To qualify for the fund, start-ups must have a working product or service with an active user base that demonstrate their ability to create transformative solutions

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Kenya: Safaricom reveals USD 1 Million venture fund

November 27, 2014 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenyan operator, Safaricom, has revealed a USD 1 million venture fund. The fund is aimed at accelerating the development of mobile applications. According to Safaricom, the Spark Venture Fund will be offered to mobile ICT start-ups based in Kenya, either through equity investment in their businesses or in the form of other debt instruments. Start-ups ...

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Zimbabwe: Avelgood Apps announces 10 millionth download

November 26, 2014 • StartupsComments (0)

Avelgood Apps is a mobile apps development firm based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. According to the company, its apps have now been downloaded a cumulative 10 million times. Avelgood published its first app, a flashlight app, on Nokia Ovi Store in August 2012 and...

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Microsoft set to drive innovation in North Africa

November 20, 2014 • North Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

At this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Morocco, Microsoft signed a new strategic alliance with Tunisian startup Saphon Energy, a company that specialises in the research and development of wind energy. The company also introduced the first...

According to Tigo, the installation is set to enhance customer experience and reduce the inconvenience of customers having to memorise the various short codes for different products and services.

Rwanda: Think Incubator invests in 4 new start-ups

October 15, 2014 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Rwandan technology incubator Think, in association with Tigo and Millicom, has unveiled its first round of companies selected for support. According to Think, the four selected teams represent innovative digital private sector services that demonstrate the...

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MainOne secures deal with Lagos Garage start-up hub

October 14, 2014 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Nigerian provider MainOne, has secured a deal with Lagos Garage. According to the company the deal will ensure that the start-ups will have the high-speed internet service they need to build and deliver their products. The is a fund and...


New African music-based social network on the rise

October 3, 2014 • StartupsComments (0)

TruSpot is attempting to make listening and sharing of music easier and more social. The online social network has upgraded its services in order to make this happen. According to the social network: “We have hit the reset and wiped out all former data,...

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7 African start-ups to receive Microsoft innovation grants

October 2, 2014 • East Africa, North Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

To fast-track their growth and provide a roadmap to highlight Africa’s ‘future growth pole’, Microsoft has revealed the 7 new African start-ups to receive funding, technical support and mentorship. According to Microsoft, one of the goals of the...


Nigeria: Emerging tech firms to get financial boost

September 3, 2014 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Start-up businesses are set to receive a major financial boost after CcHUB (Co-creation Hub) boosted its incubation programme with the launch of a $500 000 seed investment fund. The fund is intended to support early stage start-ups for a period of two years....

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New health e-tailer Juniva launches in SA

September 1, 2014 • StartupsComments (0)

The world wide web is growing at an exponential rate. We see thousands of websites launched daily. The latest website to grace the world wide web comes from former CEO, Gary Novitzkas. According to Novitzkas, is a specialist health,...


PricePadi set to launch in Nigeria

August 29, 2014 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Nigerian consumer internet company, Iconway, has revealed that it will be launching on 1 September 2014. The domain is the new home of the company’s online shopping service, which allows customers to search for and discover products...

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Langa residents take on digital age with WDC & Microsoft

August 27, 2014 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

World Design Capital (WDC) project iKhaya le Langa is opening a space where the local community can use a library of devices – supported by Microsoft – which will empower and uplift the community of Langa, leaving a lasting legacy. Using a range...


Microjobbing service Money for Jam takes off in SA

August 21, 2014 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Money for Jam (M4JAM) has officially launched across South Africa, on the WeChat platform. M4JAM is a microjobbing service that gives NGOs and government organisations a new way to crowd source information and interact directly with the South African public....

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Ghana: Samsung launches solar-powered internet school

August 13, 2014 • Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Samsung has launched a solar-powered internet school. The move is part of Samsung’s citizenship programme, which seeks to bring educational content and classrooms to towns based in rural areas. Samsung Ghana has a vision of reaching over 2.5 million...


Q&A: Microsoft clears the air over YALI confusion

August 6, 2014 • Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Microsoft recently announced that it was extremely excited to be one of the official YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative) partners. So what does it mean to be an official YALI partner? There has been some confusion around this. In order to clear the air,...


Online fashion portal Madichaba now live

July 29, 2014 • StartupsComments (0)

Consumers are faced with numerous online shopping destinations that sell a wide range of products including: electronic gadgets, books, entertainment, clothing, shoes and accessories. According to online retailer, Madichaba, studies show that South Africans...


Nigeria: Ex-Rocket Internet employees launch dating site

July 24, 2014 • Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

A new dating site has gone live in Nigeria. was launched by two former employees of Rocket Internet in Africa. According to the dating site, the website is intended to be Nigeria’s very own The Founders ran a beta version of the...