MOBILE WEST AFRICA 2017 OFFICIAL PARTNERS

Gold Partner
BBM

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BBM is one of the largest mobile messaging applications. Moving beyond BlackBerry devices, the app now has over 100 million installs on Android, iOS, and Windows. Since it was created in August 2005, BBM has evolved from a pure messaging application for communication (text and video) to a social eco-system unifying chat, social, commerce and services including games.

On 27 June 2016, Creative Media Works, a division of PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi Tbk. (Emtek, IDX:EMTK) - one of Indonesia’s largest media, content and technology businesses - announced a strategic alliance with BlackBerry Limited to accelerate consumer BBM’s research and development in offering new and exciting features, services and content to the global consumer market. As part of this strategy, BBM is making its APIs available to expedite the growth of partners and consumer services such as: — Content – music and video streaming, games, sports, news, celebrity blogs, horoscopes and more  — Commerce – shopping, gifting and coupons/vouchers — Online to Offline Commerce – booking movies, travel, health services, real-estate or job postings — Finance – P2P payments, money transfer, mobile phone re-charge, and utilities billing

Creative Media Works now operates under the BBM banner as a stand-alone consumer focused business with teams operating from Waterloo, Mississauga, Ottawa, Singapore, Jakarta, UAE and South Africa. For more information, visit www.bbm.com.

Trademarks, including but not limited to BBM and BBM Design are the trademarks or registered trademarks of BlackBerry Limited, used under license, and the exclusive rights to such trademarks are expressly reserved.

Reception Partner
BASEBONE

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Basebone is a mobile entertainment company that provides value added services within the telecom industry across 4 continents, with special focus on high growth regions. We bring together engaging apps, games, media, m-learning and social connections through paid subscription portals. Our win-win partnerships guarantee stable revenue streams for billing providers, a rewarding affiliate programme for traffic providers and wider audience exposure for content providers. We are connected to over 30 mobile network operators and present in Africa, Europe and the UK. With 7 locations and a multicultural team of 100 people, we continue to grow and leverage new business synergies within the mobile industry. Learn more about us and how to be our partner at Basebone.com.

Reception Partner
MTECH

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MTech Communications Plc is the pioneer and leading Mobile Value Added Services Provider in Nigeria operating since 2001. MTech comprises of experienced professionals providing innovative technology solutions with extensive operations in more than 12 countries across Africa.

MTech, through its direct connection to many Mobile Network Operators in most African Markets, offers a plethora of delivery channels from USSD, Voice and Data to support content and service delivery for diverse industries.

MTech offers strong on-site technical support with effective marketing initiatives to maximize the potential of your products and services.


Reception Partner
OPTIWEB COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED

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OPTIWEB COMMUNICATIONS LTD. is an innovative I.T Company that started in 2009.

Within the market structure, optiweb operate in the Value Added Services/Wireless Application Service provider segment of the telecoms industry and the mobile commerce segment of the banking industry as an ecosystem provider. Our services run on the SMS, VOICE/ IVR , MMS, GPRS, USSD, WEB, MOBILE and J2ME applications channels. We also implement "hosted services" to businesses that intend to deploy various services to subscribers of telecom & banking networks and provide software development services.

Optiweb is a team of Passionate International Professionals hailing from Technology, Creative and Business Spheres, who have joined hands for this exciting marathon of innovation that spreads across multiple technologies.

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS INCLUDES: — 2016 Winner Etisalat Most Innovative Service Provider. — 2016 Nominee and Finalist at the Apps Africa Award. — 2016 Nominee and Finalist at the Meffys Award.


Gold Partner
MOBI HUNTER

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The Mobi Hunter is a mobile media agency focused on Africa, offering a premium multi-platform approach to advertising and media buying.

We have  have partnered with Major Publishers such CNN, Cartoon Network, OLX, BBM, 2go amongst others, reaching over 32 million users with these platforms in Africa alone. Other agency specialties include programmatic advertising (video desktop and mobile), multi-territory African campaigns, digital vouchering and traditional SMS advertising.

