On Startups: What exactly is a startup? (or the Startup Duck Test)

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of co-moderating two panels at the iHub during the monthly Nairobi Research Buzz event hosted by iHub Research and Microsoft. The theme was ‘Entrepreneurship 101′ based on research the iHub Research team is conducting on tech entrepreneurship in Kenya. There were two separate panels, the first consisting of […]

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Rethinking Startup Finance in Africa

I had a wonderful opportunity to have a discussion with Eric Osiakwan an African tech luminary from Ghana and director of Ghana’s Cyber City initiative about startup financing in Africa, particularly in the technology sector. Eric has worked and ventured in 32 African countries where he has invested and worked with tech companies. As an angel investor, Eric […]

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10 Deadly Mistakes and Pitfalls African Startups should avoid in 2013

We are about to hit 2013, last year I wrote an optimistic post about the 12 trends to watch in Africa tech, there has been some very positive developments indeed and rather than repeat and add to any potential Africa tech hype that may or may not be bubbling I thought I’d take a somewhat […]

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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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Clean/Green Technology in Africa: Setting the Stage

I have to begin by admitting my own ignorance of the clean energy and green tech sectors particularly as far as Africa is concerned. However, it would appear that there are great opportunities for Africa and African startups to venture into the areas of cleantech/ greentech. In fact, consider this as setting the stage for […]

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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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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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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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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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What's your Business Model?

Many an entrepreneur have come up with a brilliant idea and gone about the painstaking business of developing it only to come to the realization that there’s no sound business model behind it, or the business model is not sustainable. The problem is significant among tech startups where the founder has a great vision for […]

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