Despite the beating the ‘Africa Rising’ idea has taken in recent month, there are still glimpses of hope amidst the sluggish economies, and Africa’s tech scene is one of those. We at What’s On Africa, have put together a list of 10 things going on in the African Tech Scene we think everyone should know about! From the big funders and startups making waves globally to the publishing sites and hubs bringing innovators and tech geeks together; this list is by no means conclusive, so make sure to check this out and let us know your ideas on the biggest innovations going on where you are.
Andela was the buzzword this summer, the honey that attracted the big gi-Ant Facebook to Nigeria. It is essentially a tech-talent recruitment website that trains developers and connects them with employers. The company recruits the brightest on the continent and helps them grow into the next generation of global technology leaders. Over the past two years, the company has trained over 200 tech talents and connected them to employers like Microsoft, Flight Car, IBM, 6Sense, Payoff etc.
Maybe you missed Aboyeji’s goodbye ( https://medium.com/@iaboyeji/flutterwave-building-the-future-of-payments-in-africa-bd06b6d5c406#.4p56xr42t )to Andela for a new project, maybe you didn’t
Anyway, the new project Flutterwave (com) is an end-to-end payments platform that promises to provide technology, infrastructure and services to enable global merchants to process payments.
Tech Cabal should be your first point of content for all stories on tech in Africa. It gives the low-down on what is happening, what opportunities there are, who is investing in what and who is starting what. It is a peerless media/news company with its fingers right on the pulse of the African tech scene. Check out their website: techcabal.com and make sure to sign up here ( https://t.co/D7QH35U7YQ )to their daily/weekly digest for the most comprehensive daily roundup of tech in Africa.
E-Terra Technologies Ltd is an electronic waste management company with the mission to keep Nigeria evergreen and sustainable, in response to new technological challenges. Its core services are recycling, refurbishing and data destruction of storage devices. Find out more here ( http://www.eterra.com.ng ) and you can sign up to their newsletter here ( http://www.eterra.com.ng/resources/newsletter/ )
Eneza Education is a start-up with the aim of connecting learners with teachers and other resources. They provide remote tutoring via SMS, their online web app, offline desktop app and android app. Since it was established in 2012, it has registered over 1m users. Check their website ( enezaeducation.com )if you want to join over 1,100,000 learners across Africa already taking mobile certificate courses with Eneza!
Kenya’s leading mobile operator is so much more than a mobile operator. It is a company driven by the dedication to transform lives and build the future. It is responsible for the mobile phone based payment and money transfer service ‘M-Pesa’, the mobile health platform ‘MedAfrica’ and the Kenyan taxi service ‘Little’. It also launched a venture fund (Spark Venture) in November 2014 that invests in start-ups that use mobile technology as an enabler. Many startups including Eneza Education (see above) and Senday, an on demand logistics startup, have benefited from this fund. Find out more about their projects and funds on their website: safaricom.co.ke
service providers and Pan African banks accept and process payments on any channel (Web, Mobile, ATM & POS). This sounds like good bye to “Our POS is not working today, sorry.”
If you live in or have ever been to Lagos, you can appreciate this invaluable innovation. It is a mobile and web application that provides users with live traffic updates. It was founded in 2014 and has since then helped about 10,000 Lagos commuters avoid traffic through its android app (BeatTraffick for iOS is in the works) and twitter account ( https://twitter.com/beat_traffik ). While we wait for the Lagos and Nigerian government to do something about the transportation system in Lagos, Beat Traffic ( http://beattraffik.com ) is here to make the wait easier.
This is a tech hub founded in 2013 that brings tech innovators together and allows entrepreneurs and tech workers learn from each other. The hub has recently partnered with Facebook, WordPress and internet.org to host Hack for Big Choices, the biggest hackathon in West Africa to date. William Senyo, Ghanaian entrepreneur and CEO of SliceBiz remarked that, “it looks a lot like the early days of the Silicon Valley revolution, but this one is uniquely African.” Find out more and join the hub at hubaccra.com
Ghalani is a mobile and web-based farm management company that won the inaugural edition of the Kosmos Innovation Centre Agritech Challenge, along with TroTro Tractor ( http://www.trotrotractor.com ). It is currently building software that will aid large-scale farmers and farming aggregators in managing crops, farmers, inventory and finances to in order to increase production. Find out more on their website. ( ghalani.com )
The Ghanaian start-up, Dropifi, is an online tool that helps businesses manage customer feedback. They provide an easy way for businesses to connect with their customers, understand their needs and boost their sales. Since it was founded in 2011, over 17,000 businesses all over the world use Dropifi. It is also the first African company to join the 500 Startups programme in California’s Silicon Valley. Find out more on their website. ( dropifi.com )