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African startups raise almost $4B in 2021
  • Paula Gilbert
Africa's startup ecosystem raised almost $4 billion in 2021 according to startups deals database Africa: The Big Deal – with Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt and Kenya taking the lion's share.
Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 6 – Rise of the super app
  • Paula Gilbert
This week the team discusses the rising trend of super apps in Africa with Gozem Co-Founder Raphael Dana, who gives us the backstory to the platform, which has become an integrated app for on-demand transportation, delivery and cashless payment solutions.
Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 5 – AI vs. humanity
  • Paula Gilbert
This week, Tunisian startup InstaDeep's Co-Founder Zohra Slim joined the podcast and shared the human story behind the successful AI startup and how you maintain startup culture even when your company grows.
Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 4 – Cutting out the middleman
  • Paula Gilbert
This week the team caught up with Amitruck Founder and CEO Mark Mwangi. The startup's digital logistics marketplace is helping Kenyans secure transport directly from truck drivers and owners by cutting out the need for brokers.
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's HouseAfrica
  • Tom Jackson
This month's featured startup is Nigerian blockchain-based land registry, HouseAfrica, which is on a mission to unlock dead capital in Africa's land and real estate space.
Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 1 – Creating a fintech giant
  • Paula Gilbert
The pilot episode of the new Connecting Africa Podcast covers fintech and mobile money in Africa, the rise of the African 'Super App' and the evolution of mobile financial services, as well as crypto currencies on the continent.
Customer experience is telco's next 'battleground'
  • Paula Gilbert
South African social data and insights company BrandsEye thinks its unique blend of AI and human intelligence could help Africa's telcos face a battleground around customer service.
Liquid, Project Taara beam broadband across Congo River
  • Paula Gilbert
Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Alphabet's Project Taara have found a way to bridge a particularly stubborn connectivity gap between Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo and Kinshasa in the DRC.
Research Bites: Blockchain potential for SA agriculture
  • Guest Perspectives
This article, in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development explores how blockchain can be used in the agricultural sector to help improve production and distribution processes.
Hot startup of the month: Tunisia's InstaDeep
  • Tom Jackson
Tunisian startup InstaDeep builds advanced decision-making and optimization AI solutions for enterprise clients. It is one of the best-funded AI ventures on the continent.
SA startup launches Life.file, the 'Dropbox for death'
  • Paula Gilbert
A female-founded South African startup and legal technology company has launched a service called Life.file which helps people create, store and share the legal information loved ones will need when they die.
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Gradely
  • Tom Jackson
Nigerian AI-based ed-tech solution Gradely is an adaptive learning app that recommends video lessons, practice questions and on-demand tutors to help students master challenging subject areas.
Safaricom launches M-Pesa 'super app'
  • Paula Gilbert
Safaricom has launched its long-awaited M-Pesa 'super app' with new features like offline mode as well as mini-apps within the app.
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Bankly
  • Tom Jackson
Nigerian startup Bankly is digitizing cash for people who work in the informal sector and helping unbanked Nigerians save money, invest and gain access to credit and other financial services.
Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Illuminum Greenhouses
  • Tom Jackson
Kenyan IoT startup Illuminum Greenhouses builds smart greenhouses equipped with intelligent irrigation and fertigation systems, which help eliminate guesswork from farming and increase yields by using solar-powered sensors.
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's OnePipe
  • Tom Jackson
This month's hot startup is Nigeria's OnePipe, which is aggregating APIs from banks and fintechs into a standardized gateway that is easy to integrate and makes partnerships seamless.
Ghanaian startups get boost from Catalyst Fund
  • Connecting Africa News
Ghanaian digital commerce startups Boost Ghana and KudiGo are the first two out of six startups to join the Catalyst Fund Inclusive Digital Commerce Accelerator.
Google pledges $25M to empower women and girls
  • Paula Gilbert
Google will give $25 million in funding to non-profits and social enterprises that are working to advance the economic empowerment of women and girls, calling on African organizations to apply.
Hot startup of the month: Egypt's Vezeeta
  • Tom Jackson
Vezeeta, an Egyptian telemedicine platform, had a big 2020, raising US$40 million in Series D funding and expanding its healthtech services into Kenya and Nigeria.
Alphabet grounds Loon Internet project
  • Paula Gilbert
Balloon-powered Internet company Loon is shutting down, an unexpected announcement after projects in Kenya and Mozambique expected to use the technology in 2021.
The state of funding for Africa's tech startups
  • Paula Gilbert
The estimated value of startup funding in Africa during 2020 was $1.3 billion, plus about $1.12 billion worth of disclosed M&A, according to a new Briter Bridges report.
Hot startup of the month: Ghana's Sumundi
  • Tom Jackson
Sumundi, a Ghana-based startup, has developed an online and offline based retail management and point-of-sale platform for physical retailers.
Hot startup of the month: SA's FlexClub
  • Tom Jackson
South African startup FlexClub has launched a managed marketplace that helps independent drivers on digital platforms become vehicle owners.
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's VNTS
  • Tom Jackson
Nigerian startup VNTS manufactures network devices that solve last-mile connectivity and last-inch Wi-Fi signal issues using existing electrical cabling.
Hot startup of the month: Kenya's MPost
  • Tom Jackson
MPost, a Kenyan digital addressing company, is providing those without physical addresses a way to receive mail using a virtual address linked to their mobile number.


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Super-app Gozem raises $5M for expansion plans

Gozem, the Francophone African super-app, has raised $5 million in a Series A round to help fund its expansion plans.

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African startups raise almost $4B in 2021

Africa's startup ecosystem raised almost $4 billion in 2021 according to startups deals database Africa: The Big Deal – with Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt and Kenya taking the lion's share.

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Omdia View: October 2021

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Across the Middle East and Africa, regulators are beginning to facilitate spectrum allocation to operators in the region for the deployment of new and innovative technology.

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Research Bites: Why Africans stop using mobile apps

By Chinedu Wilfred Okonkwo, Magda Huisman and Estelle Taylor

This article – in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development – explores the reasons behind why Africans stop using certain mobile apps.

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Digital inclusion as a catalyst for economic empowerment: Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu

Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu talks to Connecting Africa about how digital payment solutions and mobile money are transforming the lives of small business owners, women and marginalized groups in East Africa.

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Accelerating women in STEM: In conversation with GirlCode's Tinyiko Simbine

GirlCode co-founder and CFO Tinyiko Simbine talks about why it's important to help girls and young women excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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How Poa Internet is unlocking meaningful connectivity in East Africa

Poa Internet's CEO Andy Halsall shares his views on what it takes to develop last-mile connectivity and get Africans online in a meaningful way.

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Meeting SME’s where they are - Building inclusive ecosystems for Africa’s small business owners

Micro and small businesses have been, and still are, the spine and lifeblood of the African economy, making up 90% of businesses on the continent.

Many of these businesses have still been operating in traditional ways and serving non-digital customers. With Covid-19 expediting the digital transformation process, businesses - big and small - have been forced to adapt to operate successfully in a more digital-first environment.

To ensure that the digitalization of Africa’s market doesn’t leave micro and small businesses behind, digital solutions must be inclusive and create business-ready environments. But how can we ensure that African SMEs become digitally enabled?

In this webinar we will share from our own experience on how to create such an environment, and the actions we took in vcita to get there, including:

  • Closing the digital literacy gap through tech inclusion 
  • Making a positive impact on local communities
  • Building the foundations for digital inclusion and small business growth in a technology-accelerated world
  • Building the foundations for digital inclusion and small business growth in a technology-accelerated world

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