Category: Africa

Impact investing in francophone Africa

Issam Chleuh is the 27-year-old Malian national and founder of the Africa Impact Group, an advisory, research, data and news service provider that specialises in impact investing in francophone Africa. Impact investing refers to investments made into companies or funds…

Building a greener future from Tunisia

Built in Africa focuses on entrepreneurs, startups and technologies that hail from the continent and empower its citizens. The global energy crisis has provided entrepreneurs with new opportunities to innovate. Conserving energy is not only in vogue but necessary for a…

Rlabs helps youth through tech

Social entrepreneurship is becoming a key point of development for African entrepreneurs. In this, our sixth instalment of our “Built in Africa” series, we feature Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs), a South African-based social entrepreneurship project aimed at bringing hope through technology education.…

Announcing investment in Esoko

Acumen and the Lundin Foundation today announced a $1.5 million aggregate equity and debt investment in Esoko Networks Limited (“Esoko”), a Ghanaian-built technology platform that connects African farmers to markets via mobile phones. The platform allows various stakeholders, from agri-business, NGOs, development finance institutions, governments and mobile network operators to profile and provide specific content […]

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Solar crusader lights up Africa

Built in Africa focuses on entrepreneurs, startups and technologies that are affecting the continent and empowering the African people. When you look at the supposed “dark” continent, its social and economic problems are abundantly clear. But it seems that Africa’s entrepreneurs are stepping up and trying to find ways to solve some of these challenges. […]

Questions about angel investing

Whether an entrepreneur is starting a social enterprise in Africa or a high tech venture, the first capital after friends and family is likely to come from angel investors.  For those entrepreneurs, we offer some basics as provided by our…

Health tech innovations changing South Africa

In the last few years tech companies have jumped on the wearable tech bandwagon with popular gadgets like the Fitbit or Samsung’s Gear Fit. There are also hundreds of fitness apps taking the smartphone world by storm. The importance of health technologies is becoming more prevalent as everyone, from athletes to housewives, have realised the […]

Ten innovative social entrepreneurs in Africa

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) recently announced the finalists of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2014. Like the years before, the 10 finalists have been chosen for their practical, innovative solutions to local problems that are unique to the African continent. From South…

A green revolution in Africa

Last month was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution. In 1944, Borlaug moved to Mexico to work on breeding high-yield, disease-resistant strains of wheat. Mexico adopted them — and in 1970, wheat…