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The Indian Ocean Ecosystem

Africa’s Indian Ocean islands are about way more than just tourism. In a panel discussion at this year’s Africa Tech Summit in Kigali, representatives from Comoros Islands, Seychelles and Mauritius met to discuss the future of Indian Ocean tech. Read below for a profile on each country’s path toward ICT development. Comoros Islands  At last…

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Investing In African Startups: “Break even is the new black”

“ Break-even is the new black,” said Monica Brand Engel, Co-founder and partner of Quona Capital at the Africa Tech Summit’s forum on “creating a generation of funded African startups”.  In 2019, African startups received an estimated $1.3 billion in startup funding, an increase of $800million from 2015. Though African tech companies are growing at record…

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5 Questions at the Africa Tech Summit

The Africa Tech Summit attracts delegates from all over the world. This year, AppsAfrica singled out three people and asked them the same five questions. We met Victor Ekwealor, a tech-journalist from Nigeria. Aster Nao Koneko, who works for a solar lantern manufacturer in Nairobi; and Kondwani Alex Ntonya (Alex), a Malawi startup founder who…

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Registering Your Startup in Africa: “It all depends on the goal of what you’re creating.”

“It all depends on the goal of what you’re creating,” explained Tosin Amusan, Product Development Lead at Mylaw.ng when asked about the proper way to register startups in Africa. “A business is like a house. When you decide to build a house [you build your foundation based on] where you want it to go. In the same…

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Microsoft 4Afrika
It’s getting easier for SMEs to do business in Africa – and technology is playing a key role

The annual World Bank Doing Business report was released last week, and shows the overall business climate in sub-Saharan Africa is steadily improving. Looking at the ease of starting and maintaining a business, Mauritius and Rwanda rank among the top 20 countries globally, while Nigeria and Togo are among the top global improvers. By Soromfe…

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Credit scoring startups
5 African credit scoring startups selected for ENGIE challenge at Africa Tech Summit in Kigali

Five African startups with solutions in the credit scoring space have been selected to pitch for the chance to secure a testing phase for their solutions with French utility company ENGIE. French multinational energy utility company ENGIE was earlier this month confirmed as Gold Sponsor of Africa Tech Summit, which takes place for the third…

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women-led tech start-ups
There’s not enough women-led tech start-ups – and it’s costing us all

By Muhammad Nabil, Partners and Start-ups Strategy Lead at Microsoft 4Afrika who will be speaking at Africa Tech Summit, Feb 5-6th. Africa’s technology start-up scene is vibrant – and growing fast. There are currently over 640 active technology hubs across the continent, and according to Partech Africa, start-ups raised $1.163 billion raised in equity funding…

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Applications open to Pitch Live at Africa Startup Summit
11 startups selected to Pitch Live at Africa Startup Summit in Kigali

Eleven companies from across the continent have been selected to pitch on stage to investors, corporates, media and other stakeholders at the second edition of the Africa Startup Summit in Kigali, Rwanda next month. The second edition of the Africa Startup Summit, powered by Disrupt Africa, will take place at Africa Tech Summit Kigali on…

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Decred the autonomous digital currency

Since 2016, Decred (DCR) has striven to solve blockchain governance. Their innovative consensus voting model empowers stakeholders and allows for the seamless transition from one set of rules to another. In advance of Akin Sawyerr,  speaking at the Money and Blockchain Summit at Africa Tech Summit in Kigali, Rwanda on Feb 5-6th, we take a look at…

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Credit scoring startups
African credit scoring startups can win ENGIE pilot projects at Africa Tech Summit Kigali

African startups with solutions in the credit scoring and financing space will have the chance to secure a testing phase for their technologies with French utility company ENGIE at Africa Tech Summit Kigali in February. Taking place for the third time on February 4-6, Africa Tech Summit Kigali brings together tech leaders, MNOs, banks, investors,…

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