Africa is an ideal place for Alpha testing new tech relevant ideas. Many developed countries encourage start-ups. But Africa as we can all see falls in last place when it comes to technological progress. With a populace who live in mostly abject poverty. It’s hard to imagine the next Silicon Valley in a place like Rwanda… We should think out of the box when trying to unlock the potential of Africa though… “the mother of all invention is necessity.” And is Africa is one giant necessity wrapped up in a continent. Places in Africa can be good to foster that American spirit of creation. Of course with all the positive that can come out of Africa. Most people living in very dilapidated conditions, going without power, and other problems can deter one from even coming here. But Apricot Computers sees some good from this fight! Alpha testing in Africa will allow our company to overcome the challenges all start-ups face.
When I decided to move from the US to Kenya. I was amazed at how creative young Kenyans can be. Nigerians, South Africans you name it are all trying to get in the start-up groove. The passion and love for creating something new is encouraging and fosters passion. The young Africans who come from very humble beginnings are slowly learning the ropes of building something new. Pain, expense, difficulty, and of course running on a shoe-string budget makes the journey highly competitive.
The truth is most people in Africa will never have their innovation see the light of day. The rigorous nature of launching a company in the US for example is fraught with obstacles.
That’s only magnified exponentially when operating in Africa. Most developed regions in the world have many incubators and hubs to link new minds together. This isn’t the case in many regions in Africa. Even If the hubs exist they are more like office spaces with computers. The issue with the right leaders in those hubs and incubators is appalling.
Apricot Computers wants to encourage those creative minds to not just think about your prized possession but understand who is going to end up buying it. Africa overall has light years to go before they become the new Silicon Valley. That’s not to say it can’t happen. But there’s a lot of mental leaps and bounds to attract big investors to come knocking at your door.
Information Technology start-ups can be good though. It shows what areas may need to be strengthened before selling to the global market. Alpha Testing in Africa is a way to stress test that new idea. If It can work in Africa it can succeed anywhere.