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Matthew Alexander
A grown man and avid gamer, anime enthusiast as well as an MMA practitioner, he’s a living symbol of Liquorice allsorts. His inquisitive nature is by far his greatest strength. If he doesn’t know something, he will soon enough. His passion for writing started at a very young age, so much so that he decided to pursue a career in any field which allowed him to write and to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. When not fighting, gaming or binge-watching Mr. Robot or Game of Thrones, he finds himself on his motorcycle exploring the country’s landscape.
  • 70 semifinalists will compete at the Seedstars World Global Summit

    More than 4000 startups have attempted to make their way to the Seedstars World Global Summit, according to Seedstars World. The event takes place on 6 April 2017 at the Swiss Tech Convention Center in Lausanne in Switzerland. Startups from all over Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Africa, Middle East, Asia and Latin America, were chosen to represent their respective nations. However, from the thousands that applied, only 70 startups were chosen to participate for a chance to win US$500 000 in equity investments. The 70 finalists will have an opportunity to attend a two-day bootcamp where they'll receive mentorship from...

  • SA contestants chosen for semifinals of Mozilla Equal Rating Innovation Challenge

    Two South Africans, Tim Human and Dr Carlos Rey-Moreno, have been chosen to represent the nation at the Mozilla Equal Rating Innovation Challenge semifinal. Founder of RLabs, Marlon Parker, commented on the emerging trends across the semifinalists as well as his role as a judge. "Not giving people access to information creates a socio-economic divide, not just a digital divide. Every person on the planet needs to have hope, which is what the internet is for," said Parker in a press release to Ventureburn."It gives you information, it gives you a choice, it gives you an option. This is why I wanted to...

  • French African Fund to invest in top African startups

    Investment firms, AfricInvest and Bpifrance have announced a joint French-African Fund (FFA) which will aim to invest in top small and medium businesses within Africa and France. The FFA will be managed by AfricInvest, a pan-African private equity firm focused on mid-cap investments with almost €1-billion of funds under their management. They also have offices in six African countries and more in France. "The cornerstone of the strategy for the French African Fund -- the first cross-border fund between Africa and France -- rests in AfricInvest's ability to help French companies grow in Africa, and at the same time attract African companies to...

  • Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology is calling all SA tech entrepreneurs

    The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is looking for SA techies and entrepreneurs to join their next group of trainees. The programme aims to provide its trainees with hands-on software development training, an opportunity to start and grow their own business with access to global markets, as well as mentoring from executives from global software companies and the opportunity to solve real-world business problems. Thanks to the Meltwater Foundation, the next cohort of MEST trainees will also be eligible to receive seed funding of US$50 000 up to US$100 000. In addition to SA, recruitments will also be taking place in Ghana, Kenya, Cote d'Ivoire...

  • d.light raises US$10.5-million in funding

    Solar energy enterprise, d.light has raised a combined US$10.5-million in funding from Norfund (US$5-million in equity) and Beyond the Grid and the Shell foundation (US$5.5-million in grant funding). "Norfund invests in profitable and sustainable enterprises that contribute to economic growth and poverty alleviation. Access to energy is a key input for development, and we believe energy mix for the foreseeable future also will include off-grid solutions, in particular for rural households and businesses," said head of clean energy investments of Norfund, Mark Davis in a press release. "As the leading provider of off-grid solutions in emerging markets, d.light is a good...

  • JA Youth Enterprise Development Programme for women now accepting applications

    The Junior Achievement (JA) SA, a non-profit organisation, has opened its Youth Enterprise Development Programme, which is set to begin on 6 February 2017. Selected participants will be taken through the 20-week learning programme, which consists of three-hour theoretical and practical sessions taking place twice a week. The participants will be taught various aspects of running a successful business, namely business theory, market research, basic computer literacy, financial and business management as well as sales and marketing. Workshops will take place around SA at various community centres near Gauteng, the Western Cape as well as Limpopo. Those wanting to apply are required to...

  • Fomo Travel: the lay-by startup looking to make travel easier

    Travelling the world can be a costly endeavour, however, SA startup FOMO Travel aims to make it much less of a burden on your wallet. The company was started last year by Andrew Katzwinkel and is described as a lay-by service for budding travellers. The team also consists of Vuyisa Qabaka, who's a mentor to Andrew and a board member of Fomo; Dean Cannell, a tech partner; Bradley Elliot from Platinum Seed, who's involved with their digital marketing as well as Brian and Lee-Ann Singer of The Singer Group, who are infrastructural partners. "I decided to start Fomo Travel because too many South Africans...

  • The 6 startups to represent Africa at AFIF Entrepreneurship Awards

    Six African SMEs have been nominated to represent their nations at the 2017 Africa Finance and Investment Forum (AFIF) Entrepreneurship Awards. The event is supported by the Rabobank Foundation and will take place at the Strathmore University in Nairobi from the 13 to 16 February 2017. The awards will seek to provide those selected with the necessary support to grow their businesses. The finalists will not only receive free accreditation to join the AFIF's full programme, which includes conferences, training and B2B networking opportunities, but the award winner will also receive a cash prize as well as national and international media promotion...

  • Amazon Project: Nigeria gets own pitching show

    Nigeria will be receiving its own televised SME pitching competition titled The Amazon Project. The show aims to provide entrepreneurs with the necessary ways to take their product to market. AIS Media along with other partners will help entrepreneurs discover new ideas, validate their concepts as well as try to assist them with financial support in the form of investments. The show is accepting applications from thousands of Nigerian startups, who will undergo major scrutiny by a consulting organisation. This same organisation will shortlist businesses who will be selected to pitch their idea on the show. These pitches will undergo further scrutiny from a...

  • The African Business Angel Network’s year in review

    Since the launch of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN) in 2015, there has been a noticeable growth in the amount of Angel Investors. "2016 saw the rise of cross-border collaboration of Angel groups across the continent and an increasing focus on Angel investor education as their investments in startups continued to grow. We also saw a marked increase in the number of Business Angel Syndicates and Networks emerging," said ABAN president, Tomi Davies, in a press release to Ventureburn. According to ABAN, Angel investor groups, networks, as well as initiatives have grown to over 40 across 25 African countries. They've...