nandimobile Ltd is a young and vibrant technology startup in Ghana. The company was founded in July 2010 by three graduates of the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology – a school set up by the Meltwatergroup to train and mentor young entrepreneurs in Africa. Nandimobile is currently supported by the Meltwater Group incubator facility which provides […]

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From OLPC to VC: Africa leapfrogs the digital divide

Afrinnovator got a mention on Involution Studio’s blog in a series of posts by Niti Bhan and Muchiri Nyaggah on technology in Africa. Involution Studios is a design studio based in the US that does design work for major corporations such as McAFee, Oracle, Microsoft and Yahoo. Niti Bhan and Muchiri Nyaggah collaborate to offer real […]

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