The Rise Of Silicon Savannah And Africa’s Tech Movement

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[tc_contributor_byline slug=”jake-bright”][tc_contributor_byline slug=”aubrey-hruby”]

Tech will be on President Obama’s agenda as he hosts the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya, taking along internet pioneer Steve Case and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky.

Nascent as it may be, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) does have a promising tech sector — a growing patchwork of entrepreneurs, startups, and innovation centers coalescing country to country.

Kenya is now a recognized IT hub. Facebook recently expanded on the continent. And Silicon Valley VC is funneling into ventures from South Africa to Nigeria.

These pieces are coming together as Africa’s budding tech culture and ecosystem emerge.

The Rise of Silicon Savannah

Most discussions of the origins of Africa’s tech movement circle back to Kenya. From 2007 through 2010 a combination of circumstance, coincidence, and visionary individuals laid down four markers inspiring the country’s Silicon Savannah moniker:

  • Mobile money,
  • A global crowdsourcing app,
  • Africa’s tech incubator model; and
  • A genuine…

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