Spotlight: Ideas & Perspectives

Expert opinions & narratives from business leaders in Africa & beyond that have potential for impact across the continent.

Driven by the Internet, African Fashion Goes Global

Global interest in African fashion continues to rise, and innovators are leveraging the internet's reach to execute a variety of business models.

/ August 2017

Innovators are Shaping Africa’s ‘Informal Economy’

Entrepreneurs & investors thrive by serving the needs of Africa's informal sector and the opportunity remains large.

/ August 2017
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The Numbers Game: Growing A Startup From A Sub-Optimal Market

What can startups in African countries with smaller populations and lower consumption/spending levels do to grow and scale?

/ August 2017

Funding Africa: Private Equity Needs A New Approach

Private equity and venture capital funds remain Africa’s best hope for economic growth, but investors need to adapt their approach to local markets.

/ July 2017

Zimbabwe (& Africa) Should Collaborate Like Silicon Valley

Collaboration and interpersonal networks create value in Silicon Valley's ecosystem. Read this Zimbabwe-based author's perspective which explores what should be done to strengthen such networks within Africa.

/ July 2017

Africa’s Digital Revolution: It’s Not Easy

A researcher from the Oxford Internet Institute shares observations on Africa's digital (r)evolution from a comparative study of ventures and entrepreneurs in Nairobi, Lagos, and Kigali.

/ July 2017