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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Comparisons and Lessons from the Kenyan and Jordanian Startup Ecosystems

In 2009, Yahoo acquired Maktoob a thriving Arab online community that had 16 million users at the time, Mashable.com reported a suspected price of $85M Sitting at a lively roundtable discussion between young technology entrepreneurs during Amman’sMixNMentor at Oasis500, a leading seed investor and incubator in the Middle East and North Africa, an unlikely individual walked through the […]

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Will the Local Tech Startup Investors Please Stand up?

The first live Afrinnovator Meetup (branded ‘kongamano’ – swahili for ‘meetup’) took place this past Monday at the incredibly huge 88mph-run Startup Garage space in Nairobi. The event put together a panel of funds and VCs that are focused on tech investment: Invested Development, an impact investor; 88mph, our gracious hosts and eVentures Africa. We […]

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Afrinnovator's First Live Event: Investor-Startup Meetup at Startup Garage

As we’ve noted before, funding is one of the hot topics when it comes to tech entrepreneurship in Kenya, and many other parts of Africa. We recently looked at the ICT Funding Gap in Kenya, and the challenges of finding investment at the earliest and riskiest part of a startup – the seed funding level. […]

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Tech Startup Funding in Kenya – the Other Side of the Coin

Fairly recently I wrote a piece on “The ICT Funding Gap in Kenya“. We noted the existing gaps as far as funding is concerned particularly at the earliest stage of a tech startup. But it seems there is another side to the funding coin. In the recent past, the situation has radically changed in terms […]

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