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Co-founder @DisruptAfrica. Tech and business journalist in Africa. Passionate about the vibrant tech startups scene in Africa, Tom can usually be found sniffing out the continent's most exciting new companies and entrepreneurs, funding rounds and any other developments within the growing ecosystem.
SA's TastePal ready to scale after early success with corporates

South African startup TastePal is ready to scale into other sectors and countries after completing its proof of concept stage with six corporates...

By Tom Jackson 14 hours ago

Applications open for MEST class of 2020

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) has opened applications for its next one-year, fully-sponsored entrepreneurial training programme in Accra, Ghana.

By Tom Jackson 2 days ago

African startups named winners of Pitch AgriHack

Startups from across Africa have been named winners of the annual Pitch AgriHack competition, taking home cash prizes in various sizes...

By Tom Jackson 2 days ago

Uganda's 2ambale targets millennials with speedy e-commerce platform

Ugandan e-commerce startup 2ambale is targeting people between the ages of 21 and 35 with its mobile app, which promises deliveries of orders within one hour...

By Tom Jackson 2 days ago

SA legal information platforms wins HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge

Legal information platform Baobob.law has been named winner of the Southern African leg of the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) Innovating Justice Challenge...

By Tom Jackson 2 days ago

Kenyan, SA startups winners of MIT African innovation challenge

Three startups from Kenya and one from South Africa have been named winners of the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge in Africa, earning the chance to compete for US$250,000 in prize money at the global final...

By Tom Jackson 10 Sep 2018

African startups go beyond "find a tutor" model to improve educational outcomes

Ed-tech startups connecting learners with tutors are increasingly prevalent across Africa, but these platforms are adding additional components to their models to increase impact.

By Tom Jackson 4 Sep 2018

Applications open for SA Wine Industry Innovation Challenge

Winetech has partnered with Stellenbosch University-based incubator LaunchLab and Faculty of AgriSciences for the first Wine Industry Innovation Challenge.

By Tom Jackson 3 Sep 2018

Agritech startup named winner of Seedstars Uganda

Agro Supply, a platform that finances agricultural technologies through mobile micro-savings, has been named winner of the Ugandan leg of the Seedstars World competition.

By Tom Jackson 29 Aug 2018

African recruitment startups evolve to tackle unemployment

Unemployment rates across Africa are too high, but tech startups are coming up with more and more innovative ways of connecting jobseekers with opportunities...

By Tom Jackson 29 Aug 2018

Ghanaian agritech startup Cowtribe planning nationwide coverage

Ghanaian agritech startup Cowtribe hopes to cover all 10 regions of the country in the next 18 months with its solution that helps farmers access animal vaccines quickly and reliably...

By Tom Jackson 28 Aug 2018

Applications opened for SA female entrepreneur challenge

Applications have opened for South African female entrepreneur challenge #0to6matters, a collaboration between Innovation Edge and The Startup Hatchery...

By Tom Jackson 16 Aug 2018

University of Pretoria launches new tech business incubator

The University of Pretoria has announced the launch of TuksNovation, a new high-tech business incubator to support postgraduate students in creating startups and employment opportunities...

By Tom Jackson 16 Aug 2018

Female entrepreneurs graduate from Mastercard SA programme

More than 120 young South African women have graduated from a Mastercard-funded initiative that empowers women to pursue entrepreneurial ventures of their own...

By Tom Jackson 14 Aug 2018

UCT's Bertha Centre dishes out $50k startup grant funding

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship awarded a total of R660,000 to ten startups...

By Tom Jackson 13 Aug 2018

Shop on Amazon from Ghana with startup Eazyloop

Ghanaian startup Eazyloop is allowing users to shop on international platforms like Amazon and have their purchases delivered to their door within two weeks...

By Tom Jackson 13 Aug 2018

UCT's Bertha Centre dishes out $50k startup grant funding

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UCT GSB has awarded a total of R660,000 ($50,000) to 10 startups via two different grant funding mechanisms...

By Tom Jackson 10 Aug 2018

IFC to invest in Capria network fund to address "missing middle"

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) will make a second investment of up to US$13m in Capria's new "network fund"...

By Tom Jackson 6 Aug 2018

SA's Picadoo formalising the African haircare industry

Johannesburg-based startup Picadoo is bidding to formalise Africa's haircare industry via its online marketplace that helps users find local salons and book appointments...

By Tom Jackson 1 Aug 2018

Kenyan agri-tech startup Tulaa raises $627k funding round

Kenyan agri-tech startup Tulaa, which allows smallholder farmers to access inputs, credit and markets, has raised a US$627,000 seed round to fund its continued expansion in the East African country and further develop its platform...

By Tom Jackson 31 Jul 2018

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