From Ingenuity to Innovation: Africa Leapfrogging the 20th Century

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Presentation given by Sean Murphy of Chembe Ventures at the Betavine 3rd Birthday Party, Frontline Club, London, Thursday, February 11, 2010

Text of From Ingenuity to Innovation: Africa Leapfrogging the 20th Century

  • 1.Seed Capital for Web and Mobile Entrepreneurs in Emerging Africa Markets www.chembe.com

2. What We Do to Help African Tech Entrepreneurs

  • Direct investments in pre-revenue ventures:
  • - Status Uganda, Kickstarters Kenya
  • Sponsor conferences and workshops:
  • -Barcamp Africa UK, Barcamp Abidjan
  • Sponsor web sites:
  • - Afrinnovator.com
  • Run business plan and VC competitions:
  • - East-West Challenge, Chembe Urban Security Competition 2010 betavine.com/chembecompetition

3. From Ingenuity to Innovation: Africa Leapfrogging the 20 thcentury Photo Credit www.afrigadget.com 4. Everyday African Hacks for Power, Light, Food and Fun 5. Photo Credit - Women of Uganda Network 6. Photo Credit Matt Berg www.buildafrica.org 7. Photo Credit Matt Berg www.buildafrica.org 8. Photo credit Paula Kahumbu www.afrigadget.com 9. Photo credit Paula Kahumbu www.afrigadget.com 10. Photo Credit www.afrigadget.com 11. Top photo credit TMSruge.com Bottom photo credit www.afrigadget.com 12. Top photo credit Cedric Kalonji Bottom photo Credit Luca Varaschini 13. 14. 15. Top photo creditwww.solanterns.com Bottom photo credit www.whiteafrican.com 16. Top photo credit www.businessweek.com 17.

  • 315 million mobile phone users 32 % penetration
  • 50 million internet users (fixed and mobile broadband) 5 % penetration

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  • 400,000 settlements in Africa
  • Of these 4 %have access to at least 1 fixed line
  • 2 %have access to an Internet connection
  • 45 % have access to a mobile phone signal

21. 22. 23. Wheres the innovation

  • Mobile digital payment systems
  • Mobile social media networks
  • Mobile healthcare services
  • Mobile Jua Kali

24. M-PESA Photo credit Safaricom 25. 26.

  • 7 million customers have registered with the service
  • 9,000 distribution agents in Kenya
  • 150 million Ksh (US$1.96 million) is transferred through M-PESA per day
  • Average amount is 1,500 Ksh (US$20) per transaction
  • To date the system has handled over 130 billion Ksh (US$1.7 billion)

27. MXit 28.

  • 9 million users
  • 17 million logins per day
  • 250 k messages per day

29. MXit link on Nike billboard at OR Tambo Airport - photo credit Shuttleworth Foundation 30. Pascal Katana- photo credit www.afrigadget.com 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. Kibera

  • Population: 1 million
  • 2.5 square kilometres (0.965 square miles)
  • Less than 1% of Nairobi's total area 25 % of Nairobis residents
  • 1250 people per square acre

36. Chembe Competition: the brief

  • early warning notifications of criminal activity, violence or other security threats
  • assistance for families, communities at risk of crime
  • reducing crime, preventing the spread of violence
  • location, identification and assistance of victims of violence or crime

37. betavine.com/chembecompetition

  • Upload a solution on BSX
  • Anyone can enter: individuals, groups, companies
  • Deadline: April 30 th , 2010
  • Must include sustainability plan, must be designed for deployment in an African urban environment

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  • wwwchembe.com
  • www.africafeed.com
  • twitter.com/africafeed