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All posts by Graham van der Made: Editor

  • How to get more out of the local startup ecosystem

    Creating a startup is one of the hardest things that anyone can undertake and finding support used to be a daunting task. However, that has changed over the past few years with more and more resources cropping up for entrepreneurs. During the recent Techstars-4-A-Day event, which was held at the Rise hub in Cape Town, four panellists spoke about the local ecosystem and how entrepreneurs can leverage information from it. Barclays Rise and its focus on fintech The ecosystem manager for Barclays Rise in Africa, Camilla Swart, opened with a few words about the organisation as well as what it looks to...

  • 6 tips from SA startup pros on raising funding

    Funding your startup is one of, if not the most crucial part of creating the company. While bootstrapping may be ideal for a number of entrepreneurs, it isn't always possible, meaning they will need to raise money from VCs or Angels in order to get things off the ground. Like anything related to humans, it's possible for entrepreneurs to jepordise their chances of actually raising funding. At the recent Techstars-4-A-Day event, which was held at the Rise hub in Cape Town, Alexandra 'Alex' Fraser (Silicon Cape) and one of the founders of Yoco, Carl Wazen, gave the audience some tips...

  • Jumo’s Johan Bosini: 8 rules on growing a startup [update]

    "Fintech isn't about tech at all. It's about data." These words were spoken by Johan Bosini at the recent Techstars-4-A-Day event, which was held at the Rise hub in Cape Town. Bosini is no stranger to the startup scene and is currently involved with VC firm Quona Capital, as well as Switch2 Cover and Taking a Break. He's most well known for his role in fintech startup Jumo as the managing director of digital financial services. Before digging into his eight points, Bosini gave a small anecdote about Jumo in its infancy (which initially started out as another company called AFB). "Jumo was an 'accident'," he said (having...

  • 3 interesting things we learned from David Campey, Roger Norton

    Ventureburn had the opportunity to attend the first Startup Grind Cape Town event of 2017, which featured David Campey and Roger Norton. The pair are co-founders of Lean Iterator, which is an organisation that supports startups. We sifted through everything and found the three most interesting points from the pair. What is a startup? The master of ceremonies, Guillaume De Smedt, asked the pair how to define a startup. Norton started off by quoting serial entrepreneur Steve Blank: "A startup is a temporary organisation used to search for a repeatable and scalable business model." Campey summarised this by saying that it "can be building tech...

  • 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...