Martin Pasquier

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A demo day in Nairobi, Kenya: local innovation rules

Published December 18, 2013

During the Afrikoin conference in Nairobi, we were lucky to attend the Demo Day of the Savannah Fund, a Kenya-based VC betting on startups all over Africa. Because sometimes (even for me!), a picture is

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Real-time stock price for African farmers: a case study of connected agriculture with M-Farm in Kenya

Published November 30, 2013

There’s three reasons for us to showcase the story of M-Farm, a startup which connects and empower agriculture with financial information. First, because we’re not focusing only on web technologies during our world tour of

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An education to entrepreneurship in Africa: from hack schools to long-term capability building in innovation

Published November 30, 2013

The story of Njeri Chelimo is a compelling one, and a case study for the proverb “where there is a will, there is a path”. This 20 y.o Kenyan girl had planned to attend a

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A archeology of innovation and startups in Kenya with Mbwana Alliy from the Savannah Fund

Published November 29, 2013

As you may know, we were in Kenya both to attend Afrikoin, a conference on mobile money, and to continue our exploration of innovation ecosystems. How do countries, cities, are turning to entrepreneurship? What

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A brief history of Kenya mobile money system M-Pesa

Published November 22, 2013

During Afrikoin, the first mobile money and digital currency held in Nairobi, I’ve met with Brian Muthiora. Brian joined the local branch of GSMA, the telecom operators professional association, after 5 years at Safaricom

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Intercultural awareness and innovation: can startups really go global?

Published November 21, 2013

To continue our exploration of Kenya as an innovation ecosystem in fringe of Afrikoin, I’ve met with Samuel Gichuru from the Nailab incubator. A fast-paced and jittery conversation proved useful to pinpoint a key

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Bitcoins: it’s a payment system, stupid!

Published November 21, 2013

While the hype around Bitcoin grows stronger everyday, the day of conference about mobile money at Afrikoin in Nairobi and a discussion with a few startups in the crypto-currency business helps to debunk what

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Somali diaspora and mobile money: a research on hawala presented at Afrikoin

Published November 21, 2013

After a few panels and talks on mobile money at Afrikoin, we had the opportunity to listen to Gianluca Iazzolino, a researcher from the University of Edinburgh. Gianluca works on the way Somali people

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Helping African merchants to accept digital money: an Afrikoin discussion on education to new currencies for businesses

Published November 21, 2013

Several online payments provider from East Africa discussed at Afrikoin another hurdle/opportunity in the mobile money field. If customers seem to enjoy MPesa as way to send and receive money, merchants need another approach

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How technology and Bitcoins can disrupt the remittance market? Discussion with African startups at Afrikoin

Published November 21, 2013

Talking of mobile money at the Afrikoin conference in Nairobi cannot be done without tackling the hot topic of remittances. The African diaspora sends every year $60bn dollars back to their families and friends

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