Year 3 | Edition 10 | 25 September 2020

Microsoft collaborates with AGRA to digitize agriculture in 11 African countries

Microsoft has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to co-create technology solutions in agriculture.

The collaboration between Microsoft, through its 4Afrika initiative, will support AGRA’s digital transformation as it works to improve food security for 30 million farming households across 11 countries by 2021. The MOU aims to encourage the use of big data and AI in the digital transformation of AGRA, working with the Kenyan...

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Digital Kungfu launches premium lead gen skills accelerator for Africa tech businesses

South Africa’s tech company Digital Kungfu has launched Africa's premium lead-gen skills accelerator for tech companies.

Technology businesses are all facing the same challenges. According to Digital Kungfu’s research, 89% of B2B technology businesses say that demand/lead generation is important to their companies. The problem is that despite this, 47% say they don’t generate high-quality leads, 32% struggle to produce a high volume of leads and 31% don’t get sufficient ROI from lead generation campaigns...

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Rack Centre announces $100m expansion to create West Africa’s largest data centre

Rack Centre, carrier neutral data centre operator in West Africa, announced an expansion programme that will increase capacity to a total net lettable white space of 6000 square metres and allow for 13MW of  IT power capacity in its Lagos campus, Nigeria.

This will be in addition to the current expansion already underway to double existing capacity to 1.5MW and 1,200 square metres of white space in early 2021. The expansion will bring unprecedented carrier neutral scale to West Africa and...

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WorldRemit unveils app that allows users to track and trace their funds

WorldRemit, a global digital payments company, has launched The WorldRemit Transfer Tracker mobile App for recipients of money transfers which allows them to track their remittances.

The WorldRemit Transfer Tracker App is now available through the Google app store in Nigeria, India, Mexico and Colombia. It will also be free to download through the app store in 90 countries in iOS and Android later this month. “We developed Pipeline Generator to help technology companies remain...

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Chenosis partners with Blusalt and Gwirio to power developers’ ecosystem in Africa

Pan African cross-industry API marketplace Chenosis has announced the conclusion of its first set of strategic partnerships with Nigerian-based emerging digital platform provider Blusalt and Gwirio, a software services company founded in South Africa.

These partnerships are instrumental in Chenosis becoming the largest and most diverse developer ecosystem on the African continent. Chenosis is re-shaping the API marketplace for developers and businesses alike, since its launch in August...

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UnionPay partners with Interswitch East Africa to accelerate payment digitalization

UnionPay International (UPI) and Interswitch East Africa (Kenya) announced partnership confirming Interswitch becoming a Third-Party Service Provider (TPSP) for UnionPay International in East Africa.

The partnership supports the vision and mission that enable further payment digitalization across the continent, allowing cardholders and merchants within the region to transact seamlessly and conveniently across various platforms on the global UPI network. The agreement with Interswitch will...

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ARM launches API service for fintech startups in Nigeria

Nigeria's financial services provider ARM launched ARM Sandbox, a new and more efficient way for fintechs to scale their integration and customer acquisition plans.

The ARM Sandbox allows fintechs that resell APIs (Application Program Interface), provide e-wallet, investments and payment services to integrate ARM’s API into their solutions. This will provide a platform for fintechs to expand their services to new markets, leverage the credibility of the ARM brand name and best of all, earn from the management fees...

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Airsmat raises $100,000 investment to deepen AI application in agriculture

AirSmat, a Nigeria-based Pan-African Software company, has received a boost of $100,000 from Zetogon, a UK-based company, as pre-seeding investment to help the organization on the journey to deliver world-class service in the African continent.

The startup will use the funds to get the flagship product, SmatCrows, to customers in Nigeria and support the product launch. Adeoluwa Ibikunle, Chief Technology Officer, Airsmat: “The new investment will enable AirSmat to further...

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[Startup Interview] Marthinus Coetzee, CEO, iPTT Africa, South Africa

Iptt africa (pty) Limited is a South African telecommunications startup that solves the communication problems faced by many businesses and organizations in Africa through its italkptt platform that allows businesses  to communicate from anywhere in Africa to anywhere in the world. The CEO Marthinus Coetzee elaborates.

Briefly introduce your company

iPTT Africa (Pty) Ltd was created to solve the communication problems faced by many businesses and organisations in Africa. Using the iTalkPTT platform, it is now possible to communicate from anywhere to anywhere in the world...

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Mastercard announces Fintech Express to empower Middle East and Africa fintechs to launch and expand rapidly

Mastercard has launched Fintech Express in the Middle East and Africa (MEA), a program designed to facilitate emerging fintechs’ launch and expansion. Leveraging the power of partnerships and Mastercard’s expertise, technology, and global network, startups will now be able to focus on innovation that drives the digital economy.

Mastercard Fintech Express is designed for all types of fintechs: established fintechs wanting a direct license from Mastercard; as well as fintechs with the ambition to...

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[Startup Interview] Jason Gras, Emile Fulcheri, Stima, Kenya

Stima is a Kenya-based startup that operates a smart service swap stations providing charging services to enable moto-taxi riders to switch to electric motorcycles. The startup is introducing the concept to assist in reducing carbon emissions and taming air pollution. Jason Gras explains.

