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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.

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.

Jumia staff in Lagos, Nigeria

The web startups looking to cash in on 1 billion African consumers (Photos)

It is a cliched image. Passengers lined up at the check-in desk for various flights back to African capitals, trolleys overloaded and suitcases straining at the weight limit.

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The African Future Is Digital: Victor Asemota

WhatsApp? What is That? A couple of years ago, one of our Managing Consultants was in South Africa. She had decided to buy a local SIM instead to save cost on roaming.

South Africa's MTN bets on mobile banking with new CEO

South Africa's MTN bets on mobile banking with new CEO

MTN’s new chief executive Rob Shuter has been brought in to boost profits at Africa’s biggest mobile phone group after a $1.7 billion fine in Nigeria, by persuading its 200 million clients to use their handsets to store money and pay bills.

Africa Telecom and Tech IPO Pipeline Swells as Growth Companies Target Public Markets. Credit: sokopay.com

Africa Telecom and Tech IPO Pipeline Swells as Growth Companies Target Public Markets

From Nigerian fintech to East African fiber, several exciting and diverse companies are emerging as IPO contenders in Africa’s rapidly growing Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) sector, according to specialist news provider TMT Finance.

Stephane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange

French telco giant Orange to invest $85 million in Nigerian e-commerce group Africa Internet Group

French telecommunications company Orange is to invest 75 million euro ($85 million) in Nigerian e-commerce group Africa Internet Group (AIG) and become a shareholder, the two companies said on Tuesday.

AIG is the company behind Africa's largest e-commerce company Jumia

Goldman Sachs & MTN to invest $245M in Nigerian e-commerce firm Africa Internet Group (AIG)

Africa Internet Group (AIG) has secured €225 million ($245 million) in funding from investors including US bank Goldman Sachs, South African telecoms giant MTN and German startup incubator Rocket Internet.

Jumia is AIG’s main subsidiary and operates in 11 African markets.

AXA buys 8% stake In Africa Internet Group for €75M ($85M) valuing company at over $1B

French insurance giant AXA announced today it is investing €75-million to take a 8% stake in Africa Internet Group (AIG), one of the continent’s largest e-commerce operations.

Nigerian businesses target 100% mobile-first market

Nigerian businesses target '100% mobile-first market' (Infographics)

In Nigeria, success for both tech start-ups and more conventional businesses such as banks and fast food restaurants means adapting to the age of what entrepreneurs have dubbed the “100 per cent mobile-first market”.

Juliet Anammah, CEO, Jumia Nigeria

Jumia Nigeria appoints Juliet Anammah as CEO

E-commerce giant Jumia has appointed Juliet Anammah as the CEO of Jumia Nigeria.

MallForAfrica

With a billion Africans set to shop online, a new wave of start-ups is looking to cash in (Infographics)

Africa’s middle class is rising and they have money to spend. About a third of the continent spends between $4 to $20 a day—a group that is expected to grow to 42% by 2060, according to data from the Africa Development Bank. That’s more than a billion people.

The Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUBNigeria) in Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria. Credit: techpoint.ng

Yabacon Valley: Nigeria tech startup enclave springs up in Lagos suburb

At first glance, Yaba is like many other parts of Nigeria’s sprawling commercial capital: a cacophony of car horns and shouting street vendors mingling with exhaust fumes.

Marek Zmyslowski, Managing Director, Jovago

Why you should take chances: Marek Zmyslowski, Managing Director of top African hotel booking website Jovago (Video)

Marek Zmyslowski is the CEO and Managing Director of Lagos-based Jovago. Jovago is an online marketplace that connects travellers across Africa with hotels. Jovago enables customers to secure hotel rooms through an online platform that is faster, cheaper, and easier than the alternative of making a phone call.

Easy Taxi Nigeria

Africa Internet Group (AIG), operators of Jumia, Easy Taxi, Lamudi, Carmudi, HelloFood, Kaymu, and Jovago, moves offices to Yaba, Nigeria's Silicon Valley

Africa Internet Group (AIG), the leading internet group in Africa, has moved its office to Yaba, housing six of its ventures in Nigeria – Easy Taxi, Lamudi, Carmudi, HelloFood, Kaymu, and Jovago.

