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  •   20062009201020112012Mobile total subs 848,000 3,001,000 4,300,000 7,900,000 9,017,000 Mobile penetration7%24%34%63%72%
  • 2007200820092010276,114,769.00 369,781,359.00 449,498,095.00 542,812,039.00 27%36%44%53%
  • BeitBridgeMutarePlumtree
  • Not a price war yet. But good competitionWe’ve all seen prices coming down. Econet reduceTelecelNetOneAfricom reducedBrodacom reducedZOL reducedYoAfrica reduced
  • 2.5 Million20% internet penetrationAfrica average was 11.5% last year
  • Econet’s& TelecelsDeltasIt’s the banksIt’s the Farmers (new & old)It’s the Technologists
  • Enough examples, here’s an observation
  • With enough determination, we all know that the figure can be even below a thousand
  • And as a result
  • Startup hive, or Python Hackers, Makomoyo Web People,
  • Need for an active mobile & web startup

    1. 1. The need for an active Mobile & Web Startup ecosystem Limbikani S.K. Makani
    2. 2. Over past 3 years Access tomobile improved $1 SIM Cards
    3. 3. Zimbabwe Mobile Penetration 9 MillionZim Population 8,800,000 72% 4,800,000 24% 800,000 2006 2009 2010 2011 2012 Year
    4. 4. Africa too 543 Million1 billion people 600,000,000.00 53% 500,000,000.00 400,000,000.00 300,000,000.00 20% 200,000,000.00 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Year
    5. 5. Access to the Internethas increasedphenomenally too Simple Mobile Phones The Dongle
    6. 6. Since All mobile 2009operators in Zimbabwe now offer 2011 mobilebroadband 2011
    7. 7. Backbone FibreInfrastructure Operators have access to Undersea fibre cable from Zimbabwe
    8. 8. Competitionbringing prices down& more people connecting
    9. 9. Number of Internet2.5 Million* Subscribers in Zimbabwe *Estimate based on operator stats
    10. 10. Zimbabwe in Top 10internet penetration in Africa
    11. 11. The Economic growthopportunity in Africa Africa’s collective GDP in 2020 US $2.6 trillion consumer spending US $1.4 trillion Highest in the world Population growth and urbanisation Source: McKinsey Global Institute
    12. 12. “Private sector is accepted to beimportant agent of economicgrowth, and hence of poverty reduction United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
    13. 13. Who is theprivate Sector?
    14. 14. That private sector is us. We are the answer
    15. 15. What is the opportunity?
    16. 16. “ A few years ago, it would cost at least a million dollars for a team of professionals to produce any commercial software product… with open source software components, and low-cost development tools, the same job can be done by one good hacker for a few thousand dollars - Martin Zwilling
    17. 17. Very low barrier to entry
    18. 18. The opportunity in tech is the low barrier to entry
    19. 19. It’s so apparent the idea of aLean Startup has become ‘cool’
    20. 20. Never been a better time inhistory to start asoftware basedbusiness, especially inAfrica.
    21. 21. Active ICT Startupcommunities have emerged in Africa Tech Hubs, Labs, business incubators
    22. 22. Hive Colab - Uganda Appfrica Labs- Uganda ccHub – NigeriaActive Spaces - Cameroon Nailab – Kenya Zambia
    23. 23. Africa has hadSome mobile and Web Startup Successes
    24. 24. Here are some (of the many) NoteworthyAfrican Startups
    25. 25. Crowd sourced mapping usedapp nowglobally to mapcrisis information Kenya
    26. 26. Daily Deals. One of the most trafficked* websites in Nigeria*http://www.forbes.com
    27. 27. 43 millionglobalusers over 750 000messages are sent andreceived per day.Recently acquired forUSD 60 million**indigotrust.wordpress.com South Africa
    28. 28. • Premium WordPress themes• Bootstrapped• 200,000 users globally and already• 2 million yearly* revenue & Profitable since founding*afrinnovator.com South African Co-founder
    29. 29. One of mosttrafficked websitesin Zimbabwe.More than 8 millionpageviews* amonth*techzim.co.zw January 2011 Zimbabwe
    30. 30. Home of Nollywood First launched onon the net. YouTube & becameAttracted 1 million profitable 2 monthsvisitors in first later*month**techloy.com Nigeria
    31. 31. Mobile Gamedevelopment• Games are available in Apple’s App store• Over 120,000 users**Forbes.com Ghana
    32. 32. We can be achieve this and more
    33. 33. A healthier ecosystem will lower barrier to entry even further
    34. 34. This is what it’s about
    35. 35. We need an active tech community
    36. 36. We need to create a community ofentrepreneurs from where Scalable Startups are built
    37. 37. We need one thatuses technology toeffectively addressSocial & Economic Problems
    38. 38. We need to exposelocal tech activity & celebrate oursuccesses to attract investment.
    39. 39. We need a communitythat enables startups to export services &intellectual property globally
    40. 40. Zimbabwe has the talent,Some of it spreadaround the world
    41. 41. What we need is tobuild the skills locally
    42. 42. Show more peopleopportunities that are there and how they can use them
    43. 43. Create a platform for skillscontribution to the ecosystem by Zimbabwe’s Diaspora
    44. 44. A platform for Interaction & collaboration among Zimbabweans locally & inDiaspora on tech startup issues.
    45. 45. A platform to look at issues on the ground affecting tech Startups in Zimbabwe to collectively engage stakeholders
    46. 46. This is all Possible and it’s up to US to create such a community in Zimbabwe
    47. 47. Thank you
    48. 48. Credit• Image: activerain.com for the germinating plant in• Nokia.com for the Nokia X2 mobile phone image• Image: prices graphic , http://visionlaunchers.com/uploads/articles/335dc61fa1f2c6c34adc8cd8d102a711_thumb.jpg• Lions on the move: the progress and potential of Africa Economies: http://www.mckinsey.com/Insights/MGI/Research/Productivity_Competitiveness_and_Growth/Lions_on_the_move• Image: Ory Okolloh @ the launch of iHub Nairobi (c) AfricaKnows.com• Image: Active spaces . http://www.flickr.com/photos/activspaces/6322431916/sizes/l/in/photostream/• Image: A shot of the new location for Hive Colab in Kampala, Uganda. http://hivecolab.com/about/• Image: Nailabs , http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenailab/5690039780/sizes/l/in/photostream/• Image: AppAfrica Labs, http://whiteafrican.com/2009/05/12/ugandas-appfrica-labs/• Image: DealDey Bus, http://webtrendsng.com/blog/dealdey-com-goes-mainstream-take-over-brt-buses/• Information on DealDey and Leti Games, http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2011/05/26/five-sexy-african- tech-startups/• Image: iWarrior iPhone App, http://www.letigames.com/letigames/• Information of Zimbabwe’s classifieds platform classifieds.co.zw, http://www.techzim.co.zw/2011/02/classifieds-8-million- monthly-page-views/• MXit traffic information: http://indigotrust.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/potential-partners-for-tech-focused-organisations- operating-in-south-africa-and-beyond/• Information on Nollywood Love profitability on YouTube, http://techloy.com/2011/08/02/jason-njoku-on-nollywood- movies-and-africas-internet-revolution-video/• Information on iRoko TV, http://techloy.com/2012/01/04/irokotv-bullish-growth-december-2011/• Image: mLab SA, http://www.mlab.co.za/about/• Image: Google Umbono, https://plus.google.com/107200078343546459769/posts/VbonsZ5Jotr• Image: lean startup book and author, http://matthewemay.files.wordpress.com
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