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The Emerging Platform Economy Series No. 2

Report | April 29, 2016

The Rise of African Platforms: A Regional Survey

By Dr. Olayinka David-West and Dr. Peter C. Evans

“The Rise of African Platforms,” is the first comprehensive survey to examine platform companies across Sub-Sahara Africa. The survey identified the 42 most significant platform companies operating in 33 countries. They operate throughout the region but, as the study notes, key clusters are forming in West Africa (Lagos), East Africa (Nairobi) and South Africa (Cape Town).

The survey outlines the constraints facing African platforms, but it also highlights the creative ways that entrepreneurs in Africa are addressing these constraints with a variety of innovations.

In addition to the opportunities and constraints of African platforms, the survey outlines a number of significant findings:

  • The typical age of African platforms
  • African platform company global linkages
  • African platforms organized by sector
  • African Platform type and ownership
  • Platform funding launch and growth
  • Top performing African platform companies
  • Global competition

View the full survey here.

The African platform survey team consists of leading scholars and experts on platform companies:
Dr. Olayinka David-West of the Lagos Business School and Dr. Peter C. Evans of The Center for Global Enterprise

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