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Africa is poised to be the next technology hub with its large (and relatively untapped) consumer base and big-name tech companies like Google and Microsoft investing in the emerging market. With some experts referring to Africa as technology’s next frontier, the continent is bursting with opportunity, boasting a market of over a billion people and innovations that run the gamut—crowdsourcing websites, messaging clients, digital agencies and ecommerce platforms, among other technologies.

The budding climate has created a prime opportunity for the startup community.  Here, Mashable highlights startups changing the tech landscape:

Saya (Ghana)

With chat messaging clients being highly popular across Africa, Saya Mobile, an instant messaging and SMS service, builds upon such services. A product of the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), based in Accra, the app works with across various platforms such as iOS, Android, and Blackberry.


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