About a month ago, my colleague Solome Lemma and I started looking at the international response campaigns to ebola in West Africa and got to wondering why all the attention was on international governments and NGOs. Very little of Africa’s front line efforts to stop the spread of ebola is visible in Western Media and […]

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Guy Samuel interviewed yours truly about our little remittances startup a few months back for his Masters thesis in International Relations at Institut Barcelona. Remit.ug is exemplary of the benefit that can be created when mobile telephony meets entrepreneurial spirit. Although the service is young, it shows high potential. Ruge and his associates have leveraged […]

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Dan Evans visited Hive Colab last year while I was in Uganda: Based on the maturity and business viability of many of the small tech firms that we have met with over our data collection visits, and the modification of many incubators’ business models, we completely understand the thought-process behind this “pivot” in strategy. For […]

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Woke up early to the song of birds greeting each other and walked into the garden to snap a few shots. Every leaf was swaying heavily with balls of rain drops. A cool soft breeze swayed the branches back and forth, releasing the heavy droplets into the soil below. I wish I could take a […]

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After 18 months away from the field, it has been nice coming back to check on operations at Raintree Farms. The moringa powder facility is operational, but there is still a lot of work left to do in terms of improving production efficiencies. The production crew is well-trained and knowledgeable, but could use a lot […]

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Post by remit.ug. Building something to solve a long-faced problem is one of the hardest and most satisfying things to undertake. Steve Jobs is famous for saying “we build things we want to use.” Remit.ug has been a labor of love. As a Ugandan Diaspora, I know the pain and wince-inducing cost of sending money […]

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There are moments when being the owner of a struggling African agricultural startup can get overwhelming and it is all I can do to quit and run for the hills. Then there are the moments when I feel like a King of the Hill and my chest fills with pride. The latter moment occurs right […]

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I got this question in my email and thought the answer would make for a good post: I’m curious though, why hasn’t VC taken as strong of a hold in Africa? The last two decades it’s stretched to India, but I was curious to your opinion about it not completely taking off in Africa. A […]

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