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Staff, 9:37 am
When Tolulope Komolafe first heard the pitch, she was skeptical. A fledgling company in Lagos, Nigeria, would pay her to learn how to write modern computer code and then offer her a good job in the high-tech economy. After inquiring, Komolafe found the offer was real. Today, she is a software developer and she dreams of starting her own tech company someday. Komolafe, a 27-year-old Nigerian, is one of hundreds of young Africans who have joined Andela, a fast-growing start-up based in New York.
Staff, 9:19 am
The Nigerian startup space is developing at speed, and stands a good chance of being the continent’s leader in the next few years when it comes to the amount of funding raised. According to the annual African Tech Startups Funding Report produced by Disrupt Africa, Nigerian startups are the second most backed on the continent, while a recent survey by VC4Africa placed the country first. It is certainly getting easier to raise funding as a Nigerian startup as opposed to, say, five years ago.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:56 am AFKI Original
The Africa Internet Group became the first startup unicorn from Africa when the leading e-commerce group in the continent was valued at more than $1 billion last year, becoming a pioneer among African startups. There are a few startups that are approaching that milestone, and they have the potential to become members within a group of global unicorns that only number around 150 or so in total.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:36 am
The World Bank Group has committed to supporting the growth of Africa’s digital economy with the launch of XL Africa, a business acceleration initiative that will provide a raft of benefits for the 20 most promising startups in sub-Saharan Africa over the next five months. African digital entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to be mentored by various global specialists, increase their visibility on the continent and receive access to corporate partners and investors.
Staff, 4:43 pm
Demo Africa has sent 20 African startups to Silicon Valley over the last four years. Arriving there is no guarantee of success. Twelve of the startups are still alive and breathing, four are on life support and four “are just dead and done,” said angel investor Stephen Ozoigbo. Demo Africa was launched five years ago by the U.S. State Department. It’s the African edition of a bigger group of events that include Demo U.S., Russia, Europe, Brazil and Demo China. The Demo-brand launchpad has helped big-name startups such as Adobe got exposure.
Tom Jackson, 4:41 am AFKI Original
Last year, the annual AfricaCom conference in Cape Town finally got serious about startups, launching the co-located AHUB event to bring together entrepreneurs, investors and other stakeholders from across the continent. The event took place for the second year last week, bigger and better, and allowing the ecosystem to join together to map the sector’s progress and discuss obstacles.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:22 am
Digital crowdfunding has the potential to build African economies through creation of employment, in a continent where it accounted for less than 0.1 percent of the $34 billion raised globally last year. Growing investor interest in crowdfunding platforms across Africa is quickly turning in to a legitimate and easier way of souring for startup capital on the continent, according to CrowdExpert.
Tom Jackson, 5:14 am
African universities are increasingly playing a part in encouraging student-led tech startups, in the hope that young people can become job creators. These new initiatives across the continent are replicating successful models from abroad, such as the US knowledge regions of Route 128 – which developed around MIT – and the renowned Silicon Valley, which developed around Stanford University. University incubators and initiatives have can have enormous benefits for a startup
Kevin Mwanza, 9:38 am
Boniface Githinji could soon become a darling to Kenyan parents, or the most hated person by students in the East African nation, for making it easier for schools to deliver reports on students’ progress to their guardians. The tech entrepreneur has developed a mass text system known as Sematime that enables schools to communicate to parents on their children’s progress or update them on school fees balance and upcoming events.
Kevin Mwanza, 9:43 am
With just about $48 and constant probing from her sister studying in the U.S., Kenyan entrepreneur, Anzazi Kiti, managed to start a successful spices business that generates about $1,600 in revenue per month and employs two people. In an interview with CNBC Africa, Kiti, who’s full time job is an accountant with audit firm Ernst & Young, said she decided to start Taste Afrique, a company that produces natural spice mixes under the brand Chibundiro “that gives food that extra yumminess”.
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