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Announcing the third cohort of the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund Round 3: Findings from the top 200 start-up applications

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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 ...

Meeting 40 tech entrepreneurs at The Hult Prize 2018

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On Thursday 16 August 2018, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator and Mobile For Development Utilities teams were invited outside London by the Hult Prize Accelerator Programme to lead a workshop on ‘How start-ups can best build partnerships with mobile operators’ and to be part of ...

Meet our portfolio start-ups: Joonaak, Cambodia

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E-commerce in Cambodia has experienced serious growth over the last few years, due in large part to growing smartphone penetration, which currently stands at 43 per cent, up from 13 per cent just five years ago. Despite this progress, Cambodia ranked just 115 out of 144 in ...

Six months into Round 2: Updates from the Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund

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In February this year, we announced the 15 start-ups from across Asia Pacific and Africa selected for the second round of the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund. As our work with these 15 start-ups (funding, technical assistance on mobile operators’ collaboration, ...

Start-ups and Mobile in Emerging Markets: Issue 3

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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. Since we first announced our Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund in July 2016, we have received ...

Our four insights from Mobile 360 – Africa 2018

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Between 17 and 19 July 2018, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team as well as a number of our Innovation Fund portfolio start-ups took part in the fifth GSMA Mobile 360 – Africa conference held for the first time in Kigali, Rwanda. Bringing together over 1,000 ...

Senegal: A tech ecosystem on the move

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Between 9 and 14 July, part of our team was in Senegal in order to evaluate the progress made to date by two of our Innovation Fund start-ups (MaTontine, SudPay) since we started funding and working with them back in February 2018. We also took the opportunity from this ...

A deep dive into the Ghanaian start-up ecosystem

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In June 2018, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team visited Ghana with a dual purpose. Firstly, to conduct start-up due diligence as part of our Innovation Fund. Secondly, to run a workshop with selected start-ups from The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) ...

Join us at Mobile 360 – Africa 2018

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The GSMA Mobile 360 Africa conference is fast approaching and will be held in Kigali between the 17 and 19 July 2018. From start-ups to mobile operators, regulators to tech hardware manufacturers, NGOs to banks, the event will bring together over 1,000 mobile industry ...