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African start-ups to watch in 2017

African start-ups to watch in 2017

Internet, Startups, Technology
Africa is experiencing a perfect storm of young people, maturing education systems & business start ups, and growing mobile phone services and use. Disrupt Africa highlights the most potential startups to watch in 2017 and listed among them is Instabug.  Launched in 2012, Egypt’s Instabug isn’t exactly new to the scene. However, 2016 saw the startup up its game, come out of a four-year beta phase, and make some serious waves. Instabug allows users to offer feedback from within apps to report bugs and issues with the product. Tunisia’s RoamSmart’s solutions launched in 2012 aim to assist mobile operators to manage their roaming businesses more efficiently; helping operators to optimise workflows and monetise existing roaming sources through an automated data reporting and analy
Africa’s first grid-connected biogas plant powers up

Africa’s first grid-connected biogas plant powers up

Startups, Technology
The energy sector in Kenya is largely dominated by petroleum and electricity, with wood fuel providing the basic energy needs of the rural communities, urban poor, and the informal sector including. An analysis of the national energy shows heavy dependency on wood fuel and other biomass that account for 68% of the total energy consumption (petroleum 22%, electricity 9%, others account for 1%). A commercial farm in Kenya has become Africa’s first electricity producer powered by biogas to sell surplus electricity to the national grid, cutting the carbon emissions associated with oil-powered generation. The Gorge Farm Energy Park in Naivasha produces 2 megawatts (MW) of electricity – more than enough to cultivate its 706 hectares (1,740 acres) of vegetables and flowers, and with
Taxify reduces its prices by 15% to take on Little & Uber in Nairobi

Taxify reduces its prices by 15% to take on Little & Uber in Nairobi

Startups, Technology
The rise of Uber has given rise to numerous ride-sharing competitors. Uber was the first firm to use a smartphone app to pair riders and drivers with each other but here in Nairobi they aren’t the only service offering rides by way of an app. Taxify, the latest ride-hailing app in the Kenyan market has reduced its prices by 15% in a move aimed at taking on Mondo, Uber and Little in Nairobi, as the new year jets in. According to the firm, the reduction will help both drivers and passengers as the 15% price reduction will see clients pay the lowest taxi fares ever experienced in Kenya, with no negative effect to the drivers. TechMoran reports that drivers on the other hand, stand to gain all the more by serving happier clients, and receiving 15% more per ride to counter the 1
Innovating for Africa’s growth is a global Imperative

Innovating for Africa’s growth is a global Imperative

Startups, Technology, Women
Africa's rise has become a widely discussed international policy topic. With aging populations and stagnating economic growth, developed economies are looking toward Africa as a source of skilled labour and, increasingly, innovation. Africa's ability to sustain its current growth will depend largely on how quickly it will be able to shift from reliance on traditional commodity markets to modern economic structures that focus on technology-driven development. The focus on innovation is emerging as a key theme in the Africa Union's long-term strategy, Agenda 2063. As a latecomer, Africa has the benefit of tapping into vast quantities of technological knowledge available worldwide. The continent's leapfrogging into the mobile revolution illustrated the power of latecomer advantages....
Turnbull government announces $3.9m for women in technology

Turnbull government announces $3.9m for women in technology

Startups, Women
The gender divide in technology is getting better, but there’s still room to make it easier and to create a better norm for future generations of women. Women are under-represented in science, technology engineering and maths (STEM) fields in Australia and the federal government is pouring $3.9m to tackle the issue, awarding funding to 24 organizations across the country. The development of world-class talent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is critical to  global leadership and development. Supporting women STEM students and researchers is not only an essential part of a country’s strategy to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world but also important to women themselves. Women in STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than those in