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Live Blog: Top 40 startups launch at DEMO Africa 2014

By Miguel Heilbron on September 25, 2014

DEMO Africa is the premier platform for the best and brightest companies throughout Africa seeking to launch their products in front of a global audience. On Thursday and Friday, September 25 and 26, 40 entrepreneurs are launching their innovations at DEMO Africa 2014, in Lagos, Nigeria. VC4Africa has a front row seat and live-blogs the event in real-time, follow the updates as they happen below! Investors with a VC4Africa Pro Account have access to background documents and full details of the startups who launch.

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It’s a wrap, see you at DEMO Africa 2015!!

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Closing remarks: Bunmi Okunowo, Special Assistant on Information Technology to the Honorable Minister, Federal Ministry of Communication Technology

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Chura (Kenya)!


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Live Blog: VC4Africa Investor Summit at DEMO Africa – the Future of Angel Investing in Africa

By Miguel Heilbron on September 24, 2014

On Wednesday September 24, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM West African time (GMT+1), VC4Africa presents the Investor Summit “The Future of Angel Investing in Africa” at DEMO Africa 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria. We’ll be live-blogging the event in real-time, follow the updates as they happen below!

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Join us tomorrow for a new live blog: live from DEMO Africa!!

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David van Dijk (VC4Africa) & Harry Hare (DEMO Africa) thank all participants and invite all the investors to join the next days at DEMO Africa where Africa’s top innovators will present their pitches!

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Closing remarks from Dehab Ghebreab Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State / LIONS Partnership.

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Ben White (VC4Africa) closes [...]

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Global Entrepreneurship Week to expand investment in Africa

By Jonathan Ortmans on September 22, 2014

Read how the U.S. Department of State, one of the supporters of both DEMO Africa this week and the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in November, is expanding its work to support new firm formation in Africa. Read more about VC4Africa’s GEW meetups in November too.

At the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Liverpool in 2012, GEW’s principal leaders from across the African continent sat down our global staff to call for a change in our approach to promoting entrepreneurship in Africa. Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) had grown to 140 countries very deliberately using a global “one size fits all” strategy that had worked in building a global ecosystem for mutual support… except in Africa.

We heard the message and got to work. Within a few months, we [...]

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Top business minds confirm attendance to DEMO Africa & Investor Summit in Lagos

By Harry Hare on September 12, 2014

A sneak preview into the list of expected guests for DEMO Africa and associated African angel investor summit has revealed the names of some of the most influential business and technology personalities.

The list features Mr Tony Elumelu, the Chairman of Heirs Holdings and founder of Tony Elumelu Foundation; Mr Jason Njoku, Founder of iROKO; Mr Fernando de Sousa, General manager of the Microsoft for Africa Initiativel; Mr Baybars Altuntas, Vice president of the European Business Angels Network (EBAN);   Mr John Momoh, CEO of Channels TV Nigeria; Ms Cristina Riesen, General Manager Europe of Evernote; and many more.

The DEMO Africa forum which will also be addressed by the Minister for Communication Technolgy, Mrs Dr Omobola Johnson and her counterpart       Mr [...]

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Applications Now Open: The 2015 Green Pioneer Accelerator Program launches in Kenya and South Africa

By Ben White on September 11, 2014

A new acceleration program was announced for green entrepreneurs today at the Seed Africa Symposium 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya. This ambitious, continental acceleration program targets green entrepreneurs looking to take their innovations to scale in Africa.

Are you an entrepreneur working on a highly scalable product or services that mitigates the effects of climate change? Does your business introduce renewable energy sources to market or reduce energy consumption? Maybe you are working on a different innovation that makes our society and planet both greener and healthier? If this is case, consider joining the 2015 Green Pioneer Acceleration Program and participate in either the Kenya (apply here) or South Africa (apply here) cohort. For more details about eligibility see the Green Pioneer Accelerator Brochure.

