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Tom Jackson

Co-founder @DisruptAfrica
Location:South Africa


    Co-founder @DisruptAfrica. Tech and business journalist in Africa.
    SA's Wezart helps African artists sell to world

    South African art and fashion marketplace Wezart is helping African artists and designers sell to the rest of the world via its e-commerce platform

    By Tom Jackson 14 Nov 2017

    MySidekick shopping app launches across SA

    South African startup MySidekick has launched its free Android-based shopping app across the country, offering users special deals from retailers such as Clicks, Dis-Chem and Volpes

    By Tom Jackson 1 Nov 2017

    Cape Town drone company UAV Industries raises $499k

    Cape Town-based drone operator UAV Industries has raised R6.84m ($499,000) in funding from Glenheim Venture Capital Company, the first direct investment made by Glenheim's Section 12J fund

    By Tom Jackson 24 Oct 2017

    SA e-commerce startup Pet Heaven sees 120% yearly growth

    South African startup Pet Heaven, an online pet food delivery service, has seen 120 per cent growth over the last year on the back of raising funding from Silvertree Internet Holdings

    By Tom Jackson 23 Oct 2017

    Kenya's Lori Systems wins TechCrunch Battlefield Africa

    Kenyan startup Lori Systems has been crowned the winner of the inaugural TechCrunch Battlefield Africa in Nairobi, winning $25,000 in equity-free funding

    By Tom Jackson 17 Oct 2017

    #MeetTheInvestor: Duncan Goldie-Scot

    Duncan Goldie-Scot does not have the profile of a typical investor in African tech startups

    By Tom Jackson 17 Oct 2017

    Nigeria's VoomNow starts exporting local produce

    Nigerian assisted shopping startup VoomNow has started exporting local produce to the United States (US), making local food stuffs such as catfish, egusi and noodles available

    By Tom Jackson 13 Oct 2017

    Nairobi's iHub launches “Open House Fridays”

    Kenyan innovation space the iHub has announced “Open House Fridays”, which offers local techies and entrepreneurs free use of the hub's co-working space every Friday in October

    By Tom Jackson 12 Oct 2017

    Five SA startups finalists in Accenture Innovation Awards

    Five South African startups have been named finalists in this year's edition of the Accenture Innovation Awards, which rewards forward-thinking businesses that are disrupting industries

    By Tom Jackson 10 Oct 2017

    Mobility startups invited to apply for Man accelerator

    African mobility startups are invited to apply for the Man Truck and Bus Impact Accelerator, which offers access to mentorship and visits to mobility hotspots in Cape Town, Mumbai, Munich, and San Francisco

    By Tom Jackson 29 Sep 2017

    #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 22 Sep 2017

    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

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