Startups

Rafiki Power Partners with Mobisol to launch Hybrid Grids to Serve Rural Tanzania

Rafiki Power Partners with Mobisol to launch Hybrid Grids to Serve Rural Tanzania

Broadband, Startups
Rafiki Power and Mobisol have partnered to pilot a new approach labelled the Hybrid Grid for off-grid clients in rural Tanzania. combining the best of mini-grids and solar home systems to bring higher value and better service to their mutual customers at lower cost. While Rafiki Power will continue to build mini-grid infrastructure, Mobisol will complement the offer and help reduce overall costs by equipping customers lying outside the core perimeter of the mini-grid with their large solar home systems. According to Daniel Becker CEO Rafiki Power, “We are thrilled to combine the best of both worlds of mini-grids and solar home systems. Our customers stand to benefit from the improved offer, in particular in terms of access to a wider range of high quality appliances. The operat
Google launches new job search experience in Africa

Google launches new job search experience in Africa

Startups
Google, at a press conference held on 1 March 2018, has announced a new job Search experience that aims to help job seekers find employment opportunities. For the first time, when someone uses their phone or computer to search on Google for a job, they will see a streamlined experience letting them explore, research and find relevant, local job postings. This launch builds on Google’s existing commitment in Sub Saharan Africa to improve economic opportunities for job seekers and employers, demonstrated through its Grow with Google initiatives. The Digital Skills for Africa program, Google’s commitment to train 1 million African youth between April 2016 and March 2017, was achieved and surpassed. In July 2017, this program was extended to see 10 million youth trained by 2022 as well
Alepo & Smart Link Communications to launch Algeria’s first public WiFi service

Alepo & Smart Link Communications to launch Algeria’s first public WiFi service

Broadband, Internet, Startups
Alepo, a provider of core network and IT software solutions for communications service providers, has announced that it has been selected by Smart Link Communications (SLC), an Algerian internet service provider, for its public wireless broadband service. As part of the first public WiFi network in Algeria, SLC will deploy the complete Alepo WiFi monetisation solution, including AAA infrastructure, real-time charging and policy control, prepaid voucher management, and more. Alepo will deploy a solution that will support the WiFi monetisation requirement, as well as offload in the near future. According to SLC, by selecting Alepo, the firm will be able to accelerate their overall return on investment (ROI) by creating new revenue streams with a flexible and robust captive portal that...
Co-working Space, Workstyle, Targeting Startups Launches in Kenya

Co-working Space, Workstyle, Targeting Startups Launches in Kenya

Startups
Workstyle, a new serviced office and co-working space has launched in Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya. The company is targeting, among other clients, tech and business start-ups; in need of shared working space or a private office in a community setting. The company is incorporating a community feel and a modern design with state of the art workspaces. The growing demand for independence and freedom at the workplace complete with a sense of community inspired Workstyle. "Serviced offices and co-working spaces are the future of working. When you look at most commercial buildings in prime locations; companies design and target the buildings at larger corporates, yet most businesses still have a staff count of under 10. Add to that the growth of start-up companies and the gig economy; and i
Copia Global, E-Commerce Firm, Sets up Distribution Hub in Nairobi

Copia Global, E-Commerce Firm, Sets up Distribution Hub in Nairobi

Business, Startups, Technology
E-Commerce firm Copia Global has set up a new distribution hub in Nairobi to run thousands of deliveries a day. The new central distribution centre was set up at warehousing facilities firm Africa Logistics Properties. According to Tim Steel, CEO of Copia Global, “Copia provides a unique direct to end consumer e-commerce enabled shopping service, bringing choice, convenience and opportunity to rural and peri-urban customers across Kenya. This involves a complex and challenging supply chain. We are very excited to be relocating our fulfilment centre operation to ALP North Logistics Park. The facility is ideally located for us and our suppliers and perfectly suited for us to reliably meet the day definite delivery needs of our customers. It will allow us to continue our rapid growth in usin