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The Starter Plus is PC Tech's column on Startups and Innovation.

Over the last decade, our continent has taken commendable steps towards creating ICT-driven economies. From sensitization by all people of influence at various summits, conferences and all sorts of public gatherings, to direct interventions like ICT Innovation Hubs and hackathons. And of course the helping hand of governments and other...
One of the major causes of business failure is poor money management and/or inadequate financing. In fact, according to the NYTimes poor accounting is one of the top 5 reasons small businesses go belly up. It’s easy to overlook something when you’re trying to keep track of expenses, send out...
East African accelerator SPRING has announced the 18 participants in its inaugural programme in the region, selecting promising entrepreneurs with products or services that could transform the lives of adolescent girls. SPRING is offering startups the chance to participate in a nine-month programme, with chosen companies receiving an average of...
After an intense evaluation process by a panel involving over 15 investors, PIVOT East is  happy to announce the top 25 exceptional startups that will participate in PIVOT East 2015. The finalists, 5 from each category were selected from the 50 semifinalists announced two weeks ago. The finalists from across the...
A team of five students of Makerere University have come up with an app, Mama-Ope, that will help diagnose Pneumonia earlier in young children. Born out of the Big Ideas Innovations global online competition, the team was part of two groups from Makerere University that were representatives from Africa, competing against more than...
The business and tech space in Uganda is evolving at a very high speed, every day thousands of Ugandan entrepreneurs come up with brilliant ideas and innovations, today I give you a list of 5 top startups that continue to thrive and make money against all odds. Round bob I...
A few years ago, no one would have associated sub-Saharan Africa with technological innovation. Today iHub, Hive Colab, Outbox, kLab among several others are the new buzz terms for the thriving IT industry in Africa, and software "Made in Africa" is a term used commonly around the globe. While co-working...
REFERRED to as the “world's first mobile money ready accounting system”, MYAccounts is an award-winning web-based accounting platform that’s seeking to revolutionize financial record-keeping for African SMEs. It’s web-based nature facilitates access via a wide range of devices, including smartphones and tablets. Earlier this year, the startup emerged as a winner...
In 2011, the telecom sector in Uganda was awash with promotions promising subscribers almost free calls. As a result, call prices dropped by over 70% and a number of experts warned that these (price wars) were unsustainable and would ultimately hurt the sector. Cue to that, barely two years later,...
One of the first challenges, when someone begins a startup, is undoubtedly seeking investment. That is an important stage in the development that can have both a positive and negative impact on the final result. I personally consider that this stage has not much relation to the amount of the...