The Savannah Fund: Silicon Valley Veterans Launch $10 Million Seed Fund For African Tech

Savannah Fund is an East African-focused accelerator fund, aims to find and invest in early stage, high growth web and mobile startups addressing the Sub-Saharan Africa market. The new fund will typically make investments in the region of $25,000 to $500,000.

The fund launched this week in Nairobi, Kenya, with $10 million in its cache, is looking read more

Startup Weekend Dakar : Connect Francophone Africa to the international Startup Scene

Yann Le Beux – Dakar, 6/04/2012 –

In recent years, Africa as a whole has experienced an incredible boom in tech startups. While a lot has already been written on English-speaking countries like Kenya and Ghana, we should not forget the potential and the impact of IT entrepreneurs in Francophone Africa. The first Startup Weekend read more

StartupWeekend Dakar Preparatory BootCamp : « Bridging the gap between IT, agriculture and the Arts »

On march 21st and 22nd was hold in Dakar the Preparatory BootCamp for the 1st StartupWeekend in Francophone Africa, which will take place at the incubator CTIC Dakar from March 30th to April 1st .

This two-day intensive and practical seminar was designed to build a first dialogue between high potential IT engineers and entrepreneurs from the read more

New research: How Africans are using Twitter

This is a cross-post appearing also at http://www.howwemadeitinafrica.com/ 

Micro-blogging platform Twitter is growing in popularity on the African continent, with users from South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt and Morocco leading the pack.

Communications company Portland, in association with Tweetminster, recently released a map of Twitter use in read more

The ICT Landscape in Two African Population Powerhouses: Nigeria and Ethiopia

This is a cross-post appearing also at http://www.afribiz.net

Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa with over 150 million people. Ethiopia ranks as the third most populous nation with 85 million. Like almost all African countries (except Seychelles, Mauritius and Libya), they ranked in the lower half of the ICT Development Index as reported read more

IT market growth in Africa

This is a cross-post appearing also at http://www.afribiz.net

As Africa transforms, one of the major industries that will lead the way is information communications technology (ICT).  According to Brian Herlihy, Executive Director of SEACOM, “We had a McKenzie report done which showed that the current ICT spending in Sub-Saharan Africa is approximately read more

TOP 10 TECHNOLOGY STARTUPS IN AFRICA THAT WILL SHAKE UP 2012

IrokoTV

IrokoTV is the creation of Iroko Partners, a Nigerian company based in Lagos. The company had previously launched an all-movies channel on YouTube (NollywoodLove). In December 2011, Iroko Partners followed up their success with the YouTube channel by launching an all-movies streaming video read more

Herman Chinery-Hesse: “Technology is the only way for Africa to get rich"

Herman Chinery-Hesse is the founder of theSOFTtribe, the largest software company in Ghana and possibly West Africa.

Fifteen years ago Herman decided to abandon his comfortable life in the United Kingdom to prove to sceptical friends what he had always maintained – that his native Ghana was a land of opportunity waiting for entrepreneurs with innovative read more

WHAT AFRICA CAN LEARN FROM CHINA’S TECH INDUSTRY

The Chinese Revolution under Mao Tsetung began in 1949. Since then, China has undergone a massive industrial and technological revolution in the last ten years, after more than 50 years of mixed fortunes in its technological march.

By the 1990s, it was clear that advances in technology in China were producing mixed results, and China still found itself read more

WHAT AFRICA CAN LEARN FROM THE INDIA TECHNOLOGICAL INDUSTRY

In one of the previous blog posts, we made mention of the BRICS countries. The “I” in the BRICS acronym stands for India. Today, India is almost wholly synonymous with ICT. India’s IT professionals are ubiquitous; you will find them in almost every country, and India’s IT industry accounts for one of its major exports to read more