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Tiphub hosts inaugural Diaspora Demo Pitch Competition

Diaspora Demo Day Tiphub, the mentorship-driven accelerator and business consultancy that develops and supports seed-stage technology and social impact ventures within the African diaspora, has announced its first annual Diaspora Demo Day pitch competition. The competition will be held in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week and will be hosted in conjunction with the She Leads Africa and the African Technology Foundation on 22 November 2014. This event will take place in the World Bank's Preston Auditorium in Washington, DC. Diaspora Demo Day is a ...

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The Green Pioneer Accelerator program rewards startups for sustainable ventures

Green-Pioneer-Accelerator Green initiatives are plentiful in a world hellbent on preserving the Earth. After all, we don't exactly have another planet to live on if we ruin this one. So naturally, accelerator programs rewarding startups aiming to make our activities on the planet more sustainable have been launched, most notably is the Green Pioneer Accelerator program. Launched a month ago but making waves in the ever advancing industry, the Green Pioneer Initiative aims to reward businesses in the following five fields: alternative ...

Africa, Startup news

Global business e-registration portal hopes to boost startup growth in Africa

africa-business-registration This is pretty awesome. Time and time again we have written about how business registration and red tape are some of the key obstacles to businesses development across the globe, especially in many parts of Africa. This might start to change, however. A new simplified online registration system, called the Global Enterprise Registration, has been introduced in an effort to boost business growth in Africa and other emerging markets. The initiative was launched at the World Investment Forum 2014 by the United Nations ...

Mobile apps, News

Trender wants to be the must-have app for SA’s partygoers this summer

Trender Just in time for the country's summer festivities, there's about to be a new photo app on South Africa's app markets called Trender. The startup's real-time guide to popular gigs hopes to be the essential tool for partygoers who wants to see which spots are trending online and where their friends are hanging out. "Ever wondered where people hang out or which places are popular? Trender offers a real-time guide on what’s happening where, based on its real-time atmosphere," says joint-CEO ...

Emerging Markets, Startups

Here are 4 very impressive startup finalists from Seedstars World 2014

Seedstars-World Seedstars World is a competition of startups across emerging markets. Last year, it roamed 20 countries to organise as many local competitions. Each city's winner was then flown to Geneva for a grand finale where they would meet investors and secure funding. This year, the competition is on again, curating the best startups in places like Ramallah, West Bank; Kampala, Uganda; or Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam. Among the numerous pitches, some look really bold, and all show how innovative the ...

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70 entrepreneurs at Branson Centre grow turnover by 100%, create 200 jobs

Branson-Cenre-for-Entrepreneurs At the beginning of 2014, Nedbank made R1-million funding available to 70 aspiring entrepreneurs from previously disadvantaged backgrounds at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. Today, the bank's efforts are paying off. According to a media release, the group managed to grow turnover by at least 100% and create 200 new jobs. After a rigorous screening process, the 70 Nedbank-funded entrepreneurs completed two courses: The Foundation Course, which covers the basics involved in getting a business up and running, and the Advanced Course, ...

Africa, News

Leading tech companies MTN, SAP, Microsoft provide support for Ampion Africa

ampion Ampion Africa recently announced that leading global technology companies MTN, SAP and Microsoft had become its major sponsors, in a joint effort to help develop innovative solutions on the continent. To highlight the NGO's need for support, Ampion launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in September in an effort to support the Venture Bus startup tour. Ampion says it will utilise this momentum to mobilise support for its remaining crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Reaching the overall crowdfunding goal of €50 000 will ...

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