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BizSpark Member and DEMO Africa Roundup
It's time to do a quick roundup of what African entrepreneurs did this past week, while they were building their companies. DEMO Africa ended on Friday, but that won't stop us from running our remaining interviews with some of the participants. Big congratulations go to two of our Microsoft BizSpark...
28 Oct 2012
People Don't Care About Your Product, They Care About Its Impact On Their Lives
Rather than help a consumer become more efficient, it's important to help them solve everyday, basic problems in their day. Simple, right? But this is the kind of statement that really bring value to having a mentor. We'd like to introduce another African entrepreneur. Patrick Ndjientcheu, who created...
10 Oct 2012
DEMO Africa: Make a Business Plan that Adapts to Tech Changes
DEMO Africa ended on Friday, but that won't stop us from running our remaining interviews with some of the participants. Before we do that, big congratulations go to two of our Microsoft BizSpark members, SASA Africa and Flowgear, who both came away with the coveted DEMO Lion title out of a field...
27 Oct 2012
DEMO Africa: Framework One, Doing It In the Cloud in Africa
Here's an amazing fact about Africa: You can fit nearly all of the land masses of nearly all of the most economically prolific countries in the world INSIDE Africa. See this graphic below, courtesy of a question on Quora. Here's another mind-blowing fact about Africa. The cloud computing industry...
12 Oct 2012
Startup Continent: Lions@frica Teams with Nokia, Microsoft and DEMO to Support Africa v2.0 at World Economic Forum
Today at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, high-level representatives from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, African Development Bank, Microsoft, Nokia, info Dev, DEMO, and the World Economic Forum launched a new partnership to promote...
9 May 2012
Two South African Companies Headed to DEMO Africa After Startup Weekend Cape Town
An app that makes it easier for emergency services to connect in the field has won the Startup Weekend in Cape Town, South Africa . The winners will head to DEMO Africa in October to compete and to present in front of a panel of investors, entrepreneurs and other people. Virtual Firehouse’s...
5 Sep 2012
DEMO Africa: Pieter Nel, CEO, Kuza
Get firsthand information from one of South and East Africa's up and coming mobile solutions, Kuza Mobile founder Pieter Nel . this guy helped create Africa's largest social network, and now he's on to a mobile e-commerce solution that will help entrepreneurs do all the most basic and important functions...
8 Oct 2012
DEMO and State Department in Roadshow to Tap Entrepreneurial Talent in Africa
Microsoft BizSpark is priming entrepreneurs in Africa for a massive startup conference we are doing with Nokia, State Department and our partners DEMO in late October. Registration opened yesterday for two events going on in Kampala and Dar es Salaam this next week that inform entrepreneurs on how to...
26 Jul 2012
Getting Ready for DEMO Africa: Our Brief Interview With Collins Mugume, Founder of Meka
DEMO Africa is only a few days away. So, to get ready, we are showcasing interviews from nearly a dozen we have done with some of the 40 entrepreneurs who are slated to demo or launch at DEMO Africa October 24 . Here is Collins Mugume, founder of Meka . How do you know when you are failing in product...
15 Oct 2012
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Opens DEMO Africa 2012
She was not there live, but this is the video she sent in to DEMO Africa , which opened very early this morning in Nairobi. She believes, like we do, that innovation in Africa means great things for the rest of the world. Watch the video and if you have any questions about the BizSpark companies that...
25 Oct 2012
DEMO Africa's Super Stars: Michael Ocansey, CEO of Kuzima
Michael Ocansey, CEO, Kuzima is one of ten entrepreneurs we are featuring during our run up to DEMO Africa, October 26, 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya. Who is your mentor, and what was the last great thing he or she told you and your team? Mark Davies is the CEO of eSoko and a great user interface...
29 Sep 2012
DEMO Africa: SASA Builds E-Commerce for the Emerging Billions
Congratulations to SASA Africa, one of five DEMO Lions at DEMO Africa , which wrapped up today in Nairobi. SASA Africa is a BizSpark company managed by Ella Peinovich. We asked Ella some questions about what it is like being an entrepreneur in Africa, and we are running her interview this morning...
26 Oct 2012
DEMO Africa Super Stars: Alison Jacobson, CEO, Firestring
Meet Alison Jacobson, CEO of Firestring , one of the DEMO Africa Final 40 set to pitch at the event on October 24-26 in Nairobi . Here's her pitch for Firestring, as found on the VC4 Africa site : Firestring is a technology company leading the field of semantic technology leveraging social architecture...
16 Oct 2012
DEMO Africa: Natalino Mwenda's Dream Proves Small Iterations Make Huge Impacts
I've never been to Dar Es Salaam, but I imagine that methodologies that spark innovation there will be just as useful in Germany or in Amsterdam. This is especially true when the broadly-based idea that makes virtually all startups alike is that they lack resources, but that their teams are not short...
16 Oct 2012
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