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Eneza Education: making “education for all” a reality by working hand-in-hand with mobile operators

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Over the past two years, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator programme has been closely following the developments of Nairobi-based EdTech start-up Eneza Education. After deep-diving on the synergies they drive with Safaricom in Kenya in our “Building synergies” report, we had a ...

Three learnings from Vietnam’s start-up ecosystem

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In late October 2017, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team was invited to Vietnam to take part in SLUSH Global Impact Accelerator Vietnam Finals. The team was part of the judging panel alongside Elina Tarkkonen (Slush, Global Accelerator Finland), Irene Leino (UNICEF Finland) ...

Learning from two months of start-up due diligence across Asia

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In August 2017, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator revealed key learnings from the top 100 applications received for Round 2 of our Innovation Fund. With the intent to provide funding and support to a dozen start-ups, we narrowed 554 applications down to 32 African and Asia ...

Four insights from Seedstars Africa Summit 2017 & Mozambique’s Tech Ecosystem

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Between 12 – 14 December, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team was invited to take part in Seedstars Africa Summit. The regional event, held in Maputo, Mozambique, convened start-ups from over 20 countries in Africa. The event was a great opportunity for us to engage with ...

Q&A: African entrepreneurs should realise value of USSD

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Entrepreneurs across Africa are rolling out apps catering to every aspect of life, and no self-respecting tech startup doesn’t have a responsive website – right? Well, according to new research by the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator, Africa’s entrepreneurs are vastly limiting ...

Meet our portfolio start-ups: Optimetriks, Africa

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This blog is the first of a series intended to share insights about our Innovation Fund portfolio start-ups. Beyond details on the start-ups’ operating model(s) and local impact, we want to highlight how these entrepreneurs are working hand-in-hand with mobile ...

Tips for crafting compelling start-up pitch decks for mobile operators

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After the first session in June 2017, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator ran its second expertise clinic on 24 October. The session, aimed at our Round 1 portfolio start-ups, is part of the support we offer start-ups through our Innovation Fund. Vegard Aas, Head of Innovation at ...

Three key takeaways from Seedstars Nairobi

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On 10 November the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team was invited to judge Seedstars Nairobi’s pitching competition. Eleven start-ups representing multiple sectors, such as insurance, health and transportation, participated. Here are our three main takeaways from the event. ...

Our three takeaways from AfricaCom 2017

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In early November 2017, our team was invited to take part in the 2017 edition of AfricaCom hosted in Cape Town, South Africa. This was also the opportunity for us to participate in the residency week of XL Africa’s 20 start-ups, join the inaugural AfricArena event and to ...

A deep dive into the Sri Lankan start-up ecosystem

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On 19 October, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team was invited to judge early-stage tech start-ups for Seedstars Colombo in Sri Lanka, the winner of which was invited to join the exclusive Seedstars family, and compete at the Regional and Global Summits. The event coincided ...

Start-ups and Mobile in Emerging Markets: Insights from the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator, Issue #1 – Autumn 2017

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Back in July 2016 we launched our first publication and our Innovation Fund with great enthusiasm, with the aim to promote a seemingly simple idea: start-ups in emerging markets are making breakthroughs using mobile technology and should, therefore, consider turning to ...

Advancing women’s entrepreneurship: a few thoughts from the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator programme

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Globally, women entrepreneurs play a critical role in economic development both through their active participation in the workforce and their ability to innovate and lead. If we genuinely include women entrepreneurs in local economies it can generate opportunities to unlock ...

Six months into Round 1: Updates from the Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund

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In April 2017, we announced the nine start-ups from across Africa and Asia selected for the first round of our Innovation Fund. As these start-ups have now been part of our programme for six months, we thought it was the right moment to share some updates with you. ...

Three takeaways from Seedstars Dhaka 2017

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On September 23rd, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team was invited to mentor start-ups for Seedstars Dhaka in Bangladesh, a pitching competition for start-ups with a goal to crown the most promising seed-stage start-up in Dhaka. The winner of the competition gets an ...

Three takeaways from Seedstars Dakar 2017

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On the 22nd of September 2017, we had the chance to be part of the Jury of the Seedstars competition organized in Dakar, which aims to select the best local start-up and allow it to pitch its business in Maputo in December for the Africa regional summit, and then in ...

Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund Round 2: insights from African start-ups’ applications

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The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund was launched in 2016 in order to provide selected start-ups in Africa and Asia-Pacific with grant funding, technical assistance, and the opportunity to partner with mobile operators in order to scale their products and services ...

Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund Round 2: Insights from Asia Pacific start-ups’ applications

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The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund was launched in 2016 in order to provide selected start-ups in Africa and Asia-Pacific with grant funding, technical assistance, and the opportunity to partner with mobile operators in order to scale their products and services ...

Our takeaways from the PitchDrive European tour in London and Paris

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The Ecosystem Accelerator team recently attended a few events in London and Paris as part of the three-week PitchDrive start-up tour of five European cities (London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich and Paris) between August 14th and September 6th. PitchDrive is an initiative ...

Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund Round 2: Findings from the Top 100 Pitches

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The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund was launched in 2016 in order to provide selected start-ups in Africa and Asia-Pacific with grant funding, technical assistance, and the opportunity to partner with mobile operators in order to scale their products and services ...

Our three takeaways from M360 Africa 2017

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Between 11 and 13 July 2017, our team attended the GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Africa event in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The event brought together mobile operators, government officials, start-ups, NGOs, donors and investors from across Sub-Saharan Africa to discuss the ...