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New develoPPP Ventures funding program for SA startups
  • Industry Announcements
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has launched develoPPP Ventures, a new funding scheme offering up to €100,000 (US$106,950) for successful startups in South Africa.
Breega launches $75M African VC fund
  • Paula Gilbert
Anglo-French VC firm Breega has launched a $75 million African investment fund aimed at early-stage startups across the continent.
Registration opens for Africa Tech Festival 2024
  • Industry Announcements
Registration has opened for the 2024 edition of Africa Tech Festival, the continent's leading platform for technology innovators, specialists and thought leaders.
Connecting Africa Podcast: S3 Ep. 3 – Unleashing the power of data
  • Paula Gilbert
In this Connecting Africa Podcast episode, we speak to Reza du Plooy, director and co-owner of data analytics consultancy Datalab, about the role data analytics plays in the success of African businesses and the unique challenges the continent faces.
Hot startup of the month: Rwanda's Ampersand
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa's hot startup this month is Rwanda's Ampersand, which designs, builds, and manufactures electric motorcycles and battery packs for motorcycle taxis.
Madica funds three African startups
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Madica, an Africa-focused pre-seed investment program, has selected three African startups as its first portfolio companies to receive investment funding.
Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Ketha Africa
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa's hot startup this month is Ketha Africa, a Kenya-based agrifin platform that seeks to automate agriculture ecosystems by connecting the value chain actors and providing a robust network to ensure the security of transactions.
Paymentology looks to strengthen its African roots
  • Paula Gilbert
Global issuer-processor Paymentology's CEO Jeff Parker spoke to Connecting Africa about the company's African roots and aspirations to work with more banks, fintechs and enterprises both on the continent and globally.
Women & technology: impacts of the digital gender divide
  • Connecting Africa News
Connecting Africa correspondent Chiti Mbizule investigates the state of Africa's digital gender gap and the impact this divide is having on access, education and entrepreneurship opportunities for local women.
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Tech Herfrica
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa's hot startup is Nigeria's Tech Herfrica, a social impact organization that focuses on the digital and financial inclusion of women and girls in rural areas of Nigeria.
Omdia View: February 2024
  • Guest Perspectives
Highlights in February 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included 5G launches in Senegal and 5G trials in Egypt as well as Kenya's first 5G MVNO.
Key adoption areas for machine learning in Africa
  • Connecting Africa News
ICT analyst Francis Hook identifies some of the key sectors that could be positively impacted by machine learning, including education, government services, healthcare and climate tech.
Connecting Africa Podcast: S3 Ep. 1 – Trending topics in 2024
  • Paula Gilbert
The Connecting Africa Podcast is back for season three. In this episode, we discuss startups and companies making their mark across emerging trends like social commerce, AI and smartphone affordability, and we venture into the hot topic of climate tech.
AI's impact on African telcos
  • Connecting Africa News
Many African telecommunications companies are turning to artificial intelligence as a differentiator to improve their mobile networks and enhance customer service and experience as they transition from traditional telco offerings into new tech-first verticals.
Four AI trends to look out for in 2024
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa has compiled a list of four artificial intelligence (AI) trends to look out for on the African continent in 2024.
Hot startup of the month: South Africa's Botlhale AI
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa's hot startup this month is South Africa's Botlhale AI, which creates conversational AI tools for African languages while helping businesses engage customers in languages they understand and trust.
SA's Teraco to power data centers with 120MW solar plant
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Teraco, the vendor-neutral data center provider, is planning the construction of a 120 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) energy facility in the Free State province of South Africa.
Global 'funding winter' hits African tech startups
  • Paula Gilbert
Disrupt Africa's latest African Tech Startups Funding Report shows that investment into startups fell 28% to US$2.4 billion in 2023, as the global "funding winter" began to bite.
Four African cloud startups to watch in 2024
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa has compiled a list of four cloud-powered startups that have been making an impact on the lives of the communities they serve and are worth watching in 2024.
Hot startup of the month: Kenya's eBiashara
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa's hot startup this month is Kenya's eBiashara, a supply chain finance platform that offers scalable cloud solutions to its customers.
Showmax 2.0 to launch in February
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South Africa's Multichoice has announced that its revamped streaming platform, Showmax, will go live in February 2024, with the promise of a variety of local and international shows.
SA's RedAcademy connects young people to IT jobs
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa sat down with SA-based RedAcademy to find out more about the skills and experiential learning hub that specializes in teaching coding and technology skills inside a live software environment.
ATF 2023: GrindTea founder Wandile Mthiyane on workplace diversity
  • Connecting Africa Video
GrindTea Founder and CEO Wandile Mthiyane spoke to Connecting Africa Associate Editor Matshepo Sehloho at Africa Tech Festival about how the startup is shaking up job search by connecting women and people of color with workplaces that are diverse and inclusive.
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Enricher
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa's hot startup is Nigerian Enricher, a halal wealth management platform that enables individuals and corporates to grow their wealth while adhering to the principles of Sharia law.
Optiva: Africa MVNO outlook for 2024
  • Paula Gilbert
Optiva's VP for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Salman Tariq, advises African Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) to put innovation at the heart of their strategy to enhance success in 2024 and to embrace AI solutions.
Qualcomm launches 2024 Africa startup mentorship program
  • Paula Gilbert
Qualcomm Technologies has completed the first year of its Make in Africa Startup Mentorship Program and is opening applications for 2024, adding on new features like intellectual property rights training and a patent filing incentive fund.
ATF 2023: Google's Alex Okosi on AI, cloud & digital skills
  • Connecting Africa Video
