User group programmes for business financial professionals open up in Nigeria, Kenya
User group programmes for business financial professionals open up in Nigeria, Kenya

Having run the annual user group programme in South Africa in November 2015, CaseWare Africa will bring the programme to Nigeria and Kenya in 2016. Under the banner of 'transformation', it will be hosting free, separate sessions targeted at accounting and auditing practitioners and business financial professionals that are considering adopting a software solution.

Namibia joins Africa's mobile phone banking boom
Namibia joins Africa's mobile phone banking boom

Namibia is among the few African countries with money account penetration greater than 10%, a study done by rating agency Moody's Investors Service said. Namibia's penetration is 48% while that of South Africa is 58%.

MTN Nigeria selects Gemalto for rollout of GSMA Mobile Connect authentication service
MTN Nigeria selects Gemalto for rollout of GSMA Mobile Connect authentication service

Gemalto has been selected to provide its LinqUs Mobile ID platform to MTN Nigeria. This new project, operated for MTN in SaaS mode by Gemalto Allynis Services, marks the first commercial rollout of SIM based services delivering convenient mobile authentication for all mobile users.

The Entrepreneur Club for start-ups in Africa and the Middle East
The Entrepreneur Club for start-ups in Africa and the Middle East

Orange (www.Orange.com) is launching the Entrepreneur Club, a new space for information in French and English devoted to entrepreneurs in Africa and the Middle East.

WPP Africa Academy: When the sum is greater than the whole
WPP Africa Academy: When the sum is greater than the whole

The creative economy is important as service industries lead the economy, and also support the wider economy in terms of progress and growth. However, to grow the creative economy it needs to transform. Training is a way of achieving this.

By Danette Breitenbach

[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 162: Ravi Naidoo takes us through 21 years of Design Indaba
[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 162: Ravi Naidoo takes us through 21 years of Design Indaba

On Thursday, 11 February 2016, Biz Takeouts Marketing and Media Radio show host Warren Harding (@bizwazza) focused on two events happening in Cape Town next week from 17 February 2016.

Kenyan startup selected for TechStars accelerator programme
Kenyan startup selected for TechStars accelerator programme

US accelerator TechStars believes Kenya's Bamba Group could be the next AirBnB or Dropbox within the next five years. The experts will put Bamba through intensive training in Austin, Texas, and give them a cash investment to fast-track their growth.

[Biz Takeouts Lineup] 162: Ravi Naidoo takes us through 21 years of Design Indaba
[Biz Takeouts Lineup] 162: Ravi Naidoo takes us through 21 years of Design Indaba

On the next Biz Takeouts Marketing & Media radio show on Thursday, 11 February 2016, from 9-10am, show host Warren Harding starts the show by chatting to founder and managing director of Interactive Africa and Design Indaba, Ravi Naidoo.

Visafone acqusition - We'll meet Etisalat in court - MTN
Visafone acqusition - We'll meet Etisalat in court - MTN

MTN Nigeria said it is ready to meet Etisalat Nigeria in court over its acquisition of Visafone Communications Limited. MTN is deploying the 800MHz spectrum for the commercial rollout of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology for its fourth generation (4G) network.

By Chima Akwaja

Merck launches second digital health accelerator programme in Africa
Merck launches second digital health accelerator programme in Africa

Technology and pharma company Merck is open for applications to its second accelerator programme for digital health in Nairobi, Kenya this April. Startups will receive equity-free funding of $15,000 funding, three months coaching and mentoring as well as workspace at the Nairobi Garage.

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Global crowdfunding portal launched to fund African entrepreneurs

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are the primary job creation engine in Africa, accounting for over 95% of firms and 60%-70% of employment.

#DesignMonth: From the air with flair
#DesignMonth: From the air with flair

Design is all about seeing something ordinary and making it extraordinary, and that's just what the guys at Sky Decor do. They transform old and abandoned aircraft parts and turn them into beautiful furniture displays.

By Beverley Klein

MTN Nigeria's legal battles pile up
MTN Nigeria's legal battles pile up

Abu Dhabi headquartered telecoms company Etisalat is suing MTN for the second time in under a year in Nigeria. Etisalat confirmed to Bloomberg that it is suing MTN over the latter's purchase of Nigerian internet provider Visafone Communications.