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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 ...

Local solutions for local problems – Seedstars Suva

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The second of three events, being held in the Pacific region by Seedstars, in partnership with the GSMA and supported by the Australian Government, began on 13 August in Suva, Fiji. As before, there were two days of a bootcamp for local start-ups, followed by a pitching ...

Mobile money adoption strategies for start-ups in emerging markets

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With more than 866 million registered mobile money accounts globally and $1.3 billion processed daily, mobile money serves as a critical infrastructure for start-ups looking to increase digital payment adoption among their customers. Inspired by this, the GSMA Ecosystem ...

Exploring the incredible growth of the Cameroonian entrepreneurship ecosystem

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During the last week of July, Peter Ndichu from the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team was in Cameroon to provide further support to GiftedMom, one of the Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund start-ups, and to reflect on the progress made since we first funded them back in ...

Meet our portfolio start-ups: Kea Medicals, Benin

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The current status of the African health environment reveals a disconnect between hospitals and doctors regarding the medical history of the patients. Physicians are struggling to provide care, or to act promptly, due to an information deficit and in some cases they need to ...

Six months into Round 3: Updates from the Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund

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Back in November 2018, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator programme revealed its third Innovation Fund start-up cohort consisting of 11 start-ups from across Asia Pacific and Africa. These start-ups recently crossed the six-month mark with the Ecosystem Accelerator programme and ...

Takeaways from Mobile 360 – Africa 2019: Mobile innovation and inclusive partnerships are unlocking digital dividends

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The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator and portfolio start-up teams attended and participated in the Mobile 360 – Africa event from 16 – 18 July in Kigali, Rwanda. This year’s event attracted mobile operators, government officials, regulators, start-ups, donors, NGOs and ...

Benin’s tech ecosystem: Driving inclusive innovation through partnerships

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The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team, represented by Peter Ndichu and Max Cuvellier, was in Cotonou, Benin in mid-June 2019, firstly for a market visit to our local portfolio start-up, Kea Medicals, secondly to meet with stakeholders in the local entrepreneurship ecosystem ...

Mobile operator and start-up collaboration in emerging markets: A landscape of current and past initiatives

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Today in emerging markets, more than anywhere else, there are opportunities for mobile operators and start-ups to collaborate. Mobile operators have reached the scale that start-ups lack, while start-ups have the local innovation that mobile operators need. Back in 2016, the ...

Showcasing Pacific innovation through start-up competition in Papua New Guinea – Seedstars Port Moresby

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The first of three events, being held in the Pacific region by Seedstars, in partnership with the GSMA and supported by the Australian Government, began on 16 July in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. There were two days of a bootcamp for local start-ups, followed by a ...

Africa Tech 2.0: A growing ecosystem with convening power

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Between 10 and 14 June, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team participated in four Africa start-up focused events held in three different countries: Tech in Ghana Conference (UK), Africa Tech Summit (UK), Africa NOW By Google and Partech (France) and MEST Summit (Kenya). These ...

Join the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team at Mobile 360 – Africa 2019

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The 2019 GSMA Mobile 360 – Africa conference is fast approaching and will be held in Kigali between 16 and 18 July. From start-ups to mobile operators, regulators to tech hardware manufacturers, NGOs to banks, the event will bring together over 1,000 mobile industry ...

618 active tech hubs: The backbone of Africa’s tech ecosystem

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This blog has been co-authored by Dario Giuliani (Founder of Briter Bridges) and Sam Ajadi (Senior Insights Manager, Ecosystem Accelerator team). Technology ecosystems across Africa have witnessed incredible growth over the past few years, mainly boosted by a torrent of ...

Coming back to Senegal: A digital transformation in progress

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During the last week of June, our team was invited to participate in the first edition of Sonatel (Orange Group)’s Digital Teranga Days, aimed at driving digital transformation across Orange countries of the region. The objective of this week was also to support our two ...

The Ethiopia tech ecosystem: A sleeping giant is waking up!

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The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team, represented by Martin Karanja, was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in early June 2019, firstly for a market visit to our local portfolio start-up, TaskMoby. Secondly, to participate in Startup Ethiopia, a first of its kind event focusing on ...

Propelling Women in Tech across emerging markets: Our reflections on female entrepreneurship

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In 2017, we published a blog highlighting the socio-economic benefits brought by female entrepreneurs to their local economies. Borrowing the words of Warren Buffet, to exclude women from the ecosystem would be ‘a waste of human talent’ – pushing ‘50% of the population…into ...

Fostering ecosystems and entrepreneurship in the Pacific – the Australian Government, GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator and Seedstars

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Kenya, Indonesia, Tanzania, India, Jordan, Colombia, Vietnam, Brazil, Ethiopia – over 90 local Seedstars start-ups competitions, now Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa! Our mission is to build synergies between start-ups and mobile operators, with the aim of scaling innovative ...