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Lamudi secures $31.4m investment

February 5, 2016 • Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Real estate portal Lamudi, was launched in October 2013 by German Internet platform Rocket Internet. The company operates exclusively in the emerging markets and is currently active in thirty five locations across Asia, Africa and Latin America. In February 2015, Lamudi received 16 million EUR in investment to boost its Latin American, Africa and Asian...

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Nigerian POS app in line for global award

February 2, 2016 • Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Retail interface Verge POS has just been announced as a finalist at The Mobile Premiere Awards (MPAs) taking place on February 22, Barcelona. After being crowned winner of Appcircus’ Lagos event back in October, Francis Osifo’s innovative point of sale...

Sliide Airtime’s founder and CEO Corbyn Munnik (image credit: www.shell-livewire.org)

New platform offers free airtime to mobile users in Nigeria

February 2, 2016 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Sliide Airtime, a privately-held technology company with offices in Lagos and London, today announced Nigeria as the launch market for its Sliide Airtime service which provides users with a new way to access content from their mobiles and simultaneously earn...

Norman Muga of Strathmore University and Mburu Njunge of Kenyatta University - winners of the 2015 Strathmore- Waterloo Universities Agribusiness Mobile App challenge -  pose for a photo with Principal Secretary Ministry of Information and Communication Dr. Victor Kyalo last week  when they received their prize.

Kenyan Agribusiness App developers head to Canada

February 1, 2016 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Two Kenyan students who developed agribusiness mobile App ConviFarm are the winners of the top prize for the @iLabAfrica- Waterloo University Agribusiness mobile Tech challenge. Norman Muga of Strathmore University and Mburu Njunge of Kenyatta University were...

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SA startups triumphant at regional Get in the Ring Finals

January 26, 2016 • Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

South African startups Newtech Rail and Adfire Creative M3dia’s iMORPH3D app beat down the competition from the rest of central and southern Africa at the Get In The Ring entrepreneurship challenge in Johannesburg last week, to secure their places in the...

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The rise of African start-ups is a business opportunity, not a threat

January 19, 2016 • Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on The rise of African start-ups is a business opportunity, not a threat

We are in the middle of a tech start-up frenzy, with research suggesting that South Africa alone is home to more than 5000 tech start-ups. Rather than just seeing this rise of new potential competitors as a threat, enterprises should take the opportunity to...

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All-female Nigerian startup takes top prize in Netherlands

January 13, 2016 • Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on All-female Nigerian startup takes top prize in Netherlands

DIYlaw.ng, a Nigerian female founded technology company, recently won the Innovating Justice Award for the SME Empowerment Innovation Challenge for East and West Africa – A challenge which was organised by The Hague Institute for the...

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African startups raised funding of USD 185.7m in 2015

January 13, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on African startups raised funding of USD 185.7m in 2015

According to the Disrupt Africa’s African Tech Startups Funding Report for 2015, 125 tech startups raised funding in 2015 around the African continent, to the tune of US$185,785,500. South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya proved investors’ favoured...

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Silvertree Internet Holdings to Invest $10m in African Startups

January 12, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Silvertree Internet Holdings to Invest $10m in African Startups

Silvertree Internet Holdings, the Cape Town-based consumer focused Internet platform, revealed that it has recorded 330% p.a growth for 2015 to $10 Million in revenue, its strongest year since operations began in 2013. Following this news, the company’s...

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SweepSouth wants more African startups in US accelerators

December 15, 2015 • Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on SweepSouth wants more African startups in US accelerators

Applications are open for the next batch of 500 Startups companies, and home cleaning platform SweepSouth, which has just returned from its four-month programme in San Francisco, believes that more African entrepreneurs should be taking up the chance. Aisha...

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WeChat Africa plans to invest R50 million in tech startups

December 2, 2015 • Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on WeChat Africa plans to invest R50 million in tech startups

WeChat Africa plans to invest 50 million South African Rand in tech startups in Africa, to support local entrepreneurs and technology innovations. WeChat Africa will identify promising tech startups, via an application and selection process, and support their...

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Inspiring African Women Leading Tech Start-ups in Nigeria

December 2, 2015 • Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Inspiring African Women Leading Tech Start-ups in Nigeria

Carmudi, which is a Nigerian online vehicle marketplaces, is currently run by one of Nigeria’s most fascinating Managing Directors, Amy Muoneke. Amy has decided to share her story, detailing what makes her tick, how she got into the start-up business and...

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Overstretched African entrepreneurs can’t find time for innovation

December 1, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Overstretched African entrepreneurs can’t find time for innovation

The world’s small and medium business owners are struggling to innovate due to competing business priorities and a lack of appropriately skilled employees. This is according to a new global survey, which was held by Sage. Nearly a third (32%) of small...

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Female tech entrepreneur develops on-demand network for financial advice

November 25, 2015 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Female tech entrepreneur develops on-demand network for financial advice

Riovic, which is a virtual financial advice service in South Africa, will – according to the startup – change financial services forever in South Africa. According to founder Naledi Mokoena: “The startup can be referred to as the Uber of...

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SA startups to compete in Kenya for a global opportunity

November 19, 2015 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on SA startups to compete in Kenya for a global opportunity

The Climate Innovation Centre South Africa recently hosted The Challenge Cup in collaboration with The Innovation Hub, where three South African startups won the coveted opportunity to compete in Kenya ahead of the global finals in Washington DC. The...

Chris Kwekowe, founder of Slatecube.

Nigerian entrepreneur wins Anzisha 2015 grand prize

November 19, 2015 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigerian entrepreneur wins Anzisha 2015 grand prize

Chris Kwekowe (22), founder of Slatecube has been revealed as the 2015 winner of the $25,000 Grand Prize in the 5th year of Africa’s premier award for youth entrepreneurship. Kwekowe’s platform offers a job-relevant skills learning platform and job...