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""They use the Morgan Mega, They actually print the item, fit it, change it and in a matter of weeks they can get to the final design which they can send away.""

Quentin Harley on the 3D printers he makes and maker spaces in Johannesburg

Quentin Harley, Morgan 3D Printers talks about: how he came to be making 3D printers; the type of printers he makes; how people are using his 3D printers; and House for Hack and other maker spaces in Johannesburg.

April 10, 2018 by Editor
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""You request a quote the car you decide you want and we get dealers to compete over your business."

Vikash Govindjee on how start-up Carter helps South Africans buy a new car

Vikash Govindjee, Co-Founder, Carter talks about: how the app and website help guide South Africans through the complicated process of buying a new car; how many people are using Carter; its investors; and future plans.

March 13, 2018 by Editor
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""mlab is an accelerator for mobile tech start-ups. We run 3 different programmes: lean innovation,software development under the name Code Tribe and an incubator.""

Lebogang Madise, mlab on the two biggest barriers holding back start-ups in South Africa

Lebogang Madise, mlab talks about: the three different programmes that mlab runs; examples of start-ups it is supporting; and the two biggest barriers to start-up growth in South Africa.

February 17, 2018 by Editor
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"It evolved from where we were to something more focused on beating the Lagos traffic, giving high quality and making people happy and that on-demand set-up."

Chinedu Azodoh on growing Nigerian logistics and transport start-up MAX

Co-Founder Chinedu Azodoh, MAX talks about: the origins of MAX as a Nigerian start-up; how the founders assumptions changed through piloting the business; going to Techstars in 2015; closing its funding round; adding personal motorbike rides; growing the business; and expanding to other countries.

January 20, 2018 by Editor
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Standard Bank’s fashion accelerator Threads - Judges tell start-ups what they’re looking for

On October 24 2017, Standard Bank held an event for the participants in its Threads fashion accelerator. In this clip, the judges explain what they are looking for in the start-ups.

December 16, 2017 by Editor
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"Five entrepreneurs pitch their start-up ideas."

Namibia’s 1st Pitch Night: Five entrepreneurs pitch their start-ups

There were 10 start-ups pitching and this video is a selection of five of them. The winner was Kaveto Tjatjara, World View for his waterless toilet. He’s interviewed separately on: The f…ive pitches in this clip are: Pebl (a low-cost computing device); Green Team (a water filtration product); Braaitime (a meat sales site); Glowdom (teaching code); and Proquest (online medical advice).

November 12, 2017 by Editor
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""We want (the toilet) to be the same price as a mobile phone so that it's quite affordable for people at the base of the pyramid.""

Namibia’s Pitch Night winner Kaveto Tjatjara - creating a waterless loo for price of a mobile

Kaveto Tjatjara, CEO and Co-Founder, Worldview Investments talks about: the challenge of providing toilets in his country; how the idea for the watereless toilet came about; how it works; the prototype and the piloting; and how he feels about going to Slush as the Pitch Night winner.

October 10, 2017 by Editor

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"e-commerce (in Nigeria) has matured and evolved. The big change that has happened is the move from a retail structure to a marketplace structure.""

Shola Adekoya, Konga on what’s changed over the last 4 years and launching Konga Daily

Shola Adekoya, talks about: the changes in the market since Konga launched; the number of current total users and active users; Konga’s top 3 selling items; the launch of the Konga Daily service; and future expansion plans.

October 3, 2017 by Editor

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"We tell the story of consumers experiencing our brand...the way they have consumed them over the years. That's just a way of sharing the strong heritage our brands have."

Keke Lebaka on how African food giant Promasidor uses social media to talk to its consumers

Keke Lebaka, Group Social Media Strategist and Content Manager, Promasidor talks about: what Promasidor does and where it operates; why it started shifting to using social media; its different strategies for different countries; what social media is most effective; and what proportion of its budget it spends on social media.

September 8, 2017 by Editor
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""The way it works, we invest as individuals...together it is a good sum...US$100,000 is our sweet spot.""

Sara Gamay, Cairo Angels on its investments and the start-up sector in Egypt

Sara Gamay, Cairo Angels talks about: the founding of Cairo Angels and why it happened; some examples of the start-ups they have invested in; the scale of investment; how they assess start-ups; one of the key incubators in Cairo; the exits that have happened; and future opportunities.

July 6, 2017 by Editor
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""Safaricom has taken innovation and embedded it as part of our DNA. Part of my role is to build an innovative culture.""

Veronica Ogeto-Tchoketch on how Safaricom is investing in the Kenyan start-up ecosystem

Veronica Ogeto-Tchoketch, Head of Innovation, Safaricom talks about: how Safaricom views innovation, internally and externally; the investments made by its Spark Fund; its opening of an innovation space in August/September 2017; and the attitude of the telco to things like revenue share.

May 25, 2017 by Editor
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""It's a hub for food where we connect the buyers and sellers of food. The foodsellers who don't traditionally use technology can connect with customers in this way.""

Uchay Ariolu on his online food start-up Foodstantly for both meals and bulk purchases

Uchay Ariolu, founder and CEO, Foodstantly talks about: how its online marketplace for food in Nigeria works; the numbers of buyers and sellers on the platform; the kind of food sold and the ready-made meals that are popular; its expansion plans; the business model; and how the business was financed.

April 27, 2017 by Editor

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""You're managing the artist's business - whether it's a release strategy or a collaboration - you're taking care of everything from the paper work to the roll-out.""

Artist manager Sarah Jane Nicholson on Mi Casa, , digital platforms and working with brands

Sarah Jane Nicholson, SJN talks about: what SJN does; what the artist manager helps artists do; her work with Micasa and their creative collaborations with Sauti Sol and Eddie Kenzo; the ringback tones sales for Micasa’s last single; digital platforms and the success of Early Hours’ single on Sound Cloud; and which artist not on her label that she finds exciting.

April 26, 2017 by Editor
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""You see jobs out there (in Africa) for a Head of Data Science and they'rte out there for 3-6 months.""

Start-up founder Jessica Colaco, Brave Ventures on Big Data in Africa and need for data scientists

Jessica Colaco, Co-Founder, Brave Venture Labs talks about: the state of Big Data in Africa; the number of data scientist-related jobs advertised in Africa; how Brave Venture Academy will address the shortage of data scientists in Africa; its expansion plans; and its capital fundraising.

February 28, 2017 by Editor
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"We have a very different view when it comes to the middle class in Africa. We think it's not just about's very difficult to measure incomein Africa.""

Yannick Lefang, Kasi Insights on Africa’s elusive middle class and what apps people use and why

Yannick Lefang, Kasi Insights talks about: how big Africa’s middle class is and the best way to measure it; what creates a willingness to pay by African consumers; his study on mobile apps and what it shows; and the urban sample of his market research surveys.

January 7, 2017 by Editor
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