Startups

Lidya

Leading Nigerian fintech startup Lidya closes $1.25M seed funding round

Lidya, a leading fintech platform based in Nigeria, announced in late March that it has closed a US$1.25 million seed funding round to further its mission of easing access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Africa.

Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos is Africa's most valuable startup ecosystem

Lagos has the most valuable startup ecosystem in Africa, with the local entrepreneurship scene worth US$2 billion, according to a new report.

Khanyi Dhlomo, Founder, Ndalo Media: The biggest enabler for African success is actually not necessarily external: Credit: Red Photographic/WSJ

How to encourage innovation in Africa: Khanyi Dhlomo, Ndalo Media Founder & Ashish Thakkar, Mara Group Founder

Ndalo Media founder Khanyi Dhlomo and Mara Group founder Ashish Thakkar on where the potential is and what’s blocking it.

Cyril Collon, General Partner, Partech Ventures

African tech startups raise record-breaking $370M in 2016: Partech Ventures (Infographic)

At Partech Ventures, we have been tracking for the past 3 years the dynamics of African tech investment, to better understand the investment landscape on the continent.

Nigeria's leading hotel booking company Hotels.ng launches flight bookings

Nigeria's leading hotel booking company Hotels.ng launches flight bookings

Hotels.ng, Nigeria’s leading hotel booking company has rolled out a new service – online flight bookings – on its website.

Cape Town was the most important destination in 2016 for startup investments in Africa

Investment in Africa's tech start-ups on the rise

From mobile money to cargo drones and rugged portable wifi hotspots, Africa’s innovators are generating new technology to tackle consumer needs and development challenges.

Bastian Gotter, Co-Founder, iROKO Partners

iROKOtv Co-Founder Bastian Gotter leaves the company to invest in African startups

Bastian Gotter is the Co-Founder of iROKO, the VC-backed African entertainment and tech company that has single-handedly changed the face of Nollywood content distribution.

Investment in Africa's tech start-ups on the rise

Investment in Africa's tech start-ups on the rise

From mobile money to cargo drones and rugged portable Wi-Fi hotspots, Africa’s innovators are generating new technology to tackle consumer needs and development challenges.

South African courier WumDrop is tackling address challenges by delivering parcels to your phone location.

How could Amazon deliver without an address? This startup may have the answer

South African courier WumDrop is tackling address challenges by delivering parcels to your phone location.

A Jumia office: In 2016, Jumia became Africa's first "Unicorn". Credit: qz.com/Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

Here's what could happen if Africa's top mobile operators and start-ups work together

Telecom operators across the African continent continue to face significant risks when it comes to revenue growth.

Kola Aina, Founder, Ventures Platform. Credit: linkedin.com

Betting on Africa's future: Kola Aina, Founder, Ventures Platform

Last year, we decided to experiment with “organized early stage investing” in African technology companies.

Kelechi Anyadiegwu, Founder & CEO, Zuvaa. Credit: good.is

How one 26-year-old turned $500 into $2 million online (Photos)

What started with a compliment turned one young woman’s idea into a million dollar business. When Kelechi Anyadiegwu started her online African clothing store Zuvaa with $500 two years ago, her idea was to share African-inspired designs with consumers around the world.

Ngozi (L) and Chijioke Dozie: The brothers are Café Neo's Co-Founders and Co-CEOs. Credit: CNN

2 brothers have tapped into Africa's coffee renaissance (Video & Photos)

Nigeria is the seventh largest coffee producing country in the world, and two brothers there have decided to capitalize on this.

Here are 7 predictions for the African tech startup space in 2017

Here are 7 predictions for the African tech startup space in 2017

It has long been known that e-health has tremendous potential to make the delivery of healthcare in Africa more efficient. It is now becoming clear that this will be in the diagnostics space.

Raphael Afaedor, Co-Founder & CEO, Supermart.ng. Credit: NdaniTV

How former Jumia MD is selling groceries online in Nigeria

Lagos’s infamous back-to-back traffic can turn a simple trip to the grocery store into a time-consuming ordeal.

Olatorera Oniru, CEO, Dress Me Outlet. Credit: konnectafrica.net

From Wall Street to e-commerce in Nigeria

“To scale through the start-up phase is very difficult. It requires a lot of tenacity and, like I always say, it requires experience.” So says Nigerian Olatorera Oniru.

iHub

Africa's tech hubs

Innovation hubs have become a mainstay of Africa’s emerging technology ecosystem.

Nigerian Fintech Startup Paystack Raises $1.3 Million

Nigerian Fintech Startup Paystack Raises $1.3 Million

Paystack, one of Nigeria’s most hotly anticipated tech start-ups, has just secured $1.3M Seed investment from both international and homegrown investors.

The race to fix Nigeria's payments problem just received a big boost

The race to fix Nigeria's payments problem just received a big boost

Making online transactions is a process taken for granted as one of the natural offshoots of deeper internet penetration.

Africa Offers Big Potential for Streaming Video

Africa Offers Big Potential for Streaming Video

When the pan-African VOD platform Buni.tv launched in 2012, the Nairobi-based company was one of the first to recognize the untapped potential of the online market on the continent.

All eyes on Africa tech

All eyes on Africa tech

Forget bootstraps. Africa is a continent dragging itself up by its code strings to become a global player – but it needs more software developers, writes Brett Parker, SAP Africa Managing Director.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

How iROKOtv's Founder built a Nollywood empire to rival Netflix

Seven years ago, when Jason Njoku moved back in with his mother into their public housing apartment in Deptford, southeast London, he felt like a failure.

