By Tom Jackson
To say the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has an image problem is an understatement when it comes to a country best known internationally for poverty, civil war, and now Ebola.
Yet for tech entrepreneurs, the DRC is rapidly becoming a land of opportunity. With a population that has passed 80 million and is rapidly growing, GDP on the march, increasing internet penetration, and signs of increasing political stability, the business environment is becoming more favourable.
Meanwhile, with the government becoming more supportive, and some – but not many – local success stories garnering attention, there are hopes the country can rival the likes of Kenya as a tech hub.
The international outlook
Barrett Nash built and initially launched moto-taxi app CanGo Africa in the “test kitchen” of the Rwandan market, but has now expanded the startup to DRC in pursuit of growth. He told Disrupt Africa that is most exciting about DRC as a market is its greenfield aspect.
“Sure, this is an earlier stage market than a Nairobi or Lagos, but that is an opportunity. We can look at how other cities developed and be influenced by what worked, but also try to avoid the pitfalls,” he said.
“For example, Click here to read entire article