Kenya’s Propensity to Crowdsource

About two weeks ago, following a strike by transport operators in Kenya, residents of the capital city Nairobi resorted to social media to solve the problem. The hashtag #CarPoolKE was a result of an emergent self-organised effort by Twitter users around Nairobi to find alternate transport to their destinations. The Kenya Red Cross amplified the […]

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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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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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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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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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Pivot25 Finalist, IPO48 Winner Wins Regional "Startup World" Competition in Nairobi

Startup World is a global competition with an aim to find the next great startup outside Silicon Valley. The competition is being held in 36 cities world-wide including the recently concluded Cape Town and Nairobi with Kigali and Dar es Salaam coming up. Up for grabs for the grand prize winners of Startup World – to be carried out […]

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The Founder Files – Michael Pedersen & Uhasibu [Part One]

The Founder Files is a series sharing the life stories of founders of emerging startups in Kenya and across Africa. This is the first in a five part series on Afrinnovator. For the opportunity to sponsor such a series, email [email protected] I’m welcomed into the Uhasibu office by the lingering scent of pastry and a […]

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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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Innovating for the People: How Africa is using Technology for Better Governance.

This post is the forth and last article in a four-part series on Africa: The Present Frontier. Follow this special series by interacting with parts one, two and three . On his first day in office, US President Barrack Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government start the process that led to the Data.gov we […]

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Exclusive: Infographic on Pivot East 2012 – Statistics, Quotes & Highlights

We brought some coverage the past few weeks on Afrinnovator of East Africa’s mobile apps developer conference Pivot East. From the pre-event infographic on “What startups want from Pivot East in 2012” and the Live Blog of Day 1 and Day 2 of the event, not to mention the announcement of the eventual winners Ma3Racer. […]

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