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Akon's building a Senegalese 'smart city' with his cryptocurrency 'Akoin'

An announcement you may have missed from Cannes Lions: There's a new cryptocurrency soon to be launched, but it won't be taking its name from any memes or computer jargon. Instead, it'll be launched by Senegalese musician Akon...

By Andy Walker 28 Jun 2018

Make-IT in Africa launches Kenya, Nigeria investment guides
Make-IT in Africa launches Kenya, Nigeria investment guides

The Make-IT in Africa initiative has launched guides for entrepreneurs raising funding in Kenya and Nigeria, aimed at helping startups overcome one of the key challenges faced on the continent.

By Tom Jackson 7 Jun 2018

Moroccan e-commerce platform Hmizate expands into fintech
Moroccan e-commerce platform Hmizate expands into fintech

Moroccan company Hmizate, which since 2011 has provided an e-commerce platform offering users access to goods, food, travel services and deals, has expanded into fintech with the launch of HmizatePay...

By Tom Jackson 16 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa
#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa

People across Africa face considerable challenges - many of them existential. But, without the right devices, connectivity, and skills, those who badly need their problems solved often can't access available solutions...

By Greg Morris 8 May 2018

Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing
Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing

Kenyan agri-tech startup Twiga Foods has partnered IBM Research to extend access to microloans to 220 food stall retailers across Kenya using a blockchain-based financing system...

By Tom Jackson 19 Apr 2018

Photo: KCB M-Pesa
#SeamlessAfrica: Fintech a distraction rather than a disruption in Kenya

In Kenya, fintech is a currently distraction not a disruption given the runaway success story of the country's mobile payment system, M-Pesa, since 2007...

By Nicci Botha 7 Mar 2018

Lance Mambondiani, CEO: Steward Bank
#SeamlessAfrica: Banking is not about the app, but connectivity and content

The bank of the future is not necessarily about apps, but about engaging people where they are spending time...

By Nicci Botha 6 Mar 2018

#AEI2018: Closing Africa's energy gaps
#AEI2018: Closing Africa's energy gaps

While access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all will usher in economic growth and job creation on the continent, energy projects in Africa lack sufficient access to financing sources...

By Danette Breitenbach 22 Feb 2018

Kenya's Mondo Ride takes home $2m funding
Kenya's Mondo Ride takes home $2m funding

Kenyan ride-hailing startup Mondo Ride has secured $2m in funding from investors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt to help it expand across the continent...

By Tom Jackson 1 Feb 2018

Damian Michael
#BizTrends2018: Make sure you're at the heart of disruption

I recently travelled to Dubai to attend the 37th Gitex Technology Week - where the future of business begins. Tech pioneers and futurists, business leaders and IT professionals come to GITEX to experience the world's most advanced technology...

By Damian Michael 8 Jan 2018

Chrisna Basson, head of strategy at Weathermen & Co, Namibia.
#BizTrends2018: A positive perspective on moving towards 4.0

What a year it's been! But enough people have written about that, so I'd rather look at a few of the consequences we'll feel in 2018. Which, to my surprise, are mostly positive. I've highlighted four of the best...

By Chrisna Basson 8 Jan 2018

The convergence of credit card and cash in Africa
The convergence of credit card and cash in Africa

According to a recent study conducted by Mastercard, over 50% of the South African population still transact using cash on a daily basis...

By Simeon Tassev 1 Aug 2017

#StartupStory: Flexpay
#StartupStory: Flexpay

In the #StartupStory spotlight this week is Flexpay: a product created in response to the high demand in the market for purchasing goods via piecemeal payments...

By Ilse van den Berg 19 Jun 2017

David Williams
#AfricaMonth: Internal trade barriers show signs of falling

While the road ahead may still present significant challenges, some of Africa's most long-standing internal trade barriers are beginning to show signs of falling. We interview David Williams, Maersk Line Africa chief executive and global head of Safmarine to find out more...

By Ilse van den Berg 30 May 2017

#AfricaCom: Africa's tech startup funding landscape in numbers
#AfricaCom: Africa's tech startup funding landscape in numbers

Disrupt Africa, an independent news portal with a keen eye on the African tech startup scene, released its first industry funding report...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 16 Nov 2016

Duncan McLeod
Kenyan gov't embraces open source

TechCentral wraps up the major technology news from around the African continent.

By Duncan McLeod 10 Sep 2012

Banking sector goes digital with online event
Banking sector goes digital with online event

The newly rebranded industry body Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) has turned to social media in a strategy aimed at creating a platform where members of the public can engage senior executives in the banking sector. The online event is part of a wider plan by the industry umbrella body to engage stakeholders and increase awareness and knowledge about the banking industry.

By Carole Kimutai 17 Jul 2012

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