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Dr. William Mapham, founder of Vula Mobile

African Technology startups showcase Innovative Healthcare Solutions at VivaTech in France

June 13, 2018 • East Africa, Healthcare, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on African Technology startups showcase Innovative Healthcare Solutions at VivaTech in France

Pharmaceutical company, Sanofi’s Afric@Tech initiative – which was created as a part of the recent Viva Technology event in Paris, France, took place this May 2018 with its overall winner emanating from South Africa. Aligned to Sanofi’s objective of accelerating healthcare innovation, the Afric@Tech challenge invited start-ups working on the continent...

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Google committed to seven principles to guide its development of AI applications

Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa extends to 12 more African countries

June 11, 2018 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa extends to 12 more African countries

Google has announced that applications for Class 2 of the Launchpad Accelerator Africa program are open. Google also announced it is extending the program to include startups from a further 12 African countries. This means it is now accepting applications...

AfriLabs extends reach to 6 new countries

AfriLabs extends reach to 6 new countries

June 11, 2018 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on AfriLabs extends reach to 6 new countries

AfriLabs has announced the admission of 40 new hubs; its largest hub admission to date into its network making it a total of 100 hubs across 30 African countries. This also extends the company’s reach to 6 new countries; Morocco, Algeria, Somali Land,...

A new malware is making its mark in Africa

A new malware is making its mark in Africa

June 8, 2018 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Security, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on A new malware is making its mark in Africa

There’s a new cyber threat on the block, and it’s sneakier than anything we’ve seen before – undoubtedly the reason why it’s the malware of choice for hackers across Africa right now. In fact, though crypto-mining malware is...

#NDP2030Hackathon – doing it for the country

African Development Bank launches coding for employment program

June 7, 2018 • East Africa, EducationComments Off on African Development Bank launches coding for employment program

The African Development Bank, together with partners – The Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft and Facebook – launched the Coding for Employment Program at the African Innovation Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. By training youth in demand-driven Information and...

Africa Innovation Summit Kicks Off in Kigali Showcasing Ground-breaking African Solutions

Africa Innovation Summit kicks off in Kigali

June 7, 2018 • East Africa, EventsComments Off on Africa Innovation Summit kicks off in Kigali

The Prime Minister of Rwanda, the Honourable Edouard Ngirente, this morning officially declared the Africa Innovation Summit (AIS) 2018 open in Kigali, Rwanda. AIS II will focus on innovative and disruptive solutions to the major challenges facing African...

Liquid Telecom widens availability of Microsoft Azure Stack across Africa

Liquid Telecom widens availability of Microsoft Azure Stack across Africa

June 7, 2018 • Cloud Computing, East Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Liquid Telecom widens availability of Microsoft Azure Stack across Africa

Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has announced the availability of Microsoft Azure Stack – an extension of an ever-expanding set of cloud services to consistently develop and run hybrid cloud applications – to select African markets....

Tanda Team

Kenyan startup Tanda launches inventory-management solution

June 6, 2018 • East Africa, StartupsComments Off on Kenyan startup Tanda launches inventory-management solution

Tanda, a Kenyan platform designed to make it easier to run a shop by allowing shop owners order and manage their inventory has launched after a four-month pilot with 200 kiosks spread across Kayole, Kawangware and Kariobangi. With an undisclosed seed round...

IFAD Vice-President in Kenya to promote innovations for rural transformation

IFAD Vice-President in Kenya to promote innovations for rural transformation

June 6, 2018 • East Africa, Healthcare, Mining & EnergyComments Off on IFAD Vice-President in Kenya to promote innovations for rural transformation

Cornelia Richter, Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), concluded a five-day visit to Kenya where she met with Deputy President William Ruto and other high-ranking government officials to discuss expanding successful...

The benefits of cloud-based training apps can no longer be ignored

App usage reveals different cloud priorities for African markets

June 6, 2018 • Cloud Computing, East Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on App usage reveals different cloud priorities for African markets

When it comes to hosting and accessing applications in the cloud, businesses in South Africa have very different priorities to those in Kenya and Nigeria. An obvious statement perhaps, considering that these markets are vastly different in their technology...

Anil Krishnan, Head of Africa Region at Comviva

Cassava Fintech and Comviva win the East Africa Com Award 2018

June 4, 2018 • East Africa, FinanceComments Off on Cassava Fintech and Comviva win the East Africa Com Award 2018

Cassava Fintech and Comviva have jointly won the East Africa Com Award in “Fintech Innovation Award” category for EcoCash Merchant Payments powered by mobiquity® Money. The award was presented recently at Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. This was...

FAO and Rabobank renew partnership to help smallholders participate in agribusiness boom

Cooperatives can support inclusive growth in Africa

June 4, 2018 • East Africa, Finance, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Cooperatives can support inclusive growth in Africa

Africa boasts huge potential for social and economic development, with agribusiness poised to play a major role. Without policies and partnerships that enable smallholder farmers – including subsistence farmers and pastoralists – to participate in...

Driving constructive economic outcomes from the FinTech ecosystem in Africa

Driving constructive economic outcomes from the FinTech ecosystem in Africa

June 2, 2018 • East Africa, EventsComments Off on Driving constructive economic outcomes from the FinTech ecosystem in Africa

Finnovation Kenya 2018 opened on Thursday, 31 May 2018. at the Radisson Blu Nairobi, where more than 200 international FinTech experts together with African pioneers, investors, entrepreneurs and leading bankers, gathered to harness the FinTech revolution to...

The controversial new law serves Ugandans who use the internet messaging service WhatsApp to be charged a daily tax.

Uganda approves social media tax

June 1, 2018 • East Africa, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Uganda approves social media tax

On Wednesday, May 31 Uganda’s parliamentarians approved the proposed law to tax social media users and mobile money. The controversial new law serves Ugandans who use the internet messaging services including WhatsApp to be charged a daily tax. Mobile...

Telkom’s CEO, Aldo Mareuse

Telkom expands its 4G network in Nairobi

May 31, 2018 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Telkom expands its 4G network in Nairobi

Telkom has on Thursday, 31 May 2018 announced a further expansion of its 4G-network in Nairobi and its environs: Athi River, Syokimau, Kitengela, Thika, Kiambu town, Kikuyu town, Kiserian and Ngong. This expansion is part of Telkom’s long-term network...

The new standard for cross-border payments dramatically improves the customer experience in cross-border payments by increasing their speed, transparency and end-to-end tracking

African banks to become more competitive with SWIFT gpi

May 31, 2018 • East Africa, Finance, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on African banks to become more competitive with SWIFT gpi

5 African banks have signed up to SWIFT’s global payments innovation (gpi) service, the new standard for cross-border payments. Of these, four are already live – Standard Bank of South Africa, FirstRand Bank, ABSA Bank and Nedbank – and many others...