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Africa is becoming a hothouse for startups

iHub is one of the incubators for startups based in the Bishop Magua Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.   © Ken Moriyasu

NAIROBI, Kenya/TOKYO -- In a dimly lit office in a five-story building on Ngong Road in the Kenyan capital, young Africans flip off their shoes, crouch on a sofa and tap away at their laptops. On the wall is a poster that reads,"How to start a startup." Rule No. 2 tells would-be business owners to find "what is missing in the world."

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