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Jumia global launches to compete with MallforAfrica

Jumia global launches to compete with MallforAfrica

Business, Startups
Photo Credits: Many sites have sprouted across cities to help buyers in Africa purchase just about anything from hundreds of overseas E-Commerce stores and have it delivered back home either in Accra, Lagos, Nairobi or in between. Sites like Kenya’s Vitumob, Box, Savostore, Box, Kentexcargo among others have been fulfilling their customer needs just fine whereas before their emergence,  Amazon and eBay had gained dominance. Then came VC-backed MallforAfrica to change Africa’s global e-commerce shopping trend. During its launch in Nigeria in 2014, Chris Folayan said the platform aimed to ship to millions of shoppers in Nigeria, as well as Nigerians living abroad who want to ship items home to their families in Africa. MallforAfrica signed partnerships with Macy’, BestBuy, GAP a
South African fibre comparison tool launches

South African fibre comparison tool launches

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FibreTiger, a South African fibre comparison tool has launched to enable users  find out if their area has fibre internet as well as find the best fibre deals and ISP providers in their area. The tool, founded by Jacques du Rand from a personal need to quickly and easily compare fibre options,  helps users to easily see and compare their fibre package requirements such as shaping, capping, capacity, data and pricing. Users can also search by network or their favourite provider. “I created it because I struggled to compare what the differences in offers were, and also price at each level of fibre package across ISPs.” says du Rand. ”FibreTiger doesn’t only rate the most popular and biggest ISPs, we also list and compare the lesser known boutique ISPs that are up and coming, and that p
New opportunities for Kenyan entrepreneurs as E-commerce booms

New opportunities for Kenyan entrepreneurs as E-commerce booms

Business, Startups
Kenya’s electronic commerce market is primed for major growth in the next five years as mobile internet performance continues to improve, a proposed national addressing system comes into existence, and people become more comfortable with digital transactions. The first E-commerce ventures in East Africa used to focus on affluent costumers and the diaspora, with payment by credit cards, mostly in the travel and gifting industry, with startups such as TravelStart or MamaMikes, but the landscape is now narrowing  with mobile money and mpesa. Kenya’s enthusiastic adoption of person-to-person mobile payments creates a solid base for the growth of mobile and electronic commerce. According to the Communications Authority of Kenya, the e-commerce market in Kenya was worth around Ksh.4.3 b
Europe shows how Africa’s tech hubs can thrive

Europe shows how Africa’s tech hubs can thrive

Startups, Technology
Cities in Europe have woken up to emulate the success in Silicon Valley. The New York Times reported that President Emmanuel Macron urged the French to make their country “the leading country for hyper-innovation.” He encouraged the crowd of entrepreneurs to “transform” and “shake up” the country. On its part, the French government committed to support entrepreneurs through a number of incentives including, making the country more business-friendly. The story of European start-ups is the same across capitals. New venture capitalists are emerging to support the growing appetite for entrepreneurship and they are succeeding. The United Kingdom, which was a front-runner in creating technology hubs, is reaping big returns from the sector. According to Tech Nation, a government report
Television Plays Vital role of civic engagement than Social Media in off-grid society, M-Kopa Report

Television Plays Vital role of civic engagement than Social Media in off-grid society, M-Kopa Report

social media, Startups
Dubbed Tuned in, the M-KOPA report shows that off-grid homes are mostly driven to acquire solar television because it helps them keep up to date with news and current affairs. It looks at the role of solar television in the off-grid economy where millions of Kenyans are still off-grid and unable to access the country’s dominant visual information source – television – in their own homes. M-KOPA Solar says its research shows that for these homes, the leading lifestyle improvement is being more informed on current affairs. And its solar TV is doing just that. In Kenya, the seven and nine o’clock news are major moments in the day. Other forms of entertainment is turned off, conversations are adjourned and the news takes over. The question is whether this can continue as content evolves and