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Africa, Ecommerce

Price comparison site PricePadi launches in Nigeria amid ecommerce boom

PricePadi Nigerian consumer internet company Iconway today announced the launch of PricePadi, an online shopping service that allows customers to search for and discover products available from different sources in Nigeria along with their current prices. The service will be going head-to-head with South Africa's PriceCheck, which has expanded across the continent with the help of a partnership with MTN. As mentioned by a recent press release, PricePadi features over 10 000 product items under categories of mobiles devices, electronics, computers and appliances ...

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Mobile startups M4JAM & KaasLaam to represent SA at M-Days conference

M-days M-Days' recent pitch event saw two South African mobile startups win an all-expenses paid trip to Frankfurt, Germany where they will be given a chance to showcase their products to an international audience next year. Micro-jobbing service, M4JAM from Cape Town, and community network KaasLaam from Johannesburg, were dubbed the winners out of a total batch of 20 startups that pitched. With the local conferences running with the theme “Mobile in Africa Rising — Wake up World", supported organisations such as ...

Africa, Conferences, Microsoft

Microsoft named platinum sponsor of DEMO Africa 2014

DEMO Africa 2013 DEMO Africa, arguably the continent's biggest annual startup competition, is right around the corner! Microsoft has recently announced that it's taken up platinum sponsorship for this year’s edition to be held in Lagos, Nigeria from 22 to 26 September. The tech company will participate in the event for the third time under the Microsoft 4Afrika initiative. Microsoft will offer financial support for DEMO Africa which will see 40 tech startups from across the continent pitch to a group of investors, media ...

Africa, Startups

7 startups hitting the right note with Africa’s musicians

guitar There are a lot of music tech startups popping up across Africa. It shouldn't be that surprising when you look at Nigeria, which boasts the largest music industry on the continent. According to CNBC, the country's industry produces 550 albums of different kinds of music annually. It's even said that the entertainment industry would pass the US$1-billion mark by 2016. Similarly echoed in other parts of the continent, Africa's music industry faces many obstacles like an ever-changing infrastructure, piracy, and lack ...

Africa, News

Time for new financial landscape, argues SA’s online lending marketplace RainFin

Rainfin Last week, Aki Kalliatakis asked what lessons startups can take from the collapse of the African Bank. Surely this could have been avoided with precautionary measures, though online lending marketplace RainFin’s CEO Sean Emery argues that it's the traditional lending model that's in need of disruption. Geared for individuals and recently businesses, Emery suggests that RainFin't peer-to-peer (P2P) lending model might be the solution for today's fragile financial landscape. Launched in 2012, and recently supported by Barclays Africa the online ...

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Looking for a change? 5 reasons to start a company in the Philippines

nightlife-phillipines You may not be familiar yet with South-East Asia, so here’s a big picture to give an understanding on why it matters when it comes to startups: A market of 600 million people, a (big) third of which in one country alone: Indonesia and its 17 000 islands. The Philippines just got their 100 million Filipino. A fast-growing middle-class, with 24% of the Philippines population in this category as of 2013 (Business Mirror) The social media capital of the world. Top smartphone penetration? ...

Entrepreneurship

You can build a startup using Raspberry Pi, but it’s not any easier [T4ACT]

Paul Furber The Raspberry Pi is pretty damn basic. It's pretty much just a reasonably well-packaged PC board. But it's probably one of the hottest pieces of hardware to hit the tech scene in years. It's made makers out of everyone from hardcore geeky hobbyists to small children. But what if you wanted to use it to build a startup? Is it possible? And how would you go about it? Well, if Paul Furber of Thunk Media has anything to say about ...

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