Published On: Thu, Oct 5th, 2017

Africa Roundup: MEST, Airbus and Microsoft enhance in Africa, while Afrostream shutters


MEST allocated Aaron Fu as a new Managing Director, as a Accra formed incubator beam adult a participation opposite Sub-Saharan Africa.

Founded in 2008, MEST operates as a training module and seed account for African innovators to build successful blurb tech companies.

Fu told TechCrunch he skeleton to concentration on a incubator’s continued expansion. The classification now has offices or on belligerent participation in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa. It actively recruits in those countries and Cote d’Ivoire. MEST is in a routine of opening earthy incubator spaces in mixed countries. “We wish to bond a startups to markets, resources customers, and teams from all opposite Africa to make their dream of building truly vessel African companies a reality,” pronounced Fu.

Liquid Telecom announced a partnership with Microsoft to accelerate cloud adoption in Africa. Through MS’s Cloud Solution Provider program, Liquid Telecom will offer African businesses cloud services and products, such as Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility Suite. The module will also extend to startups and accelerators, Liquid Telecom’s Group Head of Innovation Partnerships Oswald Jumira reliable to TechCrunch. A auxiliary of EcoNet wireless (which was founded by Zimbabwean noble and humanitarian Strive Masiyiwa) Liquid Telecom has been expanding a mobile and ISP product participation opposite Africa.

Y-Combinator-backed French denunciation VOD startup Afrostream shuttered, finale subscription services in 24 African and 5 African countries. In a Medium post, Founder Tonjé Bakang laid out a vehement post-startup disaster comment of a whole journey, translated here. The high cost of appropriation calm as a authorised streaming subscription use contra a pervasiveness of bootleg film sites charity it for giveaway were a heading demerits.

All in all Bakang’s after-action-report reads as a plain briefer on a economics of VOD in Africa (and globally) and a travails of a startup owner from fundraising to distinction seeking. His interruption shots compared it to dating.

“As in any relationship, a fear of pang in a finish contingency not problematic all a complacency that precedes,” pronounced Bakang. “It is accurately a same as entrepreneurship. After a failure, we have to start again.” Sounds like Bakang skeleton to spin a Afrostream shutdown into a destroy adult experience.

And on a descending proviso of a startup lifecycle, AirBus hold a initial BizLab representation eventuality in Nairobi targeting African startups regulating UAVs, 3D printing, intelligent sensors, and IoT. The 11 finalists enclosed Kenyan pattern try Kuunda 3D and Ugandan UAV environmental monitoring association ESSIPS International.

Kenyan startup Illuminium Greenhouses was crowned a leader for a use of digitally tranquil solar greenhouses and SMS activated irrigation systems to boost a prospects for smallholder farmers.

And final on African tech competitions, a bulletin for TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa was announced. See next and a foe online streaming Oct 11 from Nairobi!

More Africa Related Stories @TechCrunch

  • Announcing The Agenda For TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa
  • Naspers Invests Another $775M in Food Take-Out Giant Delivery Hero

African Tech Around a Net     

  • Lenovo Sets Sights on The Gaming Industry in Africa―@ITNewsAfrica
  • Zambia’s BongoHive Partners With Amazon to Offer Startups Free Hosting―@DisruptAfrica
  • Togo Blocks Internet as Protests Continue―@AlJazeera

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