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Africa, Mobile, Startups

Meet the Kenyan startup that can turn your airtime back into cash

Data speed, coverage and mobile money transfers are only some of the factors that Kenyans need from their mobile network operators. A single network might not have the best offerings in all these areas so it's therefore commonplace to see some people own more than one SIM card. That is where Chura comes in. Chura (which means frog in Swahili) is built on the idea of leaping from one network to the other, seamlessly switching between airtime providers. The company was started ...

Africa, Emerging Markets

Bagging $100m: how WorldRemit is filling Africa’s remittance market gap

WorldRemit Founded in 2010 by Somali entrepreneur Ismail Ahmed, WorldRemit -- a London-based tech startup providing low-cost international money transfers -- made headlines a few weeks ago when it raised US$100-million in series B funding. Having personally experienced the frustrations of using traditional money transfer agents, WorldRemit's founder Ahmed set out to create a service that would use technology to improve the sending process, enhance compliance and reduce the costs for the customer. I’m not surprised at all by the success that WorldRemit has achieved, and ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship, News

My Business Expo is calling for all keen SMEs in Johannesburg

Small Biz Expo The National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) is gearing up to host its 7th My Business Expo in Johannesburg, South Africa. In an effort to help give small-to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that edge to punch above their weight, the expo will incorporate the Business Start-up Expo as well as the Access to Finance Indaba. The latter will see industry experts deliver growth solutions, ideas and strategies small business need to succeed. “There are a host of learning opportunities to be had at the ...

Africa, Ecommerce

SureGifts is Nigeria’s premier gift card startup targeting the corporate world

Suregifts Many Nigerian startups have set up operations in Yaba, the district of Lagos most frequently compared to Silicon Valley and home to tech companies like Africa Internet Group (owners of Jumia, Kaymu and other booming startups). But at least one startup is operating elsewhere. And the founders of gift-card company SureGifts say they're doing just fine without easy access to accelerators and innovation hubs. I sat with the three co-founders -- -- Adeoye Ojo, Babafemi Lawal and Olaoluwa Samuel-Biyi -- at their ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship

How good are SA’s recent tax grants for small business really?

Tax South Africa's Minister of Finance Nhlanha Nene last week announced lower tax rates for micro enterprises that qualify for a special tax dispensation. These form part of a number of tax concessions for small businesses that the government is busy putting into effect. But do these concessions really go far enough? Presenting this year's Budget in Parliament yesterday Nene revealed that micro enterprises registered for a special turnover tax (eligible for firms with an annual turnover of up to R1-million) will be able to ...

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Advertising & Marketing, Africa, Mobile, News

Terragon Group to unveil innovative Africa-focused mobile ad tech at MWC

Terragon The major African digital ad agency, Terragon Group, is unveiling its latest technology offering at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain this week. The product will enable advertisers to reach Africa's massive mobile audience, even through non-internet platforms. Called Adrenaline, the technology leverages channels such as USSD based balance enquiry, Call-Me-Back messages, End of Call Notification among others. “We identified that more innovation can be fostered through integration of available non-internet based mediums which we tied to the advert network ...

Africa, Ecommerce, News

Beauty subscription startup RubyBox pulls out of Media24

RubyBox site Online beauty subscription service RubyBox is pulling out of the Media24, a division of Naspers, which is concentrating its resources on other high-growth ecommerce companies. Founded by Sylvia Gruber and Margaux Knuppe in 2011, RubyBox received investment from the South African media giant's digital division,, in 2013. According to the press release, the investment saw RubyBox double its revenue, mainly due to the strong marketing channels the beauty service got access to. "I am grateful for the fantastic marketing support Media24 ...