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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.
Startups invited to apply for AppsAfrica Innovation Awards

Startups have been invited to apply for the fourth annual AppsAfrica Innovation Awards, which celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across Africa...

By Tom Jackson 20 hours ago

Apply to pitch your startup at Ghana Tech Summit!

Entrepreneurs from across Africa have been invited to apply to attend the Ghana Tech Summit next week, which will offer 100 free startup passes and offer the top 10 the chance to pitch at its startup showcase...

By Tom Jackson 12 Jul 2018

3 startups win Demo Africa event in Ghana

Three startups have been named winners of the Ghanaian leg of the Demo Africa Innovation Tour, earning the chance to pitch against counterparts from Nigeria and Ivory Coast for a place at the main event...

By Tom Jackson 11 Jul 2018

UNDP launches pan-African entrepreneurship portal

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a pan-African entrepreneurship portal, aimed at cultivating an ecosystem that will promote mentorship, funding, information-sharing and networking...

By Tom Jackson 10 Jul 2018

IBM launches blockchain starter pack for startups

IBM has launched a blockchain starter pack designed to make it easier and more affordable for startups and developers to quickly begin building blockchain applications...

By Tom Jackson 5 Jul 2018

SA's SkillUp Tutors launches online lesson space

South African ed-tech startup SkillUp Tutors has launched an online lesson space that allows tutors to conduct lessons with students anywhere in the world...

By Tom Jackson 4 Jul 2018

"Never been a better time to launch a startup as a female founder"

"There's never been a better time than now to start a business as a female founder, there is a lot of support there and a lot of women that serve as good examples."

By Tom Jackson 2 Jul 2018

Unicef opens applications for $100k fund for drone startups

Applications have opened for the Unicef Innovation Fund for Drone Startups, which will provide up to $100,000 in equity-free investment for profit-making tech startups that have potential to benefit humanity through the use of drones...

By Tom Jackson 28 Jun 2018

Egyptian e-health startup ElBalto launches mobile consultation service

Egyptian startup ElBalto has launched a mobile application that provides users with easy, reliable, timely and affordable online video consultations via a network of customer-rated and licensed doctors...

By Tom Jackson 27 Jun 2018

Why Demo Africa is taking place in Morocco this year

Demo Africa will take place in Morocco for the first time after previous editions in Nairobi, Lagos and Johannesburg, with the organisers already touring the continent picking contestants...

By Tom Jackson 26 Jun 2018

Untapped opportunity in Africa's emerging startup hubs

African startups are in a unique position to leverage innovation to answer some of the continent's most pressing challenges, but urgently need an enabling environment...

By Tom Jackson 21 Jun 2018

Startupbootcamp Africa chooses 22 startups for selection days

Startupbootcamp Africa has chosen 22 startups for the selection days head of its second annual accelerator programme, which will be narrowed down to the final 10...

By Tom Jackson 20 Jun 2018

How to pitch your startup at the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit

The Africa Early Stage Investor Summit is looking for eight innovative, high-growth scale-ups to pitch at the annual event in Cape Town in November...

By Tom Jackson 20 Jun 2018

Why African startups are now on the acquisition trail

Investments in African startups are on the up year-on-year, with funding flooding into a variety of countries and a large selection of sectors...

By Tom Jackson 20 Jun 2018

CompareGuru team return with SA price comparison startup MoneyPanda

Ryan Marx, Jax du Plessis and Duane du Plessis know all about price comparison, having been the team behind pan-African platform CompareGuru...

By Tom Jackson 18 Jun 2018

Startupbootcamp receives over 1k applications for Cape Town accelerator

Startupbootcamp Africa has received over 1,000 applications for its Cape Town-based accelerator programme after spending three months on a cross-world journey to source the best startups...

By Tom Jackson 14 Jun 2018

Applications open for second Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa

Google has opened applications for class two of its Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme, extending it in the process to a further 12 African countries...

By Tom Jackson 11 Jun 2018

Kenya's Sip simplifies drinks distribution in Nairobi

Kenyan startup Sip is simplifying the distribution of alcoholic beverages in the country's capital, and is eyeing growth in the B2B space...

By Tom Jackson 11 Jun 2018

Seedstars to open Cape Town Seedspace hub

Global early-stage startups competition Seedstars World is merging with Cape Town-based co-working space Spin Street House to launch Seedspace hub, allowing it to provide hands-on support to the local startup community...

By Tom Jackson 8 Jun 2018

Make-IT in Africa launches Kenya, Nigeria investment guides

The Make-IT in Africa initiative has launched guides for entrepreneurs raising funding in Kenya and Nigeria, aimed at helping startups overcome one of the key challenges faced on the continent.

By Tom Jackson 7 Jun 2018

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