Kenya's Little Cab app is set to take on Uber in Uganda and Nigeria

Safaricom's Little Cab, Kenya's Uber rival, is launching in Nigeria and Uganda

Little Cab, the ride-hailing app backed by telecoms operator Safaricom, is slowly giving Uber a run for its money in Kenya.

She Leads Africa runs networking events in Lagos and Abuja, as well as Accra, Nairobi and Johannesburg. Credit: FT

African start-up helps and inspires young female entrepreneurs

In Zambia, one of their blogs is the undisputed arbiter of style. In South Africa, one of their apps is the gateway to private beaches and pop-up dining.

Fashion-conscious Lagosians switch to online shopping

Fashion-conscious Lagosians switch to online shopping

Three years ago, MallforAfrica joined the raft of Nigerian tech start-ups attracting private equity and venture capital backing.

Tunde Kehinde, Co-Founder, Africa Courier Express (ACE)

Africa Courier Express (ACE): The app that's beating the traffic in Lagos (Photos)

On the streets of Lagos, motorcycles, cars and daredevil cyclists weave through the lanes, jostling for space to avoid getting stuck in the chaotic traffic jams.

Will he cash in on Africa's real estate boom?

Will he cash in on Africa's real estate boom?

You’ve heard it before: Africa, the new investment frontier! Risky, but high reward potential, the mantra goes of emerging markets — particularly in Africa, home to 13 of the 20 fastest-growing economies in the world.

The arrival of Uber and Little Cab may bring cheaper and more reliable transport by taxi but is unlikely to solve Nairobi’s congestion. Credit: theguardian.com/Tom Cockrem/Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images

Uber and Little Cab's battle to control the streets of Nairobi

Uber is in the middle of a bruising battle for dominance in east Africa’s largest economy: Kenya. The ride-hailing company started operating in the cities of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Thika last year.

Linda Ikeji Social

Linda Ikeji Social: Nigeria's super blogger Linda Ikeji launches social network and will share ad revenue with users (Video)

The name Linda Ikeji strikes fear into many a Nigerian celebrity. They’re often petrified their secrets are about be revealed in the powerful one-woman gossip machine that has dominated online media in Nigeria for the last decade.

Ebi Atawodi, General Manager, Uber Lagos. Credit: marcopolis.net

Uber Partners First Bank to Offer Loans to Nigerian Drivers

Uber Technologies Inc. is partnering with FBN Holdings Plc’s First Bank Nigeria to provide loans to drivers.

How Africans are using technology to solve problems

How Africans are using technology to solve problems (Infographic)

The advent of the internet and technology has changed the world. With over 70% of Africa’s population under 30, the continent has one of the youngest populations in the world.

Uber expands food delivery business UberEats into South Africa

Uber expands food delivery business UberEats into South Africa

Uber Technologies started its UberEats food delivery service in South Africa last Thursday before it expands in the rest of the country and into the continent.

Christina Sass, Co-Founder & COO, Andela

Andela to invest in its graduates’ startups

Andela, a company working to bring the top 1% of African tech talent to engineering teams in need of capable, skilled developers, will eventually invest in the startups from those who complete its four-year program.

ToLet.com Co-Founders (L-R): Sulaiman Balogun, Fikayo Ogundipe, Dapo Eludire and Seyi Ayeni

Nigeria's ToLet.com.ng raises $1.2M from Frontier Digital Ventures

Lagos-based real estate classifieds startup ToLet.com.ng announced on Tuesday that it has closed a $1.2 million series A funding round from Frontier Digital Ventures.

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast: Tech Hub on the Rise

Following years of political turmoil, Côte d’Ivoire is growing quickly and attracting investment. Now, the government is trying to position the country as west Africa’s technology and start-up hub.

IrokoX

iROKO launches IrokoX online portal 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.

Nigeria's Startups Get Boost from Buhari, Zuckerberg

Nigeria's Startups Get Boost from Buhari, Zuckerberg

Nigeria has a growing technology scene full of ambitious young entrepreneurs who are seeking out solutions to various social challenges.

Mark Zuckerberg's trips to Nigeria and Kenya track tech's growing interests on the continent

Mark Zuckerberg's trips to Nigeria and Kenya track 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.

Mark Zuckerberg has made a surprise visit to Nairobi to learn about mobile money

Mark Zuckerberg has made a surprise visit to Nairobi to learn about mobile money

On his surprise tour of tech hubs in Africa, Mark Zuckerberg has made a pit stop in Nairobi.

It looks like Mark Zuckerberg is having a blast in Nigeria

It looks like Mark Zuckerberg is having a blast in Nigeria

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is currently visiting Lagos, Nigeria for his first trip to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Juliet Anammah, CEO, Jumia Nigeria

How e-commerce can lift Nigeria's economy: Juliet Anammah, CEO, Jumia Nigeria

Juliet Anammah, Jumia’s CEO, Nigeria‘s leading online shopping platform, cut her teeth in corporate management at May & Baker Plc where she worked for eight years. Her experience in strategic management at Accenture equally molded her for the challenging task of ensuring that Jumia succeeds in Nigeria.

Zuckerberg's visit is a validation for betting big on Nigeria's tech industry

Zuckerberg's visit is a validation for betting big on Nigeria's tech industry (Video)

Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has had a busy time, so far, in Lagos. He visited the Co-Creation Hub (Cc Hub), Nigeria’s leading technology incubator-turned-accelerator in Lagos’ Yaba neighborhood, a Silicon Valley-style ground zero.