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  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [27/02/2017]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you've come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

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    Peach Payments and Callpay announce EFT system partnership

    Peach Payments, a leading and one of Africa's fastest growing payment service providers and Callpay, an innovative provider of secure payment solutions announce collaboration to provide automated Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) as well as secure telephonic payment acceptance solutions. The innovative products will enable millions of South Africans to make instant and secure payments when shopping online or during payment processes over the phone and via call centres. Through this exciting collaboration announced at the 3rd eCommerce Africa Conference, customers will now be able to pay online using their cheque, savings or credit card accounts. Merchants that sign up through...

  • You can fund this sarcastic board game about Silicon Valley on Kickstarter

    Have you ever wanted to be a venture capitalist, investing in startups as you see fit? If you fund Maybe Capital on Kickstarter, you'll be able to. A simplistic title, Maybe Capital has players venturing around the game board and picking up pitching cards. They will then pitch the idea on the cards to their friends in order to secure funding. "Money is an emerging trend. We all want it, and here in Silicon Valley it exists in huge landfill-sized piles. But how do we get more of it for ourselves? How do we capitalise on the 'moronifaction' of money?" says chief expert...

  • Village Capital launches competition for food entrepreneurs in Africa

    Training and investment company Village Capital in association with The Hershey Company, is looking to support food entrepreneurs in Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria. The company is looking to identify and support entrepreneurs increasing access and affordability to nutritious food products in those regions. According to a statement on the VC4A website: "West African economies like Ghana, Nigeria, and Côte d’Ivoire are growing rapidly, yet nutrition for children still lags behind. In Ghana, UNICEF estimates that 57% of children under 5 are anaemic, 23% are stunted, and 30,000 children suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition annually." Village Capital will send 10 startups to the Village Capital’s...

  • #Budget2017: big changes to come for startups with IPs [update]

    Intellectual property (IP) exchange control is a contentious issue in South Africa, especially when it comes to software development and technology businesses. In the 2017 Budget Review, the National Treasury announced that IP exchange control would be relaxed, which is good news for startups. Ventureburn had a chance to speak to Aalia Manie, an ExCo member of Silicon Cape and IP & tech lawyer at law firm Webber Wentzel, about the announcement and what it means for the SA startup industry. National Treasury has proposed relaxations to IP exchange control & loop structures. Our lobbying has paid off! @webberwentzel @SiliconCape — Aalia...

  • eCommerce MoneyAfrica: mobile and digital intelligence in SMEs

    The eCommerce MoneyAfrica Plenary session commenced yesterday with many insightful talks on ecommerce and fintech. Google SA's country director, Luke McKend, and principal analyst at Forrester, James McCormick, spoke on the importance of mobile systems and digital intelligence for SMEs and corporates. "It's about the process, it’s about making sure your businesses can speak to each other, it’s about making sure you have the logistics right. All the big hard stuff, it’s about getting that right," said McKend. He further stretched his point by explaining the importance of the relationship between mobile and financial systems. "I'm doing all these different things with my phone. There...

  • Insights from Private Equity in Southern Africa Conference

    The Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) recently held the annual Private Equity in Southern Africa Conference. The event was centred around "Fruitful Partnerships," which looks at private equity and venture capital managers partnering with businesses for growth. "Collaborations between private equity managers and institutional investors mobilise capital from international and local sources for productive deployment; the teamwork between private equity managers and investee companies builds better businesses, which in turn creates new employment opportunities and shapes healthier communities," says CEO of SAVCA, Erika van der Merwe, in a press release to Ventureburn. Investments by the numbers Apart from anything,...

  • eCommerce MoneyAfrica Confex kicks off in Cape Town

    Ventureburn recently attended the third annual eCommerce MoneyAfrica Confex in Cape Town, featuring a range of notable speakers. Ventureburn editor Graham van der Made chaired the morning session, as well as a panel on the potential for ecommerce in the South African and larger African markets. The morning session covered Uber and Airbnb's global success, and various digital strategies that companies could incorporate to keep up with their customers. Luke McKend, country director for Google SA, was the first speaker, covering the importance of mobile in e-commerce. The eCommerce MoneyAfrica Confex aims to cover a wide-variety of issues and solutions facing e-commerce "I'm doing all these different things with...

  • Meet the fast-growing Go-Jek of Bangladesh

    Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, is an insanely densely populated city. Growing up here, Elius Hussain says, one thing is always on your mind. The traffic. The horrible jams. How you have to sometimes wait for hours before you can even get on a bus to go home. You say Jakarta is bad. You’ve not been to Dhaka. Regardless of which city makes for the more catastrophic commute, it’s obvious that mobility is an issue in Bangladesh’s capital. How to beat the traffic Pathao, the startup Elius runs, transports goods and people on two wheels – to beat traffic. It’s basically the Go-Jek of Bangladesh, and...

  • HAVAIC to advise Healthcent before investment round

    South African VC HAVAIC has announced it will advise Healthcent before its first capital raising initiative. Healthcent's app, Signapps, is a secure communication solution for the medical industry. It aims to allow the sharing of patient data via mobile phones while complying with patient confidentiality legislation. "Signapps has been trialled in South Africa’s public healthcare system and private sector health providers are now seeking to learn more about the product," says commercialisation director, Andrew Davies, in a press release. "Whilst the two sectors have different dynamics, both are responding favourably to the enhanced communication potential inherent in the product." According to the product and technology director, Michael...

  • 9 mobile apps for an organised entrepreneur

    With only 24 hours in a day and too much work to manage, multitasking is crucial for an entrepreneur. The growing technology and super-smart smartphones help you in staying organised and enhance productivity through great value apps. This is done through efficient mobile apps. Below are a few absolutely essential mobile apps that every startup entrepreneur must use to streamline the daily business activities and increase efficacy. 1. Evernote Compatibility - Android and iOS Price - Free Even though several similar apps are available in the market, Evernote is still indispensable. The app allows you to create digital notebooks, and helps in keeping track...