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CNN)For a second year in a row, Kenya’s busy capital city of Nairobi has been named the most intelligent city in Africa — failing, however, to make it to the world’s top seven finalists. According to the Intelligent Community Forum, “intelligent communities” are those that have taken “conscious steps” to create an economy that can […]

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Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Africa

FROM A FUZZY MATH WHIZ TO A JOB CREATOR, THE AFRICAN-BASED INNOVATORS GAINING TRACTION. 1. ENEZA EDUCATION For providing kids in rural Africa with a virtual tutor. The Kenyan startup, cofounded by two former members of Nairobi’s iHub community, creates educational content that kids in low-income rural areas can access on low-end cell phones. Through […]

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Kenya’s Sendy: Connecting Customers to Trustworthy Couriers

Kenyan startup Sendy has launched to provide a platform for on-demand deliveries, connecting customers with reliable couriers who have been reviewed by other users. Allowing customers to contract a reliable rider and pay via mobile money or Visa, Sendy seeks to overcome the lack of trust between customers and couriers and gains revenues through a […]

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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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VC4Africa | Investor Summit at DEMO Africa 2014 from VC4Africa on Vimeo. On Wednesday September 24, the day before DEMO Africa 2014 we are bringing together different Angel Networks that have emerged across Africa over the past years. The event will be the first time networks like the Cairo Angels, the Lagos Angels Network, the […]

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Standard Bank today announced the launch of their mobile payment app, SnapScan. This is the bank’s first mobile payment offering that allows merchants to receive payments from their customers through a combination of a QR code and a secure PIN number. According to Standard Bank’s Head of Innovation and Channel Design, Vuyo Mpako, “We are […]

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Speakers Announced for Tech Demo Africa 2014

David Visser, Chief Information Officer of Coca-Cola Southern Africa; Chose Choeu, Managing Director of Corporate Affairs for Eskom; and Frank Rizzo, Technology Sector Lead for KPMG in Africa are just some of the speakers who will all be captivating delegates with informative presentations. Among those who will be attending, Professor Ray Kekwaletswe from Wits University; Pieter […]

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Mobile Asia Expo 2014

Mark your calendars now to be a part of Asia’s fastest-growing and most exciting mobile event. Mobile Asia Expo 2013 had over 20,000 business and consumer attendees, as well as an incredible conference, innovative exhibition and impressive line-up of Featured Programmes.  MAE 2014 will be even bigger and better, so plan to join us on […]

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The many startups and accelerators popping up across the African continent have attracted much attention from stateside techies and major corporations. However, what have yet to be highlighted are the entrepreneurs championing African innovation in our own backyard. The Washington, D.C., accelerator tiphub recently teamed up with the Maryland-based advisory group Mansa Colabs to do […]

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One of the key features of the African digital renaissance is that it is increasingly home grown. In other sectors of the African economy, such as mining or agribusiness, much of the know-how is imported and the wealth extracted. But Africa’s 700 million or so mobile subscribers use services that are provided locally, and they […]

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