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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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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The snowball effect in the Kenyan (and African) startup scene

The premise behind the move to found and launch Afrinnovator was not really just for the sake of blogging (though writing is fun). Part of the reason was that it seemed that there were either not enough success stories or the stories were there but they were hidden. The theory went as follows: to see tech […]

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12 Apps to Pitch at AppCircus in Nairobi

AppCircus is a unique global traveling showcase of the most creative and innovative apps presented by their creators during some of the most influential international events in mobile/web. AppCircus is open to developers, startups and any other organization and offers each participant a chance to get a nomination to the Mobile Premier Awards. The AppCircus is […]

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9 Cool Smartphone Apps Built in Africa

1. Nigeria Blackberry Constitution App A blackberry application for the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Created by @zubairabubakar   2. Nigeria: TrueBranches Blackberry app The TrueBranches mobile app is an extension of their website. It is aimed at bringing its services closer to its customers and empowering them to access its services […]

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Startup Watch: Nikohapa gives you discounts for checkins

Nikohapa, which literally is two separate swahili words for ‘I am here’, is a hot Nairobi based startup that aims to reward users for visiting places around Nairobi. The idea is very much along the lines of Foursquare, allowing users to checkin to places via mobile – SMS or by use of the NikoHapa app. But it’s […]

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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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4 African Tech Conferences Worth Attending in 2011

Last year, I went to a bunch of technology conferences and this year I’ve got a few I‘ve scheduled to attend. Here’s a snapshot of some of the ones I reckon you should be paying attention to in African technology:

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