Africa, General Tech

Lighting up Kenya: M-KOPA Solar hits 60 000 users countrywide

M-KOPA Established in 2011 to end the dependency on kerosene lamps and fuel in Kenya, M-KOPA Solar, an innovative asset financing company that sells solar home systems to off grid households, on an affordable 12-month mobile money payment plan via Safaricom’s M-Pesa, has announced that it has hit over 60 000 users countrywide. The firm said "M-KOPA Solar surpasses 60 000 sales -- which means about 1% of off-grid homes in Kenya now enjoy better, cheaper lighting and charging. Of these customers ...

Africa, Emerging Markets, Startups

Ghana’s Start Smart is a unique online bookkeeping service for entrepreneurs

Start-Smart A new Ghana-based startup wants to give small African businesses a leg up via an online portal that provides tools and resources for financial management. While studying Economics and Management Studies at Princeton University, Start Smart founder and CEO Juliana Taylor became interested in emerging markets and business development within those regions. "I enjoyed the prospect of being in an environment that was unpredictable and would constantly challenge me," she explains. After graduation, she moved to Ghana where she started working for Google, ...

Africa, Google, News

Google’s Africa Connected reveals 5 inspiring winners powered by the web

Africa-Connected A doctor and a designer are among the five winners of Google's Africa Connected initiative. The programme, which was launched last year, set out to promote inspiring stories of people using the web and Google's tools in Africa to help bring about social and economic change. The winners were chosen from 2 200 submissions from 35 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa These stories illustrate how the web can help people create jobs and bring about social change, and also showcase Google's role in providing ...

Emerging Markets, Startups

10 questions to ask before outsourcing work at your startup

Techinasia-outsource Outsourcing is one of the earliest crucial decisions that startups have to make after inception. Often, the decision lies not in whether to outsource, but who to outsource to and how. This topic was discussed at a recent panel session in Singapore organized by Startup Jobs Asia. On the panel were web developer Michael Cheng, who sat on both sides of the fence at a startup and development house, Golden Gate Ventures partner Jeffrey Paine, Pirate3D founder Brendan Goh, and ...

Africa, Social media

Built in Africa: Seun Osewa on building Nigeria’s most popular site

seun Built in Africa focuses on entrepreneurs, startups and technologies that are born on the continent and empower the continent's citizens. Online communities and discussion platforms are the cornerstone of the internet. In this second instalment of our "Built in Africa" series, we feature one of the most prominent online communities to come out of Africa -- Nairaland -- and its founder Seun Osewa. In Africa you don't really hear about forums or insanely popular platforms (which work like Reddit or Craig's List) that are built ...

Africa, News

Millicom announces ‘think’ incubator for Rwanda’s tech entrepreneurs

Think The international telecom and media company Millicom, also popularly operating under the brand Tigo, recently announced the creation of a new tech incubator in Kigali, Rwanda, called think. The objective of this incubator, the company notes, is to develop innovative and scalable businesses in which Millicom will ultimately take an equity stake. The so-called think incubator will seek out high-potential entrepreneurs for which it will provide seed financing, structured training and coaching programmes. Commenting on the launch, CEO of Millicom, Hans-Holger Albrecht, ...

Africa, News

Carmudi Nigeria rockets into outer space, reveals shuttle orbiter listings

Space-Carmudi2 In the true spirit of being a child of Rocket Internet, vehicle classifieds Carmudi Nigeria recently revealed that it's started to list space shuttles on its websites. Yes, this means that any person with the ability to fork out around US$27-million can now have his very own space shuttle. The site offers vehicle deals ranging from motorbikes, trucks to little carbon-friendly cars but has recently decided that its customers need the opportunity to blastoff into outer space. More than four different ...

BurnMedia TV

PriceCheck CEO talks mobile buying in SA, demos the PriceCheck app [Video]

andre de wet pricecheck What is the future of mobile buying in South Africa and Africa? Andre de Wet, the CEO of PriceCheck -- arguably the most successful mobile online buying and shopping comparison app on the continent -- shares where the company is going and talks about the importance of brick-and-motor stores in online shopping in SA during this interview with Mich Atagana. This video's for you if you want to know more about SA's online buying habits. If you want to see a ...

Entrepreneurship, Startups

Governance and startups: the unique skills required for directorship

boardroom Being a director of a small to medium enterprise (SME) is both a science and an art. While it requires the same fundamental skills as those required for corporate environments, the unique nature of the SME environment requires additional skills and abilities. As with corporate governance in larger organisations, foundational knowledge of governance principles, King III and the fiduciary duties of directors is essential. This includes both an academic understanding and a practical knowledge of how to translate governance principles into ...

Markets, Mobile apps

M-Pesa launches in first European country, targets Romania’s unbanked

mpesa logo This is a breath of fresh air... rather than seeing an international service launching in Africa, today we see the opposite. M-Pesa, the Kenyan-born mobile money transfer and payment service, will launch in Romania -- an example of an African-born solution breaking into global markets. Vodafone, which has an e-money licence to offer and operate financial services in Europe, will be launching the initiative. M-Pesa functions as an alternative to cash, which Romanians primarily tend to use for transactions, and offers users ...