African Startups

Rupu, online deals and discounts startup in Kenya

Sep 23, 2015 | | 3 comments

Rupu Kenya ( offers daily deals and discounts for online shopping in Kenya. On any given day, online shoppers in Nairobi and beyond can have access to unique deals available nowhere else. At the same time, Rupu offers a much needed platform for small businesses to promote their products, increase sales and get themselves known […more]

PesaPal, payment processing in Africa

Sep 19, 2015 | | 1 comment

Think of PesaPal as a Paypal or Google Checkout for Kenya. Using this system, individuals and businesses can send and receive payments online or through mobile. The innovation is combining both the online and mobile payment systems. Kenya has been a frontrunner in terms of mobile payments globally. PesaPal builds on this by expanding the […more]

Wakanow, the African booking portal from Nigeria

Sep 14, 2015 | | Say something

Launched in 2008 by Obinna Ekezie, a former NBA player, Wakanow is a pioneer in the travel reservation and ticket booking industry in Nigeria. The business model is similar to Expedia, or the Chinese Wakanow offers hotel reservation, air ticket reservation, vacation packages, visa services and corporate travel. Clients can pay through Interswitch, […more]

iGrow Academy, online training from South Africa

Sep 13, 2015 | | 1 comment

iGrow Academy is a South African startup providing online training and education services. There are currently over 1,000 students using iGrow online platform taking courses from psychology to digital marketing. The company has recently opened a branch in Toronto, with US expansion in the works. iGrow seems to focus more on short-term coursesĀ for skills development. […more]

GiftedMom, mobile health platform for expecting and new mothers

Sep 11, 2015 | | Say something

GiftedMom is a project launched in Cameroon with the noble aim to reduce maternal and infant death, a problem that still subsides not only in Cameroon but in various African countries, especially in rural communities. Basically, expecting or new moms can sign up to the service through SMS and receive assistance or replies to their […more]

Top 5 ecommerce sites in Tanzania

Sep 9, 2015 | | 4 comments

As everywhere else in Africa, ecommerce is booming by leaps and bounds in Tanzania and a few websites have been able to establish their leadership in the market, either by being the first movers, or having strong (overseas) backing that allowed them to spend on marketing both online and offline. Very few Tanzanians still buy […more]

HelloFood Tanzania

Sep 8, 2015 | | Say something

I came to know this company not because I am a big fan of food delivery, or that I have even used their services, but due to the fact that their office was just nearby mine in the Village Walk, an office building in Dar es Salaam opposite to the Seacliff Hotel. From the way […more], a homegrown hotel reservation platform in Nigeria

Sep 5, 2015 | | Say something

Yesterday I made a post about 5 leading e-travel startups in Africa. I will continue today by introducing, a Nigerian startup that offers hotel reservation to 14,000 hotels through its platform of the same name was founded just in 2012 and it is a tremendous achievement to have reached such scale within […more], a low cost airline made in Africa

Aug 30, 2015 | | Say something

As announced during the New York Africa forum a few days ago, will start operating from Libreville on its expansion to Central and West Africa. This low cost airline came into existence just a little more than a year ago in South Africa. It is a fact that flying within Africa is extremely expensive, […more]

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