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Co-founder @DisruptAfrica. Tech and business journalist in Africa.
Why my startup scene is better than yours: Egypt

Which African country has the best conditions for launching, or investing in, a tech startup? Disrupt Africa has been talking to the great and the good from various African tech ecosystems to find out what it is that makes them so great.

By Tom Jackson 13 hours ago

Why 2018 could be brighter for SA startups

The South African economy is showing early signs of turning the corner after a couple of years of disappointing growth and high volatility, meaning 2018 holds promise of increased opportunities for local SMEs...

By Tom Jackson 16 Feb 2018

Nigerian e-library startup Panacea launches Android app

Nigerian e-library startup Panacea has launched its Android app, which allows users to rent books, search for study mates and create book clubs...

By Tom Jackson 15 Feb 2018

Microsoft 4Afrika launches AppFactory in Kenya

The United States International University - Africa (USIU-Africa), in collaboration with Microsoft's 4Afrika Initiative, has launched Kenya's first AppFactory at the Incubation and Innovation Center (I2C) in Nairobi, aimed at improving local IT skills...

By Tom Jackson 13 Feb 2018

How Nigeria's Thrive Agric is crowdfunding farmers

Nigerian startup Thrive Agric is using a crowdfunding platform to provide farmers with the finance they need to grow their businesses and offer ordinary people the chance to invest in agriculture...

By Tom Jackson 13 Feb 2018

Kenya's Sokowatch to expand after revenue growth

Kenyan startup Sokowatch, a mobile-based ordering and delivery network for small shops, has revealed plans to expand to Mombasa in the third quarter of this year...

By Tom Jackson 13 Feb 2018

Applications to open for second Startupbootcamp Cape Town programme

Startupbootcamp Cape Town is set to open applications for the second edition of its accelerator programme, which will see it embark upon a FastTrack in order to source top-tier tech startups from across the world...

By Tom Jackson 9 Feb 2018

Why my startup scene is better than yours: Nigeria

Which African country is the best place to launch, or invest in, a tech startup?

By Tom Jackson 9 Feb 2018

iRise opens applications for Somali incubator

The recently-launched iRise hub has opened applications for its first incubation programme, which aims to mentor and support local entrepreneurs to help create sustainable and scalable businesses in Somalia...

By Tom Jackson 8 Feb 2018

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

Why my startup scene is better than yours: Kenya

Last week, Disrupt Africa kicked off a new series, in which we have spoken to the great and the good from various African tech scenes to find out what it is that makes them tick...

By Tom Jackson 1 Feb 2018

SA's Brownie Points helps corporates streamline their CSR

South African startup Brownie Points is helping corporate businesses streamline their CSR processes by providing a digital platform that helps them design, run and measure impact initiatives...

By Tom Jackson 1 Feb 2018

SA's Airbuy launches e-commerce payment gateway

South African startup Airbuy has rolled out its alternative payment gateway that allows e-commerce sites to accept payments without their customers exposing their banking details...

By Tom Jackson 25 Jan 2018

Why my startup scene is better than yours: South Africa

There is much debate amongst entrepreneurs, investors and other stakeholders as to what African startup ecosystem is "biggest" or "best", and why.

By Tom Jackson 25 Jan 2018

SA on-demand delivery startup Zulzi to expand nationwide

South African on-demand delivery service Zulzi is to expand to Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria in the coming months from its Johannesburg North base...

By Tom Jackson 23 Jan 2018

Nigeria's SureRemit raises $7m via ICO

Nigeria-based non-cash remittance platform SureRemit has raised $7 million via an initial coin offering (ICO) to roll out its digital voucher system that makes payments easier and cheaper...

By Tom Jackson 23 Jan 2018

Partech Ventures launches $70m Africa VC fund

Partech Ventures has announced the launch of its Partech Africa fund, which has secured over €57 million ($70 million) toward its target size of €100 million ($122 million)...

By Tom Jackson 22 Jan 2018

Nigeria's Skarabrand hits 1,000 items sold in 11 cities

Nigerian online furniture retailer Skarabrand has sold more than 1,000 items and delivered to 11 cities since its launch in 2015...

By Tom Jackson 19 Jan 2018

Logistics marketplace Bwala Africa launches in Kenya

Logistics marketplace Bwala Africa has launched in Kenya, allowing users to hire cars, trucks and delivery vans and source for repairs, service and maintenance from trusted dealers and mechanics...

By Tom Jackson 19 Jan 2018

Kenya's Nailab selects 15 startups for Make-IT accelerator

Nailab has announced the 15 startups that will take part in its Make-IT accelerator programme, designed to strengthen entrepreneurs' skills for scaling their businesses...

By Tom Jackson 18 Jan 2018

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