[Africa] Nominations For Top35-Under35CEO Awards Now Open.

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Africa may be home to mostly developing countries, but that doesn’t mean there’s little or no entrepreneurship on the continent. The applicant must be an African citizen who lives and school in Africa. • Applicants must be an African citizen who lives in Africa. Events & Happenings Africa award Top35-Under35CEO Awards

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October in Africa: Egypt stifles tech innovation, Google gets busy

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Africa Business Contributors Entrepreneur Google Tech WorldThe Egyptian government has had a busy time of late, shutting down taxi app mergers, taxing e-commerce platforms, and enforcing digital media regulation laws.

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How Andela Finds and Trains World-Class Engineers in Africa [Traction #41: Christina Sass]

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Christina Sass is co-founder and COO of Andela, a company that locates, trains, and staffs world-class engineers in Africa for hire by tech companies in the US and elsewhere. The post How Andela Finds and Trains World-Class Engineers in Africa [Traction #41: Christina Sass] appeared first on NextView Ventures. They’ve sparked a movement, cracked the code on finding great coders, and have attracted investors like Mark Zuckerberg.

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FinTech Accelerating Digital Transformation of Banking in Africa

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Due to their potent blend of trail‐blazing technology and disrup ti ve innova ti on, FinTech players have the ability to accelerate the digital transforma ti on of financial services in Africa and, in turn, further spur incumbent banks to rapidly ramp‐up their own innova tion initiatives to meet the financial needs of under‐served markets across the con ti nent. The post FinTech Accelerating Digital Transformation of Banking in Africa appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

Middle East and North Africa aren’t the next big hotspot for tech… yet

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In the past, people didn’t give much thought to the startup climate in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Africa Business Contributors Entrepreneur Middle EastBut after Careem’s massive funding and Amazon’s acquisition of Souq, people are finally realizing the potential of the region. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet with entrepreneurs and help startups all over the region through my work for the US-based Hidden Founders.

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SXSW Startups: Pawame Powers Africa

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A finalist in Payment and FinTech Technology category, Pawame is lighting up rural communities in Africa with clean, affordable and reliable solar home systems. Nairobi is the undisputed startup hub of East Africa, and perhaps all of Africa. What makes it different from other startup hubs is just how much of the scene revolves around ventures like our own that are mission-oriented and/or tackling Africa-specific problems. fintech sxsw africa startup nairobi

Africa Online: Check out “The Shift”

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Technology is changing lives — even saving lives — in Africa, the world’s second most populous continent. In The Shift: The Entrepreneurs and Companies Bringing Africa Online , my good friend Elizabeth Gould who produced the Techstars documentary series on Bloomberg TV now reports on some of these inspiring stories of ingenuity and entrepreneurship in Africa.

Nairobi Weekend: New Startups in East Africa

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It's this side of East Africa this brief report is about and which brought me here, to the mobile revolution I had only read about, and to the IPO48 event with its great bunch of start-ups: Sponsor.

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Heart of Smartness: A Tech Accelerator for Africa

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Africa has most of the elements required for technology innovation. Alliy is managing partner of the Savannah Fund , a $10 million fund that will soon begin investing in technology startups in East Africa, including Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. What I love about Africa is that it’s all greenfield opportunities; it’s all new infrastructure here,” Alliy says. “My Alliy is well aware that East Africa is a lot closer to the Rift Valley than Silicon Valley.

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January tech news from Africa: Summed up by a single word

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It is also available across Africa. Netflix’s Africa launch, speculated on for so long, took the continent by surprise, but in reality it is the latest escalation of the VoD battle in Africa that has also seen the likes of Naspers and Ericsson roll out services. Africa’s more local VoD providers might have… This story continues at The Next Web. Africa Entrepreneur Insider africa business google netflix startup Tech uber

Andela Connects Austin Tech Companies with Tech Talent in Africa

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To […] The post Andela Connects Austin Tech Companies with Tech Talent in Africa appeared first on SiliconHills. By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News The shortage of tech talent is acute in Austin and every U.S. The U.S. faces a shortage of as many as 21 million skilled workers by 2020 in manufacturing, energy, health care, technology, education and other fields, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Skills Development in Africa: How Wide is the Skills Gap?

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70% of Africa’s population is under the age of 25 shaping one of the largest untapped talent pools in the world. What are the drivers behind these figures and why Africa is so polarized when it comes to skills development and unemployment rates? Nairobi, the capital of Nigeria, is often pointed out as the birth place of the so-called Silicon Savanah which gave the rise to the Africa’s tech scene between 2007 and 2010.

Heart of Smartness: A Tech Accelerator for Africa

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Africa has most of the elements required for technology innovation. Alliy is managing partner of the Savannah Fund , a $10 million fund that will soon begin investing in technology startups in East Africa, including Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. What I love about Africa is that it’s all greenfield opportunities; it’s all new infrastructure here,” Alliy says. “My Alliy is well aware that East Africa is a lot closer to the Rift Valley than Silicon Valley.

How may graduates in Africa secure extra income?

