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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. ... read more
March 13, 2018

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. ... read more
February 17, 2018

Irfan Mirza on why Tanzanian start-up Trend Solar offers users a solar panel plus smartphone

CEO and Co-Founder Irfan Mirza, Trend Solar talks about: what Trend Solar does; why it gives its customer a smartphone; how it addresses the digital divide; the number of customers; how many customers use up their data allowance; their fundraising round; and future expansion plans. ... read more
January 20, 2018

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. ... read more
January 20, 2018

Pule Taukobong, CRE Venture Capital on what kind of African start-ups he's looking for

Pule Takubong, Co-Founder, CRE Venture Capital talks about: what CRE Venture Capital is; the kinds of start-ups it has invested in; what it looks for in the African start-ups it invests in; the mistakes start-ups make when they talk to investors; and how much it invests in start-ups. ... read more
January 20, 2018

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. ... read more
December 16, 2017

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 five 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). ... read more
November 12, 2017

Okechukwu Ofili on e-publishing start-up Okada Books, its authors, readers and raising funds

Founder Okechukwu Ofili, Okada Books talks about: why he set up Okada Books; the kinds of readers who are using the platform; the success of self-published romantic and erotic novels; the kinds of authors he wants to attract in the future; and his fundraising round. ... read more
October 3, 2017

Jehiel Oliver, Hello Tractor on how his start-up pivoted from manufacturing to data collection

Jehiel Oliver, CEO, Hello Tractor talks about: how the idea for Hello Tractor came about; why it has pivoted away from making tractors; the software product that allows tractor owners to gather data and use their machines more efficiently; which tractors in Africa and elsewhere it is focusing on; how the company is financed; and the type of data tractors can collect. ... read more
October 3, 2017

Paul Mugambi on edtech start-up Kytabu's change in direction to help it scale better

Paul Mugambi, , CEO, Kytabu talks about: what Kytabu does; how students access it and how they pay for it; its use of video; changing the focus to address teachers and parents; the investment in it so far and the prizes it has won. ... read more
August 25, 2017

Alpesh Patel on Africa's original start-up Mi-Fone, the hip-hop telecoms brand and why it failed

Mi-Founder Alpesh Patel talks about: the founding of Mi-Fone and what it set out to do; its early success and later, its failure; the reasons for its failure; his book about his experiences, Tested; and what he's currently doing to help start-ups. ... read more
August 11, 2017

Chika Uwazie on Nigerian HR and payroll start-up TalentBase that is raising US$2 million to expand

Co-founder and CEO Chika Uwazie, TalentBase talks about: how the idea for the company came about; why it's timing was good; how it pays people without bank accounts; how it will get beyond orgaic growth; and its latest fundraising round. ... read more
July 6, 2017

Missy Mwendwa and Roselyn Awili on how edtech start-up Eneza reaches 1.8 million students

Missy Mwendwa, Chief Business Development Officer and Roselyn Awili, Content Manager, Eneza talk about: how the platform works; the number of students active monthly on the platform; how it gets its revenues; the countries it operates in and the ones it is expanding to; how its content is created; teacher feedback for students; and the kinds of phones the service can be used on. ... read more
June 23, 2017

Arnaud Blanchet, Last Mile for BoP on an app to help informal shops get cheaper goods

Arnaud Blanchet, Founder, Last Mile for BoP talks about: the problem of the poverty premium and how it affects those living in the townships in South Africa; how the app helps Spaza (informal) shop owners; what savings they are able to make; the social products it wants to sell to these outlets; the changing ownership of Spaza shops; and investors in Last Mile for BoP. ... read more
May 25, 2017

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. ... read more
May 25, 2017

Start-up founder Nicole Kayode, Medixus on a peer to peer advice app for African doctors

Start-up founder Nicole Kayode, Medixus talks about: how the Medixus platform will work; how doctors will benefit from using the platform; the business model; Kayode's attitude to start-up investment; and its launch plans. ... read more
April 26, 2017

Ghana: Emmanuel Noah on start-up BenBen's roll-out of its Blockchain land registry

Co-founder Emmanuel Noah, BenBen talks about: how BenBen came to be launched; how it works; the initial pilot; investment in the company; and its roll-out plans. ... read more
March 12, 2017

Domestly Co-Founders Berno Potgieter and Thatoyaone Marumo on being the Uber for cleaners in SA

