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Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed.
A fiery tweeter and digital native, Mich Atagana has been hanging around the internet since she was eleven, back in the days of Netscape. Later on, her interest lead to her graduating with a Masters Degree in New Media and Journalism, and her position as Managing Editor at Burn Media. She was named one of Mail & Guardian's top young South Africans in 2012, writes a column about technology in Africa for CNN, judges occasional startup competitions and spends her free time working on the final draft of her PhD. But Mich says she's just a girl, standing in front of a startup, asking them what their business model is.
Last year the first ever DEMO Africa conference was held in Kenya featuring 40 startups from around the continent. Now, months later, African tech entrepreneur Jon Gosier and the AppsAfrica team have released a mini documentary showcasing a rarely seen part of the tech world, the startup ecosystem of Africa.
"Inside DEMO Africa", features interviews with key players in the African tech ecosystem, from entrepreneurs to angel investors, venture capitalists, philanthropists, incubators and government officials.
The conference, which is part ...
Things are looking good for Rocket Internet companies. Namshi, a Middle East-based online fashion store from the German Incubator, has secured funding to the tune of US$13-million from growth equity firm Summit Partners.
The online store, which launched in 2012, follows the same template as most of the company's fashion outlets, including South Africa's Zando and Zalando in Germany. The Middle East iteration is touted as the "fastest-growing" online store for fashion and lifestyle and serves customers in six countries: the ...
It's obvious that Africa really is pushing an entrepreneurial agenda at the moment. Africa 2.0 is an entrepreneurship competition aimed at bringing together startups in a workshop format following the Startup Weekend model.
Africa 2.0 is a Pan-African organisation made up of more than 300 people from Africa and the Diaspora. According to the collective, it shares a vision for Africa and "a commitment to finding and implementing sustainable solutions capable of leapfrogging the development of the continent".
Startups pitch ...
Nigeria's tech scene is on fire. The country has seen some amazing things happen in its tech space in the last few months, with its tech neighbourhood and state-backed innovation hubs.
Now it's time for the country's entrepreneurs to do their bit. Techpreneurs of iROKOtv and Nollywood fame, Jason Njoku and Bastian Gotter, have decided to launch a company to fund tech companies in Nigeria.
SPARK, is a one million dollar project created to support and develop aspiring Nigerian tech ...
Leave it to the Kenyans to figure out a way to connect to the internet no matter where you are and without electricity. Currently attempting to raise a whooping US$125 000 on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, BRCK is an Ushahidi initiative that hopes to solve internet connectivity issues in remote areas.
The device is "the easiest, most reliable way to connect to the internet, anywhere in the world, even when you don’t have electricity," says open source information and mapping company Ushahidi. ...
In bid to foster Nigeria's growing entrepreneurial landscape, a new innovation hub has launched. Its aim, it says, is to "help Nigerian entrepreneurs create successful businesses". The new hub, called Information Technology Developers Entrepreneurship Accelerator (iDEA) launched in 2013 and is a not-for-profit organisation aiming to accelerate the development of the technology industry in Nigeria.
The aptly named Lagos-based hub launched with four developers sessions facilitated by tech industry bigwigs: Google, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Nokia. The companies, as part of ...
Running your own business is hard work, especially when that business has been named Digital Agency of the Year six years running. Gloo, founded in 2005, is not what one would typically call a startup, as it's a service-based business rather than a product-driven one.
The company is one of the most successful advertising agencies in South Africa and was recognised as such last year when it was named overall "Ad Agency of the Year" by AdReview Awards.
In our new entrepreneur ...
Analysing social media chatter is getting more important than ever and for brands it's one of the key ways of measuring sentiment.
A group of young developers from the University of Johannesburg think they have come up with an "innovative tool" that will allow businesses to not only monitor chatter on social platforms but also gain a better understand the data. The young entrepreneurs behind the product, SentiMeter, are finalists in Microsoft's Imagine Cup, a global technology competition in Russia later ...
In the world of startups, quick thinking is important and a willingness to keep learning should be a given. So are you pondering what I am pondering? I am fascinated by the television show Pinky and the Brain -- the complete lunacy of it.
In every episode Brain hatches a new plan in his never-ending quest to take over the world, which ultimately ends in failure. More often than not this is due to Pinky's idiocy, the sheer impossibility of ...
You will be hard pressed to find anyone in Africa who doesn't agree that a wave of something big and game-changing is coming. In fact, the way the world is turning, it's a school of thought that seems to be a soaring fire bird -- it is starting to feel like everyone is thinking it.
Innovation is the key energiser. Having leapfrogged with wicked-smart and insanely useful mobile solutions, it seems the continent has no choice but to build ...