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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.
Untapped opportunity in Africa's emerging startup hubs

African startups are in a unique position to leverage innovation to answer some of the continent's most pressing challenges, but urgently need an enabling environment...

By Tom Jackson 1 day ago

Startupbootcamp Africa chooses 22 startups for selection days

Startupbootcamp Africa has chosen 22 startups for the selection days head of its second annual accelerator programme, which will be narrowed down to the final 10...

By Tom Jackson 2 days ago

How to pitch your startup at the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit

The Africa Early Stage Investor Summit is looking for eight innovative, high-growth scale-ups to pitch at the annual event in Cape Town in November...

By Tom Jackson 2 days ago

Why African startups are now on the acquisition trail

Investments in African startups are on the up year-on-year, with funding flooding into a variety of countries and a large selection of sectors...

By Tom Jackson 2 days ago

CompareGuru team return with SA price comparison startup MoneyPanda

Ryan Marx, Jax du Plessis and Duane du Plessis know all about price comparison, having been the team behind pan-African platform CompareGuru...

By Tom Jackson 18 Jun 2018

Startupbootcamp receives over 1k applications for Cape Town accelerator

Startupbootcamp Africa has received over 1,000 applications for its Cape Town-based accelerator programme after spending three months on a cross-world journey to source the best startups...

By Tom Jackson 14 Jun 2018

Applications open for second Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa

Google has opened applications for class two of its Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme, extending it in the process to a further 12 African countries...

By Tom Jackson 11 Jun 2018

Kenya's Sip simplifies drinks distribution in Nairobi

Kenyan startup Sip is simplifying the distribution of alcoholic beverages in the country's capital, and is eyeing growth in the B2B space...

By Tom Jackson 11 Jun 2018

Seedstars to open Cape Town Seedspace hub

Global early-stage startups competition Seedstars World is merging with Cape Town-based co-working space Spin Street House to launch Seedspace hub, allowing it to provide hands-on support to the local startup community...

By Tom Jackson 8 Jun 2018

Make-IT in Africa launches Kenya, Nigeria investment guides

The Make-IT in Africa initiative has launched guides for entrepreneurs raising funding in Kenya and Nigeria, aimed at helping startups overcome one of the key challenges faced on the continent.

By Tom Jackson 7 Jun 2018

Demo Africa announces Innovation Tour dates

Startup launchpad competition Demo Africa is to visit 11 cities across the continent over the next month to select startups for its main event in Morocco in October...

By Tom Jackson 6 Jun 2018

Kenyan startup Tanda launches inventory-management solution

Kenyan startup Tanda, which makes it easier to run a shop by allowing shop owners to order and manage their inventory, has formally launched after a four-month pilot...

By Tom Jackson 6 Jun 2018

Zambia's eMsika helping farmers buy agricultural inputs

Zambian startup eMsika is helping farmers find, buy and receive agricultural inputs in a fast, trustworthy and convenient way, as well as access markets for their produce...

By Tom Jackson 4 Jun 2018

Cape Town conference AfricArena partners VivaTech

AfricArena, the Cape Town-based tech conference set for November, has announced a partnership with Paris-based equivalent VivaTech that will see the two events collaborate to connect and support entrepreneurs...

By Tom Jackson 30 May 2018

Online grocery store Mart.ng launched in Nigeria

Online supermarket and grocery store Mart.ng has launched in Abuja, claiming to deliver all ordered items within one hour...

By Tom Jackson 28 May 2018

Not just cash: what else can investors offer your startup?

A major concern for many African tech startups is fundraising, but should investors bring more than just cash to the table?

By Tom Jackson 25 May 2018

Mozambique's Izyshop secures funding round

Mozambican e-commerce startup Izyshop has secured an undisclosed funding round from local firm DHD Holding to allow it to grow its product offering...

By Tom Jackson 24 May 2018

How to apply for the Slush Global Impact Accelerator

African startups have been invited to apply for the Finland-based Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA), which supports impact-driven startups via a four-week programme...

By Tom Jackson 18 May 2018

Kenya's Wagon Shopping posts strong growth as it seeks funding

Kenyan e-commerce startup Wagon Shopping processed KES405,000 ($4,000) worth of orders in the first quarter of this year, up 675% from last year, as it positions itself for a funding round...

By Tom Jackson 17 May 2018

Moroccan e-commerce platform Hmizate expands into fintech

Moroccan company Hmizate, which since 2011 has provided an e-commerce platform offering users access to goods, food, travel services and deals, has expanded into fintech with the launch of HmizatePay...

By Tom Jackson 16 May 2018

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