The Mobi Hunter is active in over 11 African countries and has done over

1600 ad campaigns to date over the past year


Consumer Research Partner
KASI INSIGHT

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KASI Insight is Africa’s most innovative research and advisory firm. Since 2013 we have built the capacity to disrupt the African market research industry.

We deliver a typical project involving several thousand respondents in as many as 10 African countries in 15 days. The comprehensive reports we create for our clients present facts-backed analyses from highly experienced professionals.

www.kasiinsight.com

Lunch Partner
STANBIC

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Stanbic IBTC Holdings is a full service financial institution which offers a wide range of products and services to a variety of segments. It provides end-to-end financial solutions which include corporate and investment banking, personal and business banking, stockbroking and wealth management. Stanbic IBTC Bank is a member of the Standard Bank Group, Africa’s largest African bank by assets with footprints across 21 African countries including South Africa. Standard Bank Group has been in operation for over 153 years. The Group’s vision is “To be the leading end-to-end financial solutions provider in Nigeria through innovative and customer-focused people". The Group through it various subsidiaries ensures that it provides clients with solutions to suit their needs through sound business principles. Stanbic IBTC upholds high standards of corporate governance and is committed to advancing the principles and practice of sustainable development. Stanbic IBTC Holdings has eight subsidiaries: Stanbic IBTC Bank (including Stanbic IBTC Bureau de Change Ltd and Stanbic Nominees Nigeria Limited) Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Limited Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers Limited Stanbic IBTC Trustees Limited Stanbic IBTC Ventures Limited Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited Stanbic IBTC Investments Limited Stanbic IBTC Insurance brokers Stanbic IBTC recognises that its people are key to the successful achievement of our strategy and realizing our purpose. Our culture is driven by our employees’ experience. Working at Stanbic IBTC requires people who turn insights into opportunities, and ideas into reality; People who are enterprising, driven and ambitious. Our employee experience is enhanced by the following: • Expertise – a 150-year history of being from, for and across Africa • Opportunity – to be part of something bigger • Integrity – a strong set of values to live by • Performance – clear, fair performance management • Growth – personal and professional growth • Collaboration – great people to support and mentor you

Lead Industry Media Partner
TECHCABAL

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TechCabal is Nigeria’s largest online technology publication. Promoting conversations around mobile, technology and internet in Africa, it reaches audiences in Nigeria and 192 other countries and territories including the US, India, Kenya and the United Kingdom.

TechCabal consists of the main site; Radar (http://radar.techcabal.com), the fastest-growing forum for technology audiences in Africa; and the daily digest that provides a round up of African technology news.

TechCabal is fully owned by Big Cabal Media Limited, an African digital media company that develops content for African audiences.

www.techcabal.com

PR Partner
WIMBART

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Wimbart is a London-based boutique public relations company with a heavy emphasis on Africa and emerging markets. Working with some of Africa's most exciting and innovative companies and entrepreneurs, Wimbart produces hyper-targeted, relevant and meaningful media campaigns for a range of international clients, focussing on tech, start-ups and entertainment.

Wimbart’s clients are found on the pages, airwaves or screens of some of the world's most reputable media, including the BBC, FT, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, Economist, CNN and Bloomberg.

www.wimbart.com

Supporting Organisation
MEF

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The Mobile Ecosystem Forum is a global trade body that acts as an impartial and authoritative champion for addressing issues affecting the broadening mobile ecosystem. We provide our members with a global and cross-sector platform for networking, collaboration and advancing industry solutions.

The goal is to accelerate the growth of a sustainable mobile ecosystem that drives inclusion for all and delivers trusted services that enrich the lives of consumers worldwide.

