Government efforts, Spillover effect and the Kenya Tech Ecosystem

Just over a week ago, iHub hosted Dalberg, a consulting firm to collect feedback from the iHub community about the Konza city project spearheaded by the Kenyan Government and investors inc. the IFC. In my opinion, I thought the session did not go as planned. The non presence of a Government official of any sort […]

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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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Tanzania Tech Ecosystem Rising: Kinu Innovation workspace, Competitive mobile money & mCommerce Kicks off

I have now spent a good few weeks (maybe months) in my home country of Tanzania. I begun my efforts to help Tanzania’s tech scene 2 years ago when I directly brought i/o ventures mentor network to Dar es Salaam. At the same time the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), a Govt agency was […]

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The Founder Files – Michael Pedersen & Uhasibu [Part One]

The Founder Files is a series sharing the life stories of founders of emerging startups in Kenya and across Africa. This is the first in a five part series on Afrinnovator. For the opportunity to sponsor such a series, email [email protected] I’m welcomed into the Uhasibu office by the lingering scent of pastry and a […]

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Africa Mobile Operators Customer Service Awareness Day: Data & Mobile Money

Last night I saw some interesting tweets about some very important questions around customer services issues with Safaricom Kenya. Salim lead the charge with his post about Mobile Money Statements- he makes excellent points about both the ease of access and the pricing of statements to access a year’s worth of M-PESA records. His claim […]

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5 Tech Ecosystem Cultural Differences: East Africa vs Silicon Valley

I have now been back in East Africa working in the Tech scene for 3 months after 7 years working in silicon valley. I attended one major conference, hang out  at incubators/workspaces in Tanzania and Kenya meeting with the startup community… Spent time in the rural areas of Tanzania on a solar tech pilot and […]

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How To: Set Off In Mobile Advertising in Africa – "Please Call Me", WAP, Metrics & More

It’s amazing what you can fit into 110 characters or less. I am constantly receiving please call me messages from my cousin who is a university student and on the please call me is a small piece of text based advertising, an insurance policy to be exact. A please call me (or PCM as they […]

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10 African Startups to Enter Meffy's from Mobile Entertainment Africa Conference. Adds New Social & Innovation Awards

Last year, Afrinnovator’s Mark Kaigwa gave a keynote at All Amber‘s Mobile Entertainment Africa conference in South Africa. In anticipation for the 2012 conference, the organisers of the leading mobile focused events in Africa, officially announced details of an ongoing partnership with MEF, the global community for mobile content and commerce. The partnership commences with All Amber’s […]

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20 Quotes on Business, Leadership & Social Innovation from #AcumenEAF12

We recently covered Acumen Fund’s East Africa Fellows Innovation Conference through our live blog. The innovation conference, which focused on social entrepreneurship and the need for new leadership, captured the zeitgeist of the current dialogue around development in East Africa. The event brought some of the most renowned minds in the space together at the Tribe Hotel in Nairobi, […]

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