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  • Entered the Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey yet? Here’s why you should

    In a bid to gain a better understanding of how SA's tech startup sector works, Ventureburn -- in partnership with Telkom Futuremakers and analytics company Qurio -- has launched the 2018 Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey. The data from the survey will inform a series of articles on Ventureburn -- which will cover the challenges facing South African tech entrepreneurs -- and will be distributed to wider media and associated tech conferences. Ventureburn will also hold an event surrounding the release of the data to the country. The Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey will prove crucial in providing data on the challenges faced by South African tech startups Last...

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    Zapacab shifts it up a gear with new look and features

    We recently released a new version of our Zapacab mobile site with new features requested by users. The two most worthy of being noted are that of the abilty to view and edit your detected location to make sure the driver knows exactly where you are, and the ability to easily call the driver once he has accepted your trip. Both these features allow for far greater transparency when using cabs. Check out our blog for a bit more information. Our driver numbers are increasing every day with more and more calling in to get involved. They undergo a process of...

  • Angolan ride-sharing service Kubinga wins Seedstars Luanda

    Angolan P2P ride-sharing service Kubinga has been selected as the winner of this year's Seedstars Luanda pitch event. In all, 10 startups pitched at the event which was held in the Angolan capital last Friday (12 October). A panel of judges that included BFA Asset Management CEO Rui Oliveira, TGI president Alexander Thompson-Payan, Kianda Hub managing director Joel Epalanga, Unitel head of innovation Juelson Bartolomeu, Banco Millennium Atlantico board member Odyle Vieira Dias Cardoso and Seedstars World regional manager Claudia Makadristo selected the winners. Kubinga will now represent Angola at the Seedstars Africa and global summits Kubinga placed first ahead of elearning platform LV Digital, which came...

  • Time for startups to get over myth of the ‘one big idea’ and just get going [Opinion]

    One of the biggest excuses people give for not starting a business is that they don’t have that "big original idea" yet. There are a quadrillion startup ideas out there, but just a handful are converted into companies because most people stay paralysed in the ideation phase, and their business simply never happens. They eventually just become big talkers, with no action to back it up. Sometimes this is caused by fear of the unknown, a need to control the outcome, fear of failure, or fear of leaving that comfortable, addictive salary. Needing that “big idea” is the biggest misconception about starting...

  • Here are the 10 SA startups that will pitch at this year’s Seedstars Cape Town

    Seedstars World, one of the largest startup competitions for emerging markets, has announced the 10 SA startups that will pitch at Seedstars Cape Town this Friday (19 October) -- in the first of three pitches Seedstars will hold in the country. The top three startups from the pitch event, which will take place at Seedspace Cape Town, will join the top three startups from the Johannesburg pitch which will be held next month, as well as other competitors at the main event -- to be held also in Cape Town as well, next month. At the main event startups will compete to be crowned the country winner and a chance...

  • Twiga Foods pilot to put more farm land to use to meet demand [Sponsored]

    Kenyan mobile-based B2B distribution platform Twiga Foods wants to put about 8000 acres of unused agricultural land in Kenya to use to meet growing demand for its platform -- which connects vendors with fresh produce farmers -- the startup's CEO Grant Brooke said today. Brooke (pictured above, right) was responding to questions by venture capitalist Christopher Schroeder of Next Billion Ventures, at Gitex Future Stars, an expo hosted in Dubai alongside Gitex Technology Week. Brooke said while his platform currently serves 2000 informal vendors a day, meeting demand for the traders that source fresh produce from the platform to then retail, still remains a challenge. On top of this the country imports between $6-billion and...

  • HAVAÍC acquires 10% stake in SA real-estate portal Instant Property

    Cape Town based venture capital (VC) company Havaíc has acquired a 10% equity stake in commercial real-estate portal Instant Property. In a statement yesterday (15 October), Havaíc said it has advanced the first round of financing -- for which it has acquired a 10% equity stake -- with an allocation for follow-on funding at Instant Property's option. If the option is exercised, Havaíc will hold in total up to 17% equity stake in the real-estate portal. As part of the deal Havaíc executive director Grant Rock will join the Instant Property board in a non-executive capacity. While Instant Property founder and executive chairman Wayne Berger...

  • Meet the 10 Nigerian tech startups selected to pitch at Seedstars Lagos

    Seedstars World, one of the largest startup competitions for emerging markets, has announced the 10 Nigerian startups that will pitch at the sixth Seedstars Lagos pitch event this Friday (19 October). The startup that comes out tops at the pitch event, which will take place at Seedspace Lagos, will win an all-inclusive trip to attend the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland in April next year, where they stand to win up to $1-million in equity investment. In addition, the winning startup will also represent Nigeria at the Seedstars Africa Regional Summit which will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 13 December. Seedstars World has selected 10 startups...

  • Tech platforms can help us stay connected to our humanity [Opinion]

    One of the biggest fears around technology is that it robs us of human interactions. While that might not always feel like the worst thing (as anyone who’s used an app to order fast food after a big night out will attest), there’s a growing sense that tech is making us more isolated and lonely. It’s an easy conclusion to draw, especially if you look around at a restaurant and see how many families are hunched over their individual screens, with no one engaging in conversation. What this sentiment ignores, however, is the role technology can play in bringing people together,...

  • SAB Foundation awards R12.5m to SA’s most promising social innovators

    The SAB Foundation has awarded R12.5-million to the winners of its 2018 Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards. The awards are aimed at innovators, entrepreneurs and institutions with prototypes or early-stage businesses that solve a social problem. The winners -- first place winners affordable housing provider Hustlenomics (for the Social Innovation Award) and Clothes to Good (for the Disability Empowerment Award)-- received their awards at an event held in Johannesburg last Thursday (11 October). The two companies took home R1.3-million and R1.2-million in prize money, respectively. The SAB Foundation supports social innovations that demonstrates a viable business model while solving a critical social problem. The SAB Foundation has committed...

  • Supply-chain solution Khula! bags 2018 MTN Business App of the Year grand prize

    SA app Khula! that helps connects emerging farmers to the formal marketplace, has won the grand prize at the 2018 MTN Business App of the Year Awards. The app was also announced as the winner of the Best Agriculture Solution category at a gala event that was held in Johannesburg last Wednesday (10 October). As part of the grand prize, Khula! developers won a trip to Silicon Valley in the US valued at R200 000. Khula! effectively creates "one big virtual farm" consisting of multiple emerging farms to crowd-source and deliver on bulk orders from supermarkets, restaurant chains and for home delivery. The full...