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Airtel Africa Partners IMImobile To Launch Tap2Bill

Airtel Africa Partners IMImobile To Launch Tap2Bill

Airtel Africa, a leading telecommunication service provider in Africa has announced the launch of Tap2Bill, an innovative direct to consumer services for merchants and content providers across Africa in partnership with IMImobile, a customer engagement software provider. The Tap2Bill service will enable content providers and merchants to utilize Airtel’s billing infrastructure to charge and bill


Microsoft Partners COMESA To Promote Technology, Skills And Innovation In 19 African Countries

Microsoft, a US-based multinational technology company and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote access to technology, development of relevant skills and the fostering of innovation in COMESA’s 19 Member States. The MOU, signed through COMESA’s Business Council (CBC), will promote


Jovago Adds Swahili Language To Its Hotel Booking Platform

Jovago, Africa’s leading online hotel booking platform, has announced the addition of the Swahili language to its booking platform. The addition of the language will allow more Africans to easily access the Jovago website and carry out transactions as research has shown that Swahili speakers are on the rise – it is currently spoken by


Kaymu Launches Buy Nigeria Project At The 2015 Lagos International Trade Fair

Kaymu, a leading online marketplace in Nigeria has announced the launch of the Buy Nigeria Project at the on-going Lagos International Trade Fair. The Buy Nigeria Project seeks to support local businesses in Nigeria by connecting them to buyers at the fair. The project will see over 70 small business owners/sellers get free slot to

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Nairobi Garage Expands, To Open New Branch in Westlands

Nairobi Garage, a large co-working tech space located on Ngong Road, Nairobi has announced it is expanding with a new branch opening in Westlands. The expansion, which makes Nairobi Garage Africa’s largest co-working space, comes as a response to the growing demand for quality working and entrepreneurial community in one. With the launch of its

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Co-op Bank of Kenya, SimbaPay Launches Diaspora Remittance Service for Kenyans

Co-operative Bank of Kenya, a commercial bank in Kenya has announced it has launched an international money transfer services to its customers in the diaspora in partnership with SimbaPay, a UK-based digital money transfer provider. The partnership will enable Kenyans living in the United Kingdom with a bank account, credit or debit card to make


MWOT Announces Winners of SA Innovation Awards

MyWorld of Tomorrow (MWOT), an African-led movement inspired by technological innovation has announced the winners of the second installment of the SA Innovation Awards. In no particular order, the winners as adjudicated by a panel of judges and audited by Mazar, a global auditing group are: SMME Innovator: Jacques Malan, Director at Eternity Power and

L-R_ Guillame Leblond MD Hellofood, Obi Ejimiofo MD Lamudi, Sefik Bagdadioglu MD Kaymu Adaora Asala MD Easyatxi Amy Muoneke MD Carmudi

Trust is e-commerce’s greatest challenge in Nigeria, says industry experts

Although considerable progress can be said to have been made in the e-commerce world in Nigeria, trust has been identified as its greatest and biggest challenge. This much was stated by the Managing Directors of Africa Internet Group-backed Kaymu, Lamudi, Carmudi, Hellofood and EasyTaxi at the Fireside chat event hosted by iDea Nigeria, a Lagos-based


Barclays Africa Unveils The Finalists For Its Supply Chain Challenge

Barclays Africa, South African subsidiary of Barclays, a major global financial services provider has unveiled the finalists for its Supply Chain Challenge. In no particular order, the finalists are: Farm Input Authentication (Kenya) – a system to verify and track transactions in Kenya’s agricultural sector. Catch Counterfeits (Kenya) – a blockchain solution for the pharmaceutical


Israeli Satellite Operator, SpaceCom To Deliver Low-Cost Internet To Africa From Space

SpaceCom, an Israel-based leading global fixed satellites operator is set to deliver low-cost or almost free Internet access to Africa from space. This much was made known by SpaceCom’s Head of Sales for Africa, Amir Carmelli at a press conference in Tel Aviv recently. Through a partnership with Eutelsat, an European Satellite provider, SpaceCom will provide


