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U.S. Company Acquires African Mobile Messaging Startup Saya

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 […]

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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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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Nominations now open for 2012 PopTech Social Innovation Fellows

How do we encourage resilience in the face of the world’s many challenges? PopTech’s major focus in 2012 centers on that very question. And some of the best new solutions we’ve seen have come directly from social innovators, visionaries on the front lines of social change. Now is your chance to help speed up their impact, by nominating candidates […]

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Wealthy Americans are giving more to charity as the economy improves, research shows. Here’s a list of the top 10 donors   Margaret A Cargill • 2011 donations: $6bn • Beneficiaries: Anne Ray Charitable Trust and Margaret A Cargill Foundation An agribusiness heiress, Cargill died in 2006, but topped the Chronicle’s list as her foundations liquidated her assets […]

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