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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

Our three takeaways from the Sankalp Global Summit

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On April 20-22 we attended the Sankalp Global Summit in Mumbai, India. It was the 7th edition of this event organised by Intellecap, and one of the largest gatherings focusing on high-impact social enterprises, connecting them with key players across the value chain to help ...

Our three takeaways from the Seedstars World Summit

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After spending a year scouting and selecting 64 start-ups from 55 emerging markets out of the initial 6,000 applicants, Seedstars was hosting its global summit in the first week of March in Lausanne, Switzerland. All 64 finalists participated in a two-day boot camp, followed ...

Innovation Meets Opportunity: A New Partnership for a Better Future

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There is no technology as pervasive and accessible as the mobile phone. It has extended across geographies, cultures and income levels and in many developing markets, mobile is the only reliable infrastructure. It allows remote diagnosis of infant illness, helps farmers to ...