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About the Disrupting Africa Encyclopedia


The Disrupting Africa Encyclopedia has a singular purpose - “To promote African Innovators and Entrepreneurs”.

We believe there are about 30 million Africans who can disrupt Africa through their innovative business ideas.

Our mission is to find them and chronicle their stories.

This bold mission is embodied in the #AfricansYouNeedToKnowAbout campaign on social media, featuring inspirational Africans across various walks of life.

The History and the Future

At the beginning of 2015, Disrupting Ventures launched a global discussion to define the future of African innovation in the form of its first book “Disrupting Africa: The Rise and Rise of African Innovation”. A subsequent book, “Taking on Silicon Valley: How Africa’s Innovators will change its future” identified technological trends that were currently impacting the continent. This led to further discussion on the future of African innovation and the impact of the Disrupting Africa movement by the year 2030. We call this "Disrupting Africa 2030".

Throughout the process, hard questions were asked, such as: How will we make the African working population, which would be the largest in the world by 2034, an asset rather than a liability? What opportunities and challenges lie ahead of us? What trends in technology, education, information, and access will shape our future? And what of these technologies can we harness and innovate on to work for Africa?

Based on this discussion and ongoing research, the team united around a vision to chronicle the stories of African Innovators and Entreprenuers. The output was the Disrupting Africa Encyclopedia, a free online platform which showcases objective and accurate information about Africa's inspiring talent.

Why 30million Africans?

One of the hard questions the Disrupting Africa Encyclopedia team asked themselves was "How will we know we've made an impact?". This forced us to apply mathematical principles to determine our end goals, by using the Diffusion Innovation Theory. The Diffusion of Innovation (DOI) Theory, developed by E.M. Rogers in 1962, is one of the oldest social science theories, and originated in communication to explain how, over time, an idea or product gains momentum and diffuses (or spreads) through a specific population or social system.

Applying this theory to the 1+ Billion Africans, gives us a number of approximately 30 million Africans we believe can disrupt Africa.

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