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  • 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...

  • Start Here: a book for entrepreneurs by Roger Norton [Part 2]

    In part one of our coverage of the entrepreneurial book, Start Here: A Quick Guide to Building Startups, we spoke to author Roger Norton about his work. Norton was also kind enough to allow us to publish an extract from the book as well. As mentioned in the previous piece, it's not often that entrepreneurs write books based on their experiences. Norton has done just that with Start Here, which lists the steps that entrepreneurs need to follow in order to take their idea to a business. Over the years, Norton has founded two startups, worked with 10 others, and has been involved...

  • Start Here: a book for entrepreneurs by Roger Norton [Part 1]

    It's not often that entrepreneurs write books about their experiences; a strange thing considering the wealth of knowledge they accumulate over the years. South African entrepreneur Roger Norton has decided to do just that with his book Start Here: A Quick Guide to Building Startups. Over the years, Norton has founded two startups, worked with 10 others, and has been involved with the Silicon Cape Initiative. He currently heads up startup studio Playlogix. In Start Here, Norton writes about all of the steps that entrepreneurs need to follow in order to take their idea to a business. An interview with Roger Norton Ventureburn had a chance...

  • Funding your startup: Ventureburn lists the SA investors that are delivering

    For entrepreneurs wanting to find early-stage funding, this is the article for you. As there is generally a veil of secrecy surrounding funding and startups, there is often smoke and mirrors in the industry, with many claiming to be "investors".  Ventureburn has sifted through the South African landscape and brought you the investors that are putting the money where their mouths are, and investing in the startup industry. Make sure to keep checking back on this article. We will constantly be updating it with new funds as the startup space grows in South Africa. Also, with your comments and suggestions we hope...

  • Q&A: Ventureburn chats to ex-Groupon SA CEO about new startup

    In a move that may appear baffling at first, the ex-CEO of Groupon SA, Wayne Gosling, has created a similar business after the former closed its doors in SA. Named Hyperli, the startup launched earlier this month with backing from Gosling's own fund, Team Africa Ventures. At present, Hyperli offers similar offers to the likes of Daddy's Deals, such as food & drink, health & fitness, as well as entertainment. Ventureburn had a chance to catch up with Gosling to ask why the company was launched, how it will differentiate itself from Groupon, and what the marketing strategy is. Ventureburn: After the closure of Groupon...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [12/12/2016]

    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...

  • 3 key startup lessons from Entersekt’s Dewald Nolte

    At a recent Stellenbosch Digital event, held at the Nedbank Stellenbosch LaunchLab, one of Entersekt's co-founders, Dewald Nolte, gave a talk on the company and its journey. What was interesting about his stories were all of the lessons that the founders had learned over the years. The company started back in 2008 in Stellenbosch. It has since grown to over 60 members of staff, with the majority being technical, as well as having offices in Johannesburg, Mauritius, Amsterdam, and Atlanta. It hasn't been an easy journey for Entersekt's team. Here are the three key takeaways we learned from his talk. 1. Make sure everyone is...

  • RainFin adds new R100m Business-to-Retail loans to its product offering

    Fintech startup, RainFin has added crowdfunding and lending options to its platform in the form of Business-to-Retail loans. Amounts of up to R10-million will be handled through the service. This new offering will allow companies of varying sizes to borrow from a range of sectors, such as the retail market, asset managers, institutional lenders, and even their existing customer and supplier bases. "The Business-to-Retail product leverages RainFin's technology to significantly reduce the cost burden associated with traditional loan origination, which in effect enables alternative capital providers and individuals to price loans based on the true economic cost of lending," says the chief commercial officer...

  • Three SA startups selected for international accelerator

    Three SA startups have been accepted into the Startupbootcamp InsurTech startup accelerator, which will take place in London in 2017. The selection process took place on 29 and 30 November, where ten finalists in total were selected. The three SA finalists, Aerobotics, Emerge Analytics, and NuvaLaw, were selected out of 633 total applications at first. They were then up against 20 other ventures during the selection process for the positions. All ten startups will take part in the Startupbootcamp InsurTech startup accelerator programme, which will last for three months. There, they will collaborate with over 400 mentors, partners, and investors in order to build...

  • Ducere Holdings on winning R1m in Green City Startup competition

    Earlier this month, car-based startup Ducere Holdings took home the R1-million prize at the Green City Startup competition in Johannesburg. The company created the MISER Hydraulic Hybrid Transmission Systems for vehicles, which is able to save up to 70% of fuel usage, and reduce CO2 emissions. Ventureburn had a chance to catch up with Andre Reyneke (pictured top right), MD of the startup, to find out how the company will be using their prize money and new-found business fame. When asked about asked why Ducere Holdings was entered into the competition, Reyneke didn't sugarcoat his answer and said the prize and marketing were draw...