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Bitcoin’s first killer app? Bankymoon lets you pay your utility bills in digital currency

Bankymoon 2 We're living in a world where everything's being labeled as smart. From our phones to watches and even our cars. But something that's really being taken for granted is our utility grids -- including gas, water and electricity. And while the majority of the world might be migrating onto the so-called smart grids, they are still filled with a lot of dumb problems. The biggest being payments. South African bitcoin startup Bankymoon is boldly taking on this industry. That's besides having ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship, News

MTN is backing tech entrepreneurs through New Generation Mindset programme

MTN South African teleco giant MTN is going the extra mile to support innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. That's apart from the pan-African company's commitment to pour in US$400-million into Africa and the Middle East's startups, it's recently announced a multi-million rand innovation deal with the UCT Graduate School of Business. Now -- with the backing of the New Generation Mindset programme -- MTN Business is looking for young, black entrepreneurs in South Africa who want to contribute to the growth ...

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Mobile startup Giraffe reports massive traction in first two months

Giraffe After having launched in Gauteng, South Africa earlier this year, mobile employment startup Giraffe has seen massive traction so far, with nearly 10 000 jobseekers in just two months. It's furthermore presented job opportunities to over a thousand jobseekers. Currently in beta, the company's mobile recruitment platform aims to address some of South Africa's most pressing issues by enabling jobseekers to get better access to job opportunities. It also then gives employers access to quality staff at low cost. Giraffe’s mobile app is ...

Entrepreneurship

Should budding entrepreneurs share their ideas?

Idea There's a general school of thought among a number of new entrepreneurs that one should not share their business idea with anyone else. The reasoning behind this is that you need to protect your ideas and what you regard as your intellectual property. On the face of it all it sounds like logically sound argument. A business is after all quintessentially an idea that has been executed into a product which hopefully has a large enough market to sustain its expenses. New ...

Competition, Ecommerce, News

Efinity competition offers R75k worth ecommerce solution for startups

Efinity comp Backed by a package worth R75 000, South African ecommerce fulfilment service Efinity is having a competition to help put your business in the cloud within 24 hours. Launched last year by Naspers, Efinity is said to support small and medium businesses, as well as the larger operations. Efinity’s services are currently used by pure play etailers like Spree, but they also enable bricks-and- mortar SA businesses to enable their ecommerce offering. Heading new business development at Efinity is Nic Robertson, who ...

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WWF SA crowns MellowCabs, WIMT, Leaper Innovate 2015’s Climate Solvers

mellowcabs_feature Three clever climate friendly startups from South Africa have just been announced the winners of the 2015 South African Climate Solver Awards by WWF SA (World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa). Eco-friendly public transport vehicle startup MellowCabs, public transport app Findmyway by Where Is My Transport (WIMT), and Leaper Innovate's hydraulic energy storage system called Eco MC2 are recognised for their efforts to reduce carbon emissions or boost access to energy. WWF International senior adviser on climate innovation Stefan Henningsson explains ...

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Recast opens its doors, lets you tune into your favourite radio station’s playlist online

Recast phone People get really attached to their radio stations. Each one has its own personality and unique music taste. The only problem is that they're filled to the brim with ads and chatter, which doesn't float well in a world where people have also become spoiled with on-demand music services like Spotify or Rdio. Having just launched alongside its iOS app (you can also tune in online), the savvy Cape Town, South African startup seems to have managed to find a sweet ...

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