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Bitcoin: a financial revolution driver in Africa & the developing world?

By Nikunj Handa on August 22, 2014

Nikunj Handa, one of the entrepreneurs behind DEMO Africa 2014 selected company Kitiwa, explains why and how Bitcoins may be a vehicle for a financial revolution in Africa and other parts of the ‘developing world’.

Cheap and easy access to global payment networks and international money transfers is a first world luxury.

For many in developing nations, making online payments on websites like Amazon or eBay can be extremely difficult or even impossible. Merchants in developing countries also find it incredibly difficult to accept payments using globally renowned payment services like Visa and MasterCard. Comparatively, merchants and consumers in countries like the United States enjoy a full suite of convenient services from e-payment companies like Paypal.

As a result, merchants in major African economies like Nigeria (GDP: 262 bn) find [...]

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Growing list of women tech entrepreneur initiatives in Africa

By Hilda Moraa Morara on August 20, 2014

This article by Hilda Moraa originally appeared at AfriHive and is published with permission.

Hilda Moraa presents 36 African women tech entrepreneurs initiatives, linked to tech hubs and other organisations across Africa. More to add? Please add initiatives and ideas in the comments below!

I think it’s time discussions and debates on whether there are few women in tech, their low participation in the tech hubs, or whether we should be developing more female based tech hubs across Africa, should take a different direction.

The true direction and goal should be for the existing hubs to start thinking through what is their priority and guiding principles in involving female tech entrepreneurs in their spaces. More importantly, figure out the gaps and needs of those young women to then ensure they [...]

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Why the next Steve Jobs will come from Africa

By Daniel Epstein on August 18, 2014

This article by Daniel Epstein originally appeared at Unreasonable and is published with permission.

“Africa is at a techno-cultural turning point that will prove to be as pivotal there as the Industrial Revolution was for Europe” writes Daniel Epstein, co-founder of VC4Africa partner Unreasonable Institute. Who do you see as “Africa’s next Steve Jobs”? Please add it in the comments below! 

I was fortunate enough to spend part of July in Uganda with the team behind Unreasonable East Africa. In addition to being both humbling and inspiring, my experiences there convinced me that Uganda is just a part of an incredible transformation sweeping the whole of Africa. On my flight back home, I wrote “Africa is THE future” in my journal and underlined it a half-dozen times.

Here’s why:

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New tech incubator ‘think’ invites tech startups from across Africa and the world to Rwanda

By Miguel Heilbron on August 13, 2014

VC4Africa works with entrepreneurship development partners all across Africa. Meet Julienne Oyler of new VC4Africa partners African Entrepreneur Collective and think, Rwanda’s first tech incubator.

What is think and what is the current call for applications?

“In March 2014, Millicom launched a new technology incubator in Kigali. The incubator called “think” is looking for innovative startups and early-stage technology companies from all over the world with products or services that have the potential to scale across Africa. think will select 5 teams per 6-month cohort and will offer a comprehensive incubation program. The full package includes an office in state-of-the-art facilities, technical and business support, mentorship, and networking. In addition, teams will receive 15,000 USD upon selection into the program, in exchange for [...]

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US promotes young African leaders participation in DEMO Africa 2014

By Miguel Heilbron on August 11, 2014


At a gathering of 500 Young African leaders, addressed by US President Barack Obama, the US State Department and US Africa Development Foundation announced they will support selected entrepreneurs from the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) to attend and participate in the DEMO Africa 2014 conference, to be held in Lagos, Nigeria, on September 25 - 26. 

The US State Department also announced plans to help set up four Regional Leadership Centers in Kenya, Ghana, Senegal and South Africa. The centers which are set to begin operations in early 2015 are meant to improve the availability and quality of leadership training programs and professional development opportunities for young African leaders.

The prominence accorded to DEMO Africa at the 2014 US Africa Leaders’ Summit last week further emphasized the support given [...]

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