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  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [25/07/2016]

    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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    Don’t let expansion ruin a great company culture

    As a young company that primarily serves informal markets, we have quickly expanded into new regions on the African continent. While South Africa remains a key focus – and our base – we have invariably needed to establish a presence in other fast growing markets. In practice, this has meant that our management team spends a great deal of time away from the rest of the team – and working remotely. Without a doubt, this scenario is impacting the culture of the business – as the core structure shifts from a centralised management system to a more distributed model....

  • Sage Summit 2016 to host over 15 000 entrepreneurs

    What began as a small business venture 30 years ago has now become the meeting point for millions of entrepreneurs from across 23 countries. This year's Sage Summit will look to inspire new and old entrepreneurs alike. The Sage Summit 2016 looks to break last year's figures, with expectations to double capacity.  The event which will also host some of the world's leading brand ambassadors and entertainers will seek to employ their knowledge and passions to those in attendance. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn: "For the first time, Sage Summit will have a dedicated series of events for...

  • Nigeria’s NetPlusDotCom taps Etisalat to rollout STORM app mPOS solution

    A few weeks ago, Ventureburn focused on how African telecoms operators can have a mutually beneficial innovation-driven relationship with startups specifically by making their APIs startup friendly. This week, Nigeria’s NetPlusDotCom, announced a partnership with telecoms giant Etisalat Nigeria to deliver the STORM app. Thus further expanding how telecoms companies can get actively involved in the growth of the tech space -- this time, fintech. NetPlusDotCom is a Nigerian early stage financial technology company and payment solution provider that decided to partner with Etisalat to roll out STORM -- which is an innovative inventory, store management and self-service ticketing solution via...

  • Demo Africa to showcase 11 South African finalists

    DEMO Africa, a flagship initiative of Lions@Africa, helps connect startups across the continent to relevant markets, offering them an opportunity to bring their dreams to life. This year's event sees 11 South African startups representing the nation out of a total of 30 finalists. Demo Africa, which saw 723 applicants, began in Nairobi, before moving to Kenya, Lagos and Nigeria. For the first time ever, the event will take place in Johannesburg. The 723 applicants were whittled down to 131, coming down to the final 30. Eleven of the finalists are South African, while six are Nigerian, five are Kenyan, three represent Ghana....

  • M-Net’s startup pitching show gets prominent ‘shark’

    Upcoming pitching TV show Shark Tank South Africa, has named Co-CEO and co-founder of The Creative Council Gil Oved as one of it's 'Sharks'. The show will feature entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas to a panel of well-known judges for funding. If more than one Shark decides to invest in an idea, the contestant will need to decide who they're going with. "On Shark Tank South Africa, I am keen on investing in companies with unique -- and local -- IP. I am interested in products, services, technology and brands that need channel marketing, branding, distribution, mentorship, guidance and access to capital," writes...

  • Seedstars World announces 11 startups to pitch in Luanda, Angola

    International pitching competition Seedstars World has announced the 11 pre-selected startup contestants for Luanda. The event will take place on 27 July in Luanda, Angola, at Banco Económico. "This is our second year in Angola and we are looking forward to witnessing the exceptional talent that Angola has on offer. Also, we want to use our platform to showcase the Angolan startups on the global stage," writes Claudia Makadristo, associate for Seedstars World Africa, in a press release to Ventureburn. The 11 startups will pitch their business to a panel of judges and audience, with a short Q&A session following each pitch. The judges will then...

  • Entrepreneurs: so, you want to make a contribution?

    An entrepreneur is someone who makes a contribution to the world as we know it. And for this, they get rewarded. Sometimes in kind, sometimes in love, and of course, sometimes in money. I know that many people in the world think that it is all about money, but I am going to challenge this view today. Making a contribution to the world does not always have a number or prize attached to it. Sometimes the rewards are not things we can see. 1. Characteristics Entrepreneurs always display the following 3 qualities: they are positive, they are curious and they are...

  • Kenya’s Chezo Serious Gaming Hub aims to solve water problems in Africa

    Gaming has changed the lives of many as well as developed into something more than just a form of entertainment. It's become a form of learning and even social change. The Chezo Serious Gaming Hub will launch in Kenya -- backed by VIA Water -- and is a project designed to seek and support initiatives geared at solving water problems around the African continent. It aims to bring together gaming experts from the Netherlands and Kenya to inspire and incubate local startups. Other partners for the hub includes iHub, an incubator for technological growth in Kenya; Upande, a company specialising in web mapping and geographical information systems; Deltares,...

  • CES to host Africa Tech Now Village startup showcase in 2017

    Taking place at the yearly CES technology exhibition in Las Vegas, Eureka Park is the destination for startups to launch new products during the event. In 2017, it will also play host to African startup showcase, Africa Tech Now Village. The Africa Tech Now Village will connect ten pre-selected startups with investors, potential clients, and more. They will also receive training, access to workshops, and a webinar for the event. The event is looking at early to mid-stage startups in the digital technology field, such as edtech, agri-tech, and ecommerce, to name a few. They also need to "show a ground breaking innovation," preferably addressing the...

  • Travel startup Timbuktu aims to take fuss out of safaris

    A new travel company aims to take the hassle out of safari trips on the African continent. Based in Cape Town but focusing on the UK, Timbuktu claims to simplify the planning process and save on agent fees, allowing UK users to effectively design their own safari trip. Destination countries supported by the service are: Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The company says that Ethiopia, Madagascar, Rwanda and Uganda are "coming soon". The numbers behind Timbuktu The service was officially launched in April 2016 by Johnny Prince, Ian Petzer and Giles Trotter, and is growing at a brisk pace,...