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  • Ixesha invoicing system to take load off billing?

    Web-based timesheet and invoicing system, Ixesha aims to help freelancers and consultants take the load off when it comes to billing clients. Founder Sean Walsh acquired the intellectual property of Ixesha from a firm who wanted to upgrade their custom-built Microsoft Access system. Ixesha was entirely bootstrapped, with the developmental cost covered by the consulting firm for which it was developed for. "It was painful to use (the access system) and they wanted to move to something web-based, but after doing a good amount of research into what was currently available, they realised that the access system had a lot of...

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    Judges announced for the IAB SA Bookmark Awards 2017

    The IAB SA has announced the list of judges that will decide which contenders will scoop a coveted Bookmark Award in 2017. The team of judges, led by Jury President John Dixon, features more diverse industry players than ever before. Josephine Buys, CEO of IAB SA says, "Our mid-year, judges workshop yielded valuable insights from the best in the business for judging the Bookmarks 2017. We have secured the time and talent of some of the brightest minds in digital and have expanded our pool of experts to include gamers, innovators and engineers.” Judges will now fall under the categories of...

  • Kasha comes out tops at Seedstars Rwanda

    Women's health startup, Kasha has won the Rwandan round of the Seedstars World competition and will go on to represent the nation in the finals. The final pitching competition will take place at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland. Here, they will compete with the other winners to win up to US$1-million in equity investment. The Rwandan winner, Kasha is a startup which delivers female health products through their accessible retail mobile platform. They took the crown for Best Startup due to their online and offline solution. "Kasha exists because women are the biggest business opportunity and the way women access health products today is an...

  • 3 key startup lessons from Entersekt’s Dewald Nolte

    At a recent Stellenbosch Digital event, held at the Nedbank Stellenbosch LaunchLab, one of Entersekt's co-founders, Dewald Nolte, gave a talk on the company and its journey. What was interesting about his stories were all of the lessons that the founders had learned over the years. The company started back in 2008 in Stellenbosch. It has since grown to over 60 members of staff, with the majority being technical, as well as having offices in Johannesburg, Mauritius, Amsterdam, and Atlanta. It hasn't been an easy journey for Entersekt's team. Here are the three key takeaways we learned from his talk. 1. Make sure everyone is...

  • TEF Entrepreneurship Programme now accepting applications

    The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) has announced that they will now be accepting their third round of applications from 1 January 2017. TEF is an entrepreneurship programme which aims to provide a long-term foundation using investments to empower young African entrepreneurs. The foundation is marking its 10-year anniversary with a US$100-million commitment to training and mentoring 10 000 African entrepreneurs. "I believe the seeds we are planting through the programme will transform Africa. Two years on, it is clear that we have found a key to unlocking Africa's potential for economic transformation," said TEF founder, Tony Elumelu in a press release. "As our entrepreneurs...

  • Watch: Ventureburn chats to OfferZen founders about Silicon Valley, Silicon Cape

    The founders of OfferZen are no strangers to creating companies. The brothers had previously ventured to Silicon Valley where they not only founded Journey, but also went through an incredible learning process. Ventureburn's editor, Graham van der Made, had a chance to sit down with Philip and Malan Joubert to ask them about the differences between Silicon Valley and Silicon Cape, advice for entrepreneurs, and bootstrapping as opposed to receiving funding. Watch the full video below and keep an eye out for part two of our chat with the OfferZen brothers.

  • Engaging Africa’s next generation of business and technology leaders

    "Africa is on a path to greatness however we need talent to facilitate this growth. And I am not just talking about formal education, we need young leaders who can think on their feet and take bold decisions that will drive Africa forward." These are the words of Uche Ofodile, a senior business leader based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with extensive expertise in building businesses in emerging markets, from a recent interview on 'Forward Leadership' and her passion to see young African leaders at their very best. Her reference to “young leaders who can think on their...

  • 4 startups that make ‘giving’ part of their culture

    When people discuss the startup sector, the emphasis is often on money – how much capital the founders have raised, profit margins, and even IPO prices – but what if we reversed this formula? Instead of focusing on profit, what if we shifted our attention to how startups give back to their communities? Though often overlooked, many of these same companies have made giving a central component of their overall mission. Startup-based giving takes many forms, ranging from charity-centered brands whose services are a direct path to giving to companies that use their corporate platform as a launching point for...

  • RainFin adds new R100m Business-to-Retail loans to its product offering

    Fintech startup, RainFin has added crowdfunding and lending options to its platform in the form of Business-to-Retail loans. Amounts of up to R10-million will be handled through the service. This new offering will allow companies of varying sizes to borrow from a range of sectors, such as the retail market, asset managers, institutional lenders, and even their existing customer and supplier bases. "The Business-to-Retail product leverages RainFin's technology to significantly reduce the cost burden associated with traditional loan origination, which in effect enables alternative capital providers and individuals to price loans based on the true economic cost of lending," says the chief commercial officer...

  • Swedish startup accelerator programme is looking for global applicants

    Swedish-based Fast Track Malmö is looking for startups from around the world to participate in its startup accelerator. It will be based in Malmö, Sweden and will be held at the Minc startup hub. Interested startups will need to have a product that is scalable globally and use tech in some way. Those who are accepted will receive between R450 000 to R750 000 to run the startup and free office space with access to around 300 people and 40 companies. The startups will also have access to mentors, investors, angels, and a global network of resources. Fast Track Malmö is a joint project by Minc, ALMI...

  • 2016 ABAN Investor Masterclass Series set to conclude

    The 2016 ABAN Investor Masterclass Series will see early-stage investors gathering in Cairo as well as Lagos next week to discuss and share best practices at Early Stage Investor Masterclasses. These masterclasses will conclude the 2016 ABAN Investor Masterclass Series which consisted of other bootcamps and classes all around the world. The Cairo Masterclasses will take place on 6 December 2016 at the Cairo Mariott Hotel Zamalek while the Lagos Masterclass will take place on 10 December at The Wheatbaker Lagos. Both events are organised by VC4A and Rising Tide Africa as well as the Lagos Angel Network. Speakers include the president of EBAN,...