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A brief exploration of Echelon Asia 2018

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Main photo provided courtesy of Leakhena Long On 28 and 29 June, e27 hosted its annual edition of Echelon Asia in Singapore. Our team was invited to this major Asia tech event gathering over 6,000 ecosystem stakeholders representing more than 20 countries in the region. ...

10 takeaways from Afrobytes 2018

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On 7 and 8 July, our team was invited to participate in the 2018 edition of Afrobytes, which gathered a mix of African start-ups, investors, tech hubs and large corporate entities with a focus on the continent. Beyond the highly relevant sessions and panels, the two days ...

MEST Africa: Lessons learned from 10 years supporting tech entrepreneurs on the continent

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Following our landscaping research on tech hubs in Africa, Thea Sokolowski, Director of Marketing of The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) Africa, has guest-authored this blog post. It reflects on the lessons one of Africa’s 442 active tech hubs, MEST ...

The African tech scene was in London this month: Our takeaways

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May has proven to be a popular month for African tech focused events in the UK. Just in the week of 14 – 20 May alone, our team was invited to take part in the Africa Tech Summit (ATS), a roundtable discussion organised by Africa Technology Business Network with GenPol ...

Our three takeaways from VivaTech’s AfricaTech

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On 24 and 25 May, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team took part in VivaTech in Paris. In its third year, the three-day fast-growing event showcases innovation led by start-ups, large companies, and collaboration between them. For the first time this year, one of the key ...

Meet our portfolio start-ups: Twiga Foods, Kenya

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This blog post was co-authored by Samuel Ajadi and Peter Ndichu. Agriculture accounts for over a quarter of Kenya’s GDP (or around half if other related sectors are included). Over 75 per cent of the country’s population makes some part of their living from agriculture. ...

A few highlights from the second GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator bootcamp

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Between 4 and 6 April 2018, we ran our second start-up bootcamp in Singapore, almost a year after the first one in Tanzania. This year, the closed-door event gathered a total of 21 start-ups from our two cohorts. Investors and our mobile operator partners were also present. ...

One year into round one: Updates from the Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund

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Last April, 2017 – a year ago – we announced the nine start-ups from across Africa and Asia Pacific selected for the first round of the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund. Since we last updated you in October, these nine start-ups have been continuing to grow, ...

Our five takeaways from the fifth Seedstars Summit

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After having the chance to participate in several local and regional Seedstars events in Africa and Southeast Asia over the past year, our team attended the Seedstars fifth annual summit in Lausanne on 11 and 12 April, 2018. As this was the fifth edition of the emerging ...

Orange Digital Ventures launched a €50 million African corporate venture fund to stay at the helm of Africa’s mobile revolution

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Following our work on mobile operator-led corporate venture capital funds and the publication of our report, ‘Start-ups and Mobile in Emerging Markets: Insights from the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator, Issue #2’, Grégoire de Padirac, Investment Manager, Orange Digital Ventures ...

Start-ups and Mobile in Emerging Markets: Issue 2

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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 beginning of the year is always an exciting time for the mobile industry, when most stakeholders join the ...

Africa: a look at the 442 active tech hubs of the continent

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This blog and research have been co-authored by Dario Giuliani. Since the World Bank’s 2014 African tech hub study, mapping the tech ecosystem in the continent has become pivotal to keep track of the ever-increasing role innovation and entrepreneurship play in African ...

Asia Pacific: a look at the 565 active tech hubs of the region’s emerging economies

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This blog and research have been co-authored by Dario Giuliani. Emerging markets in the Asia Pacific region are home to one-third of the world’s population. Over the past eighteen months, the investment landscape in the region has witnessed a dramatic increase in capital ...

1000 Tech Hubs are Powering Ecosystems in Asia Pacific and Africa

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This blog and research have been co-authored by Dario Giuliani. Since our first research on the topic in 2016, the tech ecosystems in emerging markets across Asia Pacific and Africa have significantly expanded. African tech start-ups alone have raised 53% more funding in ...

The Ecosystem Accelerator team’s takeaways from Mobile World Congress and 4YFN 2018

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From 25 February to 2 March 2018, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team took part in Mobile World Congress and 4YFN in Barcelona. Both events gathered over 107,000 attendees from 205 countries. While capturing all of the developments in a short blog might be difficult, we have ...

A look at Morocco’s tech ecosystem and learnings from the Futur.E.S. in Africa conference

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An invitation to participate in the first edition of the Futur.E.S. in Africa event held in Casablanca from 1-2 March was an opportunity for our team to get more familiar with the region’s young but promising local tech ecosystem.  As usual, we thought we’d share our ...

Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund Start-up Portfolio

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Back in April 2017, we announced the first nine start-ups selected for our Innovation Fund. Spanning eight countries, all had in common the fact that they developed a unique approach to addressing challenges very specific to their local context, around, for instance, ...

Mobile user experience for start-ups: Building engaging mobile solutions for end users

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The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator programme ran its third expertise clinic on the 31 of January. The session, aimed at our nine Round 1 portfolio start-ups, is part of the mentorship that comes with our Innovation Fund. Our expert for this session was Tobias Wacker, User ...

Meet our portfolio start-ups: Ruangguru, Indonesia

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While Indonesia has the fourth-largest education system in the world with over 50 million students and four million teachers, it is one of the lowest performing. The country ranked 62nd out of 72 countries in the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), a ...

Insights from TechPoint Build 2018 and Nigeria’s tech ecosystem

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On January 27, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team was invited to participate in TechPoint Build in Lagos, Nigeria. The event, organised by Techpoint.ng, convened start-ups, investors, tech hubs and mobile operators and other ecosystem players from across Nigeria. We took ...