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Co-founder @DisruptAfrica. Tech and business journalist in Africa. Passionate about the vibrant tech startups scene in Africa, Tom can usually be found sniffing out the continent's most exciting new companies and entrepreneurs, funding rounds and any other developments within the growing ecosystem.
Why my startup scene is better than yours: Uganda

These are exciting times for the African tech space, but which ecosystem is the best place to launch or invest in a startup?

By Tom Jackson 1 day ago

Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing

Kenyan agri-tech startup Twiga Foods has partnered IBM Research to extend access to microloans to 220 food stall retailers across Kenya using a blockchain-based financing system...

By Tom Jackson 2 days ago

Why my startup scene is better than yours: Rwanda

It is heady days for the African tech startup space, but which ecosystem has the most going for it?

By Tom Jackson 13 Apr 2018

Why SafeBoda, SafeMotos don't fear Uber or Taxify

Everyone knew it might happen someday, and that has indeed proven the case. Uber and Taxify are expanding beyond taxis in Africa...

By Tom Jackson 13 Apr 2018

Kenya's MoBar Delivery brings alcohol to your door

Kenyan startup MoBar Delivery is connecting consumers with suppliers via couriers using a mobile app, streamlining and simplifying distribution of goods, starting with alcohol...

By Tom Jackson 12 Apr 2018

Four African startups make Seedstars final

Four African startups have been selected amongst the 12 that will pitch for the chance to secure a share of $1 million in funding at the Seedstars World global final today in Lausanne, Switzerland...

By Tom Jackson 12 Apr 2018

Why my startup scene is better than yours: Senegal

African tech is booming, but which ecosystem has the most going for it, either for launching a business or making investments?

By Tom Jackson 9 Apr 2018

SA's IoT.nxt partners Dell for business digitisation

South African internet of things (IoT) innovator IoT.nxt and global technology and computing hardware giant Dell have signed a strategic partnership that will allow companies to rapidly digitise their business operations and make IoT solutions a reality...

By Tom Jackson 4 Apr 2018

Applications now open for Demo Africa

The application window for startups to launch at the 2018 edition of Demo Africa in Morocco is now open, with the event giving entrepreneurs the chance to meet potential investors and buyers in addition to providing mentorship and tools worth more than $25,000...

By Tom Jackson 4 Apr 2018

Why my startup scene is better than yours: Tanzania

Which African tech startup ecosystem is the best, either for launching a business or making investments?

By Tom Jackson 29 Mar 2018

USAID seeks solutions to help women access tech

USAID has opened applications for the WomenConnect Challenge, seeking global solutions that meaningfully change the ways women and girls access and use technology...

By Tom Jackson 28 Mar 2018

Nairobi Tech Week to take place in April

Coding academy Moringa School will host the third edition of Nairobi Tech Week next month, aimed at bringing together all in the tech ecosystem in one space to foster conversations and learnings around various relevant technology-related topics...

By Tom Jackson 28 Mar 2018

SA website testing startup Passmarked launched in open beta

South African startup Passmarked, which offers website owners, users and developers a single and transparent platform to test how well a website works, has come out of open beta and is now ready for tests and collaboration from the global internet community...

By Tom Jackson 27 Mar 2018

SA machine learning startup DataProphet secures Knife Capital funding

Cape Town-based machine learning startup DataProphet, which develops and implements product development solutions to a wide range of industries, has now received a multi-million dollar funding round from Knife Capital...

By Tom Jackson 23 Mar 2018

Why my startup scene is better than yours: Ghana

Which African tech startup ecosystem is the most viable for launching a business or making investments?

By Tom Jackson 20 Mar 2018

12 startups selected for first African Google Launchpad Accelerator

Google has announced the 12 startups that will participate in the first Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa class at an event held in Lagos, Nigeria...

By Tom Jackson 20 Mar 2018

Innovation policy hackathons to take place in Abuja, Lagos

Entrepreneurs, investors, students and public sector officials are meeting in Lagos and Abuja next week for Nigeria's first public policy hackathon to brainstorm ways in which the regulatory environment for innovation and entrepreneurship can be improved across Nigeria.

By Tom Jackson 19 Mar 2018

Casablanca to host Afrikonnect event later this month

The Moroccan city of Casablanca will host its first Afrikonnect event from 22-23 March 2018, bringing together startups, investors, and corporates...

By Tom Jackson 14 Mar 2018

Urbantech hub KMT House launched in Egypt

Urbantech hub KMT House has opened its doors in Cairo's Maadi district, through the collaboration between Drosos Foundation, District Spaces, and Progrss...

By Tom Jackson 14 Mar 2018

Rwanda's SafeMotos adds female moto-drivers to platform

Rwanda-based ride hailing startup SafeMotos is marking International Women's Day by adding the first three female moto-drivers to its network...

By Tom Jackson 8 Mar 2018

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