Category Archives: Africa

New video subscription services introduced to Africa

Usually, Africa absorbs all the innovations with at least a few years delay and most of the local startups is a copy or a modified form of that, which is already known to us in Europe, Asia, USA, and the Middle East.

Similarly, it is with startup Afrostream. This portal’s business model is SVOD – subscription video on demand. Afrostream gives access to video resources (films, comedies, documentaries, TV series) to people from all over the world, who are fascinated by the culture of Africa. On the African continent there are over one billion people, out of which 300 million have access to the Internet. This is a huge market which is ready for this type of solution, that is a clone of Netfilx – the largest Internet SVOD service in the world. In October 2015, Afrostream acquired an undisclosed amount of money from Orange. Due to the lack of adequate resources in Africa, the project was developed in France. It is based in Paris. The startup is focused primarily on the African market, whose potential is estimated at 10 million of regular customers per month. This is 3% of Internet users. For € 6.99 per month, Afrostream offers access to all its resources. In contrast, Netflix’s lowest subscription fee is 7.99 €.

In contrast to Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, which offers you hundreds of thousands of videos, Afrostream puts quality over quantity (or at least their PR states so). The American e-commerce giant, Amazon, has launched Prime Video in 51 African countries, including Nigeria, South Africa and South Sudan. It offers access to digital movies and TV shows with a monthly membership. It has introductory price €2.99 for the first six months, starting with a free 7-day trial. Viewers can watch videos anytime, anywhere thanks to the Prime Video app for Android/iOS, Fire Tablets, LG /Samsung Smart TVs or online at the website. It is also possible to download all videos and watch them offline at no extra payment.  Prime Video is available in: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt and Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Make it happpen – Twaweza

Positive change and initiative have always been the driving force behind progress, and among the places that need this kind of attitude are areas of Africa.

Twaweza is a ten-year citizen initiative focusing on large scale change in East Africa. The name means “we can make it happen” in Swahili. The main focus of this initiative is to give millions of people relevant and usable information with which they can influence a change from the “bottom-up”.

Tactics do not include working on small, individual projects, but rather reaching out on a large scale, through mass media, mobile phones, religion, teachers and consumer goods. Through partnerships they achieve a mutually beneficial relationship with their partners allowing them to be a part for the bettering of lives of ordinary people.

Founded four years ago by dr. Rakesh Rajani, Twaweza has already formed key partnerships with organizations across Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda and adapted to best serve the needs of the people.

Twaweza has a strong online portal, and is active not only in mass media but also on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

PNB provides great opportunities for tech entrepreneurs

PNB Awarded New Grant by Blackstone Charitable Foundation

Recently Blackstone has dedicated a total of $1.6 million through their second annual grants Program that targets entrepreneurship and innovation entrepreneurship in areas hardest hit by the global economic crisis  through many organizations like PNB.

The Aspen Institute’s Partners for a New Beginning (PNB) focus on generating opportunities for less fortunate entrepreneurs in the Levant and North Africa since 2011, and it has been awarded a total $125,000 from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.

PNB will select 10 high-impact tech entrepreneurs representing PNB countries and link them with US entrepreneurs, experts and investors for a week, in which an intensive training will be provided. This will also give some entrepreneurs the chance to find more resources and financial support.

One of PNB’s success stories is “Ibn Khaldoun Exchange Program” in the Maghreb.