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A graduate of my university, Wilkins Odinga Fadhili, the CEO of Fashion Torch Africa , has already secured funding of Sh16.5 The recent graduates, who just start on their career path, in Africa, face challenges finding a job. " Remote work and e-learning could enhance the opportunities for graduates in Africa to develop their skills, work in an international remote team spread around the world and secure decent income.

Heart of Smartness: A Tech Accelerator for Africa

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Africa has most of the elements required for technology innovation. Alliy is managing partner of the Savannah Fund , a $10 million fund that will soon begin investing in technology startups in East Africa, including Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. What I love about Africa is that it’s all greenfield opportunities; it’s all new infrastructure here,” Alliy says. “My Alliy is well aware that East Africa is a lot closer to the Rift Valley than Silicon Valley.

Bucket List Corporate Travel Destinations: 5 Places Your Employees Won’t Want to Miss

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South Africa. Known to be an expensive luxury, few individuals ever manage to make it out to Africa to indulge in this immersive experience. South Africa is a great destination for safari, as cities like Cape Town offer excellent tour opportunities, accommodation, and transportation infrastructure, while still being close enough to reserves to get people into the heart of the wilds.

There’s Something Abuzz With GoodBuzz

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Africa is not known to generate many technology talents – the country is far more prolific in its music, sport and art – but here’s one young African who intends to buck the trend. Mawuna Koutonin was born in a small village in Togo, West Africa to a father of 36 children. Koutonin’s ultimate dream, however, is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. Africa, as we previously noted, is not known for its tech stars.

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Purple Cows and Charity Water

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In this case the creation of water wells in Africa. I’m assuming that there were quite a few water charities in Africa, but you haven’t heard of any before charity water. Charity Charity Water Africa Differentiation marketing purple cow scott harrison Seth godin“Be Bold or Italic, never Regular”?—?anonymous. anonymous. I’ve started a 30 day blogging challenge (more about it here and you can subscribe for the newsletter ). This is day three.

From email scams to e-commerce wins: How online shopping is helping Nigeria fix its Internet reputation

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The Third Mainland Bridge is one of three bridges that connect Lagos’ Victoria Island with the ‘mainland’ and is the longest bridge in Africa. With a population estimated at between 21 and 23 million people, every month another 50,000 people converge from across Africa to live in the city. Nigeria itself is home to 170 million people, a figure that is expected to rise to 400 million by 2050, and the biggest market in Africa. Africa Entrepreneur Insider News

Forget apps and useless startups: These four African girls have created a pee-powered generator

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All over Africa, young men and women have missioned across the country and arrived in Lagos, Nigeria. Maker Faire Africa is more than your typical startup event: it actually shows off innovations, inventions, and initiatives that solve immediate challenges and problems, and then works to support and propagate them. Africa Entrepreneur Shareables NewsWhat have you built lately?

Mark Zuckerberg’s year of books: The essential points from Why Nations Fail

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Riddle me this: Why has Botswana, a landlocked country in the south of Africa, become one of the fastest-growing countries in the world, while other African nations — Zimbabwe, the Congo and Sierra Leone among them — remain caught in a miasma of violence and poverty? Entrepreneur Insider africa books business Mark ZuckerbergMark Zuckerberg’s 18th pick for his Year of Books is Daron Acemoglu and James Robinsons’ Why Nations Fail.

Heads up, EMEA startups: Check out the Webit Congress StartUp Challenge

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While the organizers are putting together an impressive speaker list with more than 180 people on it so far, we’d like to direct the attention of startup founders from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa to the event’s startup competition. Africa Entrepreneur Europe Events Middle East Webit Webit Congress Webit Congress StartUp Challenge Webit Congress StartUp Challenge 2012

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Are Banks the Next Dinosaurs?

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Last week, I spoke at The Economist’s Buttonwood Gathering in NYC about how emerging markets (and Africa in particular) are leapfrogging innovation in the financial services sector. Bitcoin Blockchain Economics Emerging Markets Entrepreneurship Fintech Mobile Technology africa banks blockchain economy fintech innovation technology

SXSW Startups: GoTech Puts Out Fires

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The product has been implemented successfully in South Africa and the name Lumkani was chosen because it has meaning in both countries. That is something we don’t find in Africa, especially in my country, ever. Coming from Africa, we only have one goal, to attend and win the hell out of the competition. Would you give us some context on what it is like to launch a startup in Africa? I am not saying that all AI are useless, but Africa is not there yet.

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Google-backed Pashash wins Startup World: Cape Town

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Over 100 startups applied for Africa and eleven were chosen to compete in the Cape Town final held at Frieda’s on Bree. Africa Entrepreneur african startups cape town cape town startups google incubator News ogilvy pashash silicon cape startup worldThe hunt of the world’s best technology startup continued in Cape Town thursday as eleven startup regional finalists battled to be crowned winner of Startup World : Cape Town.

Its a small world after all

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Africa Innovation is GREAT. Innovation from around the globe Wagenstandanzeiger – a beauty of data visualization - Germany Daring New Buildings – Azerbaijan Microsoft and the Sochi Olympics – Russia Video Analytics Capital – Macau World Design Capital – S. Globalization and Technology

Blockstream

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Bitcoin Emerging Markets Entrepreneurship Mobile Technology Venture Capital Women africa blockchain Blockstream emerging markets globalization social impact We’ve come together because we believe in the potential of this technology to have a significant, positive social impact. – Austin Hill , co-founder Blockstream (FPV’s newest portfolio company).

