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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African or Africa-focused Tech Investors

Africa-targeted private equity and VC is on the rise, last year (2012) the total worth of PE deals closed in sub-Saharan Africa grew 10% from 2011 to $1.16 billion with funds raised for the region being $1.4 billion up from $1.3billion the previous year (Source – Reuters; also have a look at Ernst & Young’s […]

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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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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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Innovation funding in Africa: Are VCs & Impact investors taking enough risks?

There are an increasing number of new Venture Capital firms (VCs) present on the continent in the last few years such as Fanisi Capital that operate in East Africa and the recent Adlevo that focuses on South Africa and West Africa. Then there are a new crop of investors known as impact investors which include […]

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VC4Africa Launches First African Online Venture Vapital Matchmaking Platform

Today VC4Africa starts the first African online venture capital matchmaking platform. Many investors are looking for businesses to get involved with but have difficulties finding promise. At the same time many businesses seek knowledge, capital and practical support. Without matchmaking their potential is never realized, hindering economic growth. The VC4Africa community currently consists of 10.000 […]

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Tanzania’s tech sector is rising, but better reporting is needed

This is the first installment in a series of guest articles to be done by Mbwana Alliy, a Tanzanian tech entrepreneur on the state of the Tanzanian tech scene. In this first installment Mbwana takes an overview of several startups currently making waves in Tanzania. “Have you heard of the Mpemba effect?”- a director at […]

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Crowdfund & Startup Funding in SA

One of the biggest problems startup founders in Africa face is that of finding suitable funding for their startups. This is especially so in the very early stages of the startup. This is true of (perhaps) all regions in the up and coming tech/innovation hubs in Africa. It’s definitely true of Kenya (from experience). Erik […]

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AfrinCast Episode #3

For third episode of AfrinCast we caught up with one of the volunteers at the iHub, Rebecca Wanjiku. She tells us more about what what she does at iHub, the current state of iHub is and what to expect. Enjoy. [podcast]http://afrinnovator.com/afrincast/AfrinCastEpisode003iHub1.mp3[/podcast]

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