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Tel Aviv Helps Kenya Build $14.5B ‘Silicon Savannah’ City

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Tel Aviv Helps Kenya Build $14.5B ‘Silicon Savannah’ City


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Einat Paz-Frankel, NoCamels | Sep, 11 2016

Israel’s ‘startup city’ Tel Aviv is helping Kenya to build its first tech hub in the new city of Konza, just outside the capital Nairobi. The ambitious, $14.5 billion project will feature a science and business park, convention center, shopping malls, hotels and international schools, among other facilities. The new smart city will be built on 5,000 acres of land, about 37 miles south of Nairobi.

In the coming months, the City of Tel Aviv – which was named the world’s smartest city and is home to hundreds of startup and high-tech companies – will host entrepreneurs and developers from Kenya to meet with Israeli experts in order to “create urban and technological models for the new city.” Continue reading

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68 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Israel

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India’s Third-Largest Firm Shops Israel For Innovative Technologies

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David Shamah, The Times of Israel | Mar, 6 2016

This article was first published by The Times of Israel and was re-posted with permission.

Aditya Birla, India’s third-largest conglomerate, is a name not well-known in Israel – certainly not as well-known as Tata Group and Infosys. But Aditya Birla is likely to become a household name, at least in the Israeli startup space, following the company’s announcement that it is on the lookout for Israeli firms to invest in. Continue reading

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Bloomberg Donates $100M To Groundbreaking ‘Cornell Tech’ Program

Bloomberg Donates $100M To Groundbreaking ‘Cornell Tech’ Program

Bloomberg Donates $100M To Groundbreaking ‘Cornell Tech’ Program

Moment Research & Consultancy June 22, 2015 – Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg broke ground last week at the Cornell Tech high-tech campus – the new applied sciences campus of Cornell University and Israel’s Technion located on Roosevelt Island – together with his successor and current NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

After touring the campus site, Bloomberg announced that he would donate $100 million to fund a portion of the construction of the campus’ facilities on the island. As such, the first academic center on the Cornell Tech campus will be called the Bloomberg Center, in honor of Mr. Bloomberg’s two daughters, Emma and Georgina. Continue reading

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The best mobile money song! Moment Research & Consultancy

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10 Ways to Accelerate Mobile Money

Mobile money can transform the lives of 1.8 billion people who have access to a mobile phone but not a bank. It can connect the last mile to basic financial services. Yet despite the over 100 mobile money deployments around the world, only a handful have reached economies of scale. We have learned from these deployments that the private sector cannot do it alone. Neither can governments, nor the donor community. Mobile money deployments require the coordinated action of all ecosystem participants to achieve scale. The most successful mobile money markets sound like a polished symphony orchestra, where the various industry and government participants show up at the same time with the same sheet of music and play in harmony. But that is not today’s reality. Instead, participants appear at different times and places with their own music and tempo. Continue reading

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Where the Digital Economy Is Moving the Fastest

Where the Digital Economy Is Moving the Fastest

Where the Digital Economy Is Moving the Fastest

Moment Research Consultancy – The transition to a global digital economy in 2014 was sporadic – brisk in some countries, choppy in others. By year’s end, the seven biggest emerging markets were larger than the G7, in purchasing power parity terms. Plus, consumers in the Asia-Pacific region were expected to spend more online last year than consumers in North America. The opportunities to serve the e-consumer were growing – if you knew where to look.

These changing rhythms in digital commerce are more than a China, or even an Asia, story. Far from Silicon Valley, Shanghai, or Singapore, a German company, Rocket Internet, has been busy launching e-commerce start-ups across a wide range of emerging and frontier markets. Their stated mission: To become the world’s largest internet platform outside the U.S. and China. Many such “Rocket” companies are poised to become the Alibabas and Amazons for the rest of the world: Jumia, which operates in nine countries across Africa; Namshi in the Middle East; Lazada and Zalora in ASEAN; Jabong in India; and Kaymu in 33 markets across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Continue reading

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Energy Does Grow On Trees, As Israelis Design First Solar Energy eTree

imageEnergy Does Grow On Trees, As Israelis Design First Solar Energy eTree

Moment Research Consultancy | Oct, 24 2014

Moment Resesrch Consultancy recently reported on the final project of Bezalel Academy of Arts student Tal Bahar entitled ‘Charge Yourself.’ When we stumbled on the idea for an urban solar-powered, phone-charging bench, we just couldn’t get enough of the environmentally-friendly and mobile technology-driven idea, until we came across the eTree. No longer in the realm of academic projects, the eTree is the brainchild of artist Yoav Ben-Dov who was commissioned to construct the urban tree habitat by the Israeli solar energy company Sologic. So what’s so magical about the idea of the eTree? Continue reading

