The Influence of Technology on Governance (in Africa)

Kenya Tweets, a Kenyan social media research and consultancy firm recently released the first of several reports investigating the use of Twitter by various presidential candidates ahead of the 2013 national elections. This first report (a mini-report really) investigates Martha Karua’s engagement on Twitter: mentions, hashtags, sentiment analysis, key words used in tweets by her […]

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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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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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No Tech Bubble in Africa

KopoKopo was one of the finalists in the recently concluded Pivot25 Conference/Competition. Ben Lyon, the company’s VP of Business Development has written a great post on their blog about why Africa is a particularly ideal location for tech business at this point in time. One of the interesting assertions that Ben makes is that, unlike […]

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Get your pitch on at IPO48 Nairobi 2011

The 48-hour tech startup pitching contest, IPO48, is back in nairobi, and bigger! Last year the contest was held at the Strathmore University where a bunch of young and innovative minds congregated over a 48-hour period to come up with ideas and making businesses out of them. This time the event is to be held […]

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6 Cool Nigerian Tech Startups

Nigeria is rising! Which are the startups to watch out for in Nigeria? Who’s doing great stuff? Below is a short expose of 5 really cool startups in Nigeria. DealDey Basically: Group buying About DealDey: Launched in March 2011, DealDey features a daily deal on the best things to do, see, eat, and buy in […]

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3 things foreign tech startups setting up in Africa should consider

As we’ve reported before, Africa seems to have massive potential for the future of tech innovation globally, in fact this is really the reason we even bother to keep this site running! The continent continues to attract a large influx of foreigners interested in being part of the wave of Information Technology Innovation (ITI) that’s […]

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Tech4Africa 2011 is here

In our 4 African Tech Conferences to worth attending piece we suggested Tech4Africa 2011 as one of those events which you probably don’t want to miss if you can help it. A world-class line-up of international and African technologists will present at the Tech4Africa conference in October this year. The event provides Africans with a […]

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