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When Third is First

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The ingenuity of a rural farmer in Africa is on par with some of the greatest innovation I’ve seen in the heart of Silicon Valley, particularly in light of the lack of “formal” training and mentorship many of us experience in the developed world. In 2011, I wrote about Jugaad, according to Wikipedia “a colloquial Hindi word that can mean an innovative fix or a simple work-around”.

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: CAfrica Sports

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CAfrica Sports (pronounced see-Africa-sports) was in need of a logo and stationary design for their company that will be the first private broadcaster to deliver content to over 40 countries in sub-Sahara Africa.

Are Banks the Next Dinosaurs?

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Last week, I spoke at The Economist’s Buttonwood Gathering in NYC about how emerging markets (and Africa in particular) are leapfrogging innovation in the financial services sector. Bitcoin Blockchain Economics Emerging Markets Entrepreneurship Fintech Mobile Technology africa banks blockchain economy fintech innovation technology

10+ Trends: Recap of 2011 and What’s Next…

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As Western growth stalls, and emerging and frontier markets (such as Africa) grow, we will collaborate in ways not imagined before. As a venture capitalist, I am privy to innovations long before they become mainstream, one of the things I love about my job. But even more exciting is when I see inflection points of adoption — which is why 2011 was a particularly exhilirating year for me.

Stepping Into The New Normal For FedEx

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by Kawal Preet, President, FedEx, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (AMEA). To begin with, it’s unique to take up a position that didn’t actually exist before – of the creation of a mega-region, AMEA: Asia Pacific plus the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, and Africa.

3 Big Lessons From African Entrepreneurs

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Africa is a huge and diverse continent, and over the last few years, it has emerged as one of the world’s hotspots for startups. In Africa, entrepreneurs have serious, intractable problems that western startups don’t face. The agriculture technology sector, or agtech, in Africa is booming and its entrepreneurs think very long term and very big. In the most disadvantaged countries in Africa the odds are already stacked against you when it comes to becoming an entrepreneur.

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Afritee.org

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Once 1000 t-shirts are sold all of that money is used to build a school in Africa and all of its startup costs. Tags: Awesomeness Interviews business community crowdsourcing design marketing Africa afritee.org crowdspring education non profit

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Afritee.org

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Once 1000 t-shirts are sold all of that money is used to build a school in Africa and all of its startup costs. Tags: Awesomeness Interviews business community crowdsourcing design marketing Africa afritee.org crowdspring education non profit

When Third is First

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The ingenuity of a rural farmer in Africa is on par with some of the greatest innovation I’ve seen in the heart of Silicon Valley, particularly in light of the lack of “formal” training and mentorship many of us experience in the developed world. Bitcoin Economics Emerging Markets Entrepreneurship Mobile Social impact Startups Technology Venture Capital Women africa business emerging markets globalization india social impact

Blockstream

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Bitcoin Emerging Markets Entrepreneurship Mobile Technology Venture Capital Women africa blockchain Blockstream emerging markets globalization social impactWe’ve come together because we believe in the potential of this technology to have a significant, positive social impact. – Austin Hill , co-founder Blockstream (FPV’s newest portfolio company).

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[INTERVIEW] David Mimran, Director Of The Mimran Group

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And, because Africa has vast nitrogen, phosphate, and potash deposits , this cost is unnecessary. MNR aims to close Africa’s fertilizer deficit and empower the continent’s farmers to expand production into the 80% of arable land not currently under cultivation there.

List Of The Best SEO Chrome Extensions In 2020

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Supported countries are Brazil, India, Japan, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa, Ireland, Russia, China, Poland, Hungary, Salvador, Australia, and Canada, as well as the com.

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A Glimpse: My American Dream

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The essays were a breeze…I wrote about how I had seen the positive impact of communication technologies (at the time, radio and television) in remote villages throughout my trips back to Africa and India, and how I wanted to be a part of bringing that connectivity to everyone in the world, as a means of creating better education opportunities, livelihoods and understanding amongst each other.

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Covid-19: Senator Bill Frist, M.D. Second Opinion Podcast

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Globally, she has worked on meningitis, pneumonia and Ebola vaccine trials in West Africa, and conducted surveillance and prevention projects in South Africa. In the midst of a crisis like the Covid-19 one that is unfolding around the world, it’s very hard to separate the signal from the noise.

3 basic rules for entrepreneurs who want to expand internationally

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I’m often asked how the company I work for managed to successfully expand from Sub-Saharan Africa to Poland, a very different type of market, to say the least.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Feld Thoughts

Amy arrived home from Africa yesterday evening around 6pm. She had been gone for 12 days and, while she had an awesome trip, we missed each other terribly. She arrived home to a bunch of early Valentine’s Day stuff like a hot bath. I figured it was Valentine’s Day somewhere in the world yesterday at 6pm Colorado time like, well, in Kenya, where Amy was. It’s great to have Amy back home. For some reason, Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays.

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