Domestly Co-Founders Berno Potgieter and Thatoyaone Marumo talk about: how the idea for Domestly came about; what it does and how it works; the number of people using it; and the company's investors. ... read more
February 28, 2017

Jessica Hope on why African start-ups need media coverage and how to get it

Jessica Hope, Wimbart talks about: the reasons start-ups need to get media publicity, including for investment purposes; what about an African start-up might be a story in media terms; what journalists don't always find interesting; why you might need to be in the international press; mistakes that people make; the So What? factor; and the link between coverage and the substance of the business. ... read more
October 23, 2016

Nate Anderson on Uber's successful roll-out in East Africa and UberEats in Johannesburg

Nate Anderson, General Manager - East Africa, Uber talks about: the growth it has been experiencing in East Africa; how Kenya was one of its first trial markets for cash; the number of driver partners and riders it had in May 2016; the competition it's been experiencing; its work ethos and number of staff; and UberEats in Johannesburg and a possible roll-out in Kenya. ... read more
October 23, 2016

Bunmi Okunowo on the start-ups selected at Start-Up Friday to get seed and accelerator funding

Bunmi Okunowo, National Co-ordinator, Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship talks about: why and how Start-Up Friday was set up; what the events do, the speakers and the numbers attending; the start-ups selected to get seed and accelerator funding; and the franchised roll-out of Start-up Friday across Nigeria. ... read more
September 20, 2016

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola on how Wecyclers is creating a business model for recycling in Lagos

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, CEO, Wecyclers alks about: how the idea for business started in an MIT class; how the service works; the incentives people receive to recycle; how it works financially for this social enterprise; and her ambitions for the business. ... read more
August 9, 2016

Dr Adejobi Adeloye, NovaDOC on an app subscription service that provides doctors on call

Dr Adejobi Adeloye, NovaDOC talks about: making changes in healthcare in Nigeria; providing a doctors on call platform; and how the service might be used in rural areas. ... read more
July 21, 2016

Chika Nwobi, L5 Labs on the lessons of seed investing in Nigerian start-ups

Chika Nwobi, founder, L5 Labs talks about: the size and number of investments he has made in Nigerian start-ups; the levels of profitability of companies in his portfolio; the three lessons from his seed investing and why he's stopping; and the potential for start-up companies in Nigeria. ... read more
July 21, 2016

Jennifer Chizua on launching Startpreneurs, Abuja's first start-up accelerator

Jennifer Chizua, Founder, Starpreneurs talks about: her experiences as an entrepreneur in the UK; what sectors Abuja's first accelerator incubator will focus on; the current portfolio of start-ups; the pipeline for new start-ups; and her partnerships with global accelerators. ... read more
July 21, 2016

Babacar Birane, Concree on wanting to be Africa's first virtual incubator & its successful start-ups

Babacar Birane, Co-Founder and CEO, Concree talks about: how the virtual incubator works; how many entrepreneurs there are in the community; examples of successful start-ups it has helped; and its ambition to become Africa's virtual incubator. ... read more
March 29, 2016

Emmanuel Mbisimo on South Sudan's first tech incubator J Hub and its Open Solar event

J Hub's Community Manager Emmanuel Mbisimo talks about: what J Hub is and how it was launched out of a Peace Hack Camp; the events its has organised; its Open Solar event; the kind of start-ups it's fostering; and the importance of peace for more start-ups to develop. ... read more
March 8, 2016

Rapelang Rabana on creating learning in bite-size chunks for web and mobile phones

Rapelang Rabana, CEO and co-founder, Rekindle Learning talks about: why she set up Rekindle Learning; which companies they have as clients; why the company is still self-funded; and her expansion plans. ... read more
January 30, 2016

Puseletso Mompei on self-funded personal health record start-up CenHealth

Puseletso Mompei, New Business Director, CenHealth talks about: what this South African start-up does; its partnership with ER24; the business model for the company; the different packages it offers; and how it sees its future prospects. ... read more
November 27, 2015

Ivan Isa, Green Pencils on a start-up manufacturing pencils from recycled paper

Co-founder Ivan Isa, Green Pencils talks about: his first failed start-up; how the manufacturing process works; its B2B markets who buy pencils for branding; its future ambitions; and its recently joining the VC4Africa acceleration programme. ... read more
July 6, 2015
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