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  • ‘OpenCart’ review for startups: Is OpenCart right for you?

    OpenCart is one of the more light-weight ecommerce platforms. The system is built for ease of use, easy installation of modules and created around the Model-View-Controller (MVC) framework. The software is currently available in two different versions, legacy (1.5.6.4) and the newer 2.0.3.1. Both of these carry the same core features, but OpenCart 2 has a retooled admin interface, built-in responsive theme and added core functionality. This article will cover the newer version of OpenCart as it’s the one currently being supported and developed for. OpenCart is by far one of the easiest platforms to install. The only easier off-the-shelf solutions are VirtueMart and...

  • Lean Startup Machine to hit Jozi for third time

    "Fail fast. Succeed Faster." That's the mantra of Lean Startup Machine, the popular global startup workshop. Following two South African events last year, the 48 hour workshop is returning to Johannesburg this July. The event, which runs from the 31 July to 2 August, is meant to help startups systematically discover whether their product has a profit-promising market before any wastage occurs. According to co-organiser and mentor of Lean Startup Machine Tefo Mohapi, the programme is aimed at “everyone ranging from MBA students to employees who have side projects, but have been struggling to get them off the ground.” To...

  • 6 tips for online startups

    Online startups are not only becoming the norm. Each day there are more companies tackling consumer needs, such as online shopping, buying platforms, and even security. Here are some basics you should have in place when it comes to getting your online business in order. Register a domain name, trademarks and get social media handles Firstly, make sure that the name you want to use is not already being used by someone else. You do this by checking that your preferred name is available as a trademark, domain name and on social media. Keep in mind that registering a trademark does...

  • 10 student startup myths busted

    There are many myths floating around the student startup ecosystem which can hinder the progress of some great ideas. Here we destroy some of them .... Startup myth 1: Someone is going to steal your idea if you tell people about it You probably could not even pay your top competitor to execute your idea - they have plenty of their own. So get out there and talk and test and validate. Execution is the key, not idea generation. Startup myth 2: You are not an entrepreneur if you are not disrupting an industry or "making a dent" in the...

  • Triggerfish to launch search for Africa’s next big animated hit

    Triggerfish is one of South Africa's biggest entrepreneurial success stories. The animation studio is best known for the feature films Zambezia and Khumba and has received millions of dollars in investment for its projects over the past few years. Now it looks like it'll be trying to spread some of that success with the launch of a continent-wide search for Africa's next big blockbuster hit or animated TV series. Details are scarce at this stage, Ventureburn has only received an invitation to launch event (pictured above), but Disney and the South African Department of Trade and Industry are involved....

  • 10 apps that could improve your startup’s day-to-day productivity

    Are you still using paper or sticky notes to try to stay organised in your work? You don’t need to do that anymore – now you can boost your business productivity with a high quality business app. These eight apps will help to increase your business efficiency. Give them all a try and let us know which ones work best for you. Evernote Why would you ever take notes again by hand when you can use Evernote? This free app saves your notes onto your phone or the cloud, so that you can access them from anywhere you like. The...

  • 5 key steps to getting your startup ready for funding

    It’s the age of the startup. Technology is enabling us to solve more problems at a greater speed than ever before. Solutions to big enough problems often have commercial value -- leading to new enterprises being founded. New companies are formed and funded faster than ever before. Gaining access to the lifeblood of seed capital is critical for any high growth startup. You need to be fast to market with enough resources to develop your product, gain traction and unlock value. But a strong team, good infrastructure and market access all create a burn that cannot be bootstrapped for long. So you...

  • From YDE to Uber Flavour: Paul Simon’s journey as an ‘accidental entrepreneur’

    There is no better place for a South African to spend a cold Thursday evening than sitting at Townhouse Lodge listening in on an entrepreneur flooded fireside chat hosted by Giullaume De Wet at Startup Grind Cape Town. This month the man in the spotlight was none other than Mr YDE, or as he would prefer to be called today, Mr Uber Flavour, Mr &Threads or just Paul Simon really -- a man worthy of a standing ovation. Simon is not your, traditional entrepreneur (if there is such a thing). His story is one about a series of uncalculated decisions that...

  • SureGifts makes gifting in Nigeria more personal with new site

    In March, Ventureburn reported that Nigeria’s premier gift card startup SureGifts was targeting the corporate world (they still are) with a unique bouquet of services – including a personalised way of rewarding loyal customers and hardworking employees. The startup’s unique selling point is its ability to allow gift recipients to choose what they really want, thereby putting an end to the era of unwanted gifts. Today however, the startup has upgraded its platform with the goal of making its already personal experience to become more personal. So what’s new? According to Adeoye Ojo, the co-Founder of SureGifts, the startup changed how gift...

  • These are the 5 winners from the Seedstars World Cape Town event

    Seedstars World has crowned the five winners from its Cape Town event. The five were chosen from a pool of 10 finalists who took part in an intense pitching competition on Tuesday evening. The startups were competing for a chance to compete against the five equivalent winners in Johannesburg in a bid to take the South African crown. From there, the winner flies to Zürich to take part in a bootcamp before the Seedstars global competition. There they will compete against startups from 52 countries for a chance at US$500 000 in funding, among other prizes. ...