Podcast

Available across every podcasting platform, the fortnightly Disrupt Podcast helps keep you in the loop on all that’s going on in the African tech startup ecosystem.

Co-hosts Gabriella Mulligan and Tom Jackson recap all the major news and trends of the previous couple of weeks, while also bringing you interviews with key industry stakeholders, plus analysis and advice from those in the know.

The weekly “Pitch the Pod” feature gives one lucky African tech startup the chance to audio pitch to prospective investors, partners and customers.

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DP #11 – October 4, 2020 – Gabriella and Tom are joined by Etop Ikpe, CEO of Nigerian automotive technology startup Autochek, and Kofo Samusi, COO at corporate-backed accelerator Founders Factory Africa. The episode also includes a wrap up of all the latest African tech startup news, while Emmanuel Chatina of Malawian e-health startup Ocliya “pitches the pod”.


DP #10 – September 6, 2020 – Tom and Gabriella are joined by Emeka Ajene of West African startup Gozem as it transitions into a “super app” for Africa, while Frans Kronje of South African AI startup DataProphet takes us through his company’s US$6 million Series A round. The episode also includes a wrap up of all the latest African tech startup news, while Apollo Eric of Kenyan P2P remittances startup BitLipa “pitches the pod”.


DP #9 – August 23, 2020 – Gabriella and Tom are joined by Paul Kimani of Kenyan HR tech startup WorkPay in the wake of the company’s US$2.1 million funding round, while Jon Stever of i4policy tells us why Startup Acts are increasingly being put into place across the continent. The episode also includes a wrap up of all the latest African tech startup news, while Adeshina Adewumi of Nigerian retail-tech startup One Kiosk Africa “pitches the pod”.


DP #8 – August 9, 2020 – Tom and Gabriella are joined by Tevis Howard and Tiffany Card from Kenya-based conservation-tech startup Komaza to discuss the company’s US$28 million Series B investment, while Philani Sangweni, managing director of newly-founded South African VC firm E4E tells us how important it is for investors to bring more than just money to the table. The episode also includes a wrap up of all the latest African tech startup news, while Mouhamadou Sall of Senegalese digital addressing startup NIMA Codes “pitches the pod”.


DP #7 – July 26, 2020 – Tom and Gabriella are joined by Onyekachi Izukanne, CEO of Nigerian B2B e-commerce startup TradeDepot, in the wake of its US$10 million pre-Series B funding round, and Isis Nyong’o Madison, founder of Kenyan mothering platform MumsVillage, talks mergers after her company joined forces with Nigeria’s BabyBliss. Also includes a wrap of all the latest African tech startup news, while Ahmad Al-Kabbany of Egyptian e-health startup VRapeutic “pitches the pod”.


DP #6 – July 12, 2020 – Gabriella and Tom are joined by Luke Kyohere, co-founder of East African fintech startup Beyonic, in the wake of his company’s acquisition by the Johannesburg-based MFS Africa. Tomi Davies, president of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN), joins to discuss the ins and outs of valuing your tech startup. The episode also includes a wrap up of all the latest African tech startup news, while Emeka Mba-Kalu of Nigerian startup E Dey Shop “pitches the pod”.


DP #5 – June 28, 2020 – Tom and Gabriella are joined by a host of founders in the African e-health space as the team marks the release of the latest edition of its High Tech Health report with a deep dive into the sector. Also features Nnena Nkongho of growth capital firm DiGAME Investment Company and a wrap up of all the latest African tech startup news, while Gabriel Ekman of Rwandan ed-tech startup BAG Innovation “pitches the pod”.


DP #4 – June 14, 2020 – Gabriella and Tom are joined by Abe Cambridge, founder and CEO of Sun Exchange, and Medea Degbe, president of the Benin Business Angel Network. Also includes a wrap of all the latest African tech startup news, while Daisy Myburgh of South African prop-tech startup Roundr “pitches the pod”.


DP #3 – May 31, 2020 – Co-hosts Tom Jackson and Gabriella Mulligan are joined by Jim Chu, founder of Zoom-based pitching initiative The Nest, and Jeremy Leach, CEO of South African insurtech startup Inclusivity Solutions, to discuss the company’s recent funding round and its MNO partnerships model. The episode also includes a wrap up of all the latest African tech startup news, while Simon Githinji of CashBackApp “pitches the pod”.


DP #2 – May 17, 2020 – In the second episode of the Disrupt Podcast, co-hosts Tom Jackson and Gabriella Mulligan are joined by Helium Health CEO Adegoke Olubusi in the wake of its $10 million fundraise, as well as EWB Ventures investment director Muthoni Wachira to talk survival in the time of COVID. Also includes a wrap up of all the latest African tech startup news, while Isidore Kpotufe of stabus “pitches the pod”.


DP #1 – May 3, 2020 – In episode one of the Disrupt Podcast, co-hosts Gabriella Mulligan and Tom Jackson are joined by Iyinoluwa Aboyeji of the Future Africa Fund and Lungisa Matshoba, CTO of Yoco. Includes a wrap up of all the latest African tech startup news, including a detailed look at how the sector is adjusting to COVID-19, while Ayazona co-founder Samson Otieno is the first person to “Pitch the Pod”.