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18 African startups to compete at Seedstars Summit.. (image: startups.com)

Startups from 18 African countries to compete for $1 million

January 24, 2017 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

African startups to pitch for funding at Seedstars global final in April. The startups are from 18 African countries and will take part in the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland. The summit according to Disrupt Africa will give startups the opportunity to pitch for up to US$1 million in equity investment, which will undoubtedly kick start their [&hellip...

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Ajira digital and the government of Kenya have partnered to create 1 million jobs for the youth. (image: official GDC)

Kenya: Ajira digital to create 1 million digital jobs

January 24, 2017 • Careers, East Africa, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (0)

With the high unemployment rate in the the country and internet penetration rate at 85.3 percent, Kenya has started a programme that aims to enable 1 million young people with digital skills to secure employment. 17 percent of Kenyan youth is without jobs,...

SEACOM and ShowMax have partnered to bring faster connections in East Africa.

ShowMax partners with SEACOM in East Africa

January 24, 2017 • East Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenyans can now enjoy faster connections with less buffering as ShowMax partnered with SEACOM, a data service provider and the first company to launch broadband submarine cables along Africa’s eastern and southern coastlines. SEACOM will now host ShowMax...

Gebeya allows IT professionals to target their skills and expertise to the businesses that need them. (image: Gebeya)

Gebeya, Ethiopian IT workplace platform to launch in Kenya

January 24, 2017 • East Africa, Online & Social, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Gebeya an Ethiopian startup that provides online IT training for individuals, qualified professionals and institutions has now launched in Kenya. Gebeya, an Amharic word for market provides a workplace for top IT talent to showcase and contribute their...

Siemans African Digitalisation Maturity Report 2017 (Image Source: http://ebooks.capgemini-consulting.com/)

Digitalisation could add $300 billion to African economy by 2026

January 24, 2017 • East Africa, General, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Digitialisation in African countries could see $300 billion added to the continents economy by 2026 according to a report released on Monday by global technology firm Siemans. The assessment was sent to Siemens’ existing and potential clients in the...

A 17% rise in number of African tech startups funded in 2016.

African tech startups funding rises by 17%

January 23, 2017 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (1)

A report released today by Disrupt Africa, Disrupt African Tech Start Up Funding Report, showed that 146 startups from across the African content raised $ 129,133,200 in funding over the course of 2016. This is coupled with a 16.8% rise from 2015 in the...

Africa's 15 Best Countries for Business

15 Best Countries For Business in Africa

January 20, 2017 • East Africa, Lists, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The African continent is buzzing with potential. Rich in natural resources, a hardworking population, and huge gaps and opportunities for anyone who wants to succeed in business. Yes there are challenges, but there is also huge potential for growth in almost...

This solution in particular supports women farmers in Africa.

Mastercard launches 2KUZE a mobile payment solution for farmers

January 17, 2017 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mastercard has announced the launch of 2KUZE, a digital platform that connects smallholder farmers, agents, buyers and banks in East Africa. 2KUZE enables farmers to buy, sell and receive payments for agricultural goods via their feature phones. The platform...

Ericsson an exclusive, multi-year feature film deal with leading international content distributor 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, for its subscription video on demand (VOD) service, Nuvu. (Image Source: cnbc.com)

Ericsson inks deal with 20th Century Fox for DreamWorks Animated features

January 13, 2017 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Ericsson has signed a deal with international content distributor 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, for its subscription video on demand (VOD) service, Nuvu. The second run feature film deal will see the distribution of DreamWorks Animated features...

The app is on Android phones for real money in Kenya which allows mobile users to enjoy online slots machines on the go for free.

GameMania, Kenya’s first ever money casino mobile app

January 10, 2017 • East Africa, Gadgets and Gaming, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on GameMania, Kenya’s first ever money casino mobile app

Kenyans have been introduced to their very first casino mobile application on Android phones. Rambo Resource Ltd together with the Licensing Board in Kenya announced the launch of GameMania. The app allows mobile users to enjoy online slots machines on the go...

Increased customer engagement generated via Kirusa’s Contest Application Technology Platform.

Rwanda: Airtel partners Kirusa to Launch SMS Trivia Contest

December 31, 2016 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Rwanda: Airtel partners Kirusa to Launch SMS Trivia Contest

Airtel Rwanda organized a consumer promotion contest titled ‘Tunga,’ in partnership with Kirusa. The promotion that ran from August 11, 2016, to November 17, 2016, recently concluded where Airtel handed over a brand new car Suzuki Alto to the lucky...

South Africa, Nigeria & Kenya are the leading countries in online shopping in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to our survey.

Online Shoppers in Sub-Saharan Africa still don’t trust e-commerce sites

December 20, 2016 • East Africa, Online & Social, Retail, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Online Shoppers in Sub-Saharan Africa still don’t trust e-commerce sites

A majority of Africans in Sub-Saharan do not trust online shopping sites, this is according to a recent GeoPoll survey conducted in 5 African countries; Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana on online shopping following a Black Friday frenzy seen in...

The service is part of the Bank’s USD 1.5 billion investment in technology announced in 2015. (image: Pixels.com)

Kenya: Standard Chartered Bank introduces Touch Login for smartphones

December 12, 2016 • East Africa, Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: Standard Chartered Bank introduces Touch Login for smartphones

Kenya’s Standard Chartered Bank has launched the Touch Login feature for smartphones that allows customers to use fingerprint to access their accounts. According to Telecompaper, the portal is available on iPhones, tablets and iPads, making it easy for...

Dr. Gilbert Saggia, new Managing Director in East Africa, SAP Africa.

SAP Africa appoints new East Africa MD

December 6, 2016 • East Africa, General, PeopleComments Off on SAP Africa appoints new East Africa MD

SAP Africa has announced the the appointment of Dr. Gilbert Saggia as its new Managing Director in East Africa. Kenya-born Dr. Saggia completed a degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Nairobi before embarking on a highly successful career in the...

Bruce Zhou, CEO, AXILSPOT.

AXILSPOT expands operations to the Middle East and Africa

November 29, 2016 • East Africa, General, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on AXILSPOT expands operations to the Middle East and Africa

AXILSPOT has launched its operation in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. As part of its regional expansion plans, the company will appoint reputed distributors and strengthen its channel network by onboarding partners across the region. AXILSPOT offers...

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Key contributors to the rise of eCommerce in Africa

November 24, 2016 • East Africa, Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Key contributors to the rise of eCommerce in Africa

E-Commerce has rapidly grown in the recent years across Africa and the world at large. This is conceivably because of the plentiful positive outcomes it has had on various industries including travel, tourism, and hospitality sectors, with a ripple effect on...