Maxime Bayen

Maxime Bayen

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Passionate about disrupting tech startups across industries and strong supporter of the sharing economy. I track trends and developments in Telecom & Digital industries with a focus on Africa

Building Synergies: How Mobile Operators And Startups Can Partner For Impact In Emerging Markets

A new report from the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator looking at the potential for collaboration between startups and mobile operators in emerging markets has identified several key areas in which the two can leverage on each other's strengths to grow market share and spread their reach into sectors they were otherwise

Some Findings From The First Round Of Applications For The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund

In July 2016, GSMA launched an Innovation Fund at the Mobile 360 – Africa event, with the aim of supporting a dozen mobile startups in Africa and Asia active in utilising the sharing economy, or creating services for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The selected startups will receive funding (grants

Mobile Operators In Emerging Markets Are Investing In Startups To Accelerate Innovation

In Early October 2016, Safaricom announced the third investment of its corporate venture capital fund Spark. After Sendy and mSurvey, the Kenyan mobile operator invested in local ed-tech Eneza Education. On a different scale and in a different geography but with the same type of investment vehicle, a few weeks

Three Takeaways From The Africa Business Angel Forum

On 9 and 14 September, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator team took part in two events hosted by NewGenAngels, a UK-based members-only investment club for angel investors with an interest in Africa. After an event mainly focused on investment on 9 September, NewGenAngels was hosting a dinner on the 14 September