AMVF in the News

Kenya’s Jooist Relaunches as a Cross-Platform Gaming Network

Kenya’s Jooist Relaunches as a Cross-Platform Gaming Network

Kenyan-based social gaming network Jooist has pivoted from an ad based model to a subscription based model to allow users pay just KES 10/= a day to enjoy over 1,000 games across over 2,000 devices. The firm is also in talks with WeChat and UCWeb Browser to help distribute Jooist games. Speaking to TechMoran Waliaula Makokha,  Founder & CEO of Mobileon (Jooist™), ” We have pivoted from a “social gaming network for mobile phones” we are now a “cross-platform gaming network (for all kinds of devices).” With just KES 10/= the players can access games across all major platforms from […]

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20 kickass African tech entrepreneurs worth your time

20 kickass African tech entrepreneurs worth your time

Entrepreneurship means setting sail on a whirlwind adventure without a boat and the hope that you’ll be able to build a ship along the way. It is the impossible, the improbable and magnificent all at the same time. Giving up everything of themselves, entrepreneurs will work to build their proverbial ships. On Ventureburn we cover a lot of startups and we have seen our fair share of kickass companies birthed in Africa. Behind those amazing companies are some very dedicated entrepreneurs who work tirelessly to build great companies that Africa’s tech ecosystem can be proud of. We have picked some very impressive entrepreneurs that […]

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Jooist – Feature on Standard Newspaper

Jooist - Feature on Standard Newspaper
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Interview with SleepOut.com CEO, Johann Jenson

Interview with SleepOut.com CEO, Johann Jenson

With its beaches and national wildlife parks, Kenya is regarded as one of the world’s top holiday destinations. And taking this reputation into consideration, the founders of Africa and Middle East online hotel booking website SleepOut.com say the website is growing quickly and that Kenya is key to their business strategy. SleepOut allows tourists to book hotels, but also base their decisions on reviews from other visitors who have been to these places before. So, ITWeb Africa has caught up with Johann Jenson, SleepOut’s chief executive officer and has sought to find out why the website has garnered attention despite […]

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PayGate East Africa Ltd announces Business Process Restructuring and Re-Branding

PayGate East Africa Ltd announces Business Process Restructuring and Re-Branding

PayGate – Online payment gateway processor, is one of the lead sponsors of Kenya Tourism Board “Magical Kenya Travel Expo slated for 18th – 20th October 2013. October 1, 2013 Nairobi: – PayGate East Africa, one of the regions leading online payments processor has announced the launch of a new business process and a re-branding.  While announcing the new corporate identity, PayGate EA CEO Mr. Dick Arudo reiterated the company’s commitment in ensuring secure online payments while diversifying payments channels to merchants with the cheapest processing rates in East and Central Africa. “The Kenyan and regional market is ripe for […]

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DEMO finalist Jooist to launch HTML5 game site

DEMO finalist Jooist to launch HTML5 game site

Jooist, Kenya’s only social gaming network, is to launch its HTML5 game site, enabling users with smartphones and feature phones with advanced browsers to play high quality games without having to download them. “We have an inventory of 350 plus games in this product and include casual, medium and long play games with varying levels of complexity,” said Waliaula Makokha, Jooist’s chief executive officer (CEO). “Our users should literally expect something specific for each one of them. “We appreciate the fact that smartphones are becoming cheaper and technology is growing, some people like to download while others come to play […]

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SleepOut.com wins East African Tech competition, Pivot East

SleepOut.com wins East African Tech competition, Pivot East

SleepOut has won the prestigious 2013 East African Tech competition, Pivot East held in Kampala, Uganda. The online portal which connects guests primarily from Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America with accommodation hosts in East Africa saw off competition to take the top spot. Mikul Shah, COO and co-founder of Sleepout.com. [photo/cio.co.ke] The competition attracted 131 applicants with only 50 of them making it to the semi finalist round, 25 of which got through to the finals which were held on Monday, June 24, 2013 in Kampala with SleepOut winning in the enterprise category. SleepOut.com co-founders, Johann Jenson […]

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Director AMVF in jury vc4africa’s fundraising opportunity

Director AMVF in jury vc4africa's fundraising opportunity

The call for applications for the September Cohort, VC4Africa’s coached fundraising opportunity, closes this Sunday, September 1st. Below we present the Selection Committee and share some last tips for those who want to apply! Before you apply to raise capital through VC4Africa’s September Cohort, please carefully read the criteria for participation and steps of the application process. As mentioned, ventures that apply to be a part of VC4Africa’s September Cohort must have a solid business plan, clear market strategy, a working pilot, a chamber of commerce registration and complete documentation. Selection Committee The Selection Committee will screen ventures who have […]

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SleepOut.com co-founder presentation in Kampala

SleepOut.com co-founder presentation in Kampala

SleepOut.com CEO, Johann Jenson and COO, Mikul Shah provide an overview of progress to date and future plans. ;

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SleepOut on frontpage of How We Made It In Africa

Kenyan accommodation website, SleepOut.com, recently secured US$200,000 funding from the Dutch based Africa Media Ventures Fund (AMVF). The one year old start-up is set to expand to 10 countries across Africa and the Middle East by late 2013. SleepOut’s co-founder and chief executive Johann Jenson told How we made it in Africa’s Dinfin Mulupi about the company’s expansion plans and why he quit a secure job at the United Nations to join Africa’s start-up community. Click here to read the entire article.

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