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  • Top 20 finalists announced in PwC Vision to Reality awards programme

    The top 20 finalists in PwC's Vision to Reality awards programme have been announced. The companies chosen have not only made a difference in Africa with sharing their vision but were able to create revenue growth in their industry. Each is a dynamic and emerging company, which have shown successful growth and are some of Africa's most outstanding tech companies. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Partner in charge of the Western Cape region, Danie Fölscher, reiterates this: These businesses’ ability to inspire others and ignite a business from the start-up phase to leader in industry is a significant achievement Read more: PwC Vision to Reality 2015 is looking for...

  • 10 comic book characters who would make really awesome entrepreneurs

    Comic books have been around since before Superman first appeared in 1938's Action Comics #1. Throughout history, both characters and villains have taken on a variety of jobs, but seeing that tech startups are so trendy these days, we've decided to round up the ones who'd make the most interesting entrepreneurs. While we do have access to a pantheon collected over almost 80 years of characters, the list has been limited to only 10 entries. We've also excluded characters who are already billionaires, such as Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne, though some already have a bit of seed money. Bruce Banner...

  • Finalists announced for 2015 She Leads Africa pitch competition

    The She Leads Africa competition has announced its top six finalists for the 2015 Entrepreneur Showcase event. Taking place between 25 to 26 September in Lagos, Nigeria, the finalists will pitch to a panel of judges and compete for the grand prize. Apart from first place receiving US$10 000 in cash, direct access to investors, and international media exposure, second place will receive US$5 000 while third place will receive US$1 000. She Leads Africa will also invest between US$25 000 and US$50 000 in two of the top five businesses. This investment is meant to allow for further expansion for the...

  • Seedstars World competition heads to Abidjan for its next leg

    After its a successful round in Ghana, Seedstars World is heading towards Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. On 12 August, the competition looks to find the best startup in the country, which will go on to compete for a US$500 000 equity prize in Switzerland. Partnering with Microsoft, Google, and MEST, Seedstars World looks at fast-growing and pioneering startups in an effort to support regional businesses. "Seedstars World is a platform connecting investors to the next generation of startup entrepreneurs pulling the spotlight from Silicon Valley and Western Europe. We honestly think the best way to have an impact in emerging countries is...

  • SA’s Geek Crate delivers games, comics and merchandise to your doorstep

    Brand new startup Geek Crate based in Cape Town, South Africa, looks to bring a range of geek products to the masses. It's an idea sure to take off during the current Geek Chic trend, made popular by properties such as The Big Bang Theory and Marvel's Cinematic Universe. The company has been founded by full-time UCT students and friends, Grant Meeser and Jordan Lambis. What they lack in years of experience, the pair have in vision, foresight, and drive. The concept driving Geek Crate is very simple, and is one that we've seen before: each month customers pay a set...

  • BitX partners with Coda to offer Bitcoin transactions in Southeast Asia

    Southeast Asian multichannel payment gateway Coda Payments has partnered with BitX to offer Bitcoin payments. Due to this collaboration, Coda is the first merchant in the region to accept digital currency for online purchases. Coda already offers the option to customers in Indonesia and Malaysia through its own online gift card platform, called Codashop. The store offers Steam wallet, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon, and several other gift cards and vouchers to customers. Similar to other offerings in the Bitcoin market, BitX will allow real-time currency conversion from the user's local currency and Bitcoin collections. Coda will handle the rest of the...

  • Transport industry app takes first place at Seedstars World Lagos

    Nigerian transport industry app MyQ has been crowned the winner of Seedstars World Lagos recently. Out of the 12 startups that pitched at the competition, MyQ was selected as the best startup in Nigeria and will go on to compete in Switzerland in February 2016 at the final pitching round. The final prize, which will be awarded after the Seedstars World pitching round, consists of US$500 000 equity investment. Other prizes on offer include US$500 000 for best Travel Investment, and a US$50 000 grant for best startup space. The event looks for smart startups that solve regional issues while developing profitable...

  • She Leads Africa calls public to vote for favourite female entrepreneur

    Social enterprise dedicated to supporting high-growth female entrepreneurs, She Leads Africa, is enabling the public to vote for their favourite African entrepreneur. The People's Choice Award will see one of 12 semi-finalists go through to the final round of She Leads Africa's annual Entrepreneur Showcase event. The chosen entrepreneur will then compete for US$15 000 in cash prizes, international media coverage, as well as exclusive meetings with top investors. The 12 semi-finalists were picked from nearly 300 applicants from 30 countries, and narrowed down through a review committee of professionals related to venture capital, finance, consulting and business development. The judging...

  • Raru, Pargo deal lets you collect your online shopping from a store near you

    Launching only a year ago, South African ecommerce store Raru continues to add more functionality and offerings to its platform, in order to find its competitive edge. By integrating with Pargo's pick up points service, Raru clientele can now collect orders from one of over 200 stores in the country. This option, according to Raru, "is also a more cost-effective option for many regional areas, and in many cases offer convenient after hours collections." Interestingly, Pargo found that 33% of the parcels are picked up after hours. The pick up system is simple: an ecommerce store gives the parcel to Pargo,...

  • Kenyan bitcoin startup wins $100k Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant

    Kenyan bitcoin startup Bitsoko recently won a Grand Challenges Explorations grant worth US$100 000. It went on to announce it will be sponsoring a Blockchain Events Series in Nairobi, Kenya. According to the Bitsoko website, The Blockchain Event Series will consist of six events held monthly at the iHub innovation hub. The aim is focus on Blockchain education, networking, and opportunities for local startups. The event wants to help local startups innovate the industry. It will also feature speakers from local and international blockchain communities. Attendees will receive a small amount of Bitcoin at the start of each event, which should help them...