Partnering to accelerate African innovation

By Leila Charfi, Director, Innovation Partnerships, Africa Initiatives What do we mean when we say we see boundless potential in the people of Africa? To be boundless is to be limitless. Abundant. Infinite. To have potential is to have qualities and abilities that can be developed; that can lead to future successes. To have boundless…

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Be the next big thing in Africa

Posted by: Dele Akinsade, Developer Platforms Evangelism Lead, sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands I must have the best job at Microsoft. I get to experience the passion of young people using technology every day, and how a little imagination can solve seemingly impossible problems. Like this year’s Imagine Cup winners of the United Nations…

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Microsoft Ventures provides support for African entrepreneurs

By Amrote Abdella, Director 4Afrika Venture Capital and Startup Programs As leading Harvard Professor, Michael Porter, once said: “Innovation is the central issue to economic prosperity.” At Microsoft we couldn’t agree more, which is why one of our goals is to empower Africans to make the most of, and monetize their own business ideas. There…

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Listening to Africa: Microsoft Forms 4Afrika Advisory Council

By Mteto Nyati, MD of Microsoft South Africa and Vice Chair of the 4Afrika Advisory Council  Last Friday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, I was honored to take on an additional role and responsibility as vice-chair of our new 4Afrika Advisory Council, led by His Excellency, Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania. The first meeting of our…

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Microsoft’s YouthSpark turns one – and gets ready to target more African youth

By Djam Bakhshandegi, Corporate Citizenship and Partners in Learning West East Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands Microsoft’s Partners in Learning isn’t the only initiative to celebrate an anniversary this year. On the 23rd of September 2013, Microsoft’s global YouthSpark programme officially turned one. Over the past 12 months, we’re proud to say that this…

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