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The Start-up Challenge 2020 is forging innovation despite this year’s global context

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Inspired by last year’s response to the Seedstars Pacific regional bootcamps and pitching competitions, with the help of the Australian Government, we’ve continued to support entrepreneurship ecosystem building activities in Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa. In our effort to ...

Driving the adoption of tech solutions across Africa

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Lessons learnt from developing and scaling innovative mobile solutions in Africa In the last four years, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator programme has supported innovative start-ups across developing markets by providing grant funding, technical support and opportunities to ...

Using technology to fight COVID-19: A spotlight on SMS-based education start-up, Eneza Education

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This blog is the second in the series which will focus on the role of technology in fighting COVID-19. We will highlight how start-ups in developing markets are using technology creatively to fight the pandemic. Eneza Education offers a subscription service for educational ...

Driving the adoption of tech solutions across Asia Pacific – Part 2

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Lessons learnt from the Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund was launched in 2016 in order to provide selected start-ups in Africa and Asia-Pacific with grant funding, technical assistance, and the opportunity to ...

Driving the adoption of tech solutions across Asia-Pacific – Part 1

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Lessons learnt from Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund was launched in 2016 to provide selected start-ups in Asia-Pacific and Africa with grant funding, technical assistance, and the opportunity to partner with local mobile ...

Using technology to fight COVID-19: A spotlight on telemedicine start-up Sehat Kahani in Pakistan

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This blog is the first in the series which will focus on the role of technology in fighting COVID-19. The blog will highlight how start-ups in developing markets are using technology creatively to fight the pandemic. Sehat Kahani is a digital health start-up in Pakistan that ...

Meet our portfolio start-ups: Qlue, Indonesia

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According to the World Bank, over half of Indonesia’s population lives in cities, and by 2025 this will rise to two-thirds. However, resources for city services are often insufficient or misdirected due to a lack of accurate data on the performance of city departments and ...

The state of mobile in Ghana’s tech ecosystem

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The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team, represented by Gregory Omondi, was in Ghana between 25 and 29 November, 2019. The first of two objectives was to conduct a market visit for Agrocenta, one of the programmes portfolio start-ups based locally in Ghana. Secondly, to run a ...

Meet our portfolio start-ups: Greenovator, Myanmar

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Agriculture represents 38 per cent of Myanmar’s GDP, employs 60 per cent of the active population and uses close to 20 per cent of the country’s land. However, Myanmar’s agriculture sector is not as efficient as it could be due to a lack of agricultural information that is ...

Meet our portfolio start-ups: SkyEye, Samoa

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Samoa, like most other small Pacific Islands, has challenging logistical infrastructure due to the lack of a national addressing system. This makes it difficult for small businesses to market themselves and to use e-commerce to grow their business. SkyEye, in Samoa, develops ...

Bigger, bolder and better – The Africa Start-up Summit by Seedstars

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Bigger, bolder and better – The Africa Start-up Summit by Seedstars The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team was invited to attend the annual Africa Seedstars Summit in Johannesburg on 4 and 5 December 2019. The event brought together various stakeholders including start-ups, ...

Effective sales strategies for tech start-ups in emerging markets

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Scaling a start-up can certainly be challenging in emerging markets. It requires a thoughtfully developed sales process, intentionally recruited salespeople, and effective training and leadership to support them. Challenges with hitting sales targets are often repercussions ...

Technological innovation solves challenges and drives scale in Uganda

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The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team, represented by Peter Ndichu, was in Kampala, Uganda in late October 2019. The aim of the trip was two-fold. Firstly, it was to conduct a market visit to our local portfolio start-up, Ensibuuko, and secondly to participate in Kampala ...

Meet our portfolio start-ups: GiftedMom, Cameroon

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According to the UNFPA, about 800 women worldwide die every day from pregnancy-related causes, but most of these deaths could be prevented with access to antenatal care and information, vaccinations or timely health advice. Pregnant women and nursing mothers living in ...

Meet our portfolio start-ups: AgroCenta, Ghana

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Smallholder farmers in Ghana, while often poor and illiterate, face two main problems: lack of access to structured markets, which leaves them at the mercy of predatory brokers or middlemen who buy at exploitative prices, and lack of access to finance, which means they may ...

Rapid urbanisation, innovators to the rescue? Takeaways from Afric’Up

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The GSMA Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities team was excited to speak at the Afric’Up Tech and Start-Up summit on 24 and 25 September in Tunis, which focused on how innovative start-ups can address the challenges associated with rapid urbanisation across Africa. ...

Personal and technological connections coming together – Seedstars Apia

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The third and final of three events, being held in the Pacific region by Seedstars, in partnership with the GSMA and supported by the Australian Government, began on 24 September in Apia, Samoa. As with the previous events, two days of start-up bootcamp was followed by a ...

Meet our portfolio start-ups: oDoc, Sri Lanka

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According to the World Health Organization, there are fewer than 0.9 physicians per 1,000 people in Sri Lanka on average, making access to doctors and healthcare a serious issue. This ratio hides an even deeper disparity between urban and rural areas. Hospitals are often ...

Exploring new developments in the Sri Lankan tech ecosystem

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It’s been almost two years since our last piece on the Sri Lankan tech ecosystem. Between 28 August –1 September 2019, Bilal Ali Qureshi from the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team, visited Sri Lanka to meet with key ecosystem builders and to support oDoc, one of the Ecosystem ...