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  • Google expands intake for new Launchpad Accelerator cohort to 10 African nations

    Google’s Launchpad Accelerator has opened applications for its next cohort -- and has added seven more African countries to the three countries it initially targeted when it first began including startups from the continent earlier this year. When the programme began targeting Africa in May it took applications only from startups based in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. In the new cohort startups from Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda will also be eligible to apply. Read more: JUMO first SA startup to be selected for Google Launchpad Accelerator The announcement was made by the Launchpad Programme's global lead Roy Glasberg last week Thursday, 31 August. Launchpad is...

  • Six legal obligations to consider before joining Startupbootcamp Cape Town

    Startupbootcamp Cape Town’s acceleration programme kicks off this Monday (4 September). There is big money involved, with participants getting up to €450 000 in benefits from the programme in exchange for an eight percent equity stake. So what are the kind of legal nitty-gritties behind joining a global accelerator’s programme. Startupbootcamp Cape Town co-managing director Zachariah George together with Juliette Thirsk and Shelley Mackay-Davidson of Brevity Law explain the agreement to Ventureburn (the same agreement that all 10 participating startups last month signed with the accelerator). Read more: Startupbootcamp receives 518 applications for first Cape accelerator Here are six legal issues a participant on Startupbootcamp should consider before joining...

  • Want to join UCT’s incubator programme? Here’s what you need to consider

    Interested in joining the UCT Graduate School of Business MTN Solution Space’s Venture Incubation Programme? Startups should be prepared to fail many times and not give up, says Andrew Valentine one of the senior advisors at the incubator. Valentine (pictured), who is an entrepreneur-in-residence at the MTN Solution Space, says entrepreneurs who are keen to join the incubator should understand that running your own business is challenging and a full-time affair. Since the centre launched the programme last year it has held four cohorts in both its summer and winter schools and incubated a total of 20 startups overall, most of which have evolved into profitable businesses,...

  • The First 90 Days podcast will give raw account of startup growth claims founder

    Lauren Davies founder of virtual business incubator The Growth Academy believes there is need for transparency around the process of starting a startups and growing a business. Davies is partnering with US-based venture builder WotWot Ventures to run The First 90 Days podcast. Through the podcast the two plan to provide a raw account of their startup Upski's journey from idea to business in three months. Davies (pictured), who is involved in the Future Females platform launched earlier this month, told Ventureburn that the first episode of the podcast, Day 1, will go live next Wednesday (6 September). The series will feature content developed by her and Mark Berman, co-founder of...

  • Seven Southern African innovators to pitch for €20 000 HiiL Justice Accelerator

    Seven innovators from South Africa and Zimbabwe have been selected to take part in the regional semi-finals of The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) annual Innovating Justice Challenge set to take place at OPEN Maboneng in Johannesburg on 13 October. The seven, whose names were announced last Friday by HiiL, will get an opportunity to present their ideas to a panel made up of representatives from HiiL’s Boostcamp, legal and innovation experts. They were chosen from 80 applicants from Southern African region. In total 10 regions are taking part in the challenge. The seven include South African startups Lady Liberty, NuvaLaw, Comic Contracts and MoLLy...

  • 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...