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  • Google Launchpad Accelerator announces six African startup for fourth class

    Four Nigerian startups and one each from Kenya and South Africa will join 27 other startups at the 4th class of Google's Launchpad Accelerator. The announcement was made yesterday by Google on the Google Developers Blog. It's the first time Google has opened the accelerator to startups from Africa and Europe. Read more: JUMO first SA startup to be selected for Google Launchpad Accelerator The six from Africa startups, which were among 33 startups chosen by Google, will attend a two-week bootcamp at Google’s headquarters in California from 17 to 28 July, and get six months ongoing support and mentorship and $50,000 in funding. The 33 startups also include six from India; four from Brazil;...

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    Securing the right investor for every stage of your business

    So you’ve nailed down the big idea, you’ve got the inspiration, and you’ve laid out a savvy business plan - now all you need is the right investor (or investors) to get your startup off the ground. For many new entrepreneurs, this is the hardest part (so far)…it usually requires pitching your idea (and essentially, pitching yourself), to family and friends, and as the business grows, to angel/seed investors and venture capitalists. It requires asking people to place their money and trust in you and your ability to make something out of nothing. For even the most self-assured among...

  • JUMO first SA startup to be selected for Google Launchpad Accelerator

    South African fintech startup JUMO has become the first South African startup to be selected by Google for its Launchpad accelerator. The announcement was made yesterday by Google on the Google Developers Blog, with JUMO chosen alongside 32 other startups, including five others from Africa, to join the accelerator. As part of being selected onto the accelerator JUMO's leaders will embark upon a two-week bootcamp at Google's headquarters in California from 17 to 28 July, while the startup will get six months ongoing support and mentorship and $50,000 in funding. Speaking to Ventureburn from Myanmar, where he is investigating new business opportunities, JUMO founder and CEO Andrew Watkins-Ball said he was excited as...

  • Innovation awards finalists announced

    FNB Business in association with Endeavor South Africa has announced 12 startups shortlisted for the FNB Business Innovation Awards. The awards are aimed at businesses that are able to demonstrate real innovation that has the potential to change the way an industry operates both locally and internationally. The businesses must be founder-led, exhibit high-growth potential and have the capacity to create a substantial number of jobs. The 12 shortlisted startups are: ArcAqua – A cutting edge food security company with a global vision to eliminate all food wastage by using ozone technology. BrandsEye – An opinion mining company that uses search algorithms, crowd-sourcing and machine learning...

  • Travelground founders launch booking service to target business travellers

    Over 500,000 South Africans travelled domestically for business last year. It's why the founders of the TravelGround Group, Marcel Van de Ghinste and Jonathan Womersley, have launched WorkTripper.co.za, South Africa’s first business-ready accommodation-booking platform. Built entirely for business travellers WorkTripper allows users to find the features and services that they need, such as flexible cancellations, negotiated rates and Wi-Fi, from over 12,000 establishments across the country. The new platform is the group’s third ecommerce venture in nine years and follows in the successful footsteps of TravelGround.com and LekkeSlaap.co.za. Together they attract an average of 750,000 unique users a month, with thousands of...

  • Seedstars selects 12 startups for Joburg pitching event this week

    Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets, has announced 12 startups that have been selected for a pitching event to take place at Standard Bank Incubator in Johannesburg this Friday (26 May). This week's event is already sold out. The top startups will be advance to the grand finale and compete again for the title of most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars World South Africa 2017. Seedstars World will travel to more than 80 countries this year to identify the best seed-stage entrepreneurs and provide them with an opportunity to win up to $1-million, with the main prize being a $500,000...

  • Snapplify joins Ed21 forum to tackle inefficient education system

    The key to tackling the education sector as a startup is being able to move fast and adapt quickly to the changing needs of the sector says Snapplify growth director Tarryn-Anne Anderson. The digital publishing solutions startup has teamed up with the likes of Vastratech, Principal Software and D6 Technology to form the Ed21 forum. The forum forms part of an ongoing movement to assist schools in transforming into a digital space. "Snapplify decided to join the Ed21 forum because we believe in developing better, and more effective ways of promoting and providing digital education," said Anderson. "The other members of the forum are also...

  • Silicon Cape, French Tech event to connect investors with African startups

    Silicon Cape and accelerator French Tech have joined forces to create AfricArena, a platform to connect investors from across the world with startups from Africa and beyond. The conference will take place on 6 and 7 November at the Century City Conference Centre and aims to attract 500 delegates, with a strong proportion being international visitors. It will host keynote speeches and panel discussions with top speakers from Europe and Africa, as well as pitch battles to win investment opportunities from committed angel investors, venture capital funds and private equity players. Several challenges ahead of the conferences will enable startups to win free access...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [22/05/2017]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or catch 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 them 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,...

  • SA space agency, Airbus launch challenge to find new uses for satellite data

    The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and Airbus Defence and Space has launched an open innovation challenge to entrepreneurs, universities and other interested parties seeking homegrown and novel uses for earth observation data obtained by satellites. In a press release to Ventureburn, The Innovation Hub -- which is running the challenge -- said shortlisted submissions will be able to access support from specialists at Airbus Defence and Space, and Sansa. Top submissions would also receive access to the Airbus Defence and Space facilities in order to identify future commercial opportunities. The offer will include a site visit to Airbus Defence and...

  • Despite teething problems support for small business ‘firmly on track’ says Zulu

    South Africa's small business minister Lindiwe Zulu says three years on since the formation of her department -- which was again criticised by opposition members yesterday for doing little to help the sector -- the government's support for the small business sector remains “firmly on track”. Delivering her department's budget vote in Parliament yesterday, Zulu said despite "teething problems" and a budget which is "far below" what is needed to boost the sector, the department had made a difference to small business support in the country. "Because of our collective and concerted efforts, the majority of our citizens now appreciate the value and contribution of small...