E-commerce & Mobile Payments in Africa will not scale without Business Process Integration

E-Commerce (or M-Commerce) and Mobile Payments in Africa gets a lot of attention.  I get a number of mobile payments pitches every month, and you can imagine how tough my skin has become over the last 6 months. Especially as I have personally transitioned from a plastic world into a mobile money world- I carry […]

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10 African Startups to Enter Meffy's from Mobile Entertainment Africa Conference. Adds New Social & Innovation Awards

Last year, Afrinnovator’s Mark Kaigwa gave a keynote at All Amber‘s Mobile Entertainment Africa conference in South Africa. In anticipation for the 2012 conference, the organisers of the leading mobile focused events in Africa, officially announced details of an ongoing partnership with MEF, the global community for mobile content and commerce. The partnership commences with All Amber’s […]

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Kenya Technology, Innovation & Startup Report 2012: A Preview

It is my pleasure to present a preview of the upcoming report “Kenya Technology, Innovation & Startups Report 2012“. The aim of the report is to look into where Kenya currently stands as far as innovation and startup culture is concerned. We talked to several influencers, thought leaders and pioneers of Kenya’s digital revolution to […]

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Necessity & Invention: Africa's story of mobile conquest & why utility beats 'coolness'

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention and indeed that could perfectly describe Africa where it comes to innovation particularly on mobile. Utility vs Coolness In a great talk at TEDxVienna Alexander Oswald, Head of Marketing at Nokia, tells the story of how he and his family visited Kenya and were immensely shocked at just how […]

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Tanzanian & Rwandan Startups Making Content Publishing via SMS Work

According to an official report released by the GSMA, Africa is now the second largest mobile market in the world. The report showed that over the past five years, Africa’s mobile subscribers has increased by 20 percent every year, and is expected to reach over 735 million subscribers by the end of 2012. (IT News […]

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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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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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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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Startup Watch: M-PAYER

As a follow up to yesterday’s article on mobile money, let’s take a look at another area that the success of mobile money is affecting. One of the most interesting side effects of the continued growth of mobile money is how it has opened up opportunities for startups to add value to the basic offering from mobile […]

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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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