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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Let's unleash SMS: Africa's best distribution platform

Over the last week we have heard incredible data that has shocked the world around the growth potential of mobile in Africa exceeding expectations. The future looks bright indeed for Africa, and mobile will play a big part… The lowest common denominator in mobile technology is SMS. This is in wide spread use on all […]

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Critical Mass: More is better

Carrying on the conversation from yesterdays piece on Forecasting Africa’s Mobile Future and some of the thoughts about what that future looks like, where the opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators are, as well as Erik’s ‘Pyramid model and theory’; let’s dig a bit deeper into the aspect about broadening the base of our startup pyramid. […]

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The Africa Tech Parks & Cities Arms Race- Is it worth it?

One of the most debated topics in IT innovation industrial policy is the place of tech parks and cities catalysed by African Government’s role in helping lay down important infrastructure. Kenya’s Konza Tech city is slated to cost $7B. Tanzania’s Rhapta’s city is meant to cost maybe $1B or so. I even got wind of […]

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Genomics Research in Africa – Improving Health by applying cloud computing

I talked about the need for more market research. Lets get more serious. How about more genomics reasearch? Sounds too cutting edge? No. Its become more and more feasible to do, cheaper and more distributed. The intersection of bioinformatics, genomics sequencing with cloud computation may unleash huge innovations globally- to sequence genes faster allowing prediction, […]

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What counts? Need for more Data Transparency & Africa Tech Market Research

A few months ago, I did some due diligence on a potential innovative healthcare venture in East Africa. As part of this I sourced some data from a no. of sources including the IMF, world bank etc. However, getting more granular data like current prices of medicines and what firms were manufacturing and distributing was […]

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Innovation funding in Africa: Are VCs & Impact investors taking enough risks?

There are an increasing number of new Venture Capital firms (VCs) present on the continent in the last few years such as Fanisi Capital that operate in East Africa and the recent Adlevo that focuses on South Africa and West Africa. Then there are a new crop of investors known as impact investors which include […]

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Taking a look at hardware innovation in Africa (Part 1)

Last year we posed the question: Is there a market for homegrown hardware solutions? At Afrinnovator, we tend to focus a lot on the software side of innovation, perhaps because there’s a lot of it happening. And that’s no surprise really since getting into software has much lower initial costs and potentially larger and quicker […]

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3 Memes on Africa's Tech Future from Internet Father, Vint Cerf

This week Kenya has been hosting the Internet Governance Forum  under the main theme, ”Internet as a catalyst for change: access, development, freedoms and innovation“. Well, yesterday Nairobi’s Innovation Hub hosted one of the “Fathers of the Internet”, Vinton  G. Cerf for a session dubbed “Synergestic Communities” as well as a Fireside Chat. Vint and Bob Kahn co-designed the TCP/IP protocols and the […]

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A Look at Mobile Broadband in Kenya [infographic]

This post was originally from the Nairobi innovation hub blog and is reposted here with their permission… The arrival of the undersea fiber cables in Kenya in 2009 has revolutionized the technology and economic sectors. Kenya is one of very few countries in Africa with a comprehensive framework set up in this regard. Average national download speeds have […]

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