Tell us about your company

Stima is a start-up that provides charging services for electric moto-taxis in Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa. Stima operates a network of smart self-service swap stations to enable moto...

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[Startup Interview] Vimbai Malandu, Co-Founder, YuPlan Limited, Zimbabwe

YuPlan Limited is a Zimbabwe digital startup that allows customers to book a venue from anywhere in the world. The platform holds a selection of venues from office spaces, residential plots, gardens, school halls and sports fields among others. Vimbai Malandu, the Co-Founder explains.

Introduce your company

YuPlan Limited is an online marketplace that allows users to search, compare, book and pay for listed venues in their selected locations. These spaces range from traditional...

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Wanted: African Startups for Interviews

Africa Business Communities is conducting a series of interviews with startup businesses in Africa.

Are you a startup in Africa and interested in an interview? Great! Send an e-mail to These are some of the Startup Interviews that we have published in the past few months...

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[Free Webinar] Incentro Presents: Digital Transformation in Africa with G Suite - use Google Cloud to run your businesses remotely

When: 29 September 2020

From: 12:00 - 13:00 EAT

Where: Free Webinar

For: CIO/CTO/ Senior IT Management of companies in Sub Saharan Africa

See how your peers are using Google Cloud to run their businesses from home...

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News Headlines

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[South Africa] Vodacom zero-rates gender-based violence awareness app
As part of its ongoing commitment to prevent Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Vodacom has zero-rated its Bright Sky SA app, which was launched in November last year.

21-01-2021 | 13:49:22
[South Africa] VMware begins search for new CEO to replace Pat Gelsinger
VMware’s board of directors has initiated a search for a new CEO after Pat Gelsinger stepped down from the position effective 12 February 2021 to lead Intel.

21-01-2021 | 12:58:48
Africa’s mobile fraud losses set to peak in 2021
Africa’s mobile fraud losses will continue to rise above last year’s USD 4 billion to peak at a record USD 5 billion by the end of 2021 if nothing is done to prevent global cybercriminals from looting the continent’s wealth.

21-01-2021 | 12:19:00
Incentro: Not even a pandemic can stop fifteen consecutive years of growth
For the fifteenth year in a row, we have realized growth. Nothing can stop us. Not even a pandemic! Our provisional data shows that in 2020, we produced revenue of almost 57 million euros. That’s a 8.8% growth compared to 2019.

21-01-2021 | 11:37:00
Global fintech company Wari partners with Lycaremit to facilitate cross-border remittance
Wari, a global platform offering digital financial services, and Lycaremit, a world player in remittance and part of the multinational Lyca Group, have signed a strategic partnership that will strengthen and expand their global networks to provide access to money transfer services worldwide.

21-01-2021 | 11:24:10
[Column] Tonny Tugee: Kenya’s digital journey - Where are we now, and where are we going
Kenya’s ICT sector has seen a 10.8% average annual growth since 2016, making it one of the fastest-growing tech environments on the continent.

21-01-2021 | 10:45:14
Digitalisation, extortion and a lucrative vaccine: Kaspersky makes its threat predictions for 2021
Kaspersky shares its vision on what we could face in terms of cyberthreats in such areas as healthcare, education and ICS attacks in 2021.

21-01-2021 | 09:25:34
[Nigeria] Edtech startup uLesson $7.5m Series A round for African expansion
Nigeria’s edtech startup uLesson has raised $7.5 million Series A funding led by Owl Ventures, with inclusion from existing investors, TLcom Capital and Founder Collective and participation from new investor LocalGlobe.

21-01-2021 | 08:25:00
Nigeria’s automotive startup Autochek expands its operations to Ghana
Autochek, the automotive technology company that aims to build solutions for the African market, has commenced operations in Accra, Ghana.

21-01-2021 | 07:00:58
[Column] Pedro Guerreiro: The role of technology in unlocking trade value in East Africa
The latest data – and East Africa's continued focus on transforming its key industries, sectors and infrastructure through technology – is giving me hope that the economic outlook is brightening.

21-01-2021 | 06:03:26
Kaspersky launches tailored threat intelligence reporting for the automotive industry
Kaspersky has now introduced its tailored threat intelligence (TI) reporting for organisations working in the automotive industry, which was previously available for a selected range of customers.

21-01-2021 | 05:43:00
Kenyan Students Awarded First Prize in Huawei Global ICT Competition
Three Kenyan teams that excelled at the Huawei ICT Competition Global Finals have today been awarded at an event held at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi.

21-01-2021 | 05:31:36
[South Africa] Customers demand greater digital engagement from Communication Service Providers, survey
The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the move to digital, as large proportions of the population have continued to work, learn and be entertained remotely.

21-01-2021 | 05:21:11
[Column] Andrew Bourne: Addressing Data privacy concerns in the workplace
Whatever state a business finds itself in this year, it cannot afford to ignore data privacy as a key priority especially, now that global and local news networks are covering online privacy quite extensively.

20-01-2021 | 15:35:00
[Column] Arthur Latim: Leveraging Africa’s demographic dividend in the fourth industrial revolution
Africa's tech industry is still at an infant stage, with an industry wide revolution dubbed the fourth industrial revolution. Africa to some extent missed the first, second and third revolution and is yet to miss the fourth industrial revolution (4lR) which is mixed up with industry 4.0.


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