While startup cities are just emerging, there are smart and sophisticated steps being taken to develop healthy entrepreneurial ecosystems across the African continent. African countries continue to throw off their post-colonial cloak to become the world’s fastest-growing group of economies. The catalysts for much of this explosive growth are the mobile phone and the internet. According to analyst ABI, in 2012, 76.4 per cent of Africans owned a mobile phone; that’s 821 million out of a population of more than a billion people. this mobile penetration rate almost certainly surpassed 80 per cent in 2013. This revolution has created extraordinary opportunities. This has created new possibilities for African talent to start any project of their dreams.

Read more: How Capetown, Kigali, Lagos, Accra And Nairobi became Hubs for Entrepreneurs.

 
How many times can we sit and reimagine, reignite, and rethink Africa? As we enter a school year and the conference cycle begins anew, let us think critically about our purpose and what we can achieve.
 
Take a look at this list of recent Africa conferences. What do you notice?
 
HBS 2014: Africa Accelerates: Equipping a Vibrant African Economy
HBS 2013: Redefining Africa: The Emergence of a New African Story (15th)
YAAPD 2013: Re-imagining Africa: A closer look at Autonomy, Identity and Perspective 
HADC 2012: Rethinking Development in Africa
Columbia 2014: A Continent Ascends: Emergent Perspectives from the Frontier
Columbia 2013: Africa Ignited: Exploring Ideas, Shaping Outcomes
Columbia 2012: Africa Reclaiming Africa: Changing the Rules of Engagement
NYU 2014: The Africa Gold Rush: Realities of Africa’s Economic growth and Potential
NYU 2012: Redefining Africa: Innovative Business & Frontier Investments in Emerging Africa
Wharton 2013: Succeeding in Africa: Translating Opportunities into Growth
Wharton 2012: In the Trenches: Exploring Catalysts Driving Africa’s Growth
 

KIGALI, Rwanda -- It is an awfully hot Friday. The nauseating dry haze has arrested the rolling hills of Gisozi, a suburban neighborhood of Rwanda's Capital City, Kigali. "Please... please teacher," calls Magnifique Uwase of Gisozi Public School requesting the teacher to explain a computerized mathematical task. Each student has a laptop. They are learning how to solve mathematical tasks, such as geometry, using computers.

Read more: How Rwanda is Breeding Tech Geeks

After nearly a week of wheeling and dealing inWashington D.C., business leaders and policy makers from the United States and Africa are calling the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit an enormous success.

Read more: Washington summit considered major boost to U.S-Africa relations

By: Robert Bernstein

With the current websites devoted to career and networking providing a minimum of services at no charge, the conventional wisdom that “you don’t get anything for free” applies. These sites provide a place to put a biography, curriculum vitae or a resume and provide an option for a potential employer to review your history and perhaps leave a message.  What they do not provide is an opportunity to truly network and develop your product or service. As a result there is sense of dissatisfaction that is not truly mollified with a “premium” level service that requires a monthly payment.

Read more: Introducing WAFEO Business Networking Platform

Smaller businesses, especially those in developing and transition economies, are losing out on the benefits of the information economy, UNCTAD 's annual update of its dataset on the enterprise use of information and communication technology (ICT) shows.

Read more: Small enterprises are missing out on gains of the information economy - UNCTAD

Climate change threatens to undo decades of earnest effort to develop Africa unless sufficient investment can be mobilized to spur sustainable development and make the continent more resilient.

Read more: Climate change puts decades of development at risk in Africa: Continent needs market and financial...

 
I was born in Nigeria, in Edo State while my mother was enrolled in law school, obtaining her second degree. She describes a difficult birth (something she reminds me of constantly, especially when I sass her), in part secondary to an ongoing strike at the local teaching hospital. This was made especially more dramatic as my father, who was on an oil rig as a young engineer, was not contactable. But the drama passed and, thank God, we are all here today. But that is the backdrop of my life, lawyer and engineer parents. And what did I choose as my profession? That’s right, medicine. 

Read more: Your Bridge To The Future

TUNIS-BELVEDERE, Tunisia - Africa's pharmaceutical industry has great potential for boosting economic growth and creating jobs. Given current sustained and rapid economic growth, the African pharmaceutical industry, like that of other emerging markets, is expected to grow tremendously in the coming years. “Pharmerging markets” across the world show the potential for rapid growth in the industry. In the past five years China's pharmaceutical industry grew 20%, Russia's 14%, India's 11% and Brazil's 7%.

Read more: Revitalizing Africa's pharmaceutical industry

When he arrived in the USA in the 1990’s, Papa K. Diagne had no idea that he would become a popular chef or a well-known restaurateur. His focus was earning a living and at the beginning this plan included work in a shoe store.

Read more: JOLLOF RESTAURANT – A DESIRE TO HELP LED TO A "TASTY" NEW CAREER