Google's Managing Director for Africa, Alex Okosi, spoke to Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at Africa Tech Festival 2023 about Google's strategy for growth in 2024 including key focus areas like artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, and digital skills development.
Orange launches super app 'Max it' for Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
Telecoms operator Orange has launched its own super app, called Max it, in five African countries with plans to roll it out across its operations in Africa and the Middle East.
ATF 2023: African startups win big
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Africa Tech Festival held last week in Cape Town, South Africa, saw African startups winning accolades for their innovative skills as well as technological prowess.
MWC Kigali: GSMA's Mats Granryd on Africa's mobile economy
  • Connecting Africa Video
GSMA Director General Mats Granryd sat down with Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at MWC Kigali 2023 to talk about the growth of Africa's mobile economy and the major trends making waves in the industry.
Uber SA introduces electric scooters
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Ride-hailing platform Uber South Africa has committed to becoming a zero-emissions company by 2040 and has launched electric scooters for its new offering Uber Package.
Airbnb pledges $500K to Africa's tourism sector
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Digital accommodation marketplace Airbnb has announced a commitment of around $500,000 to support inclusive and sustainable tourism growth across the African continent.
Hot startup of the month: SA's Contract Understanding
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa's hot startup this month is South African Contract Understanding, which uses an AI-powered software-as-a-service solution to help businesses securely store, organize and manage post-signature contracts.
InDrive enters Zimbabwe's Bulawayo
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Ride-sharing platform InDrive is expanding its services to Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo after successfully introducing its services in the capital of Harare in May this year.
Five African healthtech startups to watch
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa has compiled a list of five African healthtech startups that have been making an impact in the lives of the communities they serve and are worth keeping an eye on in 2023.
Google launches AI accelerator for Africa
  • Connecting Africa News
Google has announced a new Startups Accelerator: AI First program aimed specifically at startups looking to use artificial intelligence to solve local challenges.
Edtech app G-Quiz helping Gambian students pass exams
  • Connecting Africa News
Gambian edtech app G-Quiz is helping secondary school students prepare for exams and has ambitions to expand into both anglophone and francophone countries in West Africa, as well as parts of North Africa.
The state of Africa's edtech sector
  • Connecting Africa News
Africa's edtech market continues to grow as tech and education entrepreneurs seek to improve the digital education divide and prepare the workforce for jobs of the future.
Five African AI startups to watch in 2023
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa has compiled a list of five AI-powered startups that have been making an impact in the lives of the communities they serve and are worth watching in 2023.
Interview: Airtel Business Africa's Luc Serviant on agritech trends
  • Connecting Africa Video
Airtel Business Africa's Group Enterprise Director, Luc Serviant, joined Connecting Africa for a video interview in Nairobi, Kenya, to talk about agritech trends in Africa and how operators are partnering with startups to help the agricultural value chain to flourish.
Digital banking group Tyme raises another $77.8M
  • Paula Gilbert
Tyme has raised another US$77.8 million in a pre-series C capital raise, securing two new international investors, while South African flagship TymeBank's customers have reached 7 million.
IBM, NASA using AI to answer climate change questions
  • Paula Gilbert
A collaboration between IBM and NASA aims to use artificial intelligence to answer some of the most pertinent questions regarding climate change and its impact on Africa and the rest of the planet.
Agritech's role in mitigating climate risk in Africa
  • Connecting Africa News
Agritech is gaining traction across Africa as a means of promoting food security, protecting farmer incomes, and supporting the sustainable development of a rapidly expanding continent.
Connecting Africa Podcast: S2 Ep. 6 – Breaking into VC
  • Paula Gilbert
In this episode the Connecting Africa Podcast team speak to Cindy Ai, co-founder of Dream VC, about why so many young Africans aspire to get into the venture capital game and how her investor accelerator is helping them do that.
Hot startup of the month: Rwanda's Smart Ikigega
  • Matshepo Sehloho
This month's hot startup, Smart Ikigega, wants to revolutionize the rural agricultural trade ecosystem in Rwanda by helping farmers access finance and harvest insurance.
Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem
  • Africa Tech Perspectives
New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.
GSMA backs African climate resilience startups
  • Connecting Africa News
GSMA opens applications for grants backing projects that use mobile and digital technology to improve climate resilience and help with adaptation in selected regions, including Africa.


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New develoPPP Ventures funding program for SA startups

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has launched develoPPP Ventures, a new funding scheme offering up to €100,000 (US$106,950) for successful startups in South Africa.

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Huawei using SA data centers to extend AI cloud adoption

Chinese multinational Huawei is using its three data centers in South Africa to extend artificial intelligence (AI) cloud adoption in the country.

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Uber's Marjorie Saint-Lot on inclusion and sustainability in Africa

Uber's Country Manager for Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, Marjorie Saint-Lot, shares how the ride-hailing company is approaching public-private partnerships, environmentally friendly initiatives and gender inclusion in Africa.

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The 100 most influential African leaders in 2023

A new report from Africa Tech Festival and Connecting Africa puts a spotlight on the top 100 African leaders in the telecoms and technology sector in 2023.

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Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.

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Omdia View: May 2024

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May 2024's telecoms highlights in the Middle East and Africa included African 5G subscriptions surpassing 5 million, growth from SpaceX's satellite Internet service Starlink, and a major fiber partnership in the Middle East and North Africa.

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How e-mobility could transform Africa's transport sector

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ICT analyst Francis Hook delves into Africa's e-mobility sector and unpacks the challenges faced locally and the benefits the move to electric vehicles could bring to urban transport systems.

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