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  • Moving the Mother City forward by creating opportunity for all [Sponsored]

    Creating cities of opportunity for South Africans are shaped by fostering enabling environments and by inspiring innovation. Local and international speakers addressed these topics at the SA Innovation Summit 2016 lead-up event, the High Impact Series, which took place on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 at Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. "The question that needs answering is what can we do with what we have to make a difference and create a city of opportunity? By bringing together thought-leaders, innovators, enablers and industry leaders at the High Impact Series, the discussion has started around co-creating and moving South Africa's beautiful Mother City forward," said...

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    CompareGuru set to simplify financial services for SA consumers

    Launches new site with advanced features and real-time services.  For most time-constrained South Africans, choosing between financial products and service providers is a laborious and challenging task. Despite the increasing access to all sorts of information online, it remains a complex and daunting process to sift through various product offerings, pricing structures, terms and conditions, etc. “This complexity is especially problematic when trying to choose between products and providers in the mobile, banking and insurance spheres, where contracts are often filled with jargon and consumers are understandably wary of hidden fees,” explains Ryan Marx, CEO of CompareGuru, a site which draws...

  • Ask An Expert, Nigerian mobile directory capitalising on a critical Google limitation

    One of the things I do when I'm bored is to check what people search for online. Recently, I typed "how to" into Google's search bar and wasn't at all surprised with the results. I concluded that many Google users don't know how to kiss, make love longer, make love all night, or turn a man on. It appears as if this tech giant has answers to everything – but does it? Google has become a repository of knowledge, but when it comes to real-time personal problems, it may fail the user. WikiHow and Wikipedia also have limited usage and users...

  • Jumia Pay is Jumia’s latest payment initiative

    Nigerian shopping giant, Jumia, recently announced the launch of its third-party payment solution which provides a 'more convenient' payment method to its users. Jumia's cash-on-delivery payment method constitutes between 70-90% of its current payment methods. Its new initiative, JumiaPay, will facilitate online payments across the 23 countries the company operates in. "Jumia Pay has a very simple yet crucial objective: go even further in providing a safe, a secure and a convenient shopping experience to our customers, building trust along the way between us, our thousands of sellers and our millions of customers," said Co-CEO of Jumia, Jeremy Hodara in a...

  • Edtech startup Chalkboard Education crowned winner of Seedstars World Accra

    Education initiative, Chalkboard Education, has been selected as the overall winner of pitching competition, Seedstars World Ghana. Chalkboard Education is a certified institution which offers a real degree certified by universities. It requires no internet connection and is accessible on any device via SMS. "If I judge by last years winners I think the global summit in Switzerland is going to be life changing. Last year’s winners Asoriba had an amazing year and we hope to be able to do the same with the help of the Seedstars platform," said The founder of Chalkboard Education and CEO, Adrien Bouillot Bouillot and his team will be headed...

  • LaunchLab, ATTACQ to launch growth fund in real estate sector

    The real estate Sector stands to benefit from a new partnership between incubator LaunchLab and ATTACQ, a high-quality real estate investor. The partnership will be driven by the LaunchLab Innovation Platform which will seek to capture new ideas and business models which could enhance the retail industry. Accompanying the LaunchLab Innovation Platform will be LaunchLab Ideas and Lift-Off Programme which aims to help startups every step of the way. The Ideas Programme extends across all the universities across the Western Cape and Gauteng. Tapping into the potential of student and non-student entrepreneurs allows them to find more innovative ways of operating. ATTACQ's desire with this...

  • Sanlam, Business/Partners announce finalists for 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year competition

    Sanlam, in conjunction with Business/Partners, has announced the 15 finalists in the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year competition. The winners will be announced on 1 September at an awards breakfast in Johannesburg. The finalists will be competing for a chance to win prizes worth R2-million, along with cash prizes of R425 000. "Beyond monetary prices, previous finalists have benefitted greatly from the various networking opportunities and associated media exposure that the competition offers. Past winners have also gone on to win international awards and form valuable partnerships as a result of their success in the competition," writes spokesperson for the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year...

  • Securing Water for Food challenge now open

    The Securing Water for Food Challenge is an initiative looking for innovative entrepreneurs tackling the issue of water and food security. The initiative combines the help of not only the US Agency for International Development (USAID) but also the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (MFA-NL) and the South African government. "As we see more and more droughts all over the world and surpass the one billion mark of people who don't have enough food to eat, it is increasingly clear that we need better innovations to help our planet's farmers...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [22/08/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch 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...

  • Seedstars World lists 10 startups to compete in Côte d’Ivoire

    International pitching competition, Seedstars World, returns to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The event will take place on 29 august at Colab Abidjan. The startups will be competing for an opportunity to win up to US$1-million in the Seedstars World final in Switzerland, with the main prize being US$500 000 in equity investment. "We honestly think the best way to have an impact in emerging countries is by investing and promoting entrepreneurship in emerging markets. We look forward to seeing how the Ivorian startup scene has evolved in a year and we are excited to discover the new startups in Côte d’Ivoire," said associate for...

  • Bottles: delivering a ‘cold one’ to your door

    In a nation that loves to braai and enjoy a good beer, cider or glass of wine, some consumers tend to make reckless decisions and get behind the wheel, especially when the party runs dry. A solution is available though, in the form of Bottles. Bottles is an on-demand alcohol delivery app which delivers drinks to your door in under 60 minutes, saving you the trouble of leaving the party. "Towards the beginning of 2015, we were at a braai in Durban with friends, and as fortune would have it, we ran out of drinks," Vincent Viviers, the co-founder of Bottles, told Ventureburn...