Tech News around Africa

Tech News around Africa

African tech takes center stage in London and opens trading on the London Stock Exchange 

African Tech Summit industry leaders from across the continent opened trading on the London Stock Exchange to celebrate the fourth annual Summit held in London. 

The Summit, part of London Tech Week, convened 300 African tech leaders, investors, corporates and key stakeholders to drive investment and business forward, while also supporting the next generation of African innovators who pitched at the event. The year’s Summit was supported by Facebook, Yego Moto, The Baobab Network and Founders Factory Africa. 

AfriLabs expands into 45 African Countries 

AfriLabs; the largest Pan- African network of technology and innovation centres has added 27 new hubs 
into the network thereby extending reach into 6 countries; Guinea, Mauritius, South Sudan, Libya, 
Tunisia and Botswana and 12 new cities making it a total of 158 Hubs in 45 African Countries. 

In Central Africa, AfriLabs has added Ocean Innovation Centre in Cameroon while in West Africa AfriLabs tops her already growing community with Roar Nigeria Hub, Ennovate Lab, Nicademia Hub, TVCLabs and Devamplify Hub in Nigeria, Grassroots Hub in Ghana, Burkina Business Incubator in Burkina Faso, Incubateur Saboutech in Guinea and Mali Business Innovation and Incubation Centre in Mali. 

New East African additions include; Ndoto Hub and Smart Lab in Tanzania, FabLab Winam, Pangea Accelerator and Mt Kenya Hub in Kenya, Mauritius Business Network in Mauritius, Design Hub Kampala in Uganda and HarHub in Somalia whilst Impact Hub Harare and Startup Bulawayo in Zimbabwe and Botswana Innovation Hub in Botswana tops the list for hubs in the Southern African Region. 

And finally to wrap up the list is GESR- MEK Cairo and Maamal for Development in Egypt, Le Wagon in Morocco, CoZi Coworking Café Djerba in Tunisia, Tatweer Research, Benghazi in Libya and Ataka Hub in South Sudan for the Northern African Region. 

DHL rolls out e-commerce platform to more African markets 

Following the success of the DHL Africa eShop app in 11 countries across Sub Saharan Africa, DHL Express has announced that its mobile and desktop platform has been rolled out in 9 more countries across the continent. 

Hennie Heymans, CEO of DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa, says that they’ve seen impressive growth in usage of the DHL Africa eShop app since it was initially brought online in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Mauritius, Ghana, Senegal, Rwanda, Malawi, Botswana, Sierra Leone and Uganda in April this year. 

“The uptake and usage of this platform over the past seven weeks has been incredible, with exponential growth in subscribers and physical orders. Based on this rapid growth and the positive feedback that we have received from the market, DHL Express has decided to proceed to the next phase of the rollout as quickly as possible. The platform is now live for consumers in Cameroon, Democratic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, The Gambia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia.” [SOURCE: