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30 African Startups in Healthcare Supply Chains Selected for Support from Gates Foundation, MSD, WHO-AFRO and More

The i3 program is excited to announce the selection of 30 African startups that are leading the way in innovative health solutions. These startups come from 14 different countries and are working on novel solutions for device and medicine distribution, stock management and financing, authentication, traceability, medical waste management and more. 47% of the companies […]

The African Business Landscape: Evolving and Growing

The African business landscape is undergoing a transformational shift, with more businesses and startups in Africa than ever before. According to the latest research, there are now over 2,000 businesses and startups in Africa that have received investment from venture capitalists. This is a significant increase from just a few years ago, when there were […]

2 Ethiopian startups are in the running for TAW (Tech African Women) prize

The TAW (Tech African Women) program, launched by the UNECA (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa) in partnership with Betacube, closed its 3-day Ethiopian bootcamp on September 9th, 2022. The event was organized in partnership with AdoreAddis and the two Ethiopian winning startups were each awarded the program’s participation prize of $2,000. The selection process […]

Tanzanian startups nominated for TAW final in Ethiopia

The TAW (Tech African Women) program, launched by the UNECA (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa) in partnership with Betacube, closed its 3-day Tanzanian bootcamp on the 31st of August 2022. The two Tanzanian winning startups were awarded the program’s participation prize, with $2,000 for the first winner Ujana. The selection was based on the […]

New carbon-neutral online shopping service launches in South Africa

With a goal to curb carbon emissions, South African startup Curbon, will make carbon-neutral online shopping possible through the launch of the country’s very first plugin created to help fight climate change. Curbon’s unique offering gives shoppers the opportunity to take direct, meaningful climate action with every online purchase. Using data from the world’s leading climate […]

Sentech Africa Tech Week 2022: Connecting Africa for a Digital Future

Sentech Africa Tech Week 2022 made its fourth consecutive appearance this year, providing a platform where 5,000 attendees came together – in person and virtually – to learn, be inspired, and meet those in the industry who are making a remarkable impact on solving Africa’s unique challenges. Held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre […]

African Innovative Startups Join the Social & Inclusive Business Camp Program

On August 30th, the SIBC officially launched its 6th edition, welcoming the 43 entrepreneurs selected for the 2022 cohort. These social and inclusive entrepreneurs were chosen among more than 380 applications across Africa to participate in an intensive program aimed at preparing them for scaling up, through training, mentoring, peer-to-peer exchanges and meetings with investors. To contribute to […]

Creating a sustainable positive impact in South African communities begins with investing in innovative, globally relevant tech solutions

By Paula Mokwena, CEO & Head of Direct Investments, Fireball Capital South Africa is home to innovative technology companies that have developed solutions that are solving real global challenges. The country is well-established as one of the continent’s “big four” startup ecosystems, and leads the way for exits, with more than one-third of the acquisitions […]

Startupbootcamp AfriTech pilots $7m Gates Foundation program to uplift South African HealthTech startups

In recent years, African HealthTech has recorded impressive growth, as the majority of Africans rely on under-funded public health facilities while a small minority have access to well-funded, quality private health care.  It is a reality that across much of Africa, health systems suffer from serious inefficiencies and are widely inaccessible, and this was exasperated […]

Now in South Africa, the AfyaRekod Universal Patient Portal is empowering patients to take charge of their healthcare

AfyaRekod has launched the fully automated Universal Patient Portal in South Africa and it is ready to change the face of patient care across the country, Africa, and the world.  Using block-chain driven technology the Universal Patient Portal is a secure central, mobile platform where patients and the medical professionals treating them have real-time access […]

The Struggles of Content Creators – A Founder’s Viewpoint

By Kayode Adebayo From a hobby to a big-time career, content creation has become a vital part of the social media marketing that few people envisaged. The art of content creation transcends location, age, race or identity, yet it relies on these and more, for it to be impactful. As consumers of content, it is […]

