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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.
  • 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...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [13/03/2017]

    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...

  • Q&A: WooTheme’s Mark Forrester talks hacking, investment tips & more [update]

    Mark Forrester is easily one of the most well-known startup founders in the SA industry. In 2015, his co-founded website theme builder WooThemes was acquired by WordPress founding company, Automattic for a rumoured US$30-million, which he commented is "off target, it is a good ballpark". Started in 2008, WooThemes grew to 55 staff members across 20 countries by the time it was acquired in 2015. The company also launched shopping plugin WooCommerce, which saw over 7.5-million downloads and active installs at the time. Along his journey, Forrester has co-founded IT solutions company Gravit8, social media aggregator Afrigator, invested in Over and...

  • New infographic focuses on Cape Town as startup capital of Africa

    A new infographic has been released which shows why Cape Town is the startup capital of Africa. The report has been compiled with the efforts of the City of Cape Town, Invest Cape Town, Wesgro, CiTi and Silicon Cape. The data has been compiled from a number of resources, such as the FNB Property Barometer, SAVCA 2015 Venture Capital Survey and World Economic Forum Global Rankings 2016. "The resources clearly show why the Cape is the leading tech hub in Africa. It is because of our skills pipeline, which is unmatched on the continent, combined with the quality of life and infrastructure in the Cape, and...

  • DPO Group to acquire Botswana, Namibia operations of Virtual Card Service

    Online payments service provider The Direct Pay Online Group (DPO Group), has announced the 100% acquisition of the Botswana and Namibia operations of Virtual Card Service (VCS). The complete 100% equity acquisition of VCS's South African operations are still being finalised and will follow at a later date. Ventureburn asked about the financials details of the African deal, though DPO did not want to disclose the amount. "The VCS team have built a leading market position in the Botswanan and Namibian payments landscapes by offering a distinguished suite of services to all organisations requiring automated, high volume and secure card payment processing," says the...