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Tom Jackson

Co-founder @DisruptAfrica
Location:South Africa


    Co-founder @DisruptAfrica. Tech and business journalist in Africa.
    #InnovationMonth: How startups are disrupting delivery of African legal services

    Having quantifiable, measurable, and verifiable data about justice needs and challenges is essential for the legal profession to move into the 21st century

    By Tom Jackson 2 days ago

    Online printing platform Ryteprint launched in Nigeria

    Online printing platform Ryteprint has launched in Nigeria to enable individuals, small businesses and corporate organisations to buy customised business printing and marketing printed products

    By Tom Jackson 12 Sep 2017

    African game developers can enter $200k Microsoft challenge

    African game developers have been invited to enter Microsoft's Dream.Build.Play challenge, which is giving away $200,000 in prize money across four categories

    By Tom Jackson 7 Sep 2017

    She Leads Africa launches accelerator for beauty startups

    She Leads Africa has opened applications for its Dark and Lovely x SLA Beauty Accelerator, a 10-week entrepreneurship development programme

    By Tom Jackson 23 Aug 2017

    SA e-commerce startup SnapnSave raises $1m

    South African online shopping community SnapnSave has raised R14 million ($1 million) from Kalon Venture Partners and Smollan Group

    By Tom Jackson 18 Aug 2017

    SA's Aerobotics raises $600k funding from 4Di, Savannah Fund

    South African aerial data analytics specialist Aerobotics has secured R8-million ($602,000) in seed funding from Cape Town-based based VC firm 4Di and Kenya's Savannah Fund

    By Tom Jackson 8 Aug 2017

    Every African tech hub for itself in quest for sustainability

    “This is done on a tech hub by tech hub basis. Each is figuring out their own business models for continued support and growth.”

    By Tom Jackson 7 Aug 2017

    Ikea is running a startup accelerator

    Global retailer Ikea has opened applications to its first startup accelerator and is looking for companies that can help it solve “big problems” around being truly affordable

    By Tom Jackson 4 Aug 2017

    SA payments startup Yoco to expand across Africa

    South African payments startup Yoco is to launch in test markets in East and West Africa by the end of next year on the back of strong growth at home

    By Tom Jackson 31 Jul 2017

    Orange agrees to back Egyptian tech startups

    Global mobile operator Orange has agreed to support and fund Egyptian technology-focused startups to help them transform their ideas into sustainable businesses

    By Tom Jackson 26 Jul 2017

    SA mobile startup helps informal traders compare and order stock

    South African startup Last Mile for BoP is rolling out a mobile application that enables informal traders to compare bulk prices and order stock from their phone

    By Tom Jackson 24 Jul 2017

    Assisted shopping platform VoomNow launched in Nigeria

    Nigerian startup VoomNow has launched its assisted shopping platform that enables users to shop and pay for all kinds of international products and services

    By Tom Jackson 21 Jul 2017

    Nigeria's techAboki launches on-demand gadget repair service

    Nigerian startup, techAboki, has launched an on-demand gadget repair service aimed at connecting people needing gadget repair services with trusted, reliable and professional technicians in their locality

    By Tom Jackson 18 Jul 2017

    Six African startups selected for Google's launchpad accelerator

    Google developers has selected six startups from across Africa to take part in the first African version of its Launchpad Accelerator, which offers free training, credits and collaboration

    By Tom Jackson 25 May 2017

    How BlackRhino is building Kenya's VR industry

    Kenyan startup BlackRhino VR is playing a key role in developing the country's virtual reality industry

    By Tom Jackson 8 May 2017

    Seven challenges faced by tech startups in Africa

    Rolling out tech solutions for the African consumer is a marathon, not a sprint

    By Tom Jackson 5 May 2017

    Egyptian online grocery startup GoodsMart raises $750k

    Egyptian online grocery service GoodsMart has raised $750,000 in funding from Algebra Ventures, which will go towards growing its operational capacity

    By Tom Jackson 3 May 2017

    Nigerian fintech startups offered chance to pitch for incubation

    Nigerian fintech startups have the opportunity to pitch for NGN3 million ($10,000) worth of incubation and prize money of NGN500,000 ($1,600) at the Fintech Startup Challenge in June

    By Tom Jackson 1 May 2017

    How SA's 'junk' status impacts your startup

    April began with ratings agencies Standard and Poor's (S&P) and Fitch downgrading South Africa's sovereign credit rating to “junk” status, meaning both existing and new funds borrowed by South Africa will become more expensive

    By Tom Jackson 25 Apr 2017

    Yoco raises funding for expansion

    South African fintech startup Yoco, which allows small businesses to accept card payments, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding

    By Tom Jackson 3 Mar 2017

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