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Consider this before investing in a start-up

Much has been written about the growth of Africa’s technology-focused startup business ecosystem. In strong emerging markets like Kenya, stakeholders – including venture capitalists, angel investors and multinationals, are continuing with efforts to further entrench the country’s ‘Silicon Savannah’.

In October 2013, at Intel Capital’s annual CEO Summit, discussion over establishing a startup venture and exposure to capital resulted in the point being made that companies that disrupt something in the market or create something truly unique appeal to potential investors.

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South Africa: The Convergence of Media, Marketing and Technology

As technology becomes more prolific and embedded in our lives, it provides for newfound ways in which we connect with each other and the brands we love.

It also has a disruptive effect on old business models, causing waves of business consolidation and innovation. This holds truer than ever for the marketing industry as brands have a plethora of options to authentically connect with their customers in the digital space.

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What lies ahead for business and IT in 2014?

Theo Priestley, Software AG’s Chief Evangelist writes an opinion in ITNewsAfrica.com about what lies ahead for business and IT in 2014. Theo Priestley, Software AG’s Chief Evangelist, delves into the murky depths of the current trends and pick three that will shape organizations for the next 12 months…but with one underlying theme…DATA

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AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2013, 20-21 November 2013, Nairobi

The time has come for East Africa’s long heralded ICT revolution to start delivering results that improve the quality of life for the region’s citizens. The technology is available, the international communication links are in place, the need is clear. Now we need to mobilise smart implementation strategies at company, community, village, city, region, district and county levels to bring to realisation effective service delivery, citizen engagement, health and other social services and education. Through its range of in-depth specialist streams, AITEC East Africa 2013 will provide a unique platform for ICT professionals and managers from all sectors to gather information, contacts, and knowledge to take back to their organisations to empower them to accelerate delivery of results.

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Nigeria: ICT Will Promote SMEs' Growth, Says Okafor

The Chief Executive Officer of connectnigeria.com, Mr. Emeka Okafor, has declared that Nigeria will witness the growth of many Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the coming years as a result of fast-growing technology in the country.

Okafor, who made the disclosure recently while announcing Nigeria's first ever e-business fair to be hosted by the company, said many businesses would reach vast and diverse markets using electronic and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools to leverage their operations.

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Africa "rich with ICT opportunity"

According to the article published by BiztechAfica, Africa presents an ‘ocean of opportunity, but a sea of difficulty’ for businesses, says VMware.

Addressing a VMware cloud computing conference in Johannesburg, South Africa this week,Wayne Biehn, Regional Manager – Africa at VMware, said Africa was poised for massive ICT transformation, presenting myriad opportunities for investors.

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South Africa’s innovative approach to industry

The 6th SA Innovation Summit took place on 27th, 28th and 29th August in Johannesburg and offered business leaders, industry analysts, HR managers, innovators and other stakeholders the opportunity to delve into the dynamics of the country’s changing innovation landscape.

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Study: Support for Public Web Access in Poor Countries Fading

Decreasing interest of local governments and businesses in developing countries to provide public access to computers and Internet may close a critical source of information for underprivileged groups, a study has found.
 
A group of researchers at the University of Washington Information School in Seattle says public access to computers and Internet is still a crucial resource for connecting people to information and skills.

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ICT Business Breakfast 2013, 16 July 2013

The Business Intelligence software market place is flooded with messaging from vendors saying they can provide analytical platforms and access to information faster, better, easier, and cheaper. This is true in many ways due to the many changes and advancements in technology.

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More U-Touch digital centres on the cards for Africa

U-TOUCH, a global social enterprise that transforms lives by bridging the global digital divide, announced that it will discuss its sustainable expansion plans for Africa at the upcoming Business4Better (B4B) Conference in Anaheim, CA, May 1-2, 2013. The initiative wants to engage with NGOs, businesses and philanthorpic organisations and indviduals across the continent to assist in the rollout of its expansion plans.

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Microsoft’s 4Afrika strategy: how to sustain growth in Africa and face the challenges

During the closing keynote address at Microsoft’s bi-annual Tech Ed conference in Durban, South Africa, Louis Otieno, the former General Manager for Microsoft Corporation for East and Southern Africa and current head of legal and corporate affairs, highlighted the many aspects that go into technology development in Africa.

ITNewsAfrica spoke to Otieno about Microsoft’s 4Afrika strategy, its importance in helping to sustain growth in Africa and the unique challenges the continent faces.

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SME/IT business conference hosted next week in Lagos

A business conference aimed at creating a robust SME/IT environment in Nigeria through joint participation of the various stakeholders in the IT industry will take place next week.
 
The event has been organised by 360di Limited, a Lagos-based digital agency, and take place on Tuesday, March 19.
 
In an interview with HumanIPO, 360di Limited’s head of Operations and Strategy, Lami Idakwo, said the reason behind organising the conference is to help individuals with great ideas take their business concept beyond their immediate environment.

She said: “We realised that the people that are actually aware of how to use technology are usually tech people most times. There are also the people that have very good business ideas, but they can’t take it beyond their immediate environment.
 

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