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Our takeaways from the ‘Innovating in Development’ event

This blog was co-authored by Rosie Afia and Caroline Sheldon. The two-day ‘Innovating in Development’ workshop run by IMC Worldwide (Ideas to Impact), hosted by representatives from DFID, USAID, Rockefeller Foundation convened players such as: Shell Foundation, Global ...

Our three takeaways from Mobile World Congress and 4YFN 2017

From 27 February to 2 March 2017, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team took part in Mobile World Congress and 4YFN in Barcelona. Both events gathered over 108,000 professionals from the mobile industry. While a blog post cannot suffice to cover events of this magnitude, we ...

Our three takeaways from Africa Sankalp Forum

On February 23-24, the GSMA’s Ecosystem Accelerator team had the opportunity to participate in the 4th edition of Sankalp Africa Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. The event convened hundreds of global delegates including entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, governments and ...

The power of mobile operator APIs in emerging markets

Mobile operator APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) have unlocked powerful use cases in emerging markets, allowing deeper proliferation of valuable mobile solutions. In an earlier publication in July 2016 (APIs: A bridge between mobile operators and start-ups in ...

Our three takeaways from the Eurasia Mobile Challenge

On January 25th, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator was invited to participate in the Eurasia Mobile Challenge hosted by mobile operator Vimpelcom in Yerevan, Armenia. The event was the regional finale for the 24 start-up teams which gathered from 8 countries after local ...

Building Synergies: How Mobile Operators and Start-ups Can Partner for Impact in Emerging Markets

When the term “unicorn” first emerged in 2013 to describe a privately owned start-up valued at over $1 billion, there were no start-ups from emerging markets on the list of thirty-nine. Three years later, the list has more than quadrupled to 179, including 11 from emerging ...

Our three takeaways from MEST’s Africa Technology Summit

On December 6 and 7, GSMA’s Ecosystem Accelerator team was invited to speak at the Africa Technology Summit – hosted by MEST in Lagos, Nigeria. The two-day summit convened to discuss ways technology can be used to achieve Africa’s goals. In line with GSMA Ecosystem ...

Our three takeaways from Seedstars Africa

On December 8th, the GSMA’s Ecosystem Accelerator programme participated in Seedstars’ Africa summit in Kigali, Rwanda, a one-day event gathering the community Seedstars has built through their extensive coverage of the continent, with local competitions across 18 countries ...

Our three takeaways from AfricaCom

On November 15th-17th, GSMA’s Ecosystem Accelerator team took part in AfricaCom, a tech and telecom focused three-day event that gathered around 10,000 attendees this year in Cape Town under the theme, “Economic Development and Social Empowerment through Digital ...

Our three takeaways from the Nest-MTN Mobile Tech Bootcamp

On November 14-17, GSMA’s Ecosystem Accelerator team was invited to speak at a three-day bootcamp hosted by early-stage venture capital firm and global innovation accelerator Nest and the MTN Solution Space. We were invited to speak about mobile trends on the first day, and ...

Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund Round 1: Some Findings from the Top 100 Pitches

In July 2016, we launched our Innovation Fund at GSMA’s Mobile 360 – Africa. For its first round, we are looking to support a dozen mobile start-ups in Africa and Asia active in utilising the sharing economy, or creating services for Small and Medium Enterprises ...

How mobile operators can drive collaboration with start-ups to unlock innovation at scale

This post was first published on the ITU Telecom World ’16 blog here. Start-ups along with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are a key force in the innovation ecosystem worldwide, and in emerging markets in particular. They understand local customers’ needs and ...

Corporate venture capital: An opportunity for mobile operators and start-ups in emerging markets

In Early October 2016, Safaricom announced the third investment of its corporate venture capital fund Spark. After Sendy and mSurvey, the Kenyan mobile operator invested in local ed-tech Eneza Education. On a different scale and in a different geography but with the same ...

Our three takeaways from the Africa Business Angel Forum

On 9 and 14 September, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team took part in two events hosted by NewGenAngels, a UK-based members-only investment club for angel investors with an interest in Africa. After an event mainly focused on investment on 9 September, NewGenAngels was ...

Our three takeaways from Mobile 360 Africa

Now in its third year, Mobile 360 – Africa brought together mobile operators, government officials, ICT, finance, NGO and media leaders from across Africa and beyond with a specific focus on digital inclusion, network coverage and quality of experience. The event was ...

A few things we learned about tech hubs in Africa and Asia

In the past couple of months, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator has been researching tech hubs in Africa and Asia in order to learn more about these stakeholders who are essential to the promotion and support of its Innovation Fund. Through this exercise, we have gained a ...

Private sector & philanthropy can unlock seismic change – DFID & GSMA Strategic Partnership for mobile technology

This blog was co-authored by Magdalena Banasiak, the Senior Innovation Adviser in DFID’s Research and Evidence Division. Just a few years ago, if you said that energy inclusion could be solved thanks to small solar home systems with embedded SIM technology, you would have ...

APIs: A bridge between mobile operators and start-ups in emerging markets

An API, or Application Programming Interface, is what allows software programs to “talk” to one another and reach a broader audience. APIs are what allow you to share a news article on LinkedIn or send your location on WhatsApp using your smartphone. APIs are also what allow ...

Our three takeaways from Africa Technology Business Forum

On June 22, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team took part in the Africa Technology Business Forum, an event organised by the Africa Technology Business Network as part of London Tech Week and with the aim of ‘showcasing Africa’s emerging technology opportunities’. Around 150 ...

Our three takeaways from Afrobytes

On June 9-10, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team had the chance to participate in the Afrobytes event which gathered start-ups, tech hubs, corporations and investors from the African tech ecosystem in Paris. Afrobytes is a platform dedicated to African Tech in Europe with a ...