Google Launchpad and Google Play South Africa were launched in November 2017 to boost African technology start-ups and develop a unique African design aesthetic.
At a time when smallholder farmers across Africa, who form the bulk of the food producers, are struggling with access to key agricultural inputs including fertilizer and seeds, Farmers Pride, based in Kenya has rolled out an elaborate plan to address these biting challenges.
More than ever, African youth have to overcome a long and hard journey to enter the labour market. Out of 11 million young people entering the job market in Africa every year, only 3 million end up in formal jobs and all do not have quality jobs.
Mastercard is collaborating with Durban-based tech company Spazapp, to bring secure, seamless and convenient mobile payments to thousands of informal traders.
In the middle of a dry village in Kajuki, Tharaka Nithi County, a growing fruit and vegetable processing factory is proving Kenya can add value to fresh produce, increase farmer’s earnings and reduce post harvest losses.
In the quest to quench the thirst of shortage of quality potato seed in Bomet County, the USAID funded Kenya Agricultural Value Chains Enterprises Project working with Deepa Industries.
Elisha Langat never catches a break in his in farm in Bomet County.He has six dairy cows, tea bushes and is multiplying potato seed.
On the streets of the bustling Kisii town in Kenya, Cyrus Nyakundi can easily pass for an ordinary hustler. He is the proprietor of Agroplant Technologies, the only tissue culture lab in the Nyanza and South Rift region.
Sol Mukasa is the founder and head of Brand Honcho, a marketing and advertising agency that is changing the rules of marketing through broadening the way agencies and clients interact with one another.
Innovate Ventures, the Somali tech and business startup accelerator launched in partnership with VC4A, Telesom and the Work in Progress! Alliance, had their second cohort of 10 startups from Somaliland and Somalia graduate from their programme.
COMESA Secretariat has developed a regional Youth Internship and Volunteer Programme whose overall objective is to increase youth employment of decent and productive jobs for young graduates.
CNN’s African Voices meets acclaimed Kenyan comedian Eric Omondi as he describes his journey to success and shares his thoughts on the power of comedy.
To help advance youth economic empowerment, Vodacom has given a facelift to Vodacom Change the World by relaunching the programme as an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and youth volunteerism initiative.
Four black-owned South African financial services startups each won R1-million last night at a pitching event hosted by AlphaCode.
Tobi Oludayomi has for the last five years built from ground up, Studio 14 into a powerhouse that now works with high profiled clients across Western and the West African market.
Global payments technology company Visa has launched the newly-incorporated Visa Foundation that will prioritize the growth of micro and small enterprises around the world, enabling individuals, businesses, and economies to thrive.
The African Development Bank has called for global support for Africa’s young farmers and “agripreneurs”, highlighting how agribusiness is the answer to employing the continent’s youth.
Siemens and the German government in $26 million partnership to support occupational training in Egypt
To drive employment opportunities for Egyptian youth, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and Siemens have signed a strategic alliance agreement to support occupational training in Egypt.
A new curricula focusing on entrepreneurship will now have a place in secondary schools in Nigeria.
Facebook celebrates Africa’s vibrant startup scene and rising talent at TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield Africa 2017
Facebook has celebrated the achievements of a fast-growing community of African tech entrepreneurs and developers, at the first-ever TechCrunch Startup Battlefield in Africa, sponsored by Facebook.
Ovamba Solutions, Inc. and Microsoft have partnered to develop the first African language driven “chat-bot” designed to serve the millions of African SMEs who face exclusion from Financial Services due to the challenges of business literacy.
Kyei Faried Owura is the brains behind Edwa Global Company, a Ghana based startup revolutionizing food purchase online in the local and international markets while creating jobs for farmers and players across the value chain.
The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation has signed a partnership with The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation to further leverage resources and expertise to support sustainable economic impact in MCC partner countries in Africa.
Kenya Association of Manufacturers together with UN Women has held the third Women in Manufacturing Forum themed ‘Why gender inclusivity is smart business’ targeting women entrepreneurs.
