Year 1 | Edition 16 | 18 December 2018
 
[Ghana] Esoko empowers farmers communication, bolstering markets

Esoko, a Ghanaian technology firm, is empowering farmers to get better prices for their products at a time, connecting them directly with the traders.

Launched in 2005, Esoko provides real-time information about market pricing, as well as three-day weather forecasts and even agricultural tips and techniques-all via text messages. The company serves one million farmers, half or them in Ghana and the rest spread across 19 African countries...

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Xalam Analytics: Can Data Localization Laws Boost African Cloud and Colocation Markets?
On the surface, requiring companies to host data locally would seem an attractive option to foster local industry and data sovereignty. The question is whether it ultimately does more harm than good.

Last August, an Indian expert panel committee released its initial recommendations for the country’s upcoming privacy law, including a requirement for companies to store Indian user data in servers physically located in the country...

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[Column] Chetan Goshalia, Kickstarting the future: The South African entrepreneur

The small to medium enterprise (SME) is the lifeblood of the economy. In Brazil, more than 16 million small to microenterprises make up around 20% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

In India, 26 million SMEs make up around 8% of the country’s GDP. And in Germany, the small to mid-sized business is not just the foundation of the country’s economic success, but the benchmark for global success stories...

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[Interview] Tony Idugboe, Vice President, Itanna, Nigeria
Tony Idugboe is Vice President, Head of Investments at Itanna, an investment vehicle that drives and supports Nigeria's most promising tech-enabled startups through Honeywell Group's business acumen, investment and mentorship.

Could you introduce your company?

Itanna is a Corporate Venture Capital platform backed by the Honeywell Group. The platform is conceived to be a place where Africa’s top talent can bring their ideas, visions, expertise, and resources to create a new wave of businesses...

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News Headlines

Skills and network gap leading causes of unemployment in Nigeria, MyJobMag survey 22-03-2019 | 12:59:09
A big percentage of Nigerians are unemployed because they don’t have the right skills and network that can help them land the job of their dreams, a survey by MyJobMag has revealed.


Kenshoo and Omnicom Media Group partner to create digital centers of excellence in Africa and Europe 22-03-2019 | 12:53:04
Kenshoo, a global marketing technology platform, and global media network Omnicom Media Group have partnered in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to create Digital Centers of Excellence.


[South Africa] IDU expands its cloud offering through partnership with Microsoft Azure 22-03-2019 | 10:13:10
South Africa’s Idu-Concept, has expanded its cloud offering through a partnership with Microsoft Azure.


[Kenya] Safaricom hits the 30 million customer mark 22-03-2019 | 07:42:15
Safaricom has announced that it has passed the 30 millionth customer milestone, cementing the firm’s position as the most preferred mobile service provider in the country.


South Africa Navy picks Teledyne CARIS software to upgrade operations 22-03-2019 | 07:36:46
Teledyne CARIS has announced it will be delivering a full software solution to the South African Navy Hydrographic Office.


[Kenya] Telkom sets up fibre loop for Mombasa in network expansion 22-03-2019 | 07:31:31
Kenya’s Telkom has begun setting up a fibre loop for the city of Mombasa to meet growing demand for faster data by its business and individual customers.


[Nigeria] Farmcrowdy closes on additional $1m seed funding 21-03-2019 | 10:33:00
Farmcrowdy, Nigerian digital agriculture platform which allows Nigerians to invest in agriculture, has closed on additional seed funding of $1 million.


[Interview] Chijioke Dozie, CEO, OneFi, Nigeria 21-03-2019 | 09:22:00
Chijioke Dozie is the CEO and co-Founder of OneFi, a leading African Mobile-First Consumer Lending Business that has disbursed over $40m to consumers since inception.


MultiChoice launches talent factory in Namibia 21-03-2019 | 07:35:52
MultiChoice Namibia has launched the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) online portal at its headquarters in Windhoek.


[South Africa] Hisense injects $5 million into its refrigeration and television production lines 21-03-2019 | 07:32:00
Chinese electronics manufacturer Hisense has invested R72 million, approximately $5 million, into its refrigeration and television production lines at its Atlantis factory in the Western Cape.


Unitel to chair working group on fraud and security issues for the telecommunications industry in Africa 21-03-2019 | 07:25:22
Unitel has been elected to chair the GSMA Association Africa Fraud and Security Group, a working group dealing with critical fraud and security issues for the telecommunications industry in Africa.


[South Africa] FlexClub raises $1.2M, partners with Uber Mexico 21-03-2019 | 06:33:40
South Africa’s startup FlexClub has closed a $1.2 million seed round led by CRE Venture Capital.


Silicon Valley-based startup Accelerator Founder Institute launches New Chapter in Lagos 21-03-2019 | 05:58:45
The Founder Institute, an idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program has launched a new chapter in Lagos, Nigeria targeting to work with 20 tech startups annualy.


NBA and YouTube launch live games on League’s First Channel dedicated to fans in Sub-Saharan Africa 20-03-2019 | 13:47:35
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and YouTube today announced the launch of the NBA’s first YouTube channel dedicated to fans in sub-Saharan Africa.


[South Africa] Cell C and Facebook launch public access Wi-Fi hotspots at UWC 20-03-2019 | 12:10:00
Cell C has partnered with Facebook to launch the first public access Wi-Fi hotspots at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).


 


 
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