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The Seismic Implications of Digital Financial Inclusion

The Seismic Implications of Digital Financial Inclusion

The Seismic Implications of Digital Financial Inclusion

In countries around the world, a digital revolution is bringing formal finance to hundreds of millions of mostly poor households and businesses that currently operate in the costly, and often uncertain, informal cash economy. To help global organizations, such as the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), and the financial sector standard-setting bodies grasp both the opportunities and evolving risks of digital finance, CGAP collaborated with digital providers and leading policy makers in five countries to capture the essentials in a 10 minute video.
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The Internet of Everything: the World’s Next Game Changer

The Internet of Everything: the World’s Next Game Changer

The Internet of Everything: the World’s Next Game Changer

Moment Research Consultancy -The tipping point for the next phase of the Internet is now. The Internet of Everything, which is the revolutionary connection of people, process, data and things, will drive even greater change in how we do business, live, entertain and communicate, transforming job creation, healthcare and education in ways we never thought possible.

Fueling the Internet of Everything is the tremendous explosion in the number of devices and people connected to the Internet – with more than 50 billion linked devices expected by 2020. We’re beginning to see firsthand that when you connect devices, infrastructures – even communities – amazing things are possible. The Internet of Everything presents a USD $19 trillion global opportunity to create value. It will speed up decision-making and innovation cycles for businesses, providing companies with more information so that they can make the right decisions in real-time. Continue reading

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The One Thing Computers Will Never Be Able to Do

The One Thing Computers Will Never Be Able to Do

The One Thing Computers Will Never Be Able to Do

The most creative innovations of the digital age came from those who were able to connect the arts and sciences. They believed that beauty mattered. “I always thought of myself as a humanities person as a kid, but I liked electronics,” Steve Jobs told me when I embarked on his biography. “Then I read something that one of my heroes, Edwin Land of Polaroid, said about the importance of people who could stand at the intersection of humanities and sciences, and I decided that’s what I wanted to do.” The people who were comfortable at this humanities-technology intersection helped to create the human-machine symbiosis that is at the core of this story. Continue reading

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Israeli Startup Gauzy Raises $4M To Turn Any Glass Surface Into A Screen

Israeli Startup Gauzy Raises $4M To Turn Any Glass Surface Into A Screen

Israeli Startup Gauzy Raises $4M To Turn Any Glass Surface Into A Screen

You might think that see-through fridges and interactive shop windows exist only in the movies, but Gauzy, an Israeli startup company, is turning science-fiction into reality. In their words Gauzy is creating the opportunity to “handle glass like never before.” Continue reading

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Sci-Fi: The Top Ten Israeli Inventions That Allow The Blind To ‘See’

imageReading someone’s facial expressions; looking at the night sky, or browsing the internet – these are mundane tasks that hardly require our attention. But not everyone can call them routine; for the 285 million people worldwide who are visually impaired, these simple tasks are nearly impossible. Continue reading

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ExIm Bank Reauthorization Critical for US-Africa Business

ExIm Bank Reauthorization Critical for US-Africa Business

ExIm Bank Reauthorization Critical for US-Africa Business

The US Export-Import (ExIm) Bank has become the latest political football in Washington, as Democrats and Republicans argue over its value to the American economy. ExIm Bank is the US government’s export credit agency, which provides American companies with trade financing, insurance, and loan guarantees. In doing so, it assumes some of the risk inherent in international business and facilitates a greater volume of US trade flows. ExIm’s charter is set to expire on September 30, requiring a reauthorization by Congress in order to keep the 80 year-old agency alive. Though it is tied to a domestic government spending bill, ExIm Bank’s reauthorization is very much an international matter. Its fate is intrinsically linked to the future of U.S. business in Africa, as many US companies require government-backed support in order to do business on the continent.
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An interview with Muhammad Yunus: The godfather of microcredit shares his views – and concerns – about the sector

imageMoment Research Consultancy – Few individuals cast a longer shadow in the world of social enterprise than Nobel Laureate and Grameen Bank Founder Muhammad Yunus. We were grateful for the opportunity to interview him at the 17th Microcredit Summit earlier this month. Continue reading

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