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All posts by Daniel Mpala

  • Q&A: ‘Not every cloud is born equal’, look for the best provider advises expert

    If you run a tech startup, it is most likely that you are using cloud computing to some extent. It is no longer a question of whether you should be using it but rather which platform or provider you should be using. So, do you know which cloud platform or service is better suited for your startup or what pitfalls you should be looking out for? Andrew Cruise (pictured), managing director of Routed, a Cape Town-based vendor-neutral cloud hosting platform provider, encourages startups to take care when looking for the right cloud platform or service provider. In considering which cloud provider to go...

  • Startups have less than week to apply for Cape Town’s edtech incubator Injini

    Do you have an edtech solution that can help boost education on the continent? Startups have until 28 August to apply to join Africa's first specialist incubator programme for edtech, Injini. Injini co-founder and joint owner Jamie Martin told Ventureburn that his Cape Town-based incubator is searching for startups that have an idea focused on education technology on the African continent. "They must be beyond idea stage, but can be pre-users, pre-revenue and or need help from us building their technology," he added. Startups participating in Injini's edtech six-month programme in Cape Town will get up to $40 000 in funding The programme was founded by Martin...

  • Work with startups or become redundant says Startupbootcamp InsurTech head

    If insurers don't embrace startups they could find themselves in trouble cautions Startupbootcamp InsurTech global managing director Sabine VanderLinden. VanderLinden (pictured above, centre) was speaking at a networking event held last night by Startupbootcamp InsurTech, following the Cape Town leg of the organisation's InsurTech FastTrack. She said some insurers fear that startups might disrupt their companies and make them redundant. She pointed out an example of startup companies that were opting to work with retailers and not insurers. “Startups with platform-based solutions may do that (make insurers redundant), some are ready to go to market. Some of these startups may decide to become insurers themselves, corporates are going to...

  • Accelerator programme In2Korea launches second call for foreign startups

    The Korean government has launched yet another acceleration programme to lure foreign startups to the Asian country. The latest, In2Korea, aims to assist foreign startups relocate to Korea. The programme is run by Korea's National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA), which last Thursday launched a second call for applications -- to all tech startups with a minimum viable product that are keen on developing their business in Korea. Only 30 spots are available. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December. Startups selected won't need to give away equity and can get mentorship, office space in a startup campus in Pangyo near Gangnam and assistance obtaining a...

  • SA accelerator for black startups I’M IN tight-lipped on selection of first cohort [updated]

    I'M IN -- a new South African accelerator programme run by IDF Capital and aimed at black tech startups is preparing to get under way, but organisers remain tight-lipped on how many startups have been selected and on releasing the names of those selected. While Bernard Moshabane, the programme director at I’M IN Accelerator, said the programme opened a public call for applications earlier on in the year, he would not divulge any information about the programme. While a story earlier this month by local website SME South Africa mentions that three startups have been selected to join the programme’s first cohort, Moshabane did...

  • One week left to apply for World Food Progamme Innovation Accelerator

    Social enterprise startups from around the world with innovative solutions to takcle world hunger have until midnight (central European time) on 21 August to apply to join the World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator in Munich, Germany. Those that this miss the deadline will however have their applications considered for future rounds of the programme. The accelerator is looking for solution-driven startups and submissions will be judged on how applicants are able to solve the problems they purport to focus on. Applicants from past cohorts have submitted applications such as satellite based asset monitoring systems, ecommerce platforms and eLearning. WFP Innovation Accelerator consultant Alex Sloan told...

  • Cape Town-based security startup Jonga wins Santam Safety Ideas campaign

    Cape Town startup Jonga, which has designed an affordable app for home security, has come out tops in the Santam Safety Ideas campaign. Jonga will get a R150 000 to cover the costs of incubation. The announcement was made on Thursday last week. The startup was founded by Ntandoyenkosi Shezi and Ntsako Mgiba (pictured) in 2015 with the aim of making home security more accessible to all. Mgiba told Ventureburn that he came up with the idea for the startup after getting burgled. The Jonga security system retails for R800 a unit, costs R70-a-month Jonga’s low-cost security system consists of a motion detector that is installed at...

  • More needs to be done on educating startups on raising finance – Finfind CEO

    Not enough is being done to educate startups on the art of securing capital and funding. So says Darlene Menzies, founder and CEO of finance matching platform Finfind. Speaking to Ventureburn, Menzies said although public and private sector initiatives and incubators provide entrepreneurs with some assistance, these initiatives don't provide sufficient training startups on how to secure capital and funding. “Few of these, if any specifically focus on teaching tech startups the art of securing venture capital. Even when this is touched on, for instance at startup pitching competitions when consulting sessions are offered prior to pitching to provide guidance, these are rarely conducted by...

  • Swiss-SA innovation challenge records 110 submissions from SA applicants

    A Swiss-South African open social innovation challenge aiming to address health issues facing low-income South African urban settlements has received more than 120 proposals, with 110 of them coming from South Africa. The submissions are currently being evaluated and the 10 finalists will be announced at the Innovation Summit next month. Five Swiss applicants will be invited to join the 10 finalists at the summit and for other activities. Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (RIIS) media liaison Susan Botha told Ventureburn today that some of the South African proposals submitted included innovations in construction, alternative energy, water and sanitary hygiene. 25% of the proposals submitted to the innovation challenge came...

  • Female entrepreneurs platform aims to sign up 20 000 women in first year

    Future Females, a platform where women entrepreneurs can network and get support, aims to grow its user base to 20 000 female entrepreneurs in its first year, the platform's co-founder Lauren Davies told Ventureburn. The platform was launched last Thursday in Cape Town. Davies, who is also the founder of e-learning platform the Growth Academy, founded the platform with Cerina Bezuidenhout, who works for business support programme Techstars. The aim of the platform is to accelerate female entrepreneurship by sharing information on funding, grants and offering support to its members through awareness, education and direct funding. 'Aim is to help female entrepreneurs by sharing information on funding, grants...