With its large, mostly young population, with migration from rural to urban, with and an “informal” economy that some estimate at 40% of economic activity, with lack of infrastructure, regional trade and concentration on commodities and natural resources, small and medium enterprises hold out the best hope to employee Africa’s youth in the coming decade.

Africa is a land of entrepreneurs — everyone has two or three jobs. Next2 is focused on helping SMEs uses SMS to connect with suppliers and customers using even simple, non-internet enabled phones.