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  • SpliceWorks platform goes live, aims to match tech startups with corporates

    Entrepreneurs looking to sell their tech solutions to corporates can register to join a recently launched online platform. Launched last week by BCX, a Telkom owned company, SpliceWorks aims to become a match-making service between tech entrepreneurs and big business and claims it can “turn your big idea into a big business”. While it is open to any tech entrepreneur to join, BCX has selected 70 tech entrepreneurs to trial the platform which has been in testing since April. “SpliceWorks was specifically created to source the latest and greatest digital technology to not only transform the Telkom Group and BCX but also our enterprise customers into digitally fit businesses,” SpliceWorks...

  • Potential in African tech ecosystem, we will be back – Airbus BizLab head

    Airbus Bizlab head Bruno Gutierres told Ventureburn that his trip to Africa is an "observation survey" to confirm what potential there was in Africa. On Thursday (21 September) Gutierres (pictured) along with a team from Airbus Bizlab and Silicon Cape head Ellen Fischat visited RLabs, LaunchLab, CITI Workshop 17 and the MTN Solution Space as part of a tech tour of the local ecosystem. "What I have seen here today and by visiting several incubators like Launchlab in Stellenbosch, the ones in the township, there's some very different innovation which is of interest to us," said Gutierres. "This confirms that the potential is there....

  • Startup Cargonaught off to France after winning Airbus BizLab AEROmobility pitch

    Cape Town-based airship startup Cargonaught has won the Airbus BizLab AEROmobility pitching competition. The startup beat six other startups to clinch an all expenses paid trip to France and Germany, where the company will meet experts from Airbus and get technical support for three-months thereafter. The other finalists to pitch at the event held at the Bandwitdth Barn in Cape Town include: space optics startup Simera Technology Group, drone startup Tai Corporation, Think Big Solutions, Hi-Fly Marketing, space tech startup New Space Systems and data analytics startup Aerobotics. Global aerospace accelerator Airbus BizLab held the challenge in collaboration with Silicon Cape. Judges at the event...

  • Visa sees major competition as cash, not fintech startups, says digital director

    With cash making up 94% of financial transactions in Africa there is a plenty of opportunity for the fintech sector on the continent -- says John Conlon, digital director at Visa Performance Solutions for Central Europe, Middle East and Africa. “The key message is partnering with fintech (startups). Open platforms and partnerships is the way forward,” said Conlon (pictured above). Speaking to Ventureburn on the sidelines of the Visa Merchant Forum that took place yesterday in Cape Town, Conlon said Visa has created over 100 application programming interfaces (APIs) which fintechs could access. An API is a tool that allows developers to access the IT...

  • SA drone startup Aerobotics clinches Digital Insurer European 2017 award

    Cape Town-based drone and data analytics startup Aerobotics has clinched The Digital Insurer (TDI) European 2017 Startup Insurtech Award. Aerobotics was yesterday one of four finalists selected to present in a technology showcase that saw the award winners selected through a live vote by conference attendees at an event held in London. The other finalists include Shift Technology which has developed a fraud detection solution that uses artificial intelligence (AI), South African startup Nuva Law which has put together an inter-party negotiation and adjudication platform and CBien a digital inventory management platform for personal belongings. While Aerobotics walked away with the award, another South African startup Nuva Law...

  • Edtech incubator Injini selects 8 startups from across Africa for first cohort

    African incubator Injini -- which claims to be the continent's first ever edtech incubator -- has selected eight startups from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and South Sudan to join its first cohort which will kick off on 9 October in Cape Town. Injini co-founder and CEO Jamie Martin (pictured above) told Ventureburn yesterday said the startups were selected following a pitch event on 8 September. He added that the names of the startups would only be unveiled after the startups have signed contracts on 10 October, at a launch event which will take place at the University of Cape Town. The six-month incubation programme begins on...

  • Here’s how Africa Chivas Regal winner EmptyTrips will disrupt logistics sector

    Barely a year old, Johannesburg based online trip exchange platform EmptyTrips has been having a good year. The startup won the Africa Chivas Regal Venture Pitching Den at the SA Innovation Summit earlier this month and will represent South Africa at the 2018 Startup World Cup in San Francisco next year. EmptyTrips will next take part in the Slush Global Impact Accelerator in Finland between 21 November and 2 December. The startup has also participated in Singularity U Global Impact Challenge where it was one of the top five finalists and in the annual Seedstars competition where it was placed third in the SA leg of the competition. The five-month old company...

  • Israeli tech deal flow ‘mind boggling’ says StartUp Tel Aviv SA Challenge winner

    Tel Aviv's startup ecosystem has blown away local entrepreneur Nish Singh who earlier this month attended DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival. "The ecosystem there is warm and open, the tempo is fast and the deal flow is mind boggling," says Singh, who is the co-founder and COO of Multifractal Semiconductors, a Pretoria-based startup that develops computer chips. Singh and fellow co-founder Piotr Osuch traveled to Israel from 3 to 7 September to attend the festival after the startup was earlier this year selected as one of the winners of the StartUp Tel Aviv SA Challenge. The startup was one of 15 startups from Africa, Europe and Asia -- chosen from...

  • France bound: Five SA startups selected for the 2017 Young Enterprise Initiative

    Five South African tech startups have been selected to travel to France for the week-long Young Enterprise Initiative acceleration programme which takes place this November. Romain Petit, innovation manager at the French Embassy in South Africa, told Ventureburn that the five will leave for France in the week of 13 November. During this time they will spend two and a half days in Paris attending training and business to business-to-business (B2B) meetings. Thereafter, they will be assigned a partner incubator which will assist them on finding the right partners for research and development. Read more: Is seven days enough time for startups to be...

  • Solve real problems and never retire says Fundamo’s Hannes Van Rensburg

    When it comes to running a tech startup Hannes van Rensburg has seen and done it all. He even wrote a book called Cash in, Cash out, which documents the story behind Fundamo, the mobile payment platform which he sold to Visa in 2011 for $110-million. Van Rensburg (pictured right), who is also a trained nuclear physicist, gave some further insights on entrepreneurship at last week’s StartupGrind event held during the SA Innovation Summit at Cape Town Stadium. Here are his seven top insights: 1. Starting a business is not something to do likely, seriously, it can take a toll on you so do it...