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  • How proposed changes in Copyright Amendment Bill will affect tech startups

    If you run or own a technology company you should sit up and take note of the proposed changes to the current South African Copyright Act, as proposed by the 2017 Copyright Amendment Bill. Copyright laws provide the legal vehicle for protecting and monetising your technology, particularly the rights in computer programs, applications, source code and the like. These rights arise automatically on creation -- you don't need to register the copyright in South Africa. Thus, if carefully managed, copyright can be an efficient and cost-effective tool to gain a competitive advantage, generate royalties and pursue infringers (for example someone who copies your...

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    Career Opportunities at Creative Spark

    If you’re keen to take on exciting new challenges and gain a taste of agency life, take a look at the career opportunities we have available. We’re expanding our team and are in search of go-getters and committed team-players to be part of our journey in this fast-growing industry. With us, you’ll get to work on stimulating, high-profile local and international media projects, alongside a group of talented and highly-skilled individuals. Best of all, we have the yummiest bottomless coffee and the most amazing views of the city. Tempted yet? Take a look at our vacancies below and share with your...

  • Startups, have an app or web platform you want to sell to Old Mutual?

    Have an insuretech product? Startups should spend more time getting to know the challenges insurance companies face before approaching a corporate. So says Stanley Gabriel, head of innovation at Old Mutual Personal Finance. In addition startups should know their story and understand Old Mutual's constraints and limitations, while remaining flexible on how these can be addressed or overcome. "Don't engage on a proposed partnership unless your product or service is ready for testing -- this only leads to disappointment for all parties involved," says Gabriel. Startup shouldn't engage on a proposed partnership unless their product or service is ready for testing says Old Mutual innovation head Ventureburn spoke to...

  • Accelerator programme In2Korea launches second call for foreign startups

    The Korean government has launched yet another acceleration programme to lure foreign startups to the Asian country. The latest, In2Korea, aims to assist foreign startups relocate to Korea. The programme is run by Korea's National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA), which last Thursday launched a second call for applications -- to all tech startups with a minimum viable product that are keen on developing their business in Korea. Only 30 spots are available. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December. Startups selected won't need to give away equity and can get mentorship, office space in a startup campus in Pangyo near Gangnam and assistance obtaining a...

  • SA accelerator for black startups I’M IN tight-lipped on selection of first cohort

    I'M IN -- a new South African accelerator programme run by IDF Capital and aimed at black tech startups is preparing to get under way, but organisers remain tight-lipped on how many startups have been selected and on releasing the names of those selected. While Bernard Moshabane, the programme director at I’M IN Accelerator, said the programme opened a public call for applications earlier on in the year, he would not divulge any information about the programme. While a story earlier this month by local website SME South Africa mentions that three startups have been selected to join the programme’s first cohort, Moshabane did...

  • Want to run a Startup Grind chapter? New Cape director Sandras Phiri tells how

    Anyone, anywhere in the world can launch a Startup Grind chapter. But many close within months of launching. The key is to get your monthly event to become financially sustainable, says new Startup Grind Cape Town director Sandras Phiri. "The thing to consider is why are you doing it? If you're doing it just to make money, you're going to be super frustrated, you're going to quit… if you're doing it to help the community, to help entrepreneurs you're more likely to succeed," says Phiri, who takes over from current Cape Town chapter director Guillaume De Smedt next month. Zambian-born Phiri...

  • One week left to apply for World Food Progamme Innovation Accelerator

    Social enterprise startups from around the world with innovative solutions to takcle world hunger have until midnight (central European time) on 21 August to apply to join the World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator in Munich, Germany. Those that this miss the deadline will however have their applications considered for future rounds of the programme. The accelerator is looking for solution-driven startups and submissions will be judged on how applicants are able to solve the problems they purport to focus on. Applicants from past cohorts have submitted applications such as satellite based asset monitoring systems, ecommerce platforms and eLearning. WFP Innovation Accelerator consultant Alex Sloan told...

  • Zero-equity Swedish accelerator, THINK, calls for international applications

    THINK, a Swedish-based zero-equity accelerator, has opened a call for applications from early-stage tech startups from around the world. Applications close on 27 August. Those startups that are selected to join the three-month global accelerator will benefit from the accelerator's international network of mentors, access to investors, free office space in Helsingborg (near Malmö) tailored coaching and access to $300 000 worth of services from companies including IBM, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Hubspot among others. THINK has two tracks that startups can choose to apply for. THINK Accelerate is aimed at early-stage tech startups with a focus on software as a service (SAAS), platform...

  • Second season of Santam’s Safety Ideas campaign seeks smart security solutions

    Do you have a workable concept or idea on vehicle, business and home safety? Entries for the second Santam Safety Ideas campaign are now open until 29 September. The initiative, which generated over 15o entries in its first season last year, is run by insurance company Santam, Stellenboch-based incubator Launchlab and innovation company Innovus. The campaign aims to encourage SA innovators to develop innovative safety and security solutions. Low-cost security solutions startup Jonga clinched R150 000 in incubation support last week after winning the first season of the campaign. Read more: Cape Town-based security startup Jonga wins Santam Safety Ideas campaign In all 15 to 20 finalists will be selected...

  • Seedstars World launches call in Lagos in search of Nigeria’s next top startups

    Global seed-stage startup competition Seedstars World today launched a call for applications to search for Nigeria’s next top seed-stage startups. With the support of sponsors Orange, Merck, Enel and the local host Seedspace Lagos, Seedstars World will be holding a dynamic pitch event on 25 August in Lagos, Seedstars World said in a press release today. Seedstars World is travelling to more than 75 countries this year to identify the best seed-stage entrepreneurs and provide them with an opportunity to win up to $500 000 and network with investors and mentors from around the world. Previous participants have raised over $61-million collectively, providing employment to more than...

  • Still stuck in school — NITDA’s awkward romance with Nigerian startups [opinion]

    When many Nigerian founders of startups are asked to list their major challenges, they often mention the lack of support from the Nigerian government. While this is a widely accepted position in the country’s startup ecosystem, government officials and politicians at all levels believe the industry is getting more than enough support from the government -- which set up the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). The agency has been tasked with developing the country’s ICT industry. How it perhaps started So how did it come about? The theory is that some years ago some international tech experts visited Nigeria's then president Olusegun Obasanjo at the...