NGOs launch new tool to map water and sanitation in Kenya’s largest slum

Kibera WikiMedia Commons With an estimated 1.2-million residents, Kibera is Africa’s second largest and one of the biggest slums in the world with some of the poorest living conditions. It’s degrading and dehumanising to live there, amidst abject poverty, drugs and periodic violence and contagious diseases. The worst problem, however, is access to water and sanitation facilities. A new partnership between US’s Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) and Nairobi-based Spatial Collective and Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company is developing an online map to help ...

Africa, Infographic, Startup news

Waabeh shows snapshot of Africa’s music streaming industry [infographic]

Waabeh Online music streaming has been booming ever since iTunes was released more than a decade ago. With African content for Africans in mind, services such as Nigeria's iRoking and Kenya's Waabeh are steadily increasing their online footprints, not only in their respective regions, but internationally as well. The latter recently released an infographic of its performance in the last year, which gives us a snapshot of what the African music streaming industry might look like. Since launching in 2013, ...

Africa, Startup news

Jumia now offering budget-friendly X-touch tablet in Nigeria

Jumia Jumia is one of Nigeria's largest online retail stores and offers a range products from women's high-heels to cheap smartphones and books. To further help prove itself as a leading electronics store, the ecommerce outfit recently announced that it will be exclusively stocking the cost-friendly yet capable X-touch tablet. The X-touch is said to be one of the best tablet brands currently available in Nigeria with specifications to fit a wide range of tablet users. The tablet is available in ...

Africa, Cloud, Startups

StartSmart wants to put SA startups on a budget in the cloud

StartSmart With the evolution of cloud services over the years, entrepreneurs from across the world can compete with each other by simply having access to the internet. Cloud services may have their perks, although having access to the skills to adequately develop innovative internet-based products and services is either scarce or too expensive for your average SME -- especially in emerging markets. With a focus on startups in Africa, StartSmart offers turnkey software solutions to other companies that don't have the adequate ...


Governance: it’s misunderstood but seriously important for your startup

boardroom To many small and medium business owners, the word "governance" sounds scary and Victorian. However, despite popular opinion, the value the governance process adds to even the smallest of enterprises is fundamentally misunderstood. Business owners often go into their particular business because they are passionate about it. They may know anything from a little to a lot about actually running a business, the particular industry they are entering and the roles that will be required. Among this group of business owners, ...


My father and I: a personal journey into business

Choosing a path My father was a great entrepreneur. He came to South Africa at the age of 20 with £5 in his pocket and went on to build one of Johannesburg’s most iconic retail food brands. When he opened Fontana Highpoint in 1970, it was the first 24-hour convenience store in the southern hemisphere. In keeping with his flair for the dramatic, my father held an opening ceremony at which he threw away the keys, publicly declaring that the store would never close. ...

Africa, News

LeadPath tech accelerator launches $1.5-million startup fund in Nigeria

leadpath There's a new startup space blooming in East Africa and it's all about leveraging Africa's latest tech trends. Nigerian accelerator LeadPath recently unveiled its US$1.5-million fund and startup workspace to the Lagos tech community. The accelerator has a strong focus on startups doing business in software apps, mobile apps, electronic payments and big data. According to serial entrepreneur and head of LeadPath, Olumide Soyombo, the accelerator's investments ranges between US$25,000 to US$100,000 and includes follow-up investments from itself and other venture ...

Africa, News

Carmudi boasts record figures with more than 10 000 cars listed

Carmudi Online vehicle marketplace officially launched under the name Carmudi Nigeria October last year with the hopes of becoming the region's largest online car retailer. With current indicators of both the relevant industry as well as the site itself showing impressive figures of growth, this Rocket Internet-backed venture seems to be on the right road to success. The car marketplace recently announced that it had reached a 10 000 vehicle listing milestone and is seeing more than 62 000 unique site ...


5 ways you can prepare for the shift from ecommerce to ‘all-commerce’

ecommerce ecommercerules com When the ecommerce boom first hit, retailers scrambled to develop an online presence. Whole departments were created to manage this separate branch of commerce and create an identity and back end that was both distinct and similar to their brick-and-mortar experience. At the time, it made sense that the ecommerce business and the brick-and-mortar business should be run in separate silos. After all, something that seemed so new required a different approach from traditional retail -- or at least that was ...

Africa, Startup news

These are SA’s top four ‘U-Startups’ heading to Milan

ustart The South African leg of the U-Start startup conference has come to an end with four impressive contenders awarded the opportunity to present their ventures in Milan, Italy. Mellowcabs, wiGroup, CapeRay and Over have been chosen to present South Africa in the global startup pitch competition taking place 13-14 May. In an attempt to give the top of the crop startups from emerging markets and beyond exposure and access to high net-worth funding, these four ventures will have access to mentorship, ...