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  • How Opera Is Becoming A Major Player In Africa

    Major player - Fintech adoption rates expected to soar in South Africa. By Tom Jackson, 5:38 pm AFKI Original

    Opera, the developer of the most used mobile browser in Africa, is significantly scaling up its operations on the continent as it gradually becomes a major player in the tech space. For years, the Opera Mini browser has been crucial to Africans due to its ability to bring down data costs, and it now has over 100 million monthly users on the continent. In addition, the newly released Opera News app saw more than 100,000 downloads in less than two weeks.

  • Nairobi Innovation Week Set To Attract 100 Kenyan Tech Startups

    Startups will present their ideas at Nairobi Innovation Week. Photo - UoN By Peter Pedroncelli, 9:45 am

    The annual Nairobi Innovation Week will take place in March this year, with 100 Kenyan tech startups expected to pitch their businesses to investors. Organized by the University of Nairobi, this year’s tech startup event has seen partnerships struck with numerous hubs and ecosystem players, and over 4,000 delegates are expected. The fourth edition of Nairobi Innovation Week will take place from Mar. 5-9.

  • Rhino DNA Database Helps Officials Catch Poachers And Traffickers

    save the rhino - Rhino DNA Database Helps Officials Catch Poachers And Traffickers By Mongabay, 4:51 am

    A DNA database system is helping authorities prosecute and convict poachers and rhino horn traffickers in Africa. RhODIS, as the system is called, is built on a foundational database with genetic information from nearly 4,000 individual rhinos. By comparing the frequencies of alleles in confiscated horn and horn products with those in tissue from a poached animal, investigators can then come up with a probable match for where that horn came from.

  • 10 South African Tech Startups That Attracted Significant Investment In 2017

    Significant investment - Institutions in Africa are now offering programs that teach fintech skills. Photo - Student Brands - Fintech space By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:50 am AFKI Original

    The tech startup landscape in South Africa is growing steadily, with many companies attracting significant investment during the last year, indication their worth as viable and successful businesses. The end of the year is upon us, and soon 2017 will give way for 2018. With this in mind, we thought it may be a good time to look back on some of the major investment deals that positively impact South African tech startups. 

  • Tech Firm Dedicates $8M To Digital Skills Training In Africa

    Skills training - Kenyan Government Initiative Aiming To Enable 1M Digitally Employable Youth By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:10 am

    Tech firm Sagarmatha Technologies has announced plans to invest $8 million in skills training that will aim to empower Africans across the continent with coding and other digital skills that are currently in short supply. The Cape Town-based firm will realize its skills training goals by partnering with certified African and global learning institutions. The investment will enable the training of 5,000 African computer coders, with their training set to take place between 2018 and 2022.

  • What Is In Store For Zimbabwe’s Tech Scene After Mugabe Departure?

    tech scene - African tech hubs By Tom Jackson, 4:03 pm AFKI Original

    November was a landmark month for Zimbabwe, with President Robert Mugabe deposed after 37 years in power. But what does Mugabe’s removal mean for the country’s tech scene, which many have claimed has great potential but continues to be in the doldrums? Those in the know encourage the government to provide seed capital to tech startups, as well as offer incubation, mentorship, and exchange programmes with other tech ecosystems in Africa.

  • Lagos Innovates Initiative Launched To Support Growth Of Nigerian Startups

    Tech startups in Lagos will benefit from the Lagos Innovates initiative. Photo: Errol Bennett - CNN By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:30 am

    Nigeria’s commercial hub is working hard to support tech startups in the city, with the launch of the Lagos Innovates initiative set to benefit the startup ecosystem in the country’s financial capital. The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) and the Lagos State government have worked together to launch Lagos Innovates, an initiative intended to support the growth and sustainability of tech startups in the city.

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About South Africa’s Evolving Startup Landscape

    South Africa's tech startup landscape is expanding. Photo: Thinkstock By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:29 am AFKI Original

    The tech startup landscape in South Africa is constantly evolving, with entrepreneurs working hard to take their ideas and make them into viable and successful businesses. This is not always an easy task, and funding is a major issue, as determined by a recent Ventureburn survey that was conducted among startup founders. The survey gives a great deal of insight into the startup scene, with stats that paint a picture of a growing startup culture in the country, despite challenges.

  • 12 Female-Founded Tech Startups From Africa

    !nnovate is one of the female-founded tech startups in Africa, courtesy of Evelyn Namara. Photo - Pinterest By Peter Pedroncelli, 7:32 am AFKI Original

    Women have always been important role-players within the tech scene in Africa, and there have been an increasing number of female-founded tech startups emerging from the continent in recent years. While gender diversity in the tech sector remains an ongoing challenge, women are making their mark on a male-dominated industry by launching their own startups and achieving success. These women show what a passion for tech and strong leadership qualities can produce.

  • Nigerian And South African Startups Selected For Google Launchpad Accelerator

    Google Launchpad Accelerator By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:55 am

    Google has selected a trio of African tech startups to take part in the upcoming fifth class of the Google launchpad accelerator program. A South African and two Nigerian tech startups were chosen to take part in the six-month, equity-free mentorship program. Google’s Launchpad Accelerator aims to help startups by leveraging the company’s latest technologies in an effort to scale their businesses through mentoring. 

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