What are the keys to success in business today? With Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015 taking place this week, we looked to Africa for inspiration on the subject. First stop: AfricaCom, which shines a spotlight on the best and brightest of the continent’s tech sector every November. But Africa’s success stories in business and innovation aren’t limited to high-tech! So, our goal this week is to focus on entrepreneurial success stories in Africa.
Gimme 5 - November 18, 2015
1. Sendy: Based in Kenya, Sendy offers motorcycle courier service along the same lines as Uber. A cell phone app allows you to track the delivery of your package in real time.
2. Kadi Energy: To help people in Ghana’s rural areas adapt to technological change, the start-up Kadi Energy has just developed a cell phone charger that runs on solar energy. No more hunting around for an electric socket – a little sunshine is all you need.
3. Gamsole: The city of Lagos is famous for its mammoth traffic jams. The Nigerian company Gamsole has produced a video game for cell phones called…Traffic Jam. It’s become an instant hit, with more than 9 million downloads, making Gamsole one of the country’s most promising enterprises.
4. PrepClass: After winning the TechCabal Battlefield 2014, PrepClass continues its meteoric ascent thanks to an on-line tutorial service that helps students with schoolwork. With demand far outstripping supply, PrepClass has become one of Nigeria’s success stories.
5. Mellowcabs: Cropping up all over South Africa, Mellowcabs are bicycle taxis that run on electric motors. Mellowcab operators can sell advertising space if they like, displaying ads on their vehicles. Simple and clever.