Young Tech Entrepreneurs in Africa
We are two 19 year olds currently and have been working as research assistants at the Stockholm School of Economics since we graduated last summer from high school. Our awareness of the Afripreneurial environment grew when we heard through our social networks about remarkable individuals. Young tech and IT entrepreneurs, in particular, display a dedication to building on ideas that promote sustainable change, both for themselves and their societies. As we dug more deeply into the subject, our interest grew and we started Africancrowds.org to share details about the projects that we’d noticed popping up across the continent. We’ve also tried to document our own thoughts on these developing innovation ecosystems. We soon concluded that it was rather tricky to continually find new content about entrepreneurs; a few entrepreneurs had a lot of international coverage, but we also wanted to talk to those who didn’t have the same regional and international networks.
Through twitter and e-mails we have been building reciprocal relationships with people within, as well as outside, these entrepreneurial eco-systems. Many of them share our passion and want to be a part of the ongoing infostructural - rather than just infrastructural - development we see in many parts of Africa. We have since been in contact with entrepreneurs in Kigali (Rwanda), Kampala (Uganda), Nairobi (Kenya), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Lusaka (Zambia), Harare (Zimbabwe), Johannesburg (South Africa), Lagos (Nigeria) and Accra (Ghana).