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  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [11/12/2017]

    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 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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    Want your music to be heard? Then join treadFEST's Battle of the Bands

    treadFEST and GWP (Graeme Watkins Project) are partnering up to search for South Africa’s new musical sensation. We want to hear your music, and we want other people to hear it too. treadFEST wants to give you a place to showcase your musical talents and to help you take a step towards making your dreams of becoming a performer into a reality. All styles of music are welcome, whether you are a band or a solo act, a duo or a DJ, we want you! Do you think you have what it takes to perform on stage in front of a huge...

  • Bitcoin price mania being driven by market manipulation – foundation head

    Bitcoin is heading towards a dot.com crash and is being driven by a "mania" and "market manipulation", says Bitcoin Foundation executive director Llew Claasen. "The fact that you have a 30% in value of Bitcoin in one day is dangerous," said Claasen yesterday, commenting on the rise of the price in Bitcoin yesterday (7 December). Speaking at Startup Grind event at Workshop 17 in Cape Town, he said there is strong evidence to suggest that some traders are using what he referred to as "tethers" -- a digital representation of the US dollar -- to push up the price of Bitcoin. Tethers were created by...

  • Webber Wentzel launches incubation initiative, Webber Wentzel Ignite

    South African law firm Webber Wentzel has announced the launch of Webber Wentzel Ignite, a legal incubation programme aimed at high-potential startups and scale-ups. The law firm is looking for SA enterprises that have gained some market traction. Applications close on 15 January. In a press release yesterday (7 December) the law firm said the programme will provide support that includes legal services valued at up to R100 000, focused mentoring and support which will aim to arm startups with legal knowledge and skills relevant to startups. A panel of industry experts will consult for the programme and select the successful applicants to the incubator. Project lead Aalia Manie said...

  • Nigerian ecommerce: Is the end near for payment on delivery?

    Nigeria ecommerce retailers are increasingly viewing payment on delivery as a problem. While some etailers believe it's an effective way to get around the millions of Nigerian who don't have access to digital payment, others are not so convinced. For one online seller, Azolibe Malachi, payment on delivery is the way to go. To demonstrate this he recently set up a $20 Facebook ad campaign to sell a wrist watch and sent visitors to his Konga Store that offers payment on delivery option. He got a total of 15 orders. After 10 days, nine items were delivered while six was returned. He then set...

  • Zoona lands two international accolades including Africa Best Employer Brand

    Fintech startup Zoona has had an "incredible" year, the company's marketing head Lelemba Phiri said this week. It follows two recent international accolades the startup received. The company won Africa Best Employer at the 2017 Employer Branding Awards, held earlier this week on Tuesday (5 December) in Le Meridien, Mauritius. In addition, the company's marketing head was also recognised as one of the top five most influential global marketing leaders at the World Marketing Congress, which took place between 24 and 25 November in Mumbai, India. In a press release Phiri said the company appreciated the accolades as they "fuel our fire to keep striving". "Through the...

  • SA’s Wealth Migrate to launch $30m ICO aimed at global property

    South African based global real estate platform Wealth Migrate plans to run an initial coin offering (ICO) early next year, to raise $30-million in an offering that will allow investors to invest in global property portfolios. Speaking to Ventureburn yesterday, the company's founder and CEO Scott Picken said the ICO will allow investors to build "real wealth". "People are getting tired of ICOs with wasteful dreams and want it (the tokens) to backed by something tangible," he said. Picken wasn't able to confirm a date when the ICO will open to investors, but was able to say that the ICO will be run through a...

  • German accelerator F-Lane opens call for third cohort, deadline in two weeks

    Berlin-based accelerator F-LANE -- which focuses on tech-startups that empower or are run by women -- has opened calls for applications to its third cohort. The accelerator's main backer, the Vodafone Institute, stated in a press release that applications to the F-LANE's third cohort -- set to kick off next year in March -- will close on 20 December. F-LANE's seven-week long programme aims to promote participation by women in technological development. The accelerator, which is run in partnership with Impact Hub Berlin and the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie, will select five startups from around the world that have innovative solutions to social problems. The selected startups...

  • Travelstart acquires majority stake in accommodation site SafariNow.com

    SA travel booking company Travelstart today announced that it has bought a majority stake in Cape Town-based SafariNow.com -- South Africa's largest accommodation booking website. Travelstart founder and CEO Stephan Ekbergh was not immediately available for comment, but in announcement by Travelstart in a press release earlier today the company said it would not disclose terms of the acquisition. It follows the news in February last year that the company had secured $40-million from Amadeus Capital Partners and MTN. Read more: Travel booking site Travelstart lands $40m, asserts investor confidence SafariNow.com, which was founded in 1999 (the same year as Travelstart -- before the firm later moved from Sweden to South Africa), lists accommodation over...

  • SA born Clickatell honoured at 2017 Messaging and SMS World conference

    South African born Clickatell has been recognised as the best SMS / A2P (application to person) messaging provider in Africa at the 2017 Messaging and SMS World conference, held last month. The news was revealed today in a press release from Clickatell. The winners of the prize were selected by a team of independent judges from the detailed information submitted by dozens of entrants, along with testimonials from their customers. The company, which created the first Global SMS Messaging Gateway and is now one of the largest global mobile text messaging enablers, is today headquartered in Silicon Valley. It was founded in 2000 by South Africans Pieter de...

  • Co-working space Craft + Graft to link San Francisco, Cape Town creatives

    Cape Town is set to get a new co-working site, with the expected opening tomorrow of Craft + Graft, which claims to be the city's first co-working space with a twin site in San Francisco. The new co-working space, which will be based in Dunkley Square in Gardens, Cape Town, is set to officially open tomorrow evening, during the city's monthly First Thursday event during an art exhibition to showcase its community programme. Located at 2 Gordon Square, Craft + Graft offers 51 desks in a newly remodeled building, at a cost of R2100 per seat per month, with uncapped internet, shared kitchen, shower, and coffee service. Craft +...