The tech innovation fund that was expected to finance digital business projects and boost entrepreneurship has been delayed for about three years, which has limited sources of funding for local innovators. The $100 million fund, which could be the biggest in the Rwanda’s history, was first announced in 2015, but it is yet to be established, with officials attributing the delay on paperwork. It is difficult for tech start-ups to get funding especially from banks.
Insufficient stock and poor quality of some products is hindering e-commerce in Rwanda, which has seen the closure of online trade giant Jumia. Jumia Rwanda — a subsidiary of the pan African e-commerce company Jumia Group, which operates in 15 countries — closed its business late last year. The platform allowed retailers to list their products, but some shoppers complained that the products they ordered would not get to them as advertised.
Tech industry players raised concerns facing this sector ahead of the Africa tech summit to be held in Kigali on February 14-15. They said many local startups are yet to innovate and come up with solutions that would help them raise funds to boost their businesses. A recent tech funding report released by Disrupt Africa, a pan-African startup portal, showed that Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa were the top destinations for tech investors in 2017.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".