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Africa’s experiencing a bit of a boom in startup activity right now. What’s driving it? Who’s helping to grow the ecosystem? This graphic explores the topic.

Africa's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Infographic available from Statfrica

White lines represent the monetary support organizations like Indigo Trust and Infodev are proving to the innovation hubs of the continent which in turn support entrepreneurs with non-monetary services represented by the gray lines. Mentoring, workshops, events, conferences, investor meetings etc. are the types of things these hubs are responsible for organizing. Meanwhile, Local governments have mostly been responsible for enable policy decisions. Can they become direct financiers of entrepreneurs and/or the network of hubs? The fact that this ecosystem has emerged mostly without their intervention certainly presents that opportunity.

For a more in-depth analysis on startup entrepreneurship as a driver of economic growth in Africa download our latest report New African Business.

Over the years Appfrica has evolved to be a multi-faceted organization which has spawned several spin-off initiatives that we’re proud of including HiveColab, MetaLayer and Abayima. As we pursue new endeavors and scale some of the existing ones, 2013 is shaping up to be a fantastic year!

Appfrica Org Chart

Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson

Appfrica Executive Director Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson chats with business owners in Uganda.

A New Look and Feel

Jon Gosier —  October 11, 2012 — Leave a comment

The Appfrica blog has been more-or-less active since 2008, and it’s had many looks which we’ve recently updated. The new site is clean and minimal and makes for better reading of the longer content we’ve written over the years.

Appfrica Circa 2012

While we were at it, we also slightly modified our logo which hadn’t changed in quite a while either.

Appfrica Logo 2013

Just for the fun of it, here’s a look back at the past! First the website….

2008-2009

2009-2011

2011-2013

We’ve come a long way since then! Now a trip down memory lane with some of our old logos…

2008

appfrica old logo old logo
old appfrica logo

2009-2011

Appfrica Classic Logo

Appfrica Labs Old Logo

2012

Appfrica 3 Year

The past few years have been incredible for the team here at Appfrica. What started as an ambitious effort to invest in an incubate Africa’s rising talents in technology has become a quickly growing company that’s never been more vibrant! That said, we’re excited to announce the addition of Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson to our staff as Executive Director. In her role she’ll oversee our many programs and partnerships.

Former Director Jon Gosier, is now the Director of Advocacy and will work with assist Bahiyah in scaling Appfrica’s efforts to invest in, and nurture the African tech sector.

Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson became involved in social entrepreneurship at a young age, partnering with friend out of high school to run a fashion line that sourced and imported local fabrics from women’s cooperatives in Tanzania. That experience invigorated Bahiyah’s love for international, cross-cultural exchange and commerce. She went on to explore the world of media and entertainment in order to obtain a well rounded view of the media industry, eventually returning to her true passion: international affairs and social entrepreneurship.

To date, Bahiyah has established and ran non profit organizations and businesses with ties to Sub-Saharan Africa, the U.S. and Brazil. She has a degree in International Relations, and has worked with large NGOs, including the Council on Foreign Relations and Ashoka in both administrative and consulting roles. Her passion is international branding, marketing and organizational development, building public-private partnerships that add value to all parties, and aligning business practices with clear and well intentioned core values.

She can be reached at byr@appfrica.com or bahiyah@appfrica.org

Kigali,

Apps4Africa is coming to your city with the brainstorming session for the 2011 Apps4Africa brainstorming session on the 19th of November, 2011 at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology.

 

Register for the event here http://kigali.eventbrite.com/ and we’ll see you there.

Important questions

Jon Gosier —  November 10, 2011 — 1 Comment

As you enter the 2011 Apps4Africa: Climate Challenge, here are a few questions you should ask yourself about your application. We hope these questions can help direct you in your application development.

1. What group/audience/users in your country or community does your app target?

2. How is climate change affecting that group– what is the local climate change challenge?

3. How does your app help them adapt to that climate change challenge?

Good luck and get coding!

Apps4Africa was at the recently concluded Climate-Smart Agriculture Workshop hosted by the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme that took place in Nairobi from the 24th to the 27th of November, 2011. The workshop intended for the attendees to have enhanced knowledge about climate-smart agriculture and implement these lessons in their own contexts. Apps4Africa was there to see if any of these plans would be made easier with applications that entrants into the competition could design.

We attended the Gallery Walk portion of the workshop where each country gave a 20 minute presentation on the challenges facing them that are caused by climate change and how they are going to use climate-smart agriculture techniques to adapt to the climate change challenges.

The one challenge that was evident across all the countries was a dissemination of information on climate-smart practices to the people who actually need to implement them or a general lack of knowledge on the implications of certain practices in the context of the changing climate.

All the people there were really excited and motivated and since many of them were representatives from their government’s Ministries of Environment, there is a lot of support in these circles for applications that would help them implement climate-smart agriculture.

This is your cue, developers, build applications and enter them into the competition knowing you don’t only win awesome prizes but that your application will have a market and will be put to good use.

As the competition in Western Africa continues with us receiving an unprecedented amount of entries, it’s almost time for the competition to begin in Eastern Africa.

iHub Map

The opening event is scheduled for the 19th of October at the iHub in Nairobi. If you would like to attend, please click the link http://apps4africa.eventbrite.com/ to reserve your spot. You, especially, don’t want to miss the winner of last year’s Apps4Africa: Civic Challenge, iCow (http://icow.co.ke/), speak.

See you there.

The Day the Designer Died

Jon Gosier —  October 5, 2011 — 3 Comments

No one embodies the three things we strive for at Appfrica than the man the world lost today. Design. Leadership. Vision. We salute you, Mr. Steve Jobs. Best wishes from me, Jon, and our colleagues and friends in Uganda.