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    By Amrote Abdella, Director – Startup Engagement & Partnerships: Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative Whenever we come across an entrepreneur looking to start a business in Africa, our first piece of advice is this: Develop solutions relevant to Africa . At Microsoft, we’re always working...
  • Blog Post: Get behind African developers for Imagine Cup 2013

    Posted by Dele Akinsade Developer Platforms Evangelism Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands It’s that time of the year again: the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition season is in full swing, with local finals taking place across the continent. The competition brings together student...
  • Blog Post: Levelling the playing field with the 4Afrika Scholarship Program

    By Patrick Onwumere, Director of Youth Enablement, Microsoft 4Afrika For students around the world, no matter background or location, access to quality education can be challenging. In Africa, it’s usually even tougher. And, when it comes to obtaining a tertiary level qualification , the barriers...
  • Blog Post: South Africa: 80% connected by 2020

    Mteto Nyati, Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa Africa is big, really big. In terms of land mass, China, India, the USA and most of Western Europe could all easily fit within its footprint. This size presents its own problems, not the least of which is the difficulty of connecting people to...
  • Blog Post: African women: breaking down the barriers of entry to the tech industry

    Posted by Djam Bakhshandegi Corporate Citizenship and Partners in Learning West East Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands Empowering women through education and technology is essential to the economic development of any country. In Africa, the gap between the educated population and the one that...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft invests in the future of South African SMEs

    By Mteto Nyati, Vice Chair of the 4Afrika Advisory Council and MD of Microsoft South Africa When we launched the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative in February this year, we set out to improve Africa’s economic competitiveness. Key to this is our goal of getting one million SMEs online in three years...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s YouthSpark turns one - and gets ready to target more African youth

    By Djam Bakhshandegi, Corporate Citizenship and Partners in Learning West East Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands Microsoft’s Partners in Learning isn’t the only initiative to celebrate an anniversary this year. On the 23 rd of September 2013, Microsoft’s global YouthSpark...
  • Blog Post: Supporting Africa’s culture of innovation for a better tomorrow

    Posted by Robert Kayihura, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Today, we are celebrating World Intellectual Property Day , a global event that brings attention to the importance of intellectual property in encouraging innovation and creativity. This year’s theme is ‘ Creativity: The...
  • Blog Post: Getting Africa connected: Topics on the table at WEF

    Posted by Fernando de Sousa General manager, Africa Initiatives at Microsoft This week, Cape Town is hosting the World Economic Forum for Africa (WEF) and I’m lucky enough to be attending. The WEF covers almost 30 different topic areas that together hold the key to Africa’s continued and...
  • Blog Post: African innovation leads the way for global citizenship

    Posted by Dele Akinsade Developer Platforms Evangelism Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands “ Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time. ” – Bill Gates I am thrilled by the African finalists of this year’s...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft accelerates tech growth in Africa with Dev Camps

    Posted by Dele Akinsade Developer Platforms Evangelism Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands Developers are crucial to Africa’s digital development. Without local developers to rely on, Africa would struggle to gain ground in an increasingly digital global economy. And, they are...