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VC4Africa launches new partner tool to support organizations targeting African startups

Event organizers, competition organizers, corporations, foundations, accelerators, incubators, investment funds and other startup ecosystem players can now publish branded promo pages on the VC4Africa platform and use these pages to launch their campaigns and collect applications from entrepreneurs across Africa. Partner Pages are a great way to launch and promote events, programs and campaigns and […]

New Jersey-based Kirusa, a developer of Voice SMS based Mobile Value Added Services (MVAS) for emerging markets, has acquired Saya, a Ghana-based developer of mobile messaging apps for feature phones. Often described as the ‘WhatsApp for feature phones’, Saya is a mobile messaging app that caters to high-growth mobile markets worldwide, bringing cheap mobile messaging […]

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Becoming an investable startup in east africa the pivot east criteria – april 2014 from John Kieti

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March 30th to 31st, the first Angel Fair West Africa will be held in Lagos, Nigeria! Around 100 entrepreneurs and investors from across Africa and abroad are invited to come together. The event is organised by the Angel Africa List together with the Lagos Angel Network and the African Venture Capital Association. We had a […]

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Dubai-based online shopping portal Souq.com has raised $75 million in new funding from South African media giant Naspers. Souq.com, referred to as the Amazon of the Middle East, has over 6.2 million registered users and a current valuation of over $500 million. Founded in 2005, Souq.com has raised $150 million in funding to date and will use the […]

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Bill Gates may be one of the world’s most famous philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and guest editors, but could he be adding venture capitalist to the list? Over the past few years it seems that Gates has, in fact, been increasing his investment in startups. Though not as active in venture capital as other, less-billionaire-y, technology billionaires, […]

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Organized angel investor networks in India largely work in isolation but that seems to be changing. Some of the country’s top angel networks have come together to form an association dubbed the Angel Association of India (AAI). The outfit was formally instituted on November 21 in a closed door meeting on the sidelines of the […]

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DEMO Africa just announced the 40 entrepreneurs selected to launch at this year’s DEMO Africa conference, held in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 24 and 25. DEMO Africa is a must-attend event for both investors, entrepreneurs, tech media & others looking for Africa’s “next big things”. You can now book your tickets online. This year DEMO Africa […]

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(This essay is derived from a talk at the Harvard Computer Society.) You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible. Most startups that fail do it because they fail at one of these. A startup […]

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It’s about time that the Middle East had its own entrepreneurship-related TV show. Now, thanks to UAE telecom company du, a small business focused reality TV show, titled “The Entrepreneur,” will launch this summer, pitting 10 entrepreneurs against each other in pursuit of AED 1 million (US$ 272K). A leader at du let us in on […]

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