Meet Yapili, the Peer-to-peer (P2P) Platform that Connects Users to Doctors

Mobile and web-based e-Health platform Yapili remotely connects users to doctors for medical advice, and is currently running a pilot project in nine countries across Africa: Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Yapili was recently selected as 'Best Startup' at Seedstars Gaborone pitching event in Gaborone (3 November, 2017), and will represent Botswana at the April 2018 Seedstars Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland. EndFragment The Botswanan startup will undergo a week-long training program in Switzerland, where it will join 75 other winners selected from around the world, as well as international investors and mentors. The program culminates i

Adesina Launches Presidential Youth Advisory Group (PYAG) to Create 25 million Jobs for Africa's

President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has launched the Presidential Youth Advisory Group (PYAG) to provide insights and innovative solutions for job creation for Africa’s youth, as outlined in the Bank’s Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy (JfYA) ( The Jobs for Youth in Africa initiative aims at creating 25 million jobs and impacting 50 million youth over the next ten years by equipping them with the right skills to get decent and meaningful jobs. It is currently the largest effort going on for youth employment in Africa today. The advisory group, inaugurated on the sidelines of the 6th EU-Africa Business Forum in Abidjan on Monday,

Hospitality - Right in the Heart of Ibadan (Nigeria)

Four-star Owu Crown Hotel is owned by entrepreneur-hotelier, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, who has built the facility from the ground up to a five-storey structure that has 76 lettable suites. Located in Ibadan (Oyo State of Nigeria), Owu Crown Hotel was incorporated on May 20, 2005, and is wholly indigenous owned. The hotel's four-star rating indicates that it has achieved a deluxe guest experience - a wide range of facilities and superior design qualities are typically complemented by service standards that reflect the varied and discerning needs of the guest. Alhaji Fatai Akinbade shares with us: "I believe in creating priceless moments that birth unforgettable moments. We have been able to ach

Teenager Proves You’re Never Too Young To Start a Business

Mikaila Ulmer is only 13 years-old, and the founder of Me & the Bees Lemonade - a family business that specialises in producing and selling freshly squeezed lemonade , in a mixture of Texas wildflower honey, flaxseed and mint. Backstory… Mikaila started her lemonade business in 2009 when she was just 4-years old. Encouraged by her family to participate in a Children’s business competition, she first needed a product to showcase. And so her family whipped out a 1940’s cookbook (sent by her Great Granny Helen from South Carolina), which included special recipe for Flaxseed Lemonade. Using Great Granny Helen’s recipe, she me lemonade sweetened with local honey (which was much healthier). ad S

Jennifer Uloko: Confidence, Courage, Conviction!

Founder of Yanga Beauty, Jennifer Lisa Uloko, is a graduate of Business Administration from Nigeria's Igbinedion University. She is also a certified makeup artist. There's quite a bit about her fer online, but the key things that struck us about her trajectory (fron scratch, she built a business that specialises in beauty and skincare products) is her foresight, planning and conviction. She is a very deliberate person, and here's why we think so: 1- Every successful entrepreneur must have a passion that drives them, a staunch belief that keeps them pressing on, even when things get really tough: Jennifer says her passion had always revolved around beauty and skincare - anything that would he

Dangote's US$300m DRC Cement Plant to Create 1000 Jobs

Africa’s largest cement company, Dangote Cement Plc, on November 23 scored a large win for the on-going drive for economic growth in Africa when it formally opened its 1.5 million metric tonnes per annum (mtpa) capacity cement plant in Mfila, Congo Brazzaville (DRC). Vidéo en Français Joined at the launch by a thrilled government and local citizens, the new plant is estimated at $500 million, and is the largest cement plant in the DRC. It has the potential to create about 1000 direct (as well as thousands of several other indirect) jobs. Video in English The company rolled out its first bag of cement in August 2017 This will be the 10th country in Africa where Dangote has established a fully

