Governance
Jul 27, 2022

Good governance now has real value for Africa/MENA growth companies

Good governance may not be the most scintillating topic, but today it can deliver real value to growth company founders facing investors increasingly concerned about risk amid the current market uncertainty.

Microcredit
Jul 19, 2022

Africa’s leap from microcredit to embedded finance

Microcredit organisations have long served as the only source of affordable loans for Africa’s millions of unbanked or underserved MSMEs but they remain fundamentally limited in their reach and loan offerings.

Tech stocks
Jul 13, 2022

Tech stocks remain under pressure, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel

After the highs of the pandemic, it’s been a rough ride for tech stocks this year with valuations plummeting. But despite the downturn, there is already evidence the sector has plenty to offer.

tech-enabled commerce
Jun 23, 2022

The pivotal shift coming to Africa’s tech-enabled commerce space

Africa’s tech-enabled commerce sector has come a long way over the last decade and is now on the cusp of a significant shift. After years of development, some attrition along the way, the ecosystem is maturing, and winners are starting to emerge.

Wind power and technology
Jun 13, 2022

Investment in weathertech needs to match global wind power capacity growth

With total installed capacity of wind power plants climbing to 129 GW by 2026, there needs to be investment in weathertech to match. With growing political support and falling costs year after year, investors in the renewables space are rightfully focused on companies building new wind farm installations that add GWatt capacity to the grid.

artificial intelligence
May 19, 2022

Data is the “Clean Oil” that Can Power the Grid

Transitioning towards a cheaper, cleaner, and more secure renewable energy future that can simultaneously provide grid stability will require a more significant shift in how data is viewed. Companies must begin treating data as a valuable asset and utilise it to increase profits.

May 12, 2022

Photonics could be the quantum leap for quantum computing

Computing power using classical methods (conventional transistors) is nearly maxed out, due ironically, to quantum mechanics. As transistors reach the scale of individual atoms, electrons can “quantum tunnel” across a transistor rendering it useless.

Pakistan investment
May 10, 2022

Pakistan – the next emerging market tech Eldorado?

After long falling short of its potential and lagging behind other emerging markets, Pakistan’s tech sector has suddenly sprung to life and shows no signs of slowing down. The Pakistani tech ecosystem is live and kicking with $170m being raised in Q1 2022.

batteries
Apr 20, 2022

Batteries get most of investors’ attention, but grid scale energy storage solutions hold the key

The rise of batteries over the last decade has been nothing short of meteoric as lithium-ion batteries have now reached a point where they are now commercially viable to power vehicles and our homes. Batteries continue to garner the lion’s share of media and investor attention. 

consolidation
Apr 6, 2022

Consolidation on the rise? – M&A trends in Africa

It’s been an interesting few months for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Africa. Several significant M&A deals have transpired after a COVID-driven slowdown in 2020 and most of 2021 driven by key factors, including a growing imperative to reach economies of scale, rising customer acquisition costs, and a need to become pan-African to mitigate regulatory risks.

Super app in use
Mar 9, 2022

Super apps – the future of mobile-first Africa?

Since Apple introduced the Apple Store in 2008, single-use apps have multiplied exponentially and become part of everyday life. Fast forward to today, and consumers in western markets like the US and EU are using single-purpose apps for everything from hailing a taxi and food delivery to gaming, online shopping, and banking.

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