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The rollout of life-saving malaria vaccines is accelerating in Ghana, Kenya & Malawi

The rollout of life-saving malaria vaccines is accelerating in Ghana, Kenya & Malawi

This week, Cameroon became the first African country to receive the Mosquirix malaria vaccine for use as a fully tested preventative in a wide range of health facilities. A shipment containing more than 331,000 doses arrived yesterday at the airport in the capital, Yaoundé. The vaccine was successfully tested on children in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi for four years.

Entrepreneur capitalises on a gap in Senegal’s logistics industry

Entrepreneur capitalises on a gap in Senegal’s logistics industry

Paps, a logistics and delivery company based in Senegal, was founded by entrepreneurs Bamba Lo and Rokhaya Sy. Jeanette Clark and Samuel Kwame Boadu speaks to Bamba about identifying an opportunity in the market, building the company, and pivoting to a business-to-business model.

The story behind Nigeria’s Airbnb for warehouses and trucks

The story behind Nigeria’s Airbnb for warehouses and trucks

Established in 2020, Haul247 is a Nigerian logistics startup which has introduced an Airbnb-like model to pair those requiring truck transport and warehouse storage facilities with available providers. The company’s revenue is derived from a commission on each transaction

Teaching teachers: Entrepreneur spots gap in Africa’s education sector

Teaching teachers: Entrepreneur spots gap in Africa’s education sector

Entrepreneur Alim Ladha, spotting a potential niche in this deficit, launched Instill Education in 2016. The private education firm, with a presence in South Africa, Kenya, and Ghana, offers accredited academic programmes for aspiring teachers. It also provides practicing educators with professional development modules through a dedicated app.

Unpacking Africa’s agtech opportunity

Unpacking Africa’s agtech opportunity

The rise of agriculture technology (agtech) solutions in Africa has opened significant avenues to transform food systems and tackle long-standing obstacles to enhance smallholder productivity, write Aubry Hruby and Fatima Ezzahra Mengoub in a new Atlantic Council report titled, ‘Unlocking Africa’s agricultural potential: Scaling agtech to improve productivity‘. Below is an excerpt.

Backing African healthcare startups: Insights from Kenya-based investor

Backing African healthcare startups: Insights from Kenya-based investor

Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Villgro Africa is an incubator that offers funding and technical assistance primarily to healthcare startups across the African continent. Over the past eight years, the organisation has disbursed more than US$2.8 million in blended funding. Jeanette Clark & Samuel Kwame Boadu speaks to co-founder and CEO Wilfred Njagi about investment opportunities within the healthcare sector, specifically in areas such as AI, supply chain, and medical diagnostic devices.

South African Real estate investor carves profitable niche in African affordable housing

South African Real estate investor carves profitable niche in African affordable housing

While many real estate developers avoid affordable housing, Johannesburg-based International Housing Solutions (IHS) has crafted a profitable model for such projects in South Africa and beyond. In a conversation with Jeanette Clark, IHS managing director Rob Wesselo discusses the reliability of lower-income tenants as rent payers compared to wealthier ones, reveals the firm’s sweet spot for development size, and explains his cautious stance on investing in Johannesburg’s CBD.

African venture capital investor reveals five sectors poised for growth

African venture capital investor reveals five sectors poised for growth

While global venture capital funding, as measured by Pitchbook, is down 48% in the first half of 2023 compared to the previous year, Mikael Hajjar, co-founder of Africa-focused venture capital firm P1 Ventures argues that now is the time to invest. He believes in investing before the hype, or when the markets are down.

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