The African Development Bank (ADB) Group President, Akinwumi Adesina, has concluded his two-day official visit to Niger with a visit to the Kalmaharo Technical High School in Niamey, is supported by the Bank
Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur, Paul Owusu, moved to Ghana and partnered with tech entrepreneur Kojo Sarpong to form Logique, tech accelerator and parent company to tech products Stack, SmartLobby and Coast.
[Bob Koigi] Column: Diversification to new frontiers the magic bullet to fixing unemployment in Africa
Africa’s smallholder farmers are the apex of agricultural output in the continent contributing a staggering 75 percent of all agricultural production and creating millions of jobs in the process.
Nestlé in partnership with Ashoka have called on Kenyans to nominate individuals, government bodies, non-governmental organizations, members of the academia and social enterprises for its 2018 Nestlé Creating Shared Value (CSV) Prize.
Oladunmade Otitoola, an entrepreneur and beneficiary of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program in 2016, is founder of RentYourHall, Nigeria. Africa Business Communities poses him some questions on development of the startup.
Farming and rural non farm activities can provide solutions to rising youth employment in Africa, FAO
Farming and rural non-farm-based activities still have untapped potential to generate employment opportunities for Africa’s rising youth population, FAO has said at a high level forum
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a science and technology company, has announced the new startups participating in its Accelerator program in Darmstadt, Germany, and Nairobi, Kenya.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Brazil-Africa Institute (BAI) have launched the Youth Technical Training Program (YTTP) − an initiative that aims to train young African professionals in research and technology transfer
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Japan’s “Increased resilience and self-help capacities for reconstruction of livelihoods and sustained nutritional food security in South Sudan
Javnyuy Joybert is the founder of COSDEF Group, a Cameroonian social enterprise business whose four startups staggered across education, employment, finance and ICT seek design solutions to Africa’s problems, create impact and make money.
Kenya Association of Manufacturers in partnership with German Corporation for International Development have held a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Job Fair as part of the organization’s goal to bridge the skills gap in the country.
Safaricom’s Spark Venture Fund has announced that it will once again be investing in iProcure, a supply chain platform in Kenya. iProcure offers farmers discounts of between 10 and 20 percent every time they purchase farming products.
Asoko Insight, African company information repository, is proud to announce its selection to the World Bank’s XL Africa acceleration program.
The VC4A Startup Academy has opened its doors to budding entrepreneurs and is offering direct access to expertise proven to work for successful entrepreneurs and investors operating across Africa.
Kalon Venture Partners, formerly Grotech, and Smollan Group SA both acquired a minority stake in South Africa’s fastest growing shopping community, SnapnSave.
Tope Hassan is known as an African Tourist, bootstrapping through African nations to discover African Brands & Entrepreneurs. She founded ISOKO Africa a year ago as a dedicated media outlet for African brands.
Micro, Small and Medium enterprises have a huge potential to create long lasting social value especially because their business models, products and proximity caters for the everyday needs of the larger part of our population.
Databases of some 230 young Indian technologies engaged in more than 26 value chains are ready for acquisition by Rwandan entrepreneurs and business startups, officials have revealed.
The United Nations’ Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa reaffirms the importance of industrialization in supporting Africa’s own efforts towards sustained and sustainable economic growth and accelerated development.
Women are an undervalued force in South Africa’s economy. To grow their positive impact the Masisizane Fund, an Old Mutual South Africa initiative has a strong focus on empowering women entrepreneurs.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Huajian Group have agreed to work together to promote vocational and technical education and training in Africa.
SADC can create a prosperous environment for citizens and especially the youth, Economic Commission for Africa
Africa cannot afford to leave its development agenda to the whims of unpredictable factors that are beyond its control, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe has said.
Absa Bank Limited, a subsidiary of the Barclays Africa Group, has successfully concluded a five year $100 million Special Facility Agreement with the China Development Bank (CDB).
Africa Business Communities interviews Hope Okoronkwo, the founder and CEO of L’insoumis Ghana Ltd. The startup has cut a niche in the menswear business targeting executives.
Namibia, South Africa and Botswana entrepreneurs to benefit from $3 million Stanford Graduate School of Business program
Stanford Graduate School of Business has announced a $3 million, three-year partnership with De Beers Group to empower young, budding entrepreneurs in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.
