Spotlight: Ideas & Perspectives

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

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

On Africa’s Fragmented Markets: Innovators Can Win By Developing Platforms

Africa's fragmented markets are problematic for consumers and producers but present opportunities for savvy innovators to create & capture value using platform business models.

/ July 2017