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Startup School is Going Global!

In the past few years, we've seen more founders from around the world coming to Silicon Valley to start startups. In YC's W14 batch alone, we had founders from 22 different countries, and every year we see an increasing number of international applicants.  We want to help founders from all over learn about startups, so […]

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

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Technology Entrepreneurship as Panacea to Youth Unemployment in Nigeria

By Kenneth Omeruo I am of the opinion that perhaps the ugly, unfortunate and regrettable incident where many young Nigerians lost their lives in a stampede during the Nigerian Immigration Service recruitment exercise could have been avoided if the government had taken youth unemployment a bit more seriously and as a top priority over the years. […]

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Investor interest in Africa tends to focus on commodities and the continent's gold, copper and diamond reserves. But tremendous growth in its technology sector is starting to turn heads and could signal the start of a "silicon Africa" – provided infrastructure catches up with the region's high-tech ambitions. "We think that there will be tremendous […]

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Geeks on a Plane

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Organized by 500 Startups, Geeks on a Plane (#GOAP) is an invite-only tour for startups, investors, and executives to learn about burgeoning technology markets worldwide. We travel by planes, trains, and automobiles to the most exciting international startup scenes with the sole mission of uniting geeks and exploring cross-border opportunities. The result: a lifelong bond […]

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Today, we are proud to announce that Google for Entrepreneurs, our longstanding partner in creating a more entrepreneurial world, has partnered to double the UP impact and expand into over 1,000 cities globally by 2016. This partnership will bring assistance to hundreds of thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs. The UP platform will continue to develop, offering […]

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The VentureOut Challenge—a campaign by infoDev and CRDF Global to help mobile apps go international—announced today the 24 competitors with the most potential and preparation to enter new international markets. The 24 semifinalists will receive hands-on business mentorship from one of eight local tech community partners that will serve as international landing pads for each […]

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Think what the future of transport will look like in South Africa in a few decades time. Okay, there probably won’t be flying cars or Elon Musk-ish hyperloops. It’s more likely going to be along the lines of peer-to-peer data sharing or having access to all your travel information in the palm of your hand. […]

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Global technological giants Google have joined the ‘Africa rising’ bandwagon by launching a competition in which entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators and web lovers across the continent will share their stories of how the web has transformed their lives and work. “Whether you’re a photographer, an entrepreneur, a fashion designer or a community activist, if the internet […]

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