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Africa: The New Technology Frontier

Written by Eunice Baguma Ball on Monday, 16 March 2015.

For a while now, Africa has been considered an increasingly important market for global business.

However, not until the last decade has it been looked at seriously as a source of growth opportunities in the technology sector.

Now as Africa's billion-plus population continues to adopt technology at unprecedented rates, international tech powerhouses are increasingly targeting Africa for investment and new growth opportunities.

South Africa: the new hub for entrepreneurs

Written by Julie Meyer on Wednesday, 11 February 2015.

The last time I went to South Africa was also to speak at a conference shortly after I sold my last business, First Tuesday, which was a hallmark of the DotCom era. First Tuesday was sold to Yazam, a subsidiary of Jerusalem Global, for $50 million in July 2000, and I jumped on a BA flight to Jo'burg to address the global conference of Grey Advertising which was meeting there. While I was there, everyone said that I must go to Cape Town, but I (thought I) had no time – despite being rather unemployed, and cash rich.

South African Bitcoin Exchange, BitX, partners with PayFast

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Sunday, 20 July 2014.

On Thursday it was announced that PayFast, a leading South African payment processor, would start offering bitcoin as a payment option, bringing it to more than 30,000 merchant customers. This is the first payment processor in South Africa to offer bitcoin.

Africa and Nigeria: A Glimpse Into The New Age

Written by Enrique Garland on Wednesday, 16 July 2014.

Capital allocation in frontier markets have traditionally taken a small portion of emerging market portfolios, usually aimed at getting high-returns with limited risk exposure. With Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) economy's stalling growth, frontier markets are increasingly perceived as an asset class in their own right.

EntrepreneurCountry Nigeria Launches in Lagos

on Tuesday, 08 July 2014.

Today, more than ever, the co-operation between corporate and startups is vital.
Corporates seek innovation, new ideas for revenue stream differentiation, and young start-ups are in need of a way to scale their businesses, where their innovative solutions can achieve their potential. entrepreneurcountry was created to help 'David and Goliath Dance'. We help Corporates reduce the cost of discovering the 'Digital Enablers' and also reduce the cost of disruption by Digital Enablers. It all happens at www.entrepreneurcountry.com and across the European continent.

Over beats competition for U-Start investment

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Tuesday, 08 July 2014.

Over, the South African photo editing app, has built its business by letting users layer their photos with cool typography and artsy icons. But it was its sustainable and scalable model that wowed judges at U-Start.

South African display technology startup Onyx showcases at Venditalia

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Tuesday, 03 June 2014.

Onyx Display Media's interactive, HD, stand-alone or fridge-fitted display solution Onyx-Glass will be part of Intel's stand at international vending trade show Venditalia.

EntrepreneurCountry Launches in South Africa

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Wednesday, 14 May 2014.

EntrepreneurCountry South Africa creates opportunities for local digital start-ups

entrepreneurcountry (EC) is a global online discovery platform that enables Digital "Davids" to profile themselves and connect with Corporate "Goliaths" to unlock value and opportunities through their respective strengths. This symbiotic relationship, defined by the concept of Ecosystem Economics, was coined by Julie Meyer, a global entrepreneur who is amongst Europe's finest leaders in terms of venture capital, having herself built and successfully exited a start-up business and paved the way for many other entrepreneurs to find their feet and raise funds to launch their ventures.

A Glimmer of Hope - a new strategy for Ethiopia

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Monday, 12 May 2014.

A Glimmer of Hope, a philanthropic crowdfunding concept, is changing the way that charities fundraise and effect change on the ground, by applying their expertise and allowing donors to back the projects that appeal to them without losing even a $1 to administrative costs.

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Africa: The New Technology Frontier

by Eunice Baguma Ball

For a while now, Africa has been considered an increasingly important market for global business.

However, not until the last decade has it been looked at seriously as a source of growth opportunities in the technology sector.

Now as Africa's billion-plus population continues to adopt technology at unprecedented rates, international tech powerhouses are increasingly targeting Africa for investment and new growth opportunities.

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Africa and Nigeria: A Glimpse Into The New Age

by Enrique Garland

Capital allocation in frontier markets have traditionally taken a small portion of emerging market portfolios, usually aimed at getting high-returns with limited risk exposure. With Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) economy's stalling growth, frontier markets are increasingly perceived as an asset class in their own right.

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South Africa: the new hub for entrepreneurs

by Julie Meyer

The last time I went to South Africa was also to speak at a conference shortly after I sold my last business, First Tuesday, which was a hallmark of the DotCom era. First Tuesday was sold to Yazam, a subsidiary of Jerusalem Global, for $50 million in July 2000, and I jumped on a BA flight to Jo'burg to address the global conference of Grey Advertising which was meeting there. While I was there, everyone said that I must go to Cape Town, but I (thought I) had no time – despite being rather unemployed, and cash rich.

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Close Your Eyes And Jampp: An Entrepreneurial Journey

by Joana Picq

I was born in Paris, grew up in Rio, studied in the US, lived in South Africa and Australia then worked at Microsoft in France and Germany, but when it came down to launching my first business I moved to London for it. There is something about the English speaking world that attracts task driven and results oriented people, making it an ideal environment to build something from nothing.

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South African Bitcoin Exchange, BitX, partners with PayFast

by EntrepreneurCountry Global

On Thursday it was announced that PayFast, a leading South African payment processor, would start offering bitcoin as a payment option, bringing it to more than 30,000 merchant customers. This is the first payment processor in South Africa to offer bitcoin.

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Entrepreneur Tom Raviv: From Silicon Valley to Silicon Cape

by Tom Raviv

The story of Hiifi began during a family vacation to Mykonos in 2012. As a traveller, I realized how precious Wi-Fi is to stay connected (especially coming from South Africa with data roaming prices through the roof). I was out one night and wanted to 'check-in' to my location using Facebook. The problem was that I could not get access to the Wi-Fi, the place was too crowded and the Wi-Fi was blocked by a password. This seemed illogical to me. I wanted to socially market this place through Facebook, but they prevented me from doing so by blocking off the Internet. It was through that frustration that Hiifi was born.

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