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  • Entrepreneur Links Small-Scale African Farmers With Venture Capitalists

    small-scale African farmers with venture capitalists By Ann Brown, 1:13 pm AFKI Original

    There are millions of small-scale farmers locked out of Kenya’s formal economy. Alex Muriu is finding a way to help them. He created Farm Capital Africa to invest in profitable business ventures in the underfunded agricultural sector. He uses the internet to raise funds for agripreneurs — mostly youth and women age 25 to 35 — so they can scale up their agricultural ventures. “We have had some challenges,” Muriu told AFKInsider. “Social-impact investors are not as rampant as profit-making investors.”

  • Opera Software To Invest $100M In Africa’s Digital Economy

    Opera Software To Invest $100 Million In Africa's Digital Economy By Peter Pedroncelli, 9:18 am

    Norwegian Internet browser Opera Software has announced plans to invest $100 million in Africa’s digital economy over the next two years, as the company aims to consolidate its most robust market. The investment will be used to develop artificial intelligence that delivers Africans customized and localized content, while continued efforts will be made to reduce data costs by around 90 percent. The goal is also to grow African businesses in partnership with African tech companies. It is envisaged that Opera will bundle in third-party services that provide mobile payment and improved data features through the web browser.

  • 12 Revolutionary Tactics Employed By African Entrepreneurs

    African Entrepreneurs - South African Ashley Uys of Medical Diagnostech. Photo: CNN By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:36 am AFKI Original

    African entrepreneurs continue to be the a positive influence on economies and communities across the continent, as they strive to make their businesses work and solve problems experienced by fellow Africans. Successful entrepreneurs have a great deal of wisdom to share with others, and often employ revolutionary tactics or a specific mindset in order to bring their ideas to life. Here are 12 revolutionary tactics and mindsets employed by African entrepreneurs in their own words.

  • Vodacom Making Moves In East Africa, Acquires Majority Stake In Safaricom

    Vodacom Acquires Majority Stake In Safaricom. By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:39 am

    South African telecommunications giant Vodacom is in the process of acquiring a majority stake in Kenya’s largest company and major East African telecoms firm, Safaricom. The announcement was made on Monday, with a proposed 34.94 percent indirect stake set to be bought from the Kenyan government. The stake is worth 284 billion Kenyan shillings or around $2.76 billion, based on Safaricom’s current share price on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.

  • Is Africa Lagging Behind In The Drone Business?

    drone business By Staff, 8:44 am

    As transportation devices, drones are best suited to rural areas and countries that lack infrastructure. A drone network could be an important addition to the infrastructure of many African countries. Surveying, security and delivering goods including medicine to rural areas are drone applications that all have the potential to become big businesses in Africa. There’s evidence it’s already starting. Companies including Amazon, UPS and others in the logistics and transportation sector want to use drones for deliveries.

  • Africa Looks to Leverage Information And Communication Technology To Boost Development

    information and communication technology By Staff, 8:20 am

    African Heads of State and Government present at the recently concluded Transform Africa Summit pledged to advance the continent’s digital transformation. The leaders noted that they recognize the role of information and communication technology (ICT) in fast-tracking development of their countries and the continent in generals.

  • How And Why Investors Are Shaping Africa’s Fintech Sector

    fintech in Africa By Staff, 7:47 am

    Fintech represents low-hanging fruit for innovators and investors because many parts of the region are underserved with financial services.

  • South African Techpreneur Talks About Lessons From Silicon Valley

    Lessons From Silicon Valley By Staff, 9:32 am

    SweepSouth is a South African start-up which allows customers to book a home cleaner online at R38 (US$2.8) per hour. The company was launched in Cape Town in June 2014 by husband-and-wife team, Aisha Pandor and Alen Ribic, and has since expanded to Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban.

  • African Financial Services In 2017: Buying Low For The Upside

    African financial services By Kurt Davis Jr., 5:03 pm AFKI Original

    The story line in 2017 is buy undervalued assets, especially those with massive upside — no surprise. The surprise, however, may be looking for that opportunity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kabila is still in power despite his term of office ending. Mineral prices have been low and hurt local mining companies. Budget cuts are a big topic in local politics. The DRC, like one or two other countries on this list, is worrisome on the surface. But there are opportunities in the government’s desire to strengthen private-sector investment.

  • CodeBus Africa Inspiring African Youth To Be Tech Creators

    The team behind the success of CodeBus Africa in Zambia. Photo: Twitter By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:31 am

    The CodeBus Africa initiative, which sees African and Finnish programmers and tech experts working together to run coding workshops for young people throughout Africa, is aimed at inspiring a new generation of coders who will create innovative tech on the continent. The CodeBus Africa project is essentially a 100-day tour through 10 countries on the African continent, with Finnish and African innovators collaborating as part of Finland’s official 100th-anniversary celebrations.

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