Profile

Co-founder @DisruptAfrica. Tech and business journalist in Africa. Passionate about the vibrant tech startups scene in Africa, Tom can usually be found sniffing out the continent's most exciting new companies and entrepreneurs, funding rounds and any other developments within the growing ecosystem.
Egyptian real estate startup iCommunity raises $600k from Algebra Ventures

Egyptian startup ?iCommunity, a mobile community platform for the real estate industry, has raised $600,000 in Series A funding from VC firm Algebra Ventures for further growth at home and internationally...

By Tom Jackson 12 Oct 2018

Founders Factory incubator launches in Joburg to back African startups

Corporate-backed incubator and accelerator Founders Factory has launched in Johannesburg, from where it plans to design, build and scale 100 disruptive tech startups across Africa over the next five years...

By Tom Jackson 11 Oct 2018

SA florist startup Petal&Post plans nationwide expansion

South African online florist Petal&Post is planning expansion across the country after its offering met with significant success in Cape Town and Durbanville...

By Tom Jackson 10 Oct 2018

Nigerian startup launches construction funding platform

Nigerian startup Landhouse has launched a platform that allows for the crowdfunding of property development...

By Tom Jackson 10 Oct 2018

Kenya's Angaza Elimu using tech to transform classroom experiences

Kenyan startup Angaza Elimu is attempting to transform education by addressing the problems of inefficient classrooms and inadequate educational material...

By Tom Jackson 4 Oct 2018

Agritech startup Bandim Online winner of Seedstars Bissau

Agritech startup Bandim Online has been named the winner of the Guinea Bissau round of the Seedstars World competition...

By Tom Jackson 4 Oct 2018

6 African health startups chosen for Innovate For Life Fund Accelerator

Amref Health Africa has selected six African healthcare startups to join its Innovate for Life Fund Accelerator programme, which supports post-revenue entrepreneurs with innovative products tailored to improve primary healthcare...

By Tom Jackson 2 Oct 2018

SA deliveries startup Droppa launches retail gateway

South African on-demand delivery startup Droppa has launched Droppa Retail, a gateway for retail stores, warehouses and distribution centres to make deliveries to their customers...

By Tom Jackson 26 Sep 2018

SA's TastePal ready to scale after early success with corporates

South African startup TastePal is ready to scale into other sectors and countries after completing its proof of concept stage with six corporates...

By Tom Jackson 19 Sep 2018

Applications open for MEST class of 2020

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) has opened applications for its next one-year, fully-sponsored entrepreneurial training programme in Accra, Ghana.

By Tom Jackson 17 Sep 2018

African startups named winners of Pitch AgriHack

Startups from across Africa have been named winners of the annual Pitch AgriHack competition, taking home cash prizes in various sizes...

By Tom Jackson 17 Sep 2018

Uganda's 2ambale targets millennials with speedy e-commerce platform

Ugandan e-commerce startup 2ambale is targeting people between the ages of 21 and 35 with its mobile app, which promises deliveries of orders within one hour...

By Tom Jackson 17 Sep 2018

SA legal information platforms wins HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge

Legal information platform Baobob.law has been named winner of the Southern African leg of the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) Innovating Justice Challenge...

By Tom Jackson 17 Sep 2018

Kenyan, SA startups winners of MIT African innovation challenge

Three startups from Kenya and one from South Africa have been named winners of the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge in Africa, earning the chance to compete for US$250,000 in prize money at the global final...

By Tom Jackson 10 Sep 2018

African startups go beyond "find a tutor" model to improve educational outcomes

Ed-tech startups connecting learners with tutors are increasingly prevalent across Africa, but these platforms are adding additional components to their models to increase impact.

By Tom Jackson 4 Sep 2018

Applications open for SA Wine Industry Innovation Challenge

Winetech has partnered with Stellenbosch University-based incubator LaunchLab and Faculty of AgriSciences for the first Wine Industry Innovation Challenge.

By Tom Jackson 3 Sep 2018

Agritech startup named winner of Seedstars Uganda

Agro Supply, a platform that finances agricultural technologies through mobile micro-savings, has been named winner of the Ugandan leg of the Seedstars World competition.

By Tom Jackson 29 Aug 2018

African recruitment startups evolve to tackle unemployment

Unemployment rates across Africa are too high, but tech startups are coming up with more and more innovative ways of connecting jobseekers with opportunities...

By Tom Jackson 29 Aug 2018

Ghanaian agritech startup Cowtribe planning nationwide coverage

Ghanaian agritech startup Cowtribe hopes to cover all 10 regions of the country in the next 18 months with its solution that helps farmers access animal vaccines quickly and reliably...

By Tom Jackson 28 Aug 2018

Applications opened for SA female entrepreneur challenge

Applications have opened for South African female entrepreneur challenge #0to6matters, a collaboration between Innovation Edge and The Startup Hatchery...

By Tom Jackson 16 Aug 2018

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