Xiaomi set to sell its smartphones in Africa

Xiaomi, the world’s fifth largest smartphone maker is gearing up to start offering smartphones to consumers in Africa as it searches for growth and novel ways to make its devices available in newer markets. To that effect the Chinese company will be partnering with Mobile In Africa Group (MIA) for marketing, logistics and customer support


Verve International’s Verve Card Makes Official Entry Into Kenya

Verve International, a Nigerian company offering payment card solutions has officially launched its Verve Cards in Kenya. The launch, which is in pursuit of its goal of becoming Africa’s leading payment card brand, took place on October 29, 2015 at Stanley Hotel, Nairobi and had Verve International’s bigwigs and other players in the industry in


MainOne Donates ICT Tools, Provides Free Internet To Secondary School In Yaba, Lagos

MainOne Cable Company, an African-owned communications services company has announced the donation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools to Herbert Macauley Girls Secondary School in Yaba, Lagos. The donations were made under the auspices of “MainOne Connect”, the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative focused on education and youth development. The ICT tools –


Chase Bank Kenya Partners Safaricom To Launch Mobile2Bank

Chase Bank Kenya, a large financial services provider in Kenya has announced the launch of Mobile2Bank in partnership with Safaricom, a leading mobile network provider in Kenya. Mobile2Bank, which is considered the first of its kind in Kenya, allows businesses to make payments and collections directly to their bank accounts, thereby boosting the efficiency of


Fastacash, Xpress Money Launch Social Media-powered International Money Transfer Service

Fastacash, a global social payments platform has announced the launch of an international money transfer service through social media in partnership with Xpress Money, an international money transfer company. The service – XOPO, which is considered the first-of-a-kind in the world, allows users to send, request and receive money across borders through social networks and


PushCV Launches Text2Hire, Eases Recruitment Process For Employers

In a bid to ease the recruitment process for employers and recruiters in the country, PushCV, an online recruitment platform has launched Text2Hire, a text message-based hiring service. Text2Hire is an innovative, industry-disrupting and first-of-a-kind service that enables employers and recruiters get quality candidates for vacant positions through text messages. To use the service, employers


South Africa’s WhereIsMyTransport Wins 2015 Global Grand MobiPrize

This post was updated on November 9, 2015. WhereIsMyTransport (WIMT), a South Africa-based company dedicated to improving and integrating the commuter experience in emerging markets has been named winner of the 2015 MobiPrize. The MobiPrize, also known as Mobility Enterprize, honours entrepreneurial ventures (and now city, state and national governments supporting entrepreneurial ventures) that are changing


Four Startups Qualifies For Finals Of SME Empowerment Challenge

Nigeria’s DIYLaw, Uganda’s Barefoot Law, and Kenya’s Shop Officer and MSMEgarage have all qualified for the finals of HiiL Innovating Justice SME Empowerment Challenge. The SME Empowerment Challenge is aimed at finding and strengthening new initiatives that can empower startups and SMEs in East and West Africa, thereby addressing problems such as insecurity, high and


Jovago Ghana Partners Rwandair, To Grow Its Customer Base

Jovago Ghana, a leading online hotel booking platform in Ghana has announced it has signed a partnership deal with Rwandair, the flag carrier of Rwanda. Jovago Ghana signed the pact as part of its drive to expand its growing customer base in the country and to ease the hotel search and booking process for Rwandair


Duma Works Partners Agri Experience, To Boost Hiring Process in Agribusinesses in Kenya

Through a partnership with Agri Experience, a specialist consulting firm in advisory services for seed system development, Duma Works has announced plans to boost the hiring process in Kenya’s rural agribusiness sector. The partnership, sponsored by Kenya Markets Trust, will see Duma Works, a leading online recruitment platform in East Africa develop more specialized expertise