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Loyalty payments on the rise for SA ecommerce, according to survey

Pay PayU, a leading online payment provider in South Africa, has released some interesting data from a recent study about South African's online payment habits. The study reveals that more South African online shoppers are using loyalty payments. According to Mustpha Zaouini, CEO of PayU, credit cards are still the first choice for online payments, with loyalty and EFT options gaining steady growth. The EFT statistic is especially interesting considering consumers were hesitant to use credit card for online payments only a ...

Entrepreneurship

Startups need to stay agile to succeed in our ever-changing environment

Post notes As Greek philosopher Heraclitus said: “Everything changes and nothing stands still.” This rings all the more true for businesses operating in today’s rapid-paced, constantly changing environment, where market leaders can quickly be unseated by a small, more nimble startup. Just look at how Tesla’s latest innovation, the PowerWall, is set to disrupt the unchallenged energy sector; how streaming music service Spotify challenged Apple, who themselves challenged the future of the record store through its iTunes; how Uber has dominated the taxi ...

Competition, Startup news

Seedstars World coins cinema booking site Moovi Mozambique’s top startup

Seedstars World Global seed-stage competition for startups Seedstars World has kicked off its African tour in Maputo, Mozambique this week where cinema booking site Moovi walk away as the winning company. The inaugural event covers a total of 50 countries worldwide and managed 11 startups from Mozambique to pitch alongside Moovi. Runner-up Mozambikes provides branded bikes for rural areas while online shopping startup Compra came third. Online booking sites seems to be hot in Africa as of late. This week Nigeria's Hotels.ng announced an ...

Competition, News

Major startup event DEMO Africa 2015 extends applications

DEMO Africa 2013 The deadline for one of the continent's biggest startup events applications to DEMO Africa 2015 has been extended. The application window which was scheduled to close on 30 May has been extended for a month with the new deadline set for 30 June. The decision to extend the deadline is a result of an upcoming roadshow. These mini DEMO Africa events will offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet with the organisers, to receive feedback on their application and to refine their profiles ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship

Wella Health: Charting course for digital health startups in Nigeria

Health app In Nigeria, very few professionals enjoy job security like doctors. This is why it is not every day that you meet someone no longer thrilled by the intrigues of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the emergency room or the beautiful sights of couples hugging their newborn baby. It is not easy to leave the hospital environment to become an entrepreneur, armed with nothing but an idea and hoping to attract enthusiastic users and endear investors with big bucks. This is exactly what Ikpeme Neto did ...

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WeChat to launch on-demand delivery service Picup this week

PicUp It was 16 April 2015 that Picup -- WeChat Africa’s on-demand goods collection and delivery service -- was meant to be launched. It wasn't clear why it got postponed but the launch is to take place 28 May. The service is intended to disrupt South Africa's logistics market. Popular mobile social network WeChat Africa says that Picup will remove the hassle and admin involved with traditional courier services by offering a hassle-free approach to logistics and deliver whenever and wherever. The ...

Africa, News, Venture capital

Nigerian accommodation booking site Hotels.ng just raised $1.2m

Hotelsng Nigerian accommodation booking site Hotels.ng has just raised US$1.2-million in funding from global firms Omidyar Group and EchoVC, TechCabal reports. Founded by Mark Essien in 2012, Hotels.ng today is said to have over 7 000 hotel listings and claims to be the largest online service of its kind in West Africa. While company has been turning profit ever since late 2014, the investment comes at a time when Germany’s Rocket Internet-backed competitor Jovago is hot on its tail, keen to take over ...

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