FinTech Accelerating Digital Transformation of Banking in Africa

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Across Africa huge game‐changing leaps are currently taking place which are transforming economies on the continent ‐ and helping to drive forward key strategic priorities such as financial inclusion.

Andela Connects Austin Tech Companies with Tech Talent in Africa


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.

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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 East

The 5 Most Interesting New Businesses in Africa

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Africa is a land of opportunity, of entrepreneurs who are taking chances and finding ways to help it grow Forget old Hollywood stereotypes you've heard about this place.

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.

Nairobi Weekend: New Startups in East Africa


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.

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. A production of BloombergTVAfrica , this will be an ongoing series about technology and entrepreneurship across Africa.

Entrepreneurs in Africa Find Opportunity in Scarcity

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Today, she and her fiancé run AFRIpads , a five-year-old manufacturing company that employs 70 people, and has reached more than 250,000 women in East Africa through customers such as UNICEF, Save the Children, and Oxfam.

Heart of Smartness: A Tech Accelerator for Africa


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.

Why Your Next Brilliant Developer Will Come From Africa

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Tech training program Andela is betting on an innovative education model to help address the global skills gap

Are Banks the Next Dinosaurs?


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.

Plingm Tackles VoIP in Middle East, Africa


That makes it difficult for me to compare prices next to Skype, but it may help explain their growing popularity in the Middle East and Africa, where the price point they're competing against has traditionally been the fixed price-per-time-period idea of calling cards.

If South Africa Legalizes Rhino Horn Trade, Drones Will Be Key to Conservation

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South Africa is considered ground zero for rhino poaching, but the Lindbergh Foundation's Air Shepard program shows that using drones can help conserve them

How One Company is Solving Africa's Biggest Investment Problem

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Hundreds of thousands of African small businesses are struggling to find lenders willing to invest more than a few hundred dollars. Here is one company trying to change that

Your Credit Cards May Soon Have Fingerprint Protection

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MasterCard is currently testing the technology in South Africa. Security

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. Africa Entrepreneur Shareables NewsWhat have you built lately?

When Third is First


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.

Living and Working in South Africa

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What challenges does a businessperson face living in South Africa? I later spent a year in Johannesburg, South Africa, advising a large metals and mining company on their global growth strategy. Avondale's Bill Stewart shares his story of a year abroad in Johannesburg.



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Mark Zuckerberg's New Mission: Teaching Africans to Code

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Mark Zuckerbergand Priscilla Chanare betting thatstartup Andela can find and cultivate Africa's most talent technological minds

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg Have Donated Millions to This Controversial School

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Bridge International Academies promotes an education program in East Africa.

Finnish Off-Grid Power Firm Nocart Breaks Into Africa


We have been working in Africa for two years and have identified a project pipeline of 400 million euros worth of high-quality potential projects where we aim to participate during the next five years.

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.

Why You Should Consider Expanding Into Africa and Asia

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Ever thought about expanding your business overseas? Here''s why you should consider certain often-overlooked markets

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


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.

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?

My Trip to South Africa With Richard Branson: Day 1

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After winning Virgin Unite's Screw Business as Usual competition, Raise5 co-founder Shayan Nahrvar traveled to South Africa to meet Sir Richard Branson himself.

Jolla's Sailfish Taps Into Africa – Indian Phone Due May


Jolla’s Sailfish OS, the mobile operating system offering a true independent choice to the existing US-based operating systems is continuing strong in its licensing strategy. Since Jolla has struggled over the years – any new partnerships come at a good time for the company. "In In 4-5 years we have been operating we have run out of money 4-5 times," Chairman Antti Saarnio said at a news conference on sidelines of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Lithuania's Eskimi Positions itself in Africa with Partnerships with Nokia and Operators


Eskimi , the Lithuanian-founded mobile social network that''s been booming in parts of Africa, has been making a few important partnerships lately. Emmanuel Oluwatosin, Partner Manager, Nokia West and Central Africa, says, “It’s great to have Eskimi on board of Nokia store.

This Startup Trains African Programmers for the Best Software Developer Jobs in the World

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Andela trains, and then employs, Africa's young programmers

50 Emerging Global Entrepreneurs to Watch

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From South Africa to Silicon Valley, young entrepreneurs are employing a variety of strategies to help their new companies thrive

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.

Eskimi Hits 5 Million Users, Sees Solid Growth In Africa


The service has grown steadily in popularity in Africa, where desktop-based social networks have not meet the needs of every mobile user. There is also a growing user-base in Ghana, South Africa,Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, where there are over 250 000 users each. We are planning to strengthen our positions in African continent and go for the dominantposition in Africa”, CEO Vytas Paukstys shared. “We

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


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.

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

Africa and mobile subscriptions

Mark Birch

thenextweb : “Africa is being tipped to pass one billion mobile subscriptions to become the world’s second largest mobile market by 2016 according to new research from analyst firm Informa. Informa explains that the development of the region’s “relatively immature telecoms market” — thanks to increased competition and lower costs — combined with the continued growth of Africa’s population are the primary reasons for its growth predictions. mobile tech Africa 3G

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 world

Garage48 Goes Africa Times 5!


Garage48 has announced that they will be holding 5 events in Africa. While the mentioned events are confirmed, the team also plans to hold events in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa. Bringing Garage48 to Africa is a beginning to a more global approach of the team and they have done a remarkable job after starting just a year back in April, 2010. Despite expanding to Africa, there are still many opportunities to be grasped in the Nordics and Baltics as well.

Dirk Nowitzki to serve as a captain in NBA Africa Game

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NEW YORK (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki, the career scoring leader among international players, will be one of the captains for the NBA's Africa Game on Aug.

This App Landed $67 Million to Help College Students Throw Keggers

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James Beshara of Tilt, the fast-growing payments platform, learned the art of the pivot after doing some unusual non-profit work in South Africa