AfricanUp – Connecting a continent on the rise

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2014, No Comments


Startups, investors and tech hubs listen up – the newly launched AfricanUp platform will soon become your new best friend.

AfricanUp is a platform geared towards helping startups, technology hubs and accelerators connect with each other, as well as helping investors find startups. All in all, AfricanUp is a platform for the technology eco-system at large to tell the world it’s story.

AfricanUp is the brain child of South African entrepreneurs Paul Cartmel and Nic Haralambous. Through a connection between the power of New Media Lab’s Lenticular technology, and Haralambous’ business-development, AfricanUp was born.

Haralambus has said that the idea with AfricanUo is not to revolutionize the tech industry, but rather to just get down to basics and offer a platform for startups to connect with investors, accelerators and more:

“There’s no need to reinvent the wheel when launching a platform like AfricanUp. Our goal isn’t to build a revolutionary technology business. Our goal is to connect startups, founders, investors and accelerators from around the world,” he said.  (more…)

Infographic: The Rise of Mobile 3.0

Published by on Jan 9th, 2014, No Comments


MEF’s Global Mobile Consumer Survey was launched in December, and they have gone through the effort to re-mine the data to create this infographic that looks specifically at the emergence of “Mobile 3.0″ – a new emergence that is charactarized by “Super” apps displacing traditional pay once models with subscription models like Netflix, as well as in-app purchases.

In addition to the growth of the super-app, there has been a shift down in terms of volume of goods purchased and a shift up in their value with mobile users migrating their spending on big ticket items from online and the high street to mobile. [MEF’s 2013 Global Consumer Survey shows that the high spend threshold grew to 39 per cent in 2013 (up eight per cent from 2012) on items over $151].

To see the full infographic, see below: (more…)

FNB takes app and digital banking to a wider African audience

Published by on Nov 19th, 2013, No Comments

FNBFNB’s popular banking app is now also be available in other African countries. The app, which has amassed over 600 000 active users in South Africa, is now available for download in FNB’s African subsidiary countries.

These include Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Swaziland and Lesotho.

The FNB banking app was the first of it’s kind in Africa when it launched back in 2011. Since then, the app, as well as the mobi-site, has grown to offer users a broader banking experience on their mobile device.

Both the app and mobi-site gives users the opportunity to do their banking anywhere, anytime and know its still safe and secure.

The FNB app is available to download on iOS, Android and Blackberry. The mobi-site works on all internet enabled phones, including smartphones as well as feature phones.

The app has shown a significant uptake in other African countries where FNB is operating. More than 4200 customers are actively using the app and over 8800 users have taken up banking on the mobi-site.

Why is it so exciting that FNB has launched their app and mobi-site to a greater African audience? Well, because Africa is the world’s fastest growing market in the world. Providing digital banking to these budding markets will not only secure success for FNB, but will also empower their clients.  (more…)

Entrepreneurial initiative, StartUp Bus, comes to Africa

Published by on Nov 11th, 2013, No Comments

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Start-up Bus, an annual ‘entrepreneurial roadtrip’, has finally spread their reach and will for the first time this year come to African soil.

Founded in 2009, Start-up Bus has given many young, start-up companies and developers a platform to cultivate and launch their company across the US and Europe.

The initiative gives the roadtrippers – or ‘buspreneurs’ as they say – an opportunity to conceive, build and then eventually launch their start-up at the end of the trip. The buspreneurs will be accompanied by 10 industry mentors through out their journey. The whole event will also be covered by members of the media, who will join the entrepreneurs and their mentors on the revolutionary road trip. (more…)

The Benefits of Software Development to a Sustainable African Economy

Published by on Oct 22nd, 2013, 1 Comment

CZ-smartphone-6404The role of software development in the development and sustainability of the African economy cannot be overlooked says Malcolm Rabson, managing director at Dariel Solutions. “As companies drive through the recession leaner and wiser, they seek ways to contain risk while concurrently securing market share. And many companies are looking to their software to do exactly this – in many forms and shapes.”

In fact, according to Gartner’s Hype Cycle for ICT in Africa 2013, enterprise mobile technology is following the consumerisation curve. Many aspects are maturing, and innovation is more on software than hardware with a focus on adding to an existing experience rather than changing it. As a result, African enterprises should look at adopting a number of services to ensure they remain competitive in the face of increasing market aggression. Amongst these factors they list Big Data, crowdsourcing, rich content and long term evolution (LTE) – all which have software at their heart.

“The industry is moving quickly, buzz words are rife and while many businesses are trying to keep up with the new solutions, it is advisable for companies to embrace software technology at the heart of such initiatives by aligning themselves with companies who have done the necessary software groundwork,” adds Rabson.

Just look at the changing dynamics: (more…)

The Alliance for Affordable Internet to bring the worldwide web to the developing world

Published by on Oct 7th, 2013, No Comments


Yet another new group has formed that aim to make internet access more accessible and more affordable to developing markets.

The Alliance for Affordable Internet, or A4AI, is a newly formed and passionate technology industry group that has been publicly launched today, October 7th.

The A4AI aims at making worldwide web access much cheaper and much easier to access to developing markets. The group also wants to lead policy development within these developing markets.

Their mission, cheaper internet for all, is riding on the fact that they claim one month’s Internet access in developing markets may sometimes be equal to two months of wages for the average worker. (more…)

Google to add five more African languages to Google Translate

Published by on Sep 9th, 2013, No Comments

Google AfricaHere is some good news for us Africans. Google is planning to add five more African languages to it’s Google Translate function.

Google Translate, which currently hosts 71 different languages from all over the world, is looking to add prominent African languages, Zulu, Somali, Yorba, Igbo and Hausa to their translation service.

The news was made public in a post which was published on the Google Africa page on Google’s social networking site, Google+.

In the post, Google asked for volunteers from it’s Google Africa circle to help them evaluate and review the quality of the machine translation system.

They plan on adding these other prominent African languages by indulging in the expertise of the Google+ African community.

Getting opinions and evaluation reports won’t be a difficult task for Google – as of May 2013, Google+ reported that they have approximately 500 million registered users.


.africa Domain Name Launching Soon

Published by on Sep 5th, 2013, 1 Comment


South Africans and other Africans will soon be able to register domain names under the proposed .africa domain name.

This is according to Donvay Wegierski, director of Werksmans Attorneys.

According to Mr. Wegierski, the .africa domain name will be launched by the end of the year. This will be the first time in the history of the internet that Africa will have their ‘own’ domain name.

“It will present an opportunity to identify the African continent online for the first time. We expect many existing and new companies across the continent to to take up the .africa domain to show to the world where they are from,” Wiegerski said.

He also emphasized that the .africa domain is another step in Africa’s growth and development, and that the domain was specifically created “by Africans for Africans” (more…)