Angel investors plugging the early-stage funding gap in sub-Saharan Africa

Alexandra Fraser One of the biggest challenges facing entrepreneurial start-ups in sub-Saharan Africa is funding – particularly early-stage financial support – even though the landscape across the region has evolved over the past few years with more funders and capital deployed in this space. This has been driven primarily by a growing appetite for alternative […]

African health tech start-ups in supply chain show promise, prompting launch of $7 million innovator support program

The Pan-African “Investing in Innovation” program will provide grants and commercialization support to 60 healthtech companies over two years. Healthcare consulting firm Salient Advisory has launched its latest market intelligence report highlighting promising African healthtech start-ups in supply chain. Spurred by these findings, a consortium of global and continental organizations, with funding from Bill and […]

Understanding the Metaverse – Africa’s role

By Balkissa Ide Siddo, Director of Public Policy, Africa, Meta Since the start of the twenty-first century, technology has been at the heart of enhancing communication and human contact. The internet has not only enabled people to communicate with family and friends all over the world in real time, but powered businesses and creativity across the […]

Four Game-Changing Tech Startups from Africa

According to the 2021 Global Startup Ecosystem Report by Startup Genome, Africa’s startup ecosystem is currently valued at $6.6 billion, with Cape Town, Lagos, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Accra named as the leading regions for startup growth on the continent There are plenty of game-changing startups bubbling up across the continent – here are four making […]

Healthtech startup Zuri Health receives funding to expand across Africa

Zuri Health, the digital healthcare company which provides affordable healthcare via mobile, has completed a funding round attracting investment from DOB Equity, Launch Africa and Founders Factory Africa to expand across Africa. Zuri Health connects mass-market patients with affordable, convenient, and quality healthcare services via SMS, WhatsApp and a dedicated app. The company initially launched […]

Call for applications: the Social & Inclusive Business Camp opens its doors to African entrepreneurs for the 6th year running

The Social & Inclusive Business Camp (SIBC) has begun searching for its 6th cohort of African entrepreneurs. Leaders of developing, high-impact companies on the continent have until June 26 to apply for a place on the SIBC 2022! The Social & Inclusive Business Camp has become the unmissable event for high-impact African entrepreneurs and will soon […]

Startups can drive economic development in South Africa, but these are the tools they need

Adbot is empowering Pre-Seed and Seed startups to access new markets South Africa’s economy is driven by small businesses, which are expected to have created around 90% of all new jobs by 2030[1]. Many of these jobs are likely to be created by start-ups, new businesses that scale quickly and add significant economic value. But […]

New Technologies to Enhance Customer Engagement

The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly been the catalyst to drive broad-based digitisation and spearhead the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). This digital revolution is reshaping consumer behaviour and creating opportunities for innovative new digital communications tools to attract and drive greater customer engagement.  Across industries – corporate, finance, retail, technology, healthcare, education, and others – today’s […]

Kippa launches new digital payments product for SMEs in Africa

 Kippa, the fast-growing fintech start-up offering digital business and financial management solutions for SMEs in Africa, today announces the launch of its second product, ‘Kippa Payments’, a digital payments solution enabling users to send and receive payments from customers and perform extended payments transactions automatically. Kippa Payments, which will be available to access within the […]

Flow wins Best Late-Stage Startup at AfricArena Awards

Gil Sperling and Daniel Levy Flow

South African proptech leader Flow has won the Best Late-Stage Startup award at the 2022 AfricArena Summit, held in Johannesburg last week. The summit was a side event to the South African President Investment Conference and supported by the Technology Innovation Agency and VC firm Edge Growth. Over 140 in-person attendees and more than 1 […]

Tushop Raises $3M to Scale Community Group-Buying in Kenya

Tushop, the Kenyan social-commerce platform that enables communities in Nairobi to buy groceries more cheaply with free delivery, has secured $3M in a pre-seed funding round, led by 4DX Ventures and with participation from JAM Fund, Breyer Capital, Chandaria Capital, TO Ventures, Golden Palm Investments, FirstCheck Africa, and DFS Lab. Wasoko (formerly Sokowatch) also joined […]