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Our three highlights from Afrobytes 2017

On 8 and 9 June 2017 the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team attended the Afrobytes conference in Paris. For its second edition, the event – designed as a “marketplace to meet key players of the global African tech ecosystem” – gathered hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, tech ...

Our three highlights from Google I/O Extended 2017 Sri Lanka

On May 27th, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team took part in Google I/O Extended 2017 Sri Lanka at the invitation of the host, Dialog Axiata. The event, meant to share Google I/O keynote with Sri Lanka’s tech community, gathered more than 3,000 people: developers, start-up ...

Next steps in solidifying start-up and mobile operator relationships

Following our last report “Opening Doors: A Start-Up’s Guide to Working With Mobile Operators in Emerging Markets”,  Adia Sowho, Director of Digital Business at Etisalat Nigeria, has guest-authored this post to share her views and recommendations for local start-ups wanting ...

Opening Doors: A Start-Up’s Guide to Working With Mobile Operators in Emerging Markets

Mobile in emerging markets is becoming ubiquitous. The number of unique mobile subscribers in emerging markets has jumped from 177 million in 2000 to 3.7 billion in 2016. By 2020, 80% of global unique mobile subscribers will be in emerging markets. While this exponential ...

Announcing the first start-ups selected by our GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund

The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund provides selected start-ups in Africa and Asia with grant funding, technical assistance, and the opportunity to partner with mobile operators in their markets to help scale their products and services into sustainable businesses ...

Our three takeaways from Africa Tech Summit London 2017

On April 21st, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team participated in the Africa Tech Summit London event. This congregated some of the brightest minds in Africa tech scene (from start-up founders and investors to mobile operator executives and tech hubs managers) to discuss ...

Our three takeaways from Seedstars Summit 2017

On April 6th, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team had the opportunity to participate in the Seedstars Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland. The summit was the final event of a start-up competition that took place in 62 countries with more than 8,000 start-up applications screened ...

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 ...