Archive for September 2016

Dix idées reçues sur l’investissement (sur l’investissement en Afrique)

Dix idées reçues sur l’investissement (sur l’investissement en Afrique)

Euler Hermes, spécialiste de l’assurance-crédit, bat en brèche les idées reçues sur l’investissement en Afrique.
Malgré un taux de croissance à faire pâlir de jalousie nos vieilles économies, et sans doute en partie à cause des soubresauts politiques qui l’agitent et d’un ralentissement conjoncturel lié aux cours des matières premières, le continent africain demeure pour nombre d’entreprises [...]

Mauritius rides wave of Asian investment in Africa

Mauritius rides wave of Asian investment in Africa

When the Bank of China secured a Mauritian banking license in March, it was hailed as proof of the island’s potential as a staging post for Africa.
Its arrival was the latest addition to what the finance ministry describes as an “important number” of Asian state-owned enterprises using Mauritius as a launch pad to Africa.
Antony Withers, chief [...]

SAP buys startup Plat.One, part of $2B IoT investment

SAP buys startup Plat.One, part of $2B IoT investment

SAP has bought IoT software developer Plat.One, marking the start of a plan to invest $2 billion in the internet of things over the next five years.
Some of those billions will be spent on the creation of IoT development labs around the world, SAP said Wednesday. It already has plans for such labs in Berlin, Johannesburg, Munich, [...]

Avanti Communications launches solar-powered ECO Wi-Fi hotspots

Avanti Communications launches solar-powered ECO Wi-Fi hotspots

Avanti Communications Group plc, a provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), launches ECO – a new sustainable digital inclusion initiative focused on providing affordable, superfast satellite broadband to schools and their local communities across Sub-Saharan Africa.
ECO delivers connectivity that drives economic and social gains for children, families, [...]

Africa Capital Digest Week 38

In our last issue, we lamented the deal famine of the prior week. Well, last week the market started to make amends. While not a veritable feast of deals, perhaps, there were nonetheless a number of them, with a couple being quite significant.
On the private equity front in Africa, the largest deal of the week [...]

5 African legal startups to watch

5 African legal startups to watch

Understanding legal requirements and risks can be challenging at the best of times, whether in a personal capacity, or when launching your new business. Across Africa, reams of red tape, and the difficulties (cost!) of accessing legal services, mean legal becomes even more nightmarish. Enter the tech startups in shining armour – here are five [...]

Why Invest in Africa? The Big Picture

 Why Invest in Africa? The Big Picture

While the last couple of years have been tough for African equities and currencies, we believe the long-term case for investing in Africa remains intact. The worst commodities bust in a generation, the strengthening of the US dollar and indigestion in frontier and emerging equity markets have left many African stocks trading at valuations not [...]

Traditional banks have an eye on the mobile-only model

Traditional banks have an eye on the mobile-only model

I don’t need an elaborate banking service with branches, passbooks, letters in the post, an annual financial review and a bank manager that knows my name.
Interest? I don’t save enough to accrue any, or I put my money somewhere else. All I really want is an account that will accept my deposits, hold my money [...]

Start-up africaines : le portable, couteau suisse de la santé

Start-up africaines : le portable, couteau suisse de la santé

E-diagnostics par des infirmiers itinérants, conseils en ligne pour diabétiques, dialyse nomade pour patients isolés… “JA” a identifié des projets innovants qui ont su tirer profit du smartphone.
En moins de dix ans, le téléphone portable est devenu en Afrique l’outil idéal pour parer à toutes les urgences. Transfert d’argent, paiement de factures, télévision en ligne… [...]

Video on demand (VOD) partnerships key to growth for telcos

Video on demand (VOD) partnerships key to growth for telcos

With voice revenues in terminal decline and future data revenue models uncertain, Africa’s telcos have to expand their value-added services portfolios. “On-demand entertainment and infotainment present the next big opportunity for telco VAS business growth,” says Stephen Watson, Director of digital content on demand solutions provider, Discover Digital.
“Our operations and research in the digital content [...]