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  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Airbnb In Africa

    Airbnb in Africa - Airbnb rentals are booming across Africa. Photo - TimesLive By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:57 am AFKI Original

    The story of Airbnb in Africa is one of positive growth. The mobile app-based hospitality booking site allows people to make their homes or spare rooms available to visiting guests for a fee, and it continues to thrive and grow in Africa. Established in 2008, Airbnb hosts have welcomed over 200 million guests in 191 countries since the early days of the company, with Cape Town in South Africa proving to be the most popular African destination for the Airbnb hosts and users.

  • African Telecom Group Econet Wireless Considering London Stock Exchange Listing

    Econet Wireless founder Strive Masiyiwa. Photo: mg.co.za By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:42 am

    African telecommunications company Econet Wireless may be considering a listing on the London Stock Exchange at some point during the course of 2018. The company is allegedly considering the sale of shares on the English bourse to the value of around $8bn through a combination of new and existing assets. Econet Wireless has operations and investments throughout the world.

  • Opinion: Time For Distressed Asset Investing And Restructuring In Africa

    Mining provides distressed asset investing opportunities in Africa. By Kurt Davis Jr., 3:43 am AFKI Original

    The talk of distressed asset investing in Africa is growing. A total of $6.5 billion has been raised for African private equity from 2011 to 2016, according to the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA), with a total reported deal value over the same period of $22.7 billion for 900+ deals. In 2016 alone, 145 deals were reported totalling $3.8 billion. We explore the sectors offering the best opportunities for distressed asset investors.

  • Africa’s Largest Tech Incubator Launches New Spaces In Lagos And Cape Town

    Tech incubator - The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in Ghana. Photo - Movemeback By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:35 am

    The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), a training program, seed fund and Africa’s largest tech incubator based in Ghana, has launched two new incubator spaces in Nigeria and South Africa. In addition to the flagship incubator in Accra, MEST has launched two new spaces in Lagos, Nigeria and Cape Town, South Africa, expanding its reach and presence in Africa. Since launching in 2008 it has already invested over $20 million in African startups.

  • Building An African Angel Investment Community One Step At A Time

    Investing in Africa - The 2017 African Angel Investor Summit took place in Cape Town. Photo - VC4A By Tom Jackson, 5:48 pm AFKI Original

    Last week, for the fourth year in a row, the investment community of Africa came together in Cape Town to discuss trends, opportunities and pitfalls with regards to backing African startups. It might not seem that big of a deal, but in the embryonic days of African angel and venture capital, where the vast majority of startups lack access to funding, the signs that a dedicated community of investors is being built are positive.

  • 10 Global Tech Companies That Are Investing In Africa

    Google is one of many tech companies investing in Africa By Peter Pedroncelli, 7:43 am AFKI Original

    For many global tech companies, investing in Africa is a strategy for growth that is allowing them to tap into a growing market that is full of great potential. Tech companies from across various sectors are looking to Africa for growth, with the likes of Facebook, Google and Microsoft all putting their money into the continent. Whether they are investing in infrastructure, skills or the startup ecosystem, these tech companies are boosting economies and creating jobs.

  • Seedstars Africa Summit Bringing Together The Continent’s Best Tech Startups In December

    Seedstars Africa Summit - The Seedstars World Summit. Photo - Seedstars By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:30 am

    The Seedstars Africa Summit will be bringing together the best tech startup talent from around the African continent in December. The third annual Seedstars Africa Summit will take place on Dec. 14 in Mozambique, with all of the winners of the various Seedstars World competitions throughout Africa attending the event. Seedstars World holds these events in around 70 countries before winners are selected to take part in a grand final.

  • Mobile Spam-Blocking App Truecaller Setting Up Regional Headquarters In South Africa

    headquarters in South Africa By Peter Pedroncelli, 8:09 am

    Truecaller, a Swedish mobile spam-blocking app that is popular with users throughout Africa has chosen to set up its regional headquarters in South Africa. The app, which has over 250 million users worldwide, and a fifth of those in Africa, has announced it will launch its regional headquarters in South Africa. Truecaller is the world’s largest verified mobile phone community dedicated to helping users to avoid and block spam calls and messages.

  • 10 Winners From The AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards 2017

    AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards - BoomplayMusic was given the Best African App award. Photo - Twitter By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:15 am AFKI Original

    The winners of the Appsafrica.com Innovation Awards 2017 were recently crowned, with a number of mobile apps recognized in various categories. The awards celebrate the best in mobile and tech ventures from across Africa. The annual awards attracted over 300 submissions from across 31 countries judged by an independent panel of leading industry experts, with the winners announced at the awards party in Cape Town last week.

  • Google Reveals New Mentorship Program And Launchpad Space For African Startups

    Mentorship program - African startups to benefit from a new Google Launchpad program. Photo - Google By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:55 am

    Google has launched a mentorship program that is specifically focused on supporting African tech entrepreneurs, with a new Google Launchpad space now available in Nigeria. Google Developers Launchpad Africa, which will operate from a new Google Launchpad Space in Lagos, is a mentorship program that aims to provide tech startups based in Africa with the tools to build sustainable businesses.

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