Category Archives: Entrepreneurship


There is a great deal of passion attached to agriculture in Ghana. Tellingly and subtly known to almost every citizen, agriculture is the mainstay of Ghana’s economy. If there is one component that has over the years played a significant role in the socio-economic development of Ghana, then it is agriculture, as it employs more than 60% of the labour force of the country. Its importance to the socio-economic development of the country can therefore […]


The Startup Customer Development Manifesto[i],[ii]   We are now two chapters deep intoThe Startup Owner’s Manual – a recently published book by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf[iii]. You can get caught up by reading Chapter 1, in which the authors point out the problems that arise when startup founders approach the task ahead of them as if their startup is merely a small version of a big company, and Chapter 2 in which theyintroduce the […]


I was in Equatorial Guinea last month for the 9th Annual Leon H. Sullivan Summit. There were a few sessions discussing Africa, Equatorial Guinea, its image, and the role the African diaspora can play on the African continent. The decision to hold the summit in Equatorial Guinea has come under considerable criticism due to the reputation President Obiang and one of his sons who serves as Vice President. In my short time in the country […]


We have a brief news to report. Fasmicro has been appointed to help develop embedded systems programs in Rwanda. We have been in the country for the last few days and the academic leaders found us competent over other competitors to lead this program. The scope of our engagement covers development of courseware, lab manuals, codes and practicals on VHDL, Verilog and Assembly language that will be used in universities and skill acquisition centers. Also, […]

embedded systems

As part of activities of promoting microelectronics training and development in Ghana, Kumasi Center through partnership with First Atlantic Semiconductor and Microelectronics -FASMICRO is organizing a training program on embedded systems at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).   The training aims at equipping students and entrepreneurs with the needed skills to build applications for mobile and electronic gadgets. Training is scheduled for a week in September. Please contact for registration and questions. […]


The Path To Disaster: A Startup Is Not A Small Version of A Big Company[i],[ii]   In my previous article I promised that we would spend the balance of 2012, and probably a substantial portion of 2013, going through The Startup Owner’s Manual – a recently published book by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf[iii].   Chapter 1 begins with a brief recap of Webvan’s history[iv] – Webvan was a darling of the dotcom era. It […]

leke ojikutu

Everyone knows that online payment system in Nigeria is broken. Paypal, most times, blocks electronic transactions when they emanate from Nigeria. Nigerians are still finding it hard to buy things online. A young man is out to solve that problem by making it easier for web developers to seamlessly integrate payment systems on their websites. That way, people can electronically pay for goods and services online. With simple codes, a developer will setup a website […]


CNBC and leading source for reliable business news and financial information, Forbes to stage this year’s edition of the All Africa Business Leaders’ Awards. Airtel is joining the duo on this program.   The All Africa Business Leaders’ Awards, an event which will hold on Thursday, August 9th at the Porsche Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos is a celebration of leaders who are making a difference through innovation and inspiration in their industry sectors.   The […]

ignite idea

How To Ignite Your Technology Startup[i] I feel I have been distracted lately. I have strayed from my original focus on topics that have a practical relevance to African entrepreneurs seeking to build technology startups. Lately, I have taken on topics of a more broad and general nature. That was the case in the 4-part series How To Make Africa More Innovative and Entrepreneurial and again in How Can Africa’s Governments Harness Mobile Technology To […]


TrustAfrica in partnership with the Hewlett Foundation, is inviting applications for grants to design and implement early learning innovation projects from organizations in Kenya, Uganda, Mali and Senegal.   The ‘Early Learning Innovations Fund’ is looking at disbursing grants averaging US$55,000 for projects that can be implemented over 24 months, starting from October 2012.   More info at: Deadline : August 15,2012

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