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

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  • “ Pascal Katana, a Fourth Year student at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, developed an electronic device that ‘automates’ fishing. The trap employs amplification of the sound made by fish while feeding. The acoustic signals are radiated and attract other fish who head toward the direction of the source thinking there is food there. Once a good catch is detected by a net weighing mechanism, it triggers a GPRS/GSM device attatched to the system and the fisherman gets a call/sms informing him that his catch is ready. Pascal is in the process of developing a by-catch control system which will ensure that his contraption doesn’t cause overfishing.” -
  • From Ingenuity to Innovation: Africa Leapfrogging the 20th Century

    1. 1. Seed Capital for Web and Mobile Entrepreneurs in Emerging Africa Markets
    2. 2. What We Do to Help African Tech Entrepreneurs <ul><li>Direct investments in pre-revenue ventures: </li></ul><ul><li>- Status Uganda, Kickstarters Kenya </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsor conferences and workshops: </li></ul><ul><li>- Barcamp Africa UK, Barcamp Abidjan </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsor web sites: </li></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul><ul><li>Run business plan and VC competitions: </li></ul><ul><li>- East-West Challenge, Chembe Urban Security Competition 2010 – </li></ul>
    3. 3. From Ingenuity to Innovation: Africa Leapfrogging the 20 th century Photo Credit
    4. 4. Everyday African Hacks for Power, Light, Food and Fun
    5. 5. Photo Credit - Women of Uganda Network
    6. 6. Photo Credit Matt Berg
    7. 7. Photo Credit Matt Berg
    8. 8. Photo credit Paula Kahumbu
    9. 9. Photo credit Paula Kahumbu
    10. 10. Photo Credit
    11. 11. Top photo credit Bottom photo credit
    12. 12. Top photo credit Cedric Kalonji Bottom photo Credit Luca Varaschini
    13. 15. Top photo credit Bottom photo credit
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    15. 17. <ul><li>315 million mobile phone users – 32 % penetration </li></ul><ul><li>50 million internet users (fixed and mobile broadband) – 5 % penetration </li></ul>
    16. 20. <ul><li>400,000 settlements in Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Of these – 4 % have access to at least 1 fixed line </li></ul><ul><li>2 % have access to an Internet connection </li></ul><ul><li>45 % have access to a mobile phone signal </li></ul>
    17. 23. Where’s the innovation <ul><li>Mobile digital payment systems </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile social media networks </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile healthcare services </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile “Jua Kali” </li></ul>
    18. 24. M-PESA Photo credit Safaricom
    19. 26. <ul><li>7 million customers have registered with the service </li></ul><ul><li>9,000 distribution agents in Kenya </li></ul><ul><li>150 million Ksh (US$1.96 million) is transferred through M-PESA per day </li></ul><ul><li>Average amount is 1,500 Ksh (US$20) per transaction </li></ul><ul><li>To date the system has handled over 130 billion Ksh (US$1.7 billion) </li></ul>
    20. 27. MXit
    21. 28. <ul><li>9 million users </li></ul><ul><li>17 million logins per day </li></ul><ul><li>250 k messages per day </li></ul>
    22. 29. MXit link on Nike billboard at OR Tambo Airport - photo credit Shuttleworth Foundation
    23. 30. Pascal Katana - photo credit
    24. 35. Kibera <ul><li>Population: 1 million </li></ul><ul><li>2.5 square kilometres (0.965 square miles) </li></ul><ul><li>Less than 1% of Nairobi's total area – 25 % of Nairobi’s residents </li></ul><ul><li>1250 people per square acre </li></ul>
    25. 36. Chembe Competition: the brief <ul><li>early warning notifications of criminal activity, violence or other security threats </li></ul><ul><li>assistance for families, communities at risk of crime </li></ul><ul><li>reducing crime, preventing the spread of violence </li></ul><ul><li>location, identification and assistance of victims of violence or crime </li></ul>
    26. 37. <ul><li>Upload a solution on BSX </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can enter: individuals, groups, companies </li></ul><ul><li>Deadline: April 30 th , 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Must include sustainability plan, must be designed for deployment in an African urban environment </li></ul>
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