With its WeCashUp mobile payment solution, the start-up Infinity Space headed by Cameroonian Cédric Atangana aims to become a single point of entry on the continent, between the mobile wallets of telephone operators and e-merchants. The launch in 35 African countries is scheduled for September 2016. Cédric Atangana stalled this time. Candidate for the eleventh …

Culture is an economic strike force and much more! A December 2013 report entitled “The contribution of culture to the economy in France” of the General Inspectorate of Finance and the General Inspectorate of Cultural Affairs, assesses the “cultural GDP” of France at 57.8 € bn is the equivalent of agriculture and food industries and …

In April I was sitting at Pete’s, the outdoor café in Nairobi’s iHub, lunching with a Nairobi-based entrepreneur. Pete’s and the iHub can make a visitor feel like he or she is actually in Palo Alto. The climate is breezy and warm. Young, hungry entrepreneurs huddle around laptops, in heated discussions about the future of their …

Franco-Malian scientist Fatoumata Kebe wants to revolutionize the field of astronomy by looking for solutions to eradicate space debris. At 30, this doctoral student in astronomy has established herself in the world of astronomy. She is one of 18 “women in space” whose portrait was exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Crafts and on …

His name is Valentin Agon, this Beninese received last week in Gaborone, Botswana, the 2016 African Innovation Prize from the African Foundation for Innovation. Out of 985 applications, 10 candidates were selected, Valentin Agon was crowned Laureate thanks to his remedy against malaria, called API-PALU. Api-Palu, is an anti-malaria treatment made from natural plant extracts, …

In your opinion, what do the people who get what they want, who hit the wall and have fun … have in common?   1- They are always busy This is not a scoop: those who succeed never stop working, whether sooner or later. They don’t hesitate to work 60-hour weeks, very long days … …

From its modest premises in Ouagadougou, the young shoot revolutionizes access to solar lamps, precious for many homes without electricity, and to gas stoves, which replace the harmful combustion of wood or charcoal usual in kitchens. At the head of the company, whose model is close to profitability, a Burkinabè in his thirties: Sayouba Guira. …

(Agence Ecofin) – Kenyans, South Africans and Ghanaians dominate the ranking of the 30 most promising young African entrepreneurs in 2016 published by the American magazine Forbes. Kenya places six entrepreneurs in this ranking, which lists business angels under the age of thirty who have had remarkable successes in various fields of activity. These include …

“If I can’t change the world I’ll improve some lives” is the motto of this young entrepreneur. From Bingerville to Nairobi, where his speech opened the 6th World Entrepreneurship Summit in July 2015 in the presence of Barack Obama, his journey is that of a coherent and determined man. At the head of the NGO …

The mobile phone is now having a significant impact on the economic development of African countries thanks to new services put in place for trade, health and agriculture. To adapt to these new needs, telecom operators, helped by market players, are developing innovative technological solutions. Some 70% of Africans now have access to mobile telephony. …

(Agence Ecofin) – Facebook, through the Chang Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), the foundation opened in 2015 by the founder of the social network and his wife Priscilla Chang, has granted the start-up $ 24 million in funding African Andela, present in Lagos (Nigeria) and Nairobi (Kenya). The funds are intended to support this African company in …

Ouagadougou – Burkina Faso launched Thursday the construction of a 33-megawatt solar power plant, the largest in the Sahel, in this sunny country in West Africa, where electricity remains a scarce commodity for more than 80% of population. In total, Burkina Faso intends to inject a hundred megawatts of solar energy into its electricity grid …

In Lomé, Ecobank announced the launch of a digital platform supposed to allow customers of the Pan-African banking group to access the entire range of services over the Internet. Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) launched on Thursday June 15 a new digital platform for retail banking, in preview of its 2016 general meeting, organized this Friday …

Africa, a continent with many facets and contrasts, has experienced strong and steady growth in recent years, which offers new opportunities and is increasingly attracting foreign investors. The continent has thus seen its economy grow by 5% on average over the past 10 years, a performance superior to that of the world economy and this …

In Rwanda, the technological revolution is taking place on earth and in the air. This small landlocked country of more than 12 million people wants to play a driving role in Africa, thanks to digital technology. Samir Abdelkrim, entrepreneur, founder of StartupBRICS.com * and hunter of African technological nuggets presents us with several of these …