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Are tech startups the answer to Africa’s unemployment problem?

Andela, Jumia, Flutterwave – these are just a few of the African tech startups now worth over a billion US dollars. Foreign money is flowing in. Some people are getting rich. We ask our three contributors whether these tech startups will ever employ significant numbers of people on the continent.

Maya Horgan Famodu is a Nigerian-American venture capitalist. She is the founder and managing director of Ingressive Capital. The $10 million venture capital firm targets early-stage tech startups across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Gabriel Curtis is the former minister in charge of investments and public-private partnerships in Guinea, Conakry.

Samba Bathily is a Malian entrepreneur specialising in sustainable clean energy and solar solutions. He founded Africa Development Solutions (ADS) and partnered with Akon the American-Senegalese hip hop artist on the Akon Lighting Africa Initiative.

Gabriel Curtis, Maya Horgan Famodu, Samba Bathily