Critical Mass in Mobile Money: Case of Marketing and Distribution & Math in Unpacking M-Pesa's Meteoric Rise

Creating a viable mobile money service is fundamentally a question of marketing (driving appropriate use cases tapping into clear customer pain points) and distribution (creating a sufficiently dense, liquid agent network). But success on both fronts requires getting to scale quickly: on the marketing side because payment solutions are only really useful if enough other people and businesses […]

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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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Powering Up: Innovating to Solve the Cost of Energy in Africa

Oil and natural gas discoveries across multiple African countries have graced the headlines of many local and international media outlets this past year. 2012 has seen many governments in Africa experience renewed enthusiasm as prospects for economic progress loom amidst multiple oil and gas discoveries across the continent, creating new emerging oil producing countries on […]

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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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Tunisian Startup Creates More Efficient Means of Harnessing the Wind

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” – Albert Einstein The grandest of innovators are those who go beyond trying to make a better ‘something’ to solve some problem, but instead do away with conventional […]

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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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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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Live Blog: Acumen East Africa Fellows Program Innovation Conference

Over the years, we’ve covered the growth in social innovation on the African subcontinent and as well as being its biggest critics we’ve also celebrated the success and great new startups and leadership emerging. We’re glad to bring you live updates from Acumen Fund‘s East Africa Fellows Program Innovation Conference today as well as added […]

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