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Innovation is happening all over Africa in all different sectors, from education to energy, banking to agriculture.

“It’s the best kind of innovation – the problem-solving innovation born out of necessity,” says Toby Shapshak, editor and publisher of the South African version of Stuff magazine says.

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With desktops living in the shadows of their much cooler friends, mobile phones, continental app developers are responding to the needs of Africans on the move.

When it comes to chatting, playing and sharing, more people are doing it with a phone in their hand, so it’s no wonder that mobile applications (apps) are becoming more and more popular on the continent.

big tech brands are now developing their own devices – like phones and speakers – for the African market

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late 2012, the World Association of Telecom operators said that sub-Saharan Africa has become since 2000, the most growing market in mobile telephony.

40% growth each year.

With these data, it is expected one billion mobile subscribers on the continent in 2015, attracted by the strong demand for connectivity and innovative services like mobile money and mobile internet.

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Young techies hunched over laptops in small offices across Africa want to create their own versions of California’s Silicon Valley and some are beginning to attract investors prepared to take a risk in the hope of high returns.

One such start-up, a South African social photography app called Over, last month beat 19 others from around the world to win funding from U-start, an advisor that matches mainly European investors with fledging businesses.

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