africa

  • Africa Roundup: Zuckerberg’s visit, IBM’s new research center Crunch Network

    Africa Roundup: Zuckerberg’s visit, IBM’s new research center

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s surprise August/September trip to Nigeria and Kenya put the global spotlight on Africa’s emerging IT ecosystem. Unsurprisingly, when one of the world’s most recognized tech entrepreneurs pops up at startups and tech hubs few have heard of it draws attention. News of Zuckerberg’s unannounced visit broke with social media photos of him… Read More

  • The OX is a flat-pack truck for the developing world

    The OX is a flat-pack truck for the developing world

    The Global Vehicle Trust has revealed its OX prototype, a truck that can be flat-packed into itself for transportation anywhere in the world. When it arrives at its destination, the OX can be unpacked and assembled by a trained team of three professionals in about 12 hours. (Insert your own favorite IKEA joke here.) The GVT was founded five years ago by British businessman and… Read More

  • Iroko launches IrokoX online network to showcase Africa’s creative talent Crunch Network

    Iroko launches IrokoX online network to showcase Africa’s creative talent

    Africa’s artists have a new online stage to showcase their talent. Nigeria based digital entertainment startup Iroko has launched IrokoX, a multi-platform Pan-African network for filmmakers, musicians, and other creative aspirants to produce, distribute, and monetize short-form content. The new medium will provide select artists production assistance, studio resources, and the opportunity… Read More

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s Africa tour tracks tech’s growing interests on the continent Crunch Network

    Mark Zuckerberg’s Africa tour tracks tech’s growing interests on the continent

    After a surprise Nigeria visit to meet with techies in Lagos, Mark Zuckerberg took his Africa tour to Kenya this Thursday. There, the Facebook CEO visited the iHub innovation space, reviewed the BRCK mobile Wi-Fi device, had lunch with Kenyan ICT Cabinet Secretary Joseph Mucheru and met with tech leaders Juliana Rotich and Erik Hersman. Like the Lagos expedition, the trip was unannounced. Read More

  • Mark Zuckerberg meets with African tech leaders on Nigerian tour Crunch Network

    Mark Zuckerberg meets with African tech leaders on Nigerian tour

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in Nigeria. News of his unannounced trip broke Tuesday with social media photos of him visiting the Co-Creation Hub (Cchub) innovation center in Lagos. Zuckerberg then dropped in at Andela, a software developer accelerator, in which he and his wife’s foundation invested $24million earlier this year. It seems Zuckerberg travels a bit like the… Read More

  • Responding to the demand for reliable data collection in Africa, mSurvey raises seed funding Crunch Network

    Responding to the demand for reliable data collection in Africa, mSurvey raises seed funding

    mSurvey, a Kenya based startup specializing in mobile data collection, has raised seed capital as it looks to expand its survey business in partnership with retailers in sub-Saharan Africa. Safaricom, Cross Culture Ventures, and the Virgin Group’s Alpha Angels joined an investment round in the four year old business. “It’s a seed round. I can’t disclose the amount… Read More

  • Emerging markets’ challenge to Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    Emerging markets’ challenge to Silicon Valley

    Silicon Valley leads the global technology innovation markets with the credentials and an ecosystem that is second to none. We have had contact with many of the leading technology accelerators operating out of Silicon Valley; their opening line for the conversation is often: “How are you relevant to us?” However, those of us living in the rest of the planet have to ask: “When… Read More

  • Expanding in Africa, eBay partners with MallForAfrica.com Crunch Network

    Expanding in Africa, eBay partners with MallForAfrica.com

    American eBay sellers will soon gain access to Africa’s biggest consumer markets. This comes via a new partnership between the U.S. e-commerce giant and online shopping startup MallforAfrica.com, set to go live July 2016. Read More

  • The opportunities Silicon Valley doesn’t see Crunch Network

    The opportunities Silicon Valley doesn’t see

    Silicon Valley is justifiably seen as the geographical center of digital innovation. From Google and Facebook to Uber and Netflix, the Valley is home to many global technology leaders. However, when searching for the next big startup, the time has come to look beyond Silicon Valley. Read More

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