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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.
  • World Bank launches accelerator programme for African digital startups

    The World Bank has announced the launch of XL Africa, an acceleration programme aimed at supporting 20 top digital startups from Sub-Saharan Africa. XL Africa will run over five months and startups will be put through a tailored curriculum, while receiving mentorship and the chance to attract early-stage capital of between US$250,000 and US$1.5-million. "Digital startups are important drivers of innovation in Africa," said Makhtar Diop, the vice-president for the Africa Region at the World Bank, in a press release. "To scale and spread new technologies and services beyond borders, they need an integrated ecosystem that provides access to regional markets and global finance. "Pan-African initiatives...

  • Startupbootcamp launches its first African-based programme

    Global accelerator Startupbootcamp has announced the launch of its first African-based programme in Cape Town with the aim of accelerating 10 startups from September. The announcement was made yesterday. The three-month bootcamp, backed by BNP Paribas, the RCS Group and PwC, is open to startups that focus on a number of sectors. These include: blockchain, connected devices, payment solutions, asset management, ecommerce, alternative financing, identity management, data and behavioural analytics, digital connectivity, enabling technologies and integrated supply chains. Ten successful applicants selected for the programme will each be awarded EUR€15,000. Selected participants will also receive free office space, convertible notes, access to...

  • Union Bank, CcHub launches the Centenary Innovation Challenge

    The Union Bank of Nigeria has partnered with the Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) to launch the Centenary Innovation Challenge with entries closing 19 May. It comes as the Union Bank celebrates its 100th anniversary with the theme "Celebrate, Impact and Lead". The bank aims to find innovative startups and offer them support to address the country's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The challenge is open to university students, software developers, entrepreneurs and academics from Nigeria. The Union Bank CEO Emeka Emuwa recently addressed the partnership at a press conference held last week. In his address Emