Category Archives: Education

Is there a science to scale? Launch of the DigitalxScale website and report

Nearly 15 years ago, M-PESA launched as one of the world’s first mobile money payment systems – catalysing business growth and banking those otherwise excluded from formal financial institutions. Today more than 700 fintech companies operate across the African continent. Collectively, these fintech companies have created digital payment infrastructures that help businesses and individuals overcome […]

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ACCEL Awards 2021: The Future Unicorns Changing Africa’s Economy

This year, the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development sponsored the ACCEL Awards, an annual business start-up contest organised by the London Business School’s Africa Club in collaboration with the Club Alumni and Corporate Partners including FTSE 100 companies, venture capital firms, entrepreneurship incubators and media companies. The LBS Africa Club and the ACCEL Awards […]

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Driving social and economic change in Africa through gender-inclusive financing

London Business School’s 2021 Social Impact Conference invited Esther Dassanou, Manager at Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa, African Development Bank Group (AFAWA), Oluseun Onasoga, Executive director at Access Bank Rwanda and Mbabazi Zakhia, Entrepreneur – managing director at Prime Bakery and Cafe, to a panel discussion moderated by Iris Steenkamp, PhD student in […]

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LBS SOCIAL IMPACT CLUB: YEAR-IN-REVIEW

Colleen Garrehy and Tina Pan, Co-Presidents of the Social Impact Club at London Business School, reflect on the club’s learnings in the past year.   Our LBS Social Impact Club forged a dynamic presence in a year of Zoom.   During an unpredictable year, the Social Impact Club found creative solutions to deliver high quality experiences to the London Business School (LBS) community. As a club of 60 executive committee members, we […]

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Enablers for an inclusive pan-African success story

The 2021 Africa Business Summit – Re-thinking the way forward: Toward sustainable growth – sought to explore how Africa can maximise growth opportunities, as well as highlight key enablers for sustainable recovery and inclusive growth. The panel invited – Dr. Nick Hughes, co-founder, M-PESA and M-KOPA, Tolu Agunbiade, Regional Director, ALX, Dr. Sahar Nasr, former […]

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Infrastructure as a catalyst for African growth

In a wide-ranging conversation on the outlook of infrastructure in Africa, Professor Elias Papaioannou, Co-Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development and Professor of Economics at London Business School, moderated a panel of leading industry experts and practitioners to discuss the opportunities, areas of need, and the investment required for progress in […]

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