Dealdey raises $5M in series B funding from Swedish investment company Kinnevik. Credit: techcabal.com

DealDey raises $5M in series B funding from Swedish investment company Kinnevik

DealDey, a Nigerian ecommerce website that aggregates discounted goods and services, has raised $5 million in follow-on funding. DealDey’s second round of funding comes from its original investor, Kinnevik.

E-Commerce in Africa finds growing outlet

Browse, click, pay: E-Commerce in Africa finds growing outlet

Young Ghanaian entrepreneur Nana Tamakloe could hardly have a simpler business plan. When people order clothes from his website, he buys the items from stalls and shops in Accra, ships them with DHL and gets paid online.

African venture capital activity shows impressive spike in 2014

African venture capital activity shows impressive spike in 2014

It’s been a good year for Africa’s startups. In terms of investment activity at least, data from one of the world’s most comprehensive startup databases, CrunchBase, shows that there’s been a huge increase within the last year, highlighting confidence.

Jumia

Rocket Internet-Backed Jumia Raises $150M For Its African E-Commerce Business

Rocket Internet-backed Jumia is in the money today, after the Africa-based e-commerce company announced it has raised €120 million ($150 million) in new funding.

Jumia is one of Africa Internet Holding's portfolio companies

Africa Internet Group's parent company Rocket Internet draws big IPO investor crowd for emerging markets web plan

Rocket Internet, the global e-commerce investor, will take a more hands-on role in its stable of companies through a stock market listing which was fully subscribed within the first hour of taking orders, it said on Wednesday.

Rocket Internet

German tech incubator Rocket Internet, one of the parent companies of Africa Internet Group (AIG), plans 2014 IPO

Rocket Internet is planning an initial public offering that could value the technology incubator at around €5 billion, or roughly $6.5 billion.

Karl-Johan Sturesson, Head of Business Development, Carmudi Africa

Online auto marketplace Carmudi broadens Africa footprint

It’s been a busy year for Carmudi, a developing-world used-car start-up, and it’s about to get busier.

E-Commerce

MTN to invest $225M in Africa Internet Group (AIG)

MTN Group has announced it will invest approximately EUR 168 million into AIG in the next two to four years after acquiring 33.3% of the JV between Rocket Internet and Millicom.

A staff member of on-line retailer Jumia, pushes a cart past shelves at the company's warehouse in Lagos April 10, 2014

Online retailer Jumia expanding into new markets: Uganda, Ghana and Cameroon

Online retailer Jumia, a would-be African Amazon set up by German venture capital firm Rocket Internet, is expanding into three new markets – Uganda, Ghana and Cameroon, the company said on Monday.

Uber

Uber launches in Lagos as it expands further into Africa

The popular San Francisco- based car ordering service Uber has just launched in Lagos, Nigeria.

Groupon

Emilian Popa appointed new CEO of Groupon South Africa

After four years at the head of one of South Africa’s fastest-growing ecommerce companies, Cape Town entrepreneurs Wayne Gosling and Daniel Guasco have announced their departure from deal-of-the-day platform Groupon South Africa in search of new opportunities.

Carmudi

Online car marketplace Carmudi launches Google Android app

Since it launched mid-2013, Carmudi has shown to be one of Rocket Internet’s fastest expanding startups.

Jumia Nigeria

Jumia Nigeria opens up e-commerce platform to third party sellers

After celebrating its 2nd year anniversary, ecommerce store Jumia Nigeria has now announced the launch of its online Marketplace where third-party merchants can leverage its online presence to sell goods and services.

Jeremy Hodara, MD, Africa Internet Holdings (AIH)

Now is the perfect time to invest in Africa and its future: Jeremy Hodara, MD, Africa Internet Group (AIG)

HumanIPO caught up with Africa Internet Group (AIG) managing director Jeremy Hodara to discuss opportunities in Africa, AIG strategies and goals on the continent and the achievements of companies such as Jumia and Lendico.

Jumia Nigeria, Tapping into Diaspora Dollars

Internet retailer, Jumia Nigeria, tapping into diaspora dollars

Money sent home by Nigeria’s emigrant workers traditionally covers basic expenses like housing, education and medicine.