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Our takeaways from Africa Tech Summit Kigali

In February, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator had a chance to participate in the second edition of Africa Tech Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. The event took place between 13th and 15th of February and brought together several stakeholders including start-ups, mobile operators, ...

Egypt: Africa’s mobile oasis scaling inwards and outwards

Between 28 January and 1 February, our Ecosystem Accelerator team was in Egypt to provide further support to our portfolio start-up, Raye7, and reflect on the progress made since we started funding them back in early 2017. During the week, we supported Raye7 with market ...

Meet the Ecosystem Accelerator start-ups and team at MWC Barcelona and 4YFN 2019!

The GSMA’s MWC Barcelona and 4YFN events are fast approaching and will be held in Barcelona between 25 and 28 February 2019. The two events bring together mobile operators, start-ups, regulators, tech hardware manufacturers, banks and investors among other stakeholders to ...

Start-up due diligence visits: Insights from 15 African and Asia Pacific markets

In December 2018, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator programme announced the third cohort of its Innovation Fund. The third cohort of 11 start-ups emerged from a pool of 699 start-up applications, having gone through a rigorous selection process. Before the selection, between ...

‘Corp-Up’ partnerships: Three practical steps for mobile operators looking to partner with start-ups

On the 28 November 2018, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team was invited to participate in a workshop on ‘Corp-Up: Start-up Collaboration As The Future of Innovation’ in Vienna, Austria. The event, hosted by Match-Maker Ventures (MMV) in collaboration with ...

Myanmar: A burgeoning start-up ecosystem

The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator’s presence has grown stronger in Myanmar over the last two years, now with three (Kargo, Greenovator and Neh Thit) of our 35 Innovation Fund portfolio start-ups being Myanmar-based companies. Myanmar has seen unprecedented growth in its ...

Meet our portfolio start-ups: eFishery, Indonesia

This blog post was co-authored by Samuel Ajadi and Bilal Qureshi. Aquaculture is expected to provide close to two-thirds of global food fish consumption by 2030, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). With annual aquaculture production of more than five ...

Our three takeaways from the Frontier Incubators Workshop

Frontier Incubators, a capacity building programme working with 19 incubators and accelerators in the Asia-Pacific region invited the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team to participate in a workshop on 15th November in Singapore. The session was supported by the Australian ...

Key takeaways from Jazz SDG Hackathon 2018 Islamabad

On 7th – 9th December, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team was invited as a mentor to the Jazz SDG Hackathon in Islamabad, Pakistan. The two-and-a-half day event hosted by Pakistan’s mobile operator Jazz (VEON Group) took place at the National Incubation Centre (NIC) ...

Announcing the third cohort of the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund

We are pleased to announce the third cohort of 11 new start-ups joining our GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund portfolio today. We’ve updated our original start-up portfolio booklet to include these new additions and provided some information on the progress ...

Start-ups and Mobile in Emerging Markets: Issue 4

This blog is the foreword from the latest edition of our regular publication, Start-ups and Mobile in Emerging Markets: Insights from the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator. The end of the year is always a good time to reflect on our activities over the last 12 months. When we look ...

A deep dive into Pakistan’s start-up ecosystem

In the last five years, Pakistan’s start-up ecosystem has made significant strides thanks to supporting networks such as tech hubs, educational institutions, mobile operators and investors playing an active role in growing local start-ups. Despite these developments, there ...

Our four takeaways from Emerging Valley 2018

On 20 and 21 November, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team took part in Emerging Valley 2018 in Marseille, France. The two-day event – which took place at Palais du Pharo on Day 1 and at ‘thecamp’ in Aix on Day 2 – gathered a crowd of African entrepreneurs, tech hubs, ...

Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund Round 3: Findings from the top Africa start-ups applications

Since its launch in 2016, the Ecosystem Accelerator programme has sought to bridge the gap between mobile operators and start-ups in emerging markets. The programme provides mobile-first start-ups with grant funding, technical support and opportunities to develop strong ...

Africa ESIS, AfricaCom, AfricArena: Five days engaging with the continent’s tech ecosystem

Between 11 and 16 November, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team was invited to participate and contribute to three major events in the African tech ecosystem – Africa Early Stage Investor Summit (AESIS), AfricaCom and AfricArena – which gathered most of the key ecosystem ...

Our three takeaways from Demo Africa 2018

On the 18 and 19 October, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team took part in Demo Africa 2018 in Casablanca, Morocco. The event gathered local and international investors, big tech companies, mobile operators and other ecosystem players to foster pan-African collaboration. The ...

Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund Round 3: Findings from the top Asia Pacific start-ups applications

Since its launch in 2016, the Ecosystem Accelerator programme has sought to bridge the gap between mobile operators and start-ups in emerging markets. The programme provides mobile-first start-ups with grant funding, technical support and opportunities to develop strong ...

AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2018: Meeting African tech hubs in the vibrant ecosystem of Tanzania

Between 9 and 13 October, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team was in Tanzania to provide further support to our portfolio start-up, Jamii, and reflect on the progress made since we started funding them back in February 2018. The visit also gave us a chance to take part in ...

Zambia: A ‘land-linked’ tech ecosystem

Between 1 and 5 October, our team was in Zambia to provide further support to our portfolio start-up, Musanga Logistics, and reflect on the progress made since we started funding them back in February 2018. The week was also coinciding with the launch of the Musanga ...

Protecting mobile innovation – intellectual property insights for emerging market start-ups

Over the last two decades, the mobile technology industry has witnessed unprecedented growth and the quest for innovation has never been more fiercely contested. The industry’s fast-paced and competitive nature is forcing more early stage innovative entrepreneurs, who often ...