When is early-stage funding effective in catalysing growth in emerging markets?

Introduction: about Y Combinator

Y Combinator (YC) is a renowned startup accelerator that invests in early-stage companies twice every year. Currently, the value of the cash funding provided is $125K in return for a 7% equity stake in the startups that are funded using a post-money SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity), although this package has been varying throughout the years. YC’s programme lasts for 3 months and runs two cohorts per year: a winter cohort running from January through March, and a summer one, from June through August.

YC was founded in…


How crowdfunding and decentralised investment platforms for farmers and livestock keepers are providing capital to small businesses in agriculture.

Briter’s Cross-Regional Innovation Series 🗺️ is founded upon the intention to highlight thematic areas that present similarities and patterns across so-called underserved markets. Chapter 3 explores the role played by crowdfunding platforms for farmers across these regions and their contribution to bridging financing for agriculture in underserved economies.

Financing for agriculture as a prerequisite to increase productivity in Africa and contribute to fighting poverty and malnutrition is an avidly debated subject in socio-economic development conversations. …


The journey of multi-service platforms across emerging markets 🌎 🌍 🌏

Briter’s Cross-Regional Innovation Series 🗺️ is founded upon the intention to highlight thematic areas that present similarities and patterns across so-called underserved markets. Chapter 2 explores the growing influence of super apps in everyday life across these regions and their journey from transport and logistics apps to multi-service platforms.

Over the past half-decade, Super Apps have increasingly been seen as one of the up and coming topics of the tech scene worldwide, with Asia being recognised as the epicentre of this phenomenon thanks to the emergence of quintessential super…


Including informal workers by means of technology: who, where, and how.

Cross-Regional Innovation Series: Blue Collar and Informal Work

Briter’s Cross-Regional Innovation Series is founded upon the intention to highlight thematic areas that present similarities and patterns across so-called underserved markets. Chapter 1 investigates the role of digital platforms for blue-collar and informal workers in the context of high youth unemployment and low formality rates in the job market across these geographies.

Data from the International Labour Organisation indicate that the vast majority of the two billion people in the informal economy reside in ‘developing countries’ and account for almost two-thirds of the employed population globally. Broadly speaking, ‘informality’ refers to a social status in which certain segments of…


November 16th, 2020

After producing 100+ mappings and reports portraying Africa’s business, technology, and investment landscapes…

Briter Bridges are launching a brand new series which is set to pave the way to a new chapter in the company’s research which will include new regions and themes. This series aims at showcasing cross-regional innovation, i.e. the impact of all those businesses that have been developing organically across different underserved markets and which share core aspects such as revenue, pricing, and operating models, technology components, and user demographics.

This series is designed with the intention of identifying patterns and differences between regions that share similar macroeconomic and social characteristics by looking at the development of…


and why we need more and better data on underserved markets.

A comprehensive document to understand functionalities and use cases.

What is Briter Intelligence (BI)?

In May 2020, Briter launched Intelligence, a digital, real-time market insights platform focused on business and investment activity across underserved markets (UM). Phase I in the life of BI specifically addresses the informational gap in Africa. BI was ideated as the direct continuation and expansion of the research and mapping work our team at Briter Bridges has been doing over the 20 months since its inception. …


On May 27th, 2020, Briter Bridges announces the launch of its Business Intelligence platform (public BETA), after building one of the largest visual libraries illustrating the state of innovation across underserved markets, with a particular focus on Africa. The tool aims at creating a knowledge-as-a-service hub for information on these geographies, which will be particularly built for, and dedicated to researchers, business people, and investors.

Briter was founded in October 2018 with the intention of portraying the ‘brighter’ side of regions that lack the adequate supply and quality of information that would be needed to showcase the opportunities they offer…


The #EcosystemMaps in this article have been updated with the precious and enthusiastic contribution of several Sri Lankan entrepreneurs and ecosystem players after the first publication. Briter Bridges and Crowdisland have facilitated the research and data crowdsourcing.

Sri Lanka’s #EcosystemMaps — V2 Q3

Sri Lanka is that country that is usually featured in the headlines as the top travel destination thanks to its enviable beaches, mystical tea plantations, and unaltered wildlife. …


This article has been co-authored by Dario Giuliani (Founder of Briter) and Samuel Ajadi (Senior Insights Manager, GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator).

Technology ecosystems across Africa have witnessed incredible growth over the past few years, mainly boosted by a torrent of venture funds, development finance, corporate involvement, as well as ever-growing, innovative communities. The latest collaborative effort by Briter Bridges and the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator programme, identifies 618 active tech hubs. This figure is based on the GSMA’s 2016–2018’s definition — an active tech hub being an organisation currently active with a physical local address, offering facilities and support for tech and…


When is tech innovation in agriculture a leap too far?

The bright picture

Many economies across Sub-Saharan Africa remain predominantly agricultural and, due to an increase in global food demand and the availability of arable land across the continent — 60% of global uncultivated arable land is in Africa, according to the African Development Bank -, there seems to be a growing consensus around the idea of Africa as the final frontier of the Green Revolution in agriculture and the potential bread basket of the world. …

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