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

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...
Kenyan startup CladLight is to launch its Smart Jackets into the market by the end of this year, looking to improve road safety through wearable technology. CladLight was founded in November 2013, and has raised US$41,000 from the Nailab – where it was incubated – and a crowdfunding campaign. CladLight’s Smart...
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...
Now there’s a wearable device that helps reduce the frequency of farting-induced awkwardness. CH4 (the chemical formula for methane) is a device that comes from a New York-based team, which is running a Kickstarter campaign to bring its idea to the masses. Simply put, CH4 is a square-shaped device that...
Winning at the MTN App Challenge, for some of us (me), became an earned entrance into a world we had no idea we belonged. Remember that concept that lecturers emphasized (which felt more like they were reminding themselves than their listeners) at every gathering, “We’re shaping our students/youth to be...
Ghanaian startup Farmerline, which is expanding to East Africa and provides agricultural information to farmers, and Rwanda’s Atikus Insurance, which expands access to credit by increasing the capacity of MSME lenders via reimagined insurance and technology risk solutions have been named winners of the Village Capital FinTech for Agriculture...
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...
Development of digital channels is increasing the competition in B2B sector. The companies in the B2B sector are struggling to take right decisions on their channels to improve sales funnel. Any technology enterprise must have the capability to connect with decision makers about the essential challenge, goal or issue....
The Foreign Exchange market (Forex) is the world’s largest financial market that’s open 24 hours a day, five days a week. It is also the most liquid market which means that it’s relatively easy to execute a trade quickly and at a desirable price because there is always a...
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,...