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Nefrids Africa wins Seedstars Tanzania round
Nefrids Africa wins Seedstars Tanzania round

Nefrids Africa has won the Tanzania round of Seedstars World and will represent Tanzania at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland to compete for up to $1m in equity investments and other prizes

14 hours ago

#StartupStory: The Sun Exchange
#StartupStory: The Sun Exchange

Through The Sun Exchange, anyone can go solar and start building wealth powered by sunlight. It allows for collaborative solar finance using blockchain

By Ilse van den Berg 11 Jul 2017

#StartupStory: KapitalWise
#StartupStory: KapitalWise

KapitalWise uses predictive analytics to analyse your accounts and move extra cash towards your investment goals. In a nutshell, it automates savings and investing

By Ilse van den Berg 27 Jun 2017

Tabech wins Seedstars Mozambique round
Tabech wins Seedstars Mozambique round

Mobile insurance startup Tabech has been selected as the winner of the Mozambique round of Seedstars World for its Móvelcare product. It was also announced that the annual Seedstars Africa Regional Summit will take place in Mozambique

22 Jun 2017

#StartupStory: Flexpay
#StartupStory: Flexpay

In the #StartupStory spotlight this week is Flexpay: a product created in response to the high demand in the market for purchasing goods via piecemeal payments

By Ilse van den Berg 19 Jun 2017

New digital venture fund from Orange
New digital venture fund from Orange

Orange Digital Investment launches a new investment initiative of €50m devoted to startups in Africa

14 Jun 2017

Three South African startups advance to Seedstars national finals
Three South African startups advance to Seedstars national finals

Seedstars has selected three startups to advance to the Seedstars South Africa grand final. In addition, the 12 startups to pitch at Seedstars Mozambique have been announced

13 Jun 2017

Startups invited to apply for 1776 Challenge Cup
Startups invited to apply for 1776 Challenge Cup

Leadspace, in partnership with 1776 and Revolution, is inviting startups to apply for Challenge Cup Lagos where 15-20 startups will pitch for the chance to win a paid trip to New York City for the Global Final round

12 Jun 2017

Africa's quest for a cashless economy gains momentum
Africa's quest for a cashless economy gains momentum

Insufficient financial inclusion, unbanked masses and financial literacy are increasingly attracting investors

By Kingsley Ighobor 7 Jun 2017

Six trends in retail payments
Six trends in retail payments

Payments technology plays a critical role for retailers, ensuring a fast and smooth shopping experience for consumers, as they transact billions of rand every month

1 Jun 2017

Digitised loan payments a boost for smallholder farmers in Kenya
Digitised loan payments a boost for smallholder farmers in Kenya

One Acre Fund and Citi Inclusive Finance successfully digitised loan repayments for farmers in Kenya - boosting transparency and efficiency, driving economic opportunity and financial inclusion for thousands of smallholders

1 Jun 2017

#StartupStory: FOMO Travel
#StartupStory: FOMO Travel

With the Barclays Accelerator 2017 Africa programme well underway, we chat to our first startup, FOMO Travel, about how the business is making travel affordable and debt free

By Ilse van den Berg 31 May 2017

Contactless payments forecast to exceed $1tn by 2019
Contactless payments forecast to exceed $1tn by 2019

The global value of contactless transactions made via payment cards, mobile and wearables, will reach $1.3 trillion by 2019

16 May 2017

Nigerian fintech startups offered chance to pitch for incubation
Nigerian fintech startups offered chance to pitch for incubation

Nigerian fintech startups have the opportunity to pitch for NGN3 million ($10,000) worth of incubation and prize money of NGN500,000 ($1,600) at the Fintech Startup Challenge in June

By Tom Jackson 1 May 2017

Abraham Cambridge, founder of The Sun Exchange
Powering Africa through blockchain crowdfunding

Africa is on the cusp of an energy revolution. We are seeing exceptional and pioneering solutions to how we generate, use, and pay for energy

By Abraham Cambridge 25 Apr 2017

Barclays Accelerator reveals 2017 Africa programme participants
Barclays Accelerator reveals 2017 Africa programme participants

Thursday, 20 April 2017, saw the announcement of the top 10 companies selected for the Barclays Accelerator 2017 Africa programme

21 Apr 2017

Namibia
New mobile payment system for fuel in Namibia

Bank Windhoek has embraced mobile technology to launch the first mobile fuel payment system in Namibia

18 Apr 2017

The future of payment authentication
The future of payment authentication

In a recent paper, delivered at the Seamless Pay Conference in Cape Town, entitled ‘The Future of Authentication', Steven Jackets, examined some of the issues

28 Mar 2017

Andreas Antonopoulos
Blockchain is coming, it's just a matter of time

At this point, blockchain protagonists are not regarded as early adopters, but rather the lunatic fringe

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Mar 2017

Andrew Torre, Visa president for sub-Saharan Africa. Source:
How Africa's mobile revolution is reaching the unbanked

The continent's mobile banking revolution is only just beginning, and although payment systems are becoming more seamless, cash is still king in Africa

By Nicci Botha 20 Mar 2017

CashlessAfrica 2017 awards to honor innovation in Africa's digital financial services ecosystem
CashlessAfrica 2017 awards to honor innovation in Africa's digital financial services ecosystem

The CashlessAfrica 2017 awards honor the best across all sectors and segments covering financial technology providers, mobile network operators, financial institutions, mobile money providers

14 Feb 2017

Applications open for 2nd Barclays Techstars Accelerator in Africa
Applications open for 2nd Barclays Techstars Accelerator in Africa

Applications have opened for the Barclays Accelerator programme, powered by Techstars, an initiative aimed at uncovering the next M-Pesa or Paypal

30 Dec 2016

Deep analytics bump up sales and marketing for banks
Deep analytics bump up sales and marketing for banks

The new hype is the ability to analyse various types of information that are not based at the same location - termed deep analytics

30 Dec 2016

CashlessAfrica Expo 2017 to be held in Lagos
CashlessAfrica Expo 2017 to be held in Lagos

"The future of finance" will be addressed at CashlessAfrica 2017 taking place at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Nigeria from 22 - 23 March

29 Dec 2016

Digitalisation: do or die
Digitalisation: do or die

Doing business in the digital age will become more about enhancing the customer experience than the product or price

By Deon van Heerden 22 Dec 2016

Nigerian fintech startup Paystack closes on $1.3m seed funding
Nigerian fintech startup Paystack closes on $1.3m seed funding

Nigerian fintech startup Paystack has closed on seed investment of $1.3 million from international investors Tencent, Comcast Ventures and Singularity Investments

19 Dec 2016

Global framework to speed up spread of mobile
Global framework to speed up spread of mobile

The imminent release of a global framework on digital financial services is expected to accelerate the adoption of mobile money transfer and payments

By Thabiso Mochiko 28 Nov 2016

Cactus Capital invests in African fintech startups
Cactus Capital invests in African fintech startups

Cape Town-based Cactus Capital, the investment arm of Cactus Advisors, has invested in African fintech startups Flutterwave and e-Factor

18 Nov 2016

#AfricaCom: Africa's tech startup funding landscape in numbers
#AfricaCom: Africa's tech startup funding landscape in numbers

Disrupt Africa, an independent news portal with a keen eye on the African tech startup scene, released its first industry funding report

By Lauren Hartzenberg 16 Nov 2016

The rise and rise of blockchain
The rise and rise of blockchain

Blockchain is probably one of the most impactful breakthrough disruptions in recent years

By Peter Alkema 15 Nov 2016

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