Axel Peyriere is co-founder of the number one car classifieds websites in Africa, the AfricarGroup, which covers 22 countries and translated into 10 local dialects of the continent. His interview with Africa Business Communities:
Brenda Achere is Engagement Manager for Africa at MEDx eHealthCenter, a digital health solution headquartered in The Netherlands.
Around 500 Liberian students have received technical and vocational training at the Japan Heavy Equipment Operator School in Kakata, the capital of the coastal county of Margibi.
Nigerian owned and San Francisco based payment startup Flutterwave has announced it secured over USD10 million from Greycroft Partners and Green Visor.
Nena Okeke is synonymous with resilience and diversity. Having set up her startup in 2008, it took her six years to see it finally up and running.
Google has announced that initial grants of $2.5m will be given to the nonprofit arms of African startups Gidi Mobile and Siyavula, both of which provide free access to learning for 400,000 low-income students in Nigeria and South Africa.
Since repatriating to Ghana, Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur, Paul Owusu partnered with tech entrepreneur Kojo Sarpong to form LOGIQUE, tech accelerator and parent company to tech products Stack, SmartLobby and Coast.
Five young Kenyans will be among 50 global finalists in the inaugural Future Leaders Connect, an initiative of the British Council that seeks to create a pool of outstanding policy leaders who can create positive differences in their home countries.
Linebooker, a Cape Town based online bidding platform in the freight transport sector, has produced an average saving of 12% for its clients since it launched five months ago.
Alibaba founder and executive chairman Jack Ma has announced the creation of a $10 million African Young Entrepreneurs Fund,
More impactful business development support that provides entrepreneurs with robust business basics is needed to increase small business success rates, while a decline in youth owned businesses has emerged as cause for concern in South Africa.
Damian Avar is a medical doctor, social entrepreneur and health business consultant. He founded DoctorsHub Nigeria, a digital-based, simplfied platform to access medical consultation for Nigerians.
Unicorn Microsystem Limited, a Ghana based IT start up has since its inception three years ago been on an overdrive to tap into the growing IT needs of a burgeoning SME clientele.
Chika Uzor is the brains behind a Nigeria based entity keen on addressing the problems faced by women of colour face in makeup, beauty and wellness.
Kenya is poised to join a United Nations-led programme that helps promote entrepreneurship by building capacity for small businesses around the globe.
The Government of Rwanda and the World Bank have signed a $ 120 million to support the expansion of opportunities for the acquisition of quality, market-relevant skills in selected economic sectors.
Our quest to attain a green economy should be broad-based and inclusive. But we cannot achieve this if the vision of sustainability is not shared by every one of us.
A project targeting some 30,000 residents of located in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso are seeing the fruits of development initiatives resulting from a $100,000 Community Managed Fund project.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Japan have launched a project to increase resilience and self-help capacities of South Sudan communities.
Often regarded as one of the orphan crops as more farmers abandon it for more modern crops, the West African yam is making a big come back and conquering international markets thanks to the value addition efforts of Lateef Apau Wiredu, the owner and CEO of Ilaha Ghana Company Limited
A high demand for South African products by people in his native country of DR Congo on perceived quality, was the spark that inspired Mike Bondo to start an online shop dubbed McShop connecting buyers to local and international brands
The World Bank Group, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, and the Zimbabwe Reconstruction Fund have commenced a three-day conference on Small and Medium Enterprise Finance in Zimbabwe.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has called for the empowerment of small and medium operators in the textiles, apparel and accessories sectors as a deliberate job creation strategy.
General Electric, the world’s premiere Digital Industrial Company has announced the graduation of the third batch of 28 young Nigerian entrepreneurs from its Lagos Garage.
Kenya Association of Manufacturers in partnership with German Corporation for International Development (GIZ) have launched the Technical and Vocational Education and Training programme in Central Kenya.
A beneficiary of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program, Alternative Waste Technologies, Kenya has, in the two years since its inception, made significant leaps in energy production and environmental conservation.
More than 160 out-of-school, unemployed or self-employed young women between the ages of 18 and 35 have graduated from the Junior Achievement South Africa Youth Enterprise Development Programme 2017.
