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All posts by Jacques Coetzee: Staff Reporter

Jacques Coetzee: Staff Reporter
Jacques grew up in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He also studied International Relations (BA) at Stellenbosch University with an interest in innovation and initiatives and how they could contribute to the benefit of society. I have always been interested in both politics and development and started becoming more and more intrigued with how technological development could contribute to society. He loves arts and more specifically the art of writing. His interests in writing and journalism grew more over the last few years with a keen focus on current trends in technological innovation and social development. He is currently teaching English as a second language in South Korea and looking to further his interests and education in writing
  • 20 fintech companies gear up for Singapore pitching competition

    Twenty fintech businesses from around the world -- 12 early-stage and eight growth-stage companies -- have been chosen to pitch for US$50 000 at Sibos in Singapore 14 October. The event forms part of SWIFT's Innotribe Startup Challenge. Earlier this year, a total of 60 companies were chosen to pitch during regional showcases in London, Cape Town, Singapore and New York. Company founders were given the opportunity to present their businesses to an estimated 800 industry experts, VCs and representatives from leading financial institutions. Innotribe's head of markets management Fabian Vandenreydt explains that the Innotribe Startup Challenge has successfully connected the...

  • Laundry service company bags CapeTalk, Sage One 2015 small business award

    CapeTalk, together with Sage One, has announced Khayelitsha-based Ziyahlanjwa Laundry Services as the winner of its regional Small Business Awards 2015. A collaboration between payroll provider Sage One and radio broadcasters 702 and CapeTalk, the Small Business Awards seeks to recognise small businesses’ achievements and provide them with the support they need to grow. Ziyahlanjwa Laundry Services received an advertising package to the value of R250 000 on CapeTalk. Out of the 380 nominated small businesses, the runners-up were Cold Gold and Deaf Hands at Work, each of which received a R125 000 airtime package on CapeTalk. "The feedback from the nominees is...

  • LaunchLab Ideas Programme Pitching Platform offers startups R100k

    Stellenbosch startup accelerator LaunchLab is offering startups a chance of winning their share of R100 000 in seed funding through its biannual Ideas Programme Pitching Platform. The Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab was opened in March this year and is supported by the Department of Trade and Industry, Stellenbosch University (SU), Nedbank and Innovus -- the industry interaction and innovation company of SU. The programme encourages both students and non-students from all over the Western Cape to pitch their innovative business ideas. As noted in a recent press release sent to Ventureburn, the competition is specifically looking for those involved in payments, big...

  • These 10 Ugandan startups will pitch at local Seedstars World event

    The global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets, Seedstars World, has chosen 10 exciting Ugandan startups to pitch in Kampala later this month. The winning startup will stand a chance to travel to Switzerland, where it will compete for up to US$500 000 in equity investment at the Seedstars World event final next year. As revealed in a press release sent to Ventureburn, Seedstars World has also formed a strategic partnership with Stanbic Bank in Uganda as well as Google for Entrepreneurs for this regional contest. Kevin Wingfield, the head of personal and business banking at Stanbic Bank Uganda, said it's important...

  • Major South African VCs to officially launch web-based due diligence tool

    Major South African venture capitalists from Knife Capital are gearing up to launch a startup called YueDiligence, which aims to assist entrepreneurs and investors with due diligence. By relying on a web-based questionnaire, GAP analysis and a range of other tools, YueDiligence intends to help stakeholders make better early-stage investment decisions. The YueDiligence team is made up of Keet van Zyl, Andrea Bohmert and Eben Van Heerden from the renowned VC firm, Knife Capital. Not only did the firm see through the exit of iKubu to Garmin early this year, it also reported a 61% increase in revenue for the companies participating...

  • Hong Kong VC firm partners with Nairobi, Cape Town Garage

    Hong Kong venture capital firm and entrepreneurial hub Nest recently signed a partnership agreement with the Nairobi Garage and Cape Town Garage to connect three major hubs spanning Africa and Asia. The announcement comes after Nest announced its expansion to Nairobi earlier this year to tap into the continent's talent. Essentially, the partnership gives any member of Nairobi and Cape Town Garage a place to work from when visiting Hong Kong, and in turn gives companies incubated at Nest access to a space in Kenya and South Africa. Nest is described as Hong Kong’s only private, full-service startup ecosystem. The firm has...

  • LexNove is almost like Tinder for legal services

    The founders of new South African attorney-to-client match-making platform LexNove have been involved in a couple of online legal-oriented ventures in the past few years. But it was only after quitting their day jobs that the two former attorneys, Kyle Torrington and Andrew Taylor, launched LexNove to focus all their energy on shaking up legal services to SMEs. Likened to a blend of Uber and matchmaking app Tinder -- but for legal services -- the Johannesburg-based startup was launched in June this year and aims to provide fixed prices and high-quality legal services to SMEs. After submitting a description of your legal problem (issue) on LexNove, you’ll receive a...

  • Workshop17 officially launches to celebrate African collaboration, innovation

    In order to foster collaboration and innovation among South Africa and the greater continent, the V&A Waterfront’s Workshop17 officially launched last night in Cape Town. The innovation hub was born out of the desire to support all kinds of initiatives -- whether startups or big, experienced companies. Workshop17 will be managed on behalf of the V&A Waterfront by OPEN, a co-working space operator and a partner in the initiative. The initiative will curate and manage a programme of talks, lectures, workshops, and educational programmes that will concentrate on fostering innovation among entrepreneurs. "Workshop17 was a seed of an idea six years ago...

  • Springleap’s Trevor Wolfe talks agencies, startups, and pivots [Q&A]

    For a long time now the line between startups and agencies has been blurring. With tech and product becoming so incorporated into daily operations and often determining revenues, it's not unusual to see a startup act like an agency or the other way around. South Africa's Springleap fits the bill of a startup-turned-agency rather well. While the company started out as a platform crowdsourcing T-shirt designs, it recently pivoted to leverage its global community of 800 000 creatives to fulfill other agency needs. It was during this time of flux that Springleap got US marketing expert Trevor Wolfe to come on board as marketing...

  • Content-discovery startup Jottr raises over $1M, officially launches iOS app

    South African startup Jottr set out to big make waves in Silicon Valley. Backed by a hefty amount of seed investment, the company's artificial intelligence technology has been hailed a game-changer in content discovery on the web. Since we met up with the founders in April, the trio (who then also met each other for the first time in real life) managed to successfully raise more than US$1-million in June, with an additional US$100 000 credit received from Amazon Web Services. The investment was secured through various family funds based in Malta, the UK and the Netherlands, among some others angels. The company has also officially launched its iOS app....