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Investor networks to work towards pan-African Business Angel Network

Investor networks to work towards pan-African Business Angel Network

Investor networks from across Africa attending last week’s DEMO Africa event in Lagos, Nigeria agreed to investigate how to form a pan-African Business Angel Network focused on early stage SME investing on the continent. Read More

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Uche Ofodile joins Tigo as CEO in DRCUche Ofodile joins Tigo as CEO in DRC Former Chief Marketing Officer for Vodafone Ghana, Uche Ofodile has joined the Millicom Group as the ...
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African startups fast-tracked by Microsoft’s second round of innovation grantsAfrican startups fast-tracked by Microsoft’s second round of innovation grants Microsoft Corp. today announced seven new African startups to receive funding, technical support and mentorship to ...
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MTN Business partners with City Lodge Hotel GroupMTN Business partners with City Lodge Hotel Group MTN and City Lodge Hotel Group have announced a partnership to improve connectivity and telecommunications services ...
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Sunday 28 Sep

StarTimes DRC: one year of digital content amid controversy

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Twelve months ago, StarTimes was a relatively unknown company in DRC, but the Chinese pay TV operator has become the talk of the town in every street corner and marketplace of this Central African nation.»
Friday 26 Sep

Dimension Data announces Wirelessco

KENYA
Dimension Data MEA is to launch a new company, WirelessCo, which will build and operate an open access carrier-grade WiFi network.  »
Tuesday 23 Sep

UBA, ATI collaborate to boost regional and international trade

KENYA
United Bank for Africa (UBA) has entered into a partnership with the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) to ease the flow of credit to clients engaging in regional and international trade.»
Tuesday 23 Sep

3rd Startup Knight competition to take place in SA

SOUTH AFRICA
Byte Orbit has launched the third edition of its annual Startup Knight competition, which the company says aims to empower aspiring tech entrepreneurs in South Africa and offers the winner ZAR250,000 (US$22,000) in prizes.  »
Monday 22 Sep

Global smartphone shipments to reach 1.2bn this year

The number of smartphone shipments will approach 1.2bn this year, an increase of 19% from 985m in 2013, says a new report.»
Friday 19 Sep

PWC: Internet to generate most media spend across Africa

Increased Internet access will generate more consumer spend than any other media product or service in the next five years in the South African entertainment and media industry, according to a report issued by PwC.»
Friday 19 Sep

ITC urges governments to increase public procurement from women vendors

RWANDA
The International Trade Centre (ITC) has launched an initiative to increase the number public procurement contracts being awarded to women-owned businesses. Currently only an estimated 1% of public-procurement contracts globally are awarded to WOBs or women entrepreneurs.   »
Friday 19 Sep

DRC: 80 million people, few ISPs

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
With only around 20 ISPs operating in DRC, users report a lack of competition and high prices.»
Thursday 18 Sep

Orange launches start-up accelerator programme in Ivory Coast

IVORY COAST
With “Orange Fab Ivory Coast” and “Fab Israel”, Orange’s network of start-up accelerators is now present on four continents. »
Wednesday 17 Sep

Safaricom shareholders agree yuMobile buyout

KENYA
Shareholders of Kenya’s leading telecom Safaricom voted in favour of the company’s acquisition of the network, IT and infrastructure of smaller rival yuMobile at the firm’s annual general meeting (AGM), meaning the deal now only requires regulatory approval to proceed.»
Wednesday 17 Sep

Metacom enables SA’s leading independent ATM network

Since 2005 Spark ATM has grown to be South Africa’s leading independent ATM network, with over 2,500 cash machines in some of the country’s most remote areas - all built on the basis of a uniquely lean, low-cost business model that has enabled it to put ATMs where nobody else can.   »
Tuesday 16 Sep

TLcom achieves second profitable African exit of 2014 with Movirtu sale

Venture capital firm TLcom Capital (TLcom) has announced its second profitable exit in Africa this year with the sale for an undisclosed fee of virtual identity solutions provider for mobile operators Movirtu to BlackBerry.»
Tuesday 16 Sep

Why CWG is re-strategising

NIGERIA
Nigeria’s Computer Warehouse Group (CWG Plc) is re-strategising to take the company in a different direction.»
Monday 15 Sep

Green accelerator programme launched in Kenya

KENYA
Impact Amplifier, Growth Africa, VC4Africa and Hivos have joined forces to launch an accelerator programme for green entrepreneurs, looking to help these entrepreneurs scale their innovations across Africa.»
Monday 15 Sep

Outsourcing of telecoms towers management a win-win situation - analysts

The sale of tower assets by African telecoms operators to independent management firms is a win-win situation, according to analysts, with operators benefitting from reduced costs and the buyers obtaining potentially valuable long-term assets. »
Friday 12 Sep

Nigeria will drive West African operations, says Asseco chief

NIGERIA
European software giant Asseco Group has decided to open shop in Nigeria to drive its presence in the sub-region from the country.»

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