Kenya: Latest News
Kurt Davis Jr., 5:18 pm AFKI Original
While some African supermarket chains are achieving success, Kenyan brands Nakumatt and Uchumi are struggling badly. Smaller countries, such as Mozambique and Namibia, provide bigger opportunities for expansion (and returns) compared to East African nations. One can better manage growth expectations and costs in neighboring southern African countries, including Zambia, than in the rising East African giants.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:26 am
East African mobile giant Safaricom’s M-Pesa has been upgraded so that enhanced features can be added to the mobile money transfer platform. The popular Kenyan money transfer system was upgraded last week, with a service interruption of 13 hours explained as necessary to enable new features which will be added to M-Pesa in the coming months for the benefit of their 26 million customers.
Staff, 12:21 pm
Anyona is among a growing army of farmers changing the East African nation’s agriculture sector, giving it a new face. Millions of youth are now venturing into it. Armed with a smart phone, laptop and the internet, the new crop of farmers have engineered a revolution that has not only changed the perception towards farming but is also contributing to the country’s efforts in achieving food security. “This is my third year in farming. Technology has made it easier to navigate,” Anyona said.
Staff, 7:16 am
Led by serial entrepreneur Jorn Lyseggen, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), is a Pan-African entrepreneurial training program, seed fund, and incubator that was created for the purpose of realizing talent and merging it with opportunity. MEST has been the backbone of a number of world-class African tech and software companies. Leading the pack with inspiring examples of African startup exits such as medical claim handling company ClaimSync and mobile chat app Saya Mobile.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:35 pm
Aaron Fu was recently appointed as the new managing director of Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, a training program, seed fund and Africa’s largest tech incubator based in Ghana. The incubator has links throughout Africa, and since launching in 2008 it has already invested over $20 million in African startups. Over 350 individual entrepreneurs have graduated from the training program and over 30 tech startups have been launched thanks to its support.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:38 pm AFKI Original
The World Bank Group is committed to supporting the growth of Africa’s digital economy through XL Africa, a business acceleration initiative that is providing a raft of benefits for the 20 most promising startups in sub-Saharan Africa. These African digital entrepreneurs have an opportunity to be mentored by various global specialists, increase their visibility on the continent and receive access to corporate partners and investors.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:45 am
The new dotAfrica internet domain continues to attract interest, with thousands registrations taking place for the top-level domain. The dotAfrica top-level internet domain attracted over 8,000 registrations since its launch in July this year, displaying a popularity for the domain among businesses, organisations and individuals, with brands such as banks and media companies ensuring that they captured a domain for themselves.
Peter Pedroncelli, 10:14 am AFKI Original
Africa is home to some of the strongest militaries in the world, with one North African country in particular featuring in the top 10 of the global list. Global Firepower produces an annual military ranking that takes into account 50 factors to determine a list of the most powerful armies in the world from a selection of 133 countries. Here are the 13 African countries with the strongest militaries.
Staff, 8:52 am
The IFC is investing $6M into Africa’s Talking, an African mobile tech provider. The Nairobi-based start-up offers bulk SMS, short code and premium SMS, in addition to customized mobile messaging solutions for its customers. The IFC is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. The funds have been earmarked for the expansion of Africa’s Talking, with the IFC aiming to help it utilize more markets than the current seven countries.
Staff, 8:57 am
The latest high-profile scandals in Silicon Valley highlight that the battle for gender equity in the United States is far from won. Despite the tech industry’s progressive reputation, its track record for hiring, promoting and funding women is bleak: Only 17 % of American startups have female founders. But, halfway across the globe in tech hubs like Lagos, Nigeria, and Nairobi, Kenya, 46 percent of African ventures have a female founder and prospects for closing the gender gap there are high.
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