From Entrepreneur to Homeless, Then a New Beginning With Bipolar

My story of experiencing the depths of darkness and despair, because of bipolar disorder and extreme anxiety, is not mine alone. It is also the story of millions of other people. My story of survival and recovery, told with seriousness and humor, is meant to shatter stigma. It also aims to spread the message with other folks with mental health challenges that there is help, there is hope, and recovery is possible. I remember my anxiety in middle school and my depression in high school. I remember my anxiety making me freeze at the black board while doing a simple math problem. I remember the depression and the sadness. And I remember the manic highs of summer. Over time the highs got higher

Indonesia's Female Entrepreneur Brigade

Indonesia’s surge to become a future world economic powerhouse continues, with reports from advisory firm, PWC, claiming that the island nation is set to become the fourth largest economy in the world by 2050. With such tremendous scope of growth, the most noticeable of the changes that the nation has witnessed is women reclaiming their space in the professional and entrepreneurial world. According to a 2016 World Bank report on female entrepreneurs in Indonesia, “Among a population of 20-30 million women entrepreneurs in Indonesia, data estimates that approximately 15 percent can be classified as ‘growth-oriented’ entrepreneurs who are capable of expanding their firms.” The study further st

How Entrepreneur Magic Johnson Parlayed Sports Success to Business Success

“I wanted to show that athletes could go from the ball court to the board room,” says the retired two-time Hall of Famer and L.A. Lakers’ point guard, who’s now the Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, an investment conglomerate, worth an estimated $1 billion dollars. “Basketball was about details and paying attention to the details,” says Johnson, who calls himself a perfectionist. “I'm a very detailed organized guy as a CEO now. And competitive as hell and I want to win for my partners, investors, for myself and for the community.” Investing in Urban America In the 1990’s, after he retired from basketball, Johnson started investing in businesses in urban America, including an all

Documentary: Awe-Inspiring Story of a Refugee Turned Food-Truck Entrepreneur

Mariam Shaar spent her whole life at a refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon before starting a food truck business. After spending her entire life in a 69-year-old refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon, Mariam Shaar decided she wanted to change her life. Soufra, a new documentary that shares a namesake with her catering company, follows Shaar and other refugee women as they embark on a new business. The documentary shares a heart-wrenching story of a woman, a victim of the largest refugee crisis in history, who is trying to heal deep wounds of war through food. The women who accompany Shaar on her business endeavor come from many places—Syria, Iraq, Palestine, and Lebanon—but they share one thing in com

Mobius II: The luxury SUV made in Africa, for Africans

Mobius Motors are releasing the second model of their stripped down SUV vehicle made for the rough terrain. The company was founded in 2009 by British entrepreneur Joel Jackson, and is based in Nairobi. The car is set for a 2018 release. More from CNN

24 African Entrepreneurs Receive e-Commerce Training at Alibaba, with Jack Ma

Alibaba Business School and UNCTAD have brought together 24 Africa-based entrepreneurs to participate in the inaugural eFounders Initiative. The eFounders Initiative is the first step to fulfilling the commitment that Alibaba founder and executive chairman Jack Ma made - as UNCTAD special adviser for young entrepreneurs and small business - to help empower 1,000 entrepreneurs in developing countries over the next five years. It is also in line with Alibaba’s mission to help small businesses succeed in their home markets and beyond by leveraging the power of technology. The two-week intensive course included capacity-building in e-commerce, from inventory management and rural commerce to logi


Ese Jarikre is CEO of TO2 Limited, a Lagos-Nigeria based soft furnishing company that provides corporate and promotional gift items, classic souvenirs, DIY crafts, home and office decor services, and event planning - at unusually pocket-friendly prices. Her Every item that bears the TO2 name gets a careful vetting first, and has been synonymous, for years, with good taste in living and entertaining. Having turned TO2 into a bona fide living brand, Ese has put her imprimatur on everything from wall murals to themed ceramic ware, to even the perfect throw pillow. With her business tenacity, Ms. Jarikre has nudged, challenged and inspired many women (as well as a few men) to launch or grow th

