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Graham van der Made: Editor
Graham started out as an electronics manager at Take2 Home Entertainment and went on to spend a further ten years in the South African ecommerce industry. During this time, Graham founded and managed an online geek and hobby shop. He has always had a passion for writing and has contributed to a number of geek publications. When not writing short fiction, Graham can be found playing video games and reading comics.
  • 6 effective ways to fund your startup

    Whether you’re launching the next big thing in fintech or a rival to Uber, your startup is going to require some cash injection. It’s not always easy securing funding for your company, no matter how great the idea. Thankfully, there are quite a few avenues to explore. Entrepreneurs should be thinking of how to fund their venture from the get-go. This allows them to not only have realistic expectations of what is needed but gauge interest in the product as well. Besides bootstrapping, which isn’t always feasible, especially in South Africa, there are quite a few avenues when it comes to...

  • Design thinking vs the lean startup: which one should you use?

    When it comes to creating a startup, two methodologies for products and customers have become prominent: design thinking and the lean startup. Question is, which one should entrepreneurs adopt for their company? In an article sent to Ventureburn by the MTN Solution Space, the organisation breaks down the methodologies in order for startup founders to figure out which version is best. "Both approaches take an idea to product in the fastest way possible, but the key difference is where the product appears in the innovation cycle," writes the director of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town, Richard...

  • KNF Ventures announces investment in online ticket platform Quicket

    Section 12J venture capital firm KNF Ventures has announced an undisclosed investment to acquire a meaningful minority equate stake in online ticketing service Quicket. The company is part of Knife Capital's year-long entrepreneurship development programme, Grindstone. The investment will not only allow Quicket to streamline its services in SA, but expand to the rest of Africa with the use of kiosks for a physical distribution network. In 2016, the company began its African expansion by executing events in Kenya and partnering with a ticketing company in Uganda. In a press release to Ventureburn, investment partner at KNF Ventures, Keet van Zyl, said that Quicket "does not...

  • Music streaming startup NicheStreem selected for US accelerator

    Cape Town-based music streaming service startup NicheStreem, has been selected to participate in the US-based Peacetech Accelerator. The programme will take place over eight weeks and focuses on scaling up cloud-based startups and non-profits. It is hosted in collaboration with C5, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and PeaceTech Lab. "We are delighted to welcome NicheStreem as part of our first cohort. We believe that music, the communities it fosters and the divides that it can bridge can help to bring about reconciliation in conflicted communities and regions," says the COO of C5 Accelerate, Eva-Maria Dimitriadis, in a press release to Ventureburn. "In this regard,...

  • SA ranked as a top entrepreneurial nation [report]

    According to the newly issued Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of South Africa: A Strategy for Global Leadership Report, SA is one of the top countries in Africa for entrepreneurship. SA was ranked number two out of 30 countries in the sub-Saharan African region. It was also ranked 55 out of 137 countries surveyed globally, which was followed by Namibia, Gabon, and Ghana. The report was created by the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (GEDI) and SEA Africa. It was commissioned by the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and the South African Breweries (SAB) Foundation. According to the press release, the report was not only issued in...

  • Pargo secures over R15m investment, adds new board member

    Logistics and fulfilment company Pargo, announced it has secured an R15-million round of funding for expansion and development purposes. The round was led by SAAD Investment Holdings, along with Beijing-based VC firm, Tsing Capital, and co-founder of Pay-U, Johan Dekker. "We are very pleased with the quality and endorsement of our new shareholders, and the possibilities of accelerating our expansion, as well as adding new services that these new funds open up for us," write directors and co-founders Lars Veul and Derk Hoekert (both pictured above), in a press release to Ventureburn. Along with the investment announcement, the CEO of SAAD Investment Holdings, Johan...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [20/03/2017]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you've come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • I-Drop Water to represent SA in Chivas Venture pitching competition

    South African greentech startup I-Drop Water has been selected as one of 30 finalists in the US$1-million Chivas Venture social enterprise competition. The finals will take place in Los Angeles in July. Founded by James Steere, I-Drop Water looks to change the way water is sold in SA by installing purification and dispensary vending machines in stores. The company says the water sold is 80% cheaper than bottled water and will be housed in refillable containers. Finalists will have five minutes to pitch their businesses in front of a panel of judges and live audience, where they will compete for US$750 000. "We were blown away...

  • CiTi launches first EdTech Open Innovation Cluster in Africa

    The Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative (CiTi) has launched the first EdTech Open Innovation Cluster and incubator in Africa. The event was held on 15 March at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock, Cape Town, and saw a turnout of close to 500 people. The aim of the cluster is to collect as many of the best edtech startups and companies in one location to work on education problems. The initiative is helmed by Jamie Martin, who previously held positions at Deloitte and The Boston Consulting Group. Martin said there is also a team from Yale, researching and supporting the cluster. EdTech Incubator Part of the EdTech Open Innovation Cluster is to launch an...

  • Media24 acquires 10% equity in SA music streaming service NicheStreem

    South African media company Media24, has invested an undisclosed amount to acquire 10% of music streaming service NicheStreem. The service focuses on emerging markets and curated music solutions. NicheStreem and its product The service is solely founded by Catherine Lückhoff, who was previously an Exco member of Silicon Cape, as well as chief business development officers and head of brand strategy at Bozza.mobi. Though Lückhoff couldn't give us the exact amount that Media24 had invested, she did say NicheStreem is raising a US$1.5-million round on a US$3.5-million valuation, and 50% of that has been filled so far. NicheStream's first and only product thus far, Liedjie, launched in 2016 as...