Established in 2000 and headquartered in the UK, MEF has chapters across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin and North America.

www.mobileecosystemforum.com

Media Partner
APPSAFRICA

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Appsafrica.com is a pan-African mobile and technology news and advisory service dedicated to delivering the latest insight on mobile, tech and innovation in Africa. Appsafrica Advisory provides strategic, tactical and operational advisory services for mobile and tech ventures planning to launch or expand in Sub-Saharan Africa, while the Appsafrica Innovation Awards celebrate and connect the best in mobile and tech from across the pan-African tech ecosystem.

www.appsafrica.com

Knowledge Partner
ASOKO INSIGHT

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Asoko Insight is an information services company focused on delivering the best corporate data and analytics platform in Africa. It provides up-to-date management information, profiles, insights and data on unlisted companies across Africa to investors, global corporates and institutions. 

Data is gathered through a combination of in-country collection teams, online data mining, media syndication and institutional data partnerships. Verified information is available via subscription access to our extensive database or individual company snapshot purchase.

Media Partner
BELLA NAIJA

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Founded in 2006, BellaNaija is now Africa’s leading lifestyle website.

With over 10 million pageviews per month and over 2 million followers across its social media channels, BellNaija continues to set the pace with quality content, an engaged audience of BellaNaijarians, and an ethos that celebrates positivity and success in Nigeria and across the continent.

Media Partner
CONNECT NIGERIA

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ConnectNigeria.com makes information in Nigeria easy to find, and easy to use. The portal provides the fastest, easiest, and most innovative way for you to find information about businesses, real estate, automobiles, jobs, events, travel, sports, entertainment, health, education, technology and lots more.

Businesses and brands across Nigeria use the platform to reach and engage hundreds of thousands of contacts in their target audience. You can get your business listed on the portal, publish your business profile, or promote anything about your business to your ideal audience.

Media Partner
JIJI.NG

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JiJi.ng is a Nigerian free online classifieds site featuring an advanced security system. Founded in Lagos in 2014, it became the market leader in just 6 months and is now the fastest-growing online marketplace in Nigeria.

Media Partner
DISRUPT AFRICA

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Disrupt Africa is a one-stop-shop for all news, information and commentary pertaining to the continent’s tech startup – and investment – ecosystem.

With journalists roaming the continent to find, meet, and interview the most innovative and disruptive tech startups, Disrupt Africa is a true showcase of Africa’s most promising businesses and business ideas.

Our readers can keep up-to-date with the quirky world of tech hubs and accelerator programmes; and our reporters provide live coverage of the all-important tech and entrepreneurship events across Africa.

For our startup, entrepreneur, and investor friends alike, our mission is to provide practical information and advice from across Africa’s varied vibrant markets, and to promote engaged and thought-provoking discussion about the exciting ecosystem we belong to.

Media Partner
NAIJ.COM

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Naij.com is a news and entertainment-oriented web portal. Nigeria’s #1 visited and fastest-growing website, it attracts over 16 million visitors per month and 180 million monthly pageviews.

Media Partner
OXFORD BUSINESS GROUP

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Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a global publishing, research and consultancy firm, which publishes economic intelligence on the markets of Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.

OBG offers comprehensive analysis of macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, energy, infrastructure, industry and insurance.

OBG’s acclaimed economic and business reports are the leading source of local and regional intelligence, while OBG’s online economic briefings provide up-to-date in-depth analysis. OBG’s consultancy arm offers tailor-made market intelligence and advice to firms operating in these markets and those looking to enter them.

Media Partner
STARTA

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Starta is making it easier to build, discover and track high growth business opportunities in Africa. We believe that billion dollar companies will emerge out of Africa. Our mission is to contribute to making this happen.

We do this through content and data. We provide entrepreneurs in Africa with business support content, tools and opportunities required to launch, manage and scale a business startup. We provide the platform that allows investors and business development professionals to research, discover and track the fastest growing business opportunities in the region.

We are a team of entrepreneurs, private investors, growth hackers, data scientists, designers, coders and designers with a passion for Africa.

Media Partner
THE GUARDIAN

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The Guardian is an independent newspaper, established for the purpose of presenting balanced coverage of events, and of promoting the best interests of Nigeria. It owes allegiance to no political party, ethnic community, religious or other interest groups. Its primary commitment is to the integrity and sovereignty of the Federation of Nigeria, and beyond that to the unity and sovereignty of Africa.

