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Ethiopia’s bid to become an African startup hub hinges on connectivity

June 21, 2019 / Jake Bright
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Ethiopia is flexing its ambitions to become Africa’s next startup hub. The country of 105 million with the continent’s seventh largest economy is revamping government policies, firing up angel networks and rallying digital entrepreneurs. Ethiopia currently lags the continent’s tech standouts - like Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa - that have become focal points for startup formation, VC and exits. To join those ranks, the East African nation will need to improve its internet environment, largely controlled by one government-owned telecom. Last week Ethiopia’s government shut down the internet for the entire nation. Ethiopia has the workings of a budding tech scene. Much of it was on display recently at the county’s first Startup Ethiopia event held in Addis Ababa.