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Startup news

  • Address discovery startup OkHi dubbed Seedstars Nairobi winner

    Seedstars World startup competition recently concluded OkHi as the regional winner in Nairobi, Kenya. OkHi has developed an app that aims to solve emerging markets' concern by lack of physical addresses, both professionally and personally. Explaining how the OkHi app works (iOS and Android), the site says that you create a free OkHi address on your phone in 30 seconds, then share it securely via WhatsApp, SMS or email, and finally, relax as OkHi does the hard work getting people to you fast. Runners up include mobile music streaming platform BiGxGh and StudySearch, which is a course matching service...

  • Meet SpaceWays, Rocket Internet’s latest startup for all your on-demand storage needs

    The massively popular international tech startup incubator, Rocket Internet, has just dropped a new name onto its list of world-hungry startups, called ShapeWays. SpaceWays is an on-demand storage service that recently launched in London, UK. Rocket Internet says that SpaceWays is perfect for anyone in need of more space -- cheaply and conveniently. For instance, students wanting to store their belongings while on exchange abroad, or people keen to store there winter wardrobe. Moreover, it's looking to get into the business storage space as well. For £6 per month (around US$10), SpaceWays provides customers with a large heavy-duty box...

  • Ampion Venture Bus Africa to go big in emerging markets

    StartupBus Africa last year saw a bus packed full of engineers, designers, media and creatives tour through the Southern part of the continent, from Harare, Zimbabwe to Cape Town, South Africa. Out of the 40 people who joined the trip, eight startups were born. This year, the bus is back under a new brand which will focus more on emerging markets -- Ampion Venture Bus Africa, and has decided to go big! The basic principle of StartupBus remains, it's just on a grander scale. Between September and November, four buses will travel through fifteen African countries, covering North, East, West...

  • Entrepreneur Traction aims to build, cement SA’s growing tech community

    One thing that's extremely prominent in South Africa's culture, both socially and professionally, is that it's extremely fragmented. While there might be great ideas looming, without coordinated direction and collaboration they are neither here nor there. A new initiative called Entrepreneur Traction believes that the Western Cape's tech innovators are to play a critical role in driving job creation in South Africa. Raised out of the Silicon Cape's foundation, Entrepreneur Traction is building an established network of tech experts that would cement this gap of Cape Town's tech startup community. It's aiming to do this, initially, by introducing a...

  • Jumia introduces marketplace in Kenya to put local shops online

    Hailing from Nigeria, ecommerce outfit Jumia has unveiled its online marketplace in Kenya. The platform allows traditionally offline suppliers to sell their products to the company's huge customer base. It basically gives merchants a store front in the cloud. Entrepreneurs are given the tools to market their products on Jumia's site while the company takes care of product storage, marketing, customer care and delivery. Sellers can furthermore monitor their sales, as well as pending, shipped and cancelled orders on their own personal account. Backed by German incubator Rocket Internet and in partnership with telecom giant MTN, Jumia is now operating...

  • Nigerian hotel booking startup Jovago partners with TripAdvisor

    The Nigerian hotel booking startup, Jovago, has recently partnered up with global travel service TripAdvisor. This partnership will help leverage the massive traffic seen on TripAdvisor while making the travelling options more comprehensive, if not simpler, for those using the service. "TripAdvisor is delighted to partner with Jovago to offer travellers a diverse selection of hotels across Africa," said Adrian Hands, Senior Director, Account Management, EMEA at TripAdvisor. "The partnership helps make booking these hotels as easy as clicking a button, whether travellers are on their desktop or mobile." This partnership means that travellers visiting TripAdvisor's site will gain direct access...

  • Flitways offers pre-booking car service for travelers who like to plan

    Traveling for business often sees one against the clock, dashing from airplane to taxi to make that meeting. Taxi-hailing apps, such as Uber or Lyft, provide an option for getting around, but they are on-demand, meaning that you cannot plan your ground travel needs except for on the spot. Enter Flitways, an LA-based startup that offers a pre-booking service for travelers that takes care of all ground-travel needs -- simplifying the booking process. Travelers can use Flitways through its mobile apps or desktop site to book all means of ground travel, such as taxis, airport shuttles, transfers or private cars....

  • MoboFree hits 3.3 million African users, credits success to ‘social first’ approach

    MoboFree, a mobile social marketplace that allows African customers to buy, sell, rent and swap stuff with trusted parties has officially reached 3.3 million registered users after just two years since launch. The bulk of its users are based in Nigeria, followed by Ghana and Zimbabwe. "From the get-go we are a person oriented marketplace. Instead of adding in a social element to our service as an afterthought, we have focused on the social aspect of selling and purchasing from the very beginning and have made it an integral part of the MoboFree experience." – said Neringa Kudarauskiene, CEO and co-founder...

  • Tech startup scoops up impact funding to improve Kenyan farming

    Kenyan tech startup iProcure has recently secured investment from Invested Development (ID) -- a global early stage impact investment fund manager. The startup helps farmers access high-quality products using a software that enhances retailers' agricultural sales and inventory management. This move from ID comes from its BSP Fund which invests in ICT, alternative energy, and agricultural tech solutions for underserved markets. 33 million smallholder farms in sub-Saharan Africa produce 80% of the subcontinent's food. Having said that, many farmers are forced to rely on an inefficient, sparsely distributed network of "agro-vets", or agriculture retail shops, to supply their inputs...

  • She Leads Africa launches competition to empower tech savvy ladies

    She Leads Africa, an initiative empowering women in the continent's entrepreneurial tech scene, is launching a business pitch competition seeking talented women in West Africa. The platform seeks to connect promising individuals to mentors, business funding and new market opportunities. This is one of many She Leads Africa's programmes that aims to help female entrepreneurs gain business fundamentals, connect to an active business network, and increase their access to financing. With a special focus on -- but not limited to -- tech, the competition will take place in September when it will screen applications across West Africa to identify the top...

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