Visit us at www.guardian.ng

Media Partner
TECH AFRICA

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Tech Africa is a media startup designed to tell the continuing African technology story. From the CEO’s office in Port Louis to the tech hub in Kampala, we will tell those stories – of successes, failures and ventures made by, and for, Africans in the technology space – following the ripple wherever in the world it takes us.

Media Partner
TECH CITY

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TechCity is Nigeria’s sole and premier technology blog that is dedicated to the reviews and reporting of technology stories across Nigeria through online videos hosted on YouTube. With a dedicated team, we have reported breaking technology stories of leading brands in Nigeria while being trusted by leading technology brands to review their latest products or cover their press events. These companies include brands like Samsung Electronics Nigeria, Microsoft Nigeria, Google Nigeria, and Konga.com.

Media Partner
TECHLOY

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TechLoy is West Africa’s leading technology, mobile and start-up news site. As an independent source for breaking technology news, informed opinion and unbiased analysis, TechLoy.com is at the heart of today’s Internet companies, tomorrow’s mobile innovations, emerging entertainment technologies and web culture with incisive insights and coverage of key African markets. With a monthly average of over 250,000 page views (over 10,000 daily page views) and more than 35,000 unique visitors monthly on average, TechLoy.com is the most prolific breaking tech news site, providing analysis of web, mobile and social media trends within emerging African markets.

Media Partner
TECHPOINT.NG

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Techpoint.ng is a new generation, people-centric technology blog that aims to bring technology closer to the average Nigerian. It is a point where we want everyone to meet and be bound by a common language – techies and laymen alike.

Techpoint.ng defies the generic rule because we do not rehash news from what is obtainable. We report the stories happening in our backyards and we bring you closer to the African start-up ecosystem, going where the rubber meets the road in local technology and starting real conversations about the ecosystem and how technology impacts the lives of real people and businesses.

Our team is made up of seasoned experts who have worked in various capacities in the Nigerian tech space, and we offer the opportunity for people outside the tech space to learn about the basics and the intricacies of the Nigerian tech industry.

Our creed is that there is an exciting opportunity for technology to penetrate the fabric of society, and that is what we have committed ourselves to fostering.

Media Partner
VC4A

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The Africa platform for startup funding, VC4Africa is the largest online community of entrepreneurs and investors dedicated to building game changing companies on the continent. Entrepreneurs have access to free online tools, mentorship opportunities and private deal rooms. Investor Pro Account users can set up intelligent alerts, follow progress, conduct due diligence and connect directly. The community has members in 159 countries and meetups have been hosted in more than 50 cities around the globe. Join the movement and let’s change the world.

Media Partner
W.TEC

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The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) builds the capacities of Nigerian girls and women, to increase their economic power and ability to speak about issues affecting their lives, through ICT-based training and projects. This is achieved via technology literacy training, mentoring, work placement, and research. W.TEC works in partnership with local and international NGOs and educational and research organizations.

W.TEC was set up in January 2008 and conceived in response to research that showed that although ICTs significantly contribute to a nation’s development and growth, women – who make up approximately half of Nigeria’s population – are severely lagging behind in their knowledge and use of technology.

Media Partner
YNAIJA

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YNaija is the internet newspaper for all things young and Nigerian.

Online Media Partner
PULSE NIGERIA

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Pulse is Nigeria’s leading online news brand, reaching a young urban population. It is well known for its entertainment and lifestyle content, and its videos are also very popular. — +200 Million Monthly Impressions — +17 Million Monthly People Reached

Online Media Partner
BUSINESS INSIDER

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Created for the digital generation, Business Insider uses fast, fun, informative storytelling to cover the news and embrace the themes of positive change and innovation. — +600,000 monthly readers from Pulse’s markets — +1,200,000 monthly sessions from Pulse’s markets — +4,300,000 monthly pageviews from Pulse’s markets

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