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Demo Africa announces 40 best tech start-ups

July 18, 2014 • StartupsComments Off on Demo Africa announces 40 best tech start-ups

DEMO has released the names of the 40 start-ups that have qualified to launch their products on the DEMO Africa stage in September 2014. Topping the list is Nigeria with 14 start-ups qualifying, followed by Kenya, Ghana and Egypt. According to the Ministry of Communication Technology, at the weekend, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Africa and Ethiopia [&hellip...

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Could Yookos be Africa’s next Facebook?

July 10, 2014 • StartupsComments Off on Could Yookos be Africa’s next Facebook?

Facebook is growing at an exponential rate, along with the likes of Twitter. However, a new social media platform has arisen, and has set its sights on Africa. Yookos is a social networking site that allows users to meet friends online, play online games and...

Hellofood and its affiliated partner Foodpanda have partnered with over 25.000 restaurants worldwide (image credit: idiva.com).

Hellofood Takes European Tech Startup Award

June 11, 2014 • StartupsComments Off on Hellofood Takes European Tech Startup Award

In the presence of over 800 of Europe’s top tech entrepreneurs and experts in London, Foodpanda/Hellofood received the prestigious award for its huge global expansion over the last year. The company was first elected from the shortlist by a public peer...

Eugene Danilkis, CEO, Mambu

Three African Financial Startups Launch on Mambu

May 14, 2014 • Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Three African Financial Startups Launch on Mambu

Mambu, the cloud banking technology provider, has expanded its customer footprint in Africa, confirming three new customers in Angola, Kenya and Nigeria. All three are new financial organisations extending access to financial services in underserved markets,...

A new app released by South African author and journalist Peter Delmar is the first to turn a local travel book into a location-aware audio application. (image: supplied)

New app turns travel book into audio

April 16, 2014 • StartupsComments Off on New app turns travel book into audio

A new app released by South African author and journalist Peter Delmar is the first to turn a local travel book into a location-aware audio application. The free Android and iOS Platinum Road app contains over an hour’s storytelling narrated by Radio...

Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler (image: Kickstarter)

Kickstarter confirms security breach

February 17, 2014 • Online & Social, StartupsComments Off on Kickstarter confirms security breach

Crowd-funding platform Kickstarter over the weekend confirmed that the platform suffered a security breach last week, but reiterated that no credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers. Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects, and...

Microsoft commits to digital transformation in the Middle East and Africa (image: Microsoft)

5 African start-ups receive Microsoft funding

February 3, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on 5 African start-ups receive Microsoft funding

Microsoft today announced innovation grants for five African start-ups through the 4Afrika Initiative, which aims in part to invest in high performing, African start-ups. In addition to financial backing, these start-ups will receive technical support and...

Nigerian Businessman Tony O. Elumelu. (Image Credit: Tony Elumelu foundation)

Nigeria’s Tony Elumelu invests in US tech Startup

January 28, 2014 • Company News, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria’s Tony Elumelu invests in US tech Startup

Heirs Holdings, the pan-African proprietary investment company founded by Tony O. Elumelu, CON, has announced its investment in US start-up Planet Labs’ innovative satellite manufacturing technology. Heirs Holdings is the only African investor in the...

The annual World Economic Forum starts today in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland (image: WEF)

WEF 2014: Start-ups tackle robotics, healthcare

January 22, 2014 • Healthcare, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on WEF 2014: Start-ups tackle robotics, healthcare

The annual World Economic Forum begins today in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. While some of the world’s top business leaders and politicians will gather to discuss burning socio-economic matters under the banner The Reshaping of the World: Consequences...

Hugo Obi, founder of Lagos-based start-up, Maliyo Games (image: file)

10 exciting African gaming start-ups to watch

January 14, 2014 • Lists, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on 10 exciting African gaming start-ups to watch

There is no doubt that the worldwide gaming industry is huge – so large in fact, that it generates more revenue than Hollywood. While development studios in the rest of the world have been producing mobile, PC and console games for many decades, Africa...

Attendees enjoy a hands-on demonstration at the Eureka Park TechZone exhibits in the Venetian at the 2013 International CES. (image: CEA)

CES to spotlight startups and entrepreneurs

January 3, 2014 • Gadgets and Gaming, StartupsComments Off on CES to spotlight startups and entrepreneurs

The 2014 International CES will spotlight the promise, power and future of technology through innovative startups and entrepreneurs. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today announced new areas and events at CES dedicated to the startup community,...

Nathan Sasto and Anton van Metzinger, founders of SnappCab (Image source: SnappCab)

South African startup on its way… to Silicon Valley

November 29, 2013 • Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on South African startup on its way… to Silicon Valley

Johannesburg-based startup venture SnappCab, an offering based on the integration of mobile apps with a metered cab service, was chosen yesterday as the winner of the Innovation Hub Absa Maxum Business Incubator competition.   The Maxum Incubation...

There are reasons why a technology startup could be viewed as being a 'non-starter'. (Image source: Shutterstock.com)

10 reasons your tech startup is a non-starter

October 24, 2013 • Lists, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on 10 reasons your tech startup is a non-starter

Entrepreneurs behind technology startups may be champing at the bit to get going, but before they bolt into Africa’s wide open technology market, they ought to consider whether they have what it takes to even compete. At Intel Capital’s annual CEO Summit,...

Intel Capital's President Arvind Sodhani (image: Charlie Fripp)

How to get your start-up funded with Intel

October 23, 2013 • Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on How to get your start-up funded with Intel

At Intel Capital’s annual CEO Summit in San Diego, California, President Arvind Sodhani detailed how innovators can get their products and services funded – by simply partnering with Intel and the Capital investment arm. However, there are a set of...

Zimbabwe's Hypercube aims to strengthen the country's technology portfolio. Hubs, as depicted in the image, have flourished in parts of Africa. (Image source: Google/ihub.co.ke)

Zimbabwe’s tech startups revving to go

October 16, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Zimbabwe’s tech startups revving to go

On Wednesday November 13, Zimbabwe’s Hypercube Hub will open it doors for the first time, and follow up with a number of launch events planned for the rest of the week. The events will include a launch party on Wednesday evening, followed by SuperHyper,...

Vice President of Gartner Research, Peter Sondergaard (image: Charlie Fripp)

Tech start-ups are a threat to established businesses – Gartner

September 17, 2013 • Features, Mobile and Telecoms, StartupsComments Off on Tech start-ups are a threat to established businesses – Gartner

Gartner’s annual Symposium and ITXpo is currently underway in Cape Town, South Africa. Vice President of Gartner Research, Peter Sondergaard, offered insight into future trends, details on the symposium itself and what businesses can expect as far...