Sub-Saharan Africa's smartphone penetration at 33%

Surge in SSA
smartphone use

Figures expected to
double by 2025.

Friday, Oct 19th

Google announces Lagos on Street View, Launchpad Space

Google announces Lagos on Street View, Launchpad Space

CEO Sundar Pichai makes one of several surprise announcements at 'Google for Nigeria' event.

Alibaba's Jack Ma launches African Young Entrepreneurs Fund

Alibaba's Jack Ma launches African Young Entrepreneurs Fund

Fund established to support online businesses in Africa and is set to begin operations this year.

Alibaba, Jack Ma to visit Kenya

Alibaba's Jack Ma to visit Kenya

Jack Ma set for two-day Kenya visit next week.

Orange commits to funding Egypt’s tech startups -Minister's visit to France ended with a commitment by operator to transform Egyptian startup ideas into reality while creating sustainable business models.  Multinational telecommunications corporation Orange has expressed its desire to invest in technology startups from Egypt following a visit by the Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology (CIT), Yasser El-Kady, to the mobile operator's headquarters in France last week. A statement issued by Orange reveals that the Minister was accompanied by the Egyptian Ambassador in Paris to meetings where the teleco’s commitment was secured in discussions with several members of the Orange Group Executive Committee and the CEO of Orange Egypt. Orange and the Ministry have not revealed the monetary value of the mobile operator’s pledge. “As a result of the meetings, Orange is contemplating leveraging the opportunities offered by new technology zones, including in Assyut, to install customer service centers. Also, as part of the Orange Group's interest in supporting emerging, innovative companies, it was agreed to support and fund technology-focused start-ups in Egypt to help them to transform their ideas into reality while creating a sustainable business model.”details Orange in its communication on the outcome of the meetings with the Egyptian delegation. Bruno Mettling, Chairman and CEO of Orange Middle East & Africa says closer ties and greater investment destined for Egypt from Orange can be expected going forward. “The Group’s presence in Egypt is of utmost importance to our future development in Africa and the Middle East, and we have great confidence in the potential for development within the Egyptian economy. This visit also reflects the Orange Group’s willingness to work with the Egyptian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in order to strengthen cooperation between our two countries in a context that encourages foreign investment.” El-Kady also visited Orange’s flagship smart store in central Paris and the Group’s innovation campus, Orange Gardens during his stay in France.  Egypt’s ICT Ministry has also indicated that the Minister also took time to attended a presentation on Orange’s activities in mobile e-commerce and money transfer before sitting down with a representative from French software company Valeo. “ElKady, also, met with Valeo Group Corporate Vice-President Jean-Luc di Paola-Galloni, discussing expanding the company's investments and business in Egypt. Valeo VP stated that Cairo’s center is the company's most important research and development center in the world.”describes the Ministry.  Commitments to invest in Egypt following the Minister’s visit come days after another global satellite navigation systems and devices company TomTom announced that it will establish a center for developing high-tech products and systems in Egypt. The TomTom delegation was led by the company's Vice President (VP) Anja Van Hal Chipres. Egypt’s ICT ministry has prioritised efforts to secure investment by the private sector

Kenyan start-up aims to stimulate a vision driven economy

Cool4Skul hopes to provide digital access to university students as a way of pushing for a vision driven economy.

Google SA head confident about company's fortunes in Africa

Google SA head confident about company's fortunes in Africa

Luke Mckend says the continent faces different challenges and opportunities from when the web search giant first set up business here.

Alibaba's Jack Ma trending in Kenya

Alibaba's Jack Ma trending in Kenya

Ma has engaged with students at University of Nairobi.

Microsoft partner Nigerian ministry to improve investment climates

Microsoft partner Nigerian ministry to improve investment climates

Initiative aims to tackle the lack of credible and timely investment-related information.

#JackMaInKenya: Alibaba's Jack Ma arrives in Kenya

Alibaba's Jack Ma arrives in Kenya

Ma is currently trending on Twitter.

SA's BrandsEye readies to woo New York investors

SA's BrandsEye readies to woo New York investors

Cape-based crowdsourcing opinion mining firm wins 2017 FNB Business Innovation Award.

Digital disruption to dominate GIL Africa 2017

Digital disruption to dominate GIL Africa 2017

Frost & Sullivan Growth Innovation and Leadership Summit to explore impact of digital transformation across a range of industries.

Comprehensive network established to train and support country's drone flyers

SA partnership to scale drone industry

Comprehensive network established to train and support country's drone flyers.