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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.
  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [23/01/2017]

    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...

  • Gutsy Green: SA startup to make cooking easy

    Having to decide what you're having for supper after a long day at work is an absolute pain. With the majority of people not being professional chefs, going through the hassle of choosing a nice restaurant and then gawking at the bill afterwards is an expensive endeavour. While the South African startup tech scene sees numerous fintech, edtech, and agritech companies launching each year, it's not often we see companies based around food. Popping up this month, Gutsy Green is a startup that's aiming to help SA families and couples cook pre-planned restaurant-style food. Ventureburn had a chance to speak to one...

  • StartupGrind kicks off 2017 with David Campey, Roger Norton on Lean Iterator

    The 20th of January saw the first Startup Grind Cape Town event for 2017, hosting Lean Iterator co-founders David Campey and Roger Norton. Ventureburn attended the event at Workshop 17 in the V&A Waterfront. The event was geared around the pair talking about their experiences in the startup industry as well as some of their own history. Before things started, several speakers addressed the audience about Startup Grind Cape Town and its partners. What is StartupGrind? "StartupGrind is an entrepreneurial networking event that happens every single month in 200 cities around the world," explained Guillaume De Smedt, the Global Community Director of Startup Grind. "It's really exciting because...

  • Chivas Regal announces 10 finalists for The Venture pitching show

    Whisky brand Chivas Regal has announced the 10 SA contestants taking part in its social entrepreneur pitching competition, The Venture. It will air on Mzansi Magic on 26 January at 6:30pm. The aim of the competition is to invest US$1-million in startups that create positive change. "Over the last two years, we have shown our belief in and commitment to this philosophy by awarding USD2 million to start-ups globally that 'do well by doing good', because we believe purpose and profit can coexist," says Marketing Manager of Scotch Whiskies at Chivas Regal, Shelley Reeves, in a press release to Ventureburn. The winner will receive R350 000...

  • Former CIO of Barclays Africa joins Jumo

    Former CIO of the Barclays Africa Seeker Fund, Warren Squires has joined fintech startup Jumo, the company announced. Squires was appointed as director of MTN Channel at the company on 9 January. "It’s a big win for Jumo. Balancing our technology capability with the experience of people like Warren is really powerful," says CEO and founder of Jumo, Andrew Watkins-Ball, in a press release to Ventureburn. "Jumo is changing the face of digital finance, has made significant inroads into making a material difference in mobile money and inclusive finance for emerging markets and is at the right stage to benefit from my skills...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [16/01/2017]

    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...

  • WumDrop launches Deliver 2 Me, new address-free delivery option

    Startup courier service WumDrop, has launched a new offering, allowing parcel deliveries without the need for an address. The service, which the company calls Deliver 2 Me, uses the receiver's phone and its real-time location. It will also allow users to choose a time for the delivery to take place. "What makes this technology remarkable is its scalability. Deliver 2 Me isn't locked into a native mobile app like most geolocation services - it leverages the increasingly powerful suite of features found in mobile browsers to deliver an accurate delivery location to the driver, and a clean, easy to use interface to the...

  • Applications still open for Barclays fintech accelerator 2017 programme

    For fintech startups, applications are still open for the Barclays Techstars Accelerator programme, which takes places from 9 May to 2 August in Cape Town. Out of all the applications, 10 startups will be selected for the 12-week programme. They will receive training and mentorship from the bank and Techstars as well. "The Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is proud to open its doors in Cape Town, offering a gateway into many of the fastest growing global economies," writes the programme. The Barclays Techstars Accelerator programme will fund up to US$45 000 per startup and takes between a 6 to 8% equity share. "We are interested...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [09/01/2017]

    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...

  • Kairos Society is looking for 50 startups to showcase at the NYSE

    Applications are open for the Kairos 50 (K50) New York Stock Exchange startup event. It will take place at the Kairos Society Global Summit from 21 to 22 April 2017 in New York. The aim of the event is to showcase a range of startups from around the world. The Kairos Society is looking for 50 startups from around the world to take part. These companies need to be in the seed stage of their growth, with at least one co-founder being under 26 years of age. Those selected will receive an all-expenses-paid trip, where they will also meet over 350 entrepreneurs from 50 countries. Each participant...