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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WordCamp Kenya 2012: Responsible Blogging & Positive Social Media Influence

It has been a great weekend at Maanzoni Lodge where the second edition of Word Camp Kenya was held. If you missed the first edition, we covered it here. This year’s theme was “Responsible blogging & positive social media influence”. As we’ve discussed earlier here at Afrinnovator, technology should act as an enabler to tackle […]

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Tunisian Startup Creates More Efficient Means of Harnessing the Wind

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” – Albert Einstein The grandest of innovators are those who go beyond trying to make a better ‘something’ to solve some problem, but instead do away with conventional […]

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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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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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Mobile Technology in East Africa

In this presentation I take a look at some statistics about mobile technology in Eastern Africa, looking at specific countries in the region. Overall, the observations are quite consistent: Feature phones still rule Mobile penetration is increasing steadily in each country Mobile is the primary means by which people are accessing the internet The majority […]

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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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Rocket Internet may be just what is needed to Turbo-charge African E-commerce

It might be an entrepreneur’s worst nightmare. Take co-founder of red hot Silicon Valley payment startup Stripe Patrick Collison’s recent visit to Nairobi, I quickly let him have it, “Hey, did you see that you have been cloned by the Clone Masters, Rocket internet!“. Patrick was quick to shrug off that they can’t copy the […]

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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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