Kenya's 'Uber' for Heavy Lifting

Co-Founded by June Odongo, Senga is an app that links users to light and heavy-duty trucks. Transforming the way goods are moved across Africa, Senga matches cargo shippers to transporters, using on-demand technology. It is fondly referred to as Africa’s ‘Uber’ for pickup trucks and cargo transport companies. Says Odongo, a Harvard MBA: ”Senga finds the right transporters for you or your company's goods, where and when you want them. We move goods within and across cities. We work with selected, trusted transporters to ensure that your goods are shipped with care and arrive safely. We offer predictable pricing to make it easy for you. We’ve done the homework so that you don’t have to.” |

The Urban Media of Tomorrow

The problem? Large corporates spend big on outdoor advertising, but do not have any Key Performance Indices (KPI) to measure the Return on Investment (ROI). For SMEs, they are left out by its high cost. And the solution: Morocco-based Startup, Hooplacar connects brands with drivers to create on-vehicle advertising campaigns that are live-monitored through GPS tracking. Using a collaborative solution allows Hooplacar to offer the lowest prices in the market, while eploying technology that gathers the marketing KPIs to match the client’s needs.

If You Can't Find It, Build It!

Ever a proud Ghanaian, Miss Diana Paintin decided to return home to Ghana after over 20 years of being raised and educated in England. Her son was 9 months old when she relocated. Desperate to enroll him in the kind of educational institution that encouraged the Montessori ethos of “learning through play”, Diana searched the length and breadth of Kumasi (Ghana) and was quite disappointed with the options available. The only school that came remotely close to the British approach to a “Playgroup” was located too far away to make the commute. In her search, Diana met two other expatriates whose children were the same age as her son. And, together, they formed a playgroup to educate and develop

Crowdfunding Startup? A First for Angola

Angola's first online crowdfunding platform, Deya, has officially launched. Co-founded by Doriel Fonseca, the startup intends to improve access to finance for entrepreneurs and creatives across the country through Internet-based crowdfunding. Says Fonseca: “Crowdfunding has been a driving force of creative development in the Western world and we believe that it can become an equally powerful force in supporting entrepreneurs and creatives in Africa. We believe that crowdfunding not only democratises access to capital, it also democratises participation. It’s a way to help many people to make their ideas happen, so they can create a better future for themselves and people around them.” The D

Transforming Word-of-Mouth Marketing among Diaspora Africans

Chioma Ifeanyi-Okoro is co-founder of My African Corner, an innovative digital media hub whose objective is to be a curated platform on which any product or service remotely associated with Africa can be found. The service would cover searches relating to cities across the world (starting from Toronto where she lives). Simply put, Chioma is gunning to transform word-of-mouth marketing (calling up Mr. A, B and C to ask where what can be found) into an organised, searchable, online directory so that Africans in the Diaspora are able to find familiar items with ease. Ms. Ifeanyi-Okoro graduated in 2010 from the University of Guelph (Bachelors of Commerce in Management Economics in Industry and

AWEP Recognises Stanbic Bank for Supporting Women

The African Women’s Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP) - an initiative for promoting the interests of African women entrepreneurs - has given recognition to Stanbic Bank (Zambia) for the latter's program in support of female business leaders. The program, tagged 'Anakazi Banking' was launched early in 2017 to increase access for women to finance and capacity-building activities. It includes training, mentoring and networking events to build knowledge in management and access to markets, help for establishing businesses, and a general boost for Zambian women to get involved in entrepreneurship. Says Charles Mudiwa (CEO, Stanbic Bank Zambia): “We are very much aware of the many challenges that

Affordable Art from Africa

Ivorian, Alice Gbelia, lives in Switzerland and is the founder of - an online prints store that features exclusive the work of black artists and visual illustrators from all over the world. Many years back, she realised that finding African art at an affordable price outside of Africa was a challenge. Her entrepreneurial instincts and belief in inclusiveness kicked in, leading her to launch Ayok'a, an online platform that showcases affordable art by African artists. Alice was educated in France (she has a post graduate degree in Information Management), and her first job was working as an Intranet Officer for Motul (a company that sells engine oil for motorcycles and cars)! Not

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