In order to improve the support services provided to Tunisian entrepreneurs countrywide, Souk At-tanmia’s partnership has launched a capacity-building program for public and civil actors operating in the field of entrepreneurship in Tunisia.
An African record has been set for the The Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment (FICA) process which used to take anywhere from two days to two weeks.
Africa Business Communities is conducting a series of interviews with startup businesses in Africa.
Nigerian Startup, Tizeti and its consumer facing brand, Wifi.com.ng has announced that it has closed on seed funding of $2.1 million from international investors.
Dutch fintech FACTS, providing much needed working capital to established small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in East Africa, is scaling up its activities, more than tripling the number of clients served.
Fintech startup Direct Debit recently launched E-Mandate, a valid electronic agreement that allows customers to sign and authorise debit orders and recurring payment transactions online from any web-enabled device.
Her Majesty The Queen will present a Queen’s Young Leaders Award to three exceptional young people from Ghana at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on Thursday 29th June.
Orange Digital Investment launches a new investment initiative of €50m devoted to startups in Africa
Orange is strengthening its corporate venture strategy by creating a new Africa section in its flagship programme for investment in start-ups, Orange Digital Ventures.
Venture capital firm, Zeno Ventures, has closed an investment in Tizeti Inc., a Menlo Park, CA and Lagos, Nigeria based startup that participated in the latest batch of Y Combinator.
The Women in Global Health (WGH) Movement honored Kenya’s Mercy Owuor of Lwala Community Alliance alongside 12 other women at the movement’s “Heroines of Health” gala event that took place last evening in the Swiss Capital Geneva, on the margins of the ongoing World Health Assembly.
After a long journey that lasted six months since the launch of the program and a day full of excitement, creativity, talent and top class competition, Mastercard and INJAZ Egypt announced the five winning teams of the “Mastercard Women’s Entrepreneurship Program”.
Facebook has selected 60 finalists from the hundreds of entries it received from across the Middle East and Africa for the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge. The Bots for Messenger Challenge is a contest to recognise and reward developers who create the most innovative new bots on Messenger.
[Nigeria] She Leads Africa launches accelerator for women run businesses with Work in Progress Alliance
She Leads Africa has announced applications for the 2017 She Leads Africa Accelerator, a 3-month program designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria’s brightest entrepreneurs.
Aishat designs and makes shoes. Charity makes clothes and embellishes fabrics. Doren owns a flourishing purified water sachet delivery business.Despite these and many other inspiring women entrepreneurs we work with in Nigeria, there are clear obstacles to reaching this point of success for many women.
Scania has established Ghana's first vocational training scheme for heavy vehicle service technicians. Scania and other industry partners will provide in-kind and personnel support with additional funding from the German Corporation for International Cooperation, GIZ.
Inside Africa on CNN International reports from the Kibera district of Nairobi, an area which is home to around a quarter of a million people, but also a rising performing arts programme in Africa’s largest slum.
Stanbic Bank has launched a training and mentoring programme for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in partnership with Strathmore Business School.
Artisan Training Institute (ATI), a leading technical skills training organization and the MasterCard Foundation have partnered to launch a program that will bolster the capacity of Training, Vocational, and Educational Training institutions (TVETs) to provide quality education to young people in South Africa’s artisanal and skilled trades sectors.
Innovate Ventures is running for a second year their highly successful tech start-up accelerator – The Innovate Accelerator.
Facebook celebrated the achievements and products of its growing African developer and partner ecosystem at its annual F8 developer conference, held in San Jose, California, on 18 and 19 April.
The World Bank Group launched XL Africa, a five-month business acceleration program designed to support the 20 most promising digital start-ups from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Ekene Okechukwu is Founder of Bargainmasterng.com, Nigeria's social marketplace for online sellers and buyers.
Free Public WiFi has been announced as the “Runner-Up” in Mozilla’s Equal Rating Innovation Challenge with a funding award of US$75,000.
Lidya, a leading fintech platform based in Nigeria, has announced that it has closed a US$1.25 million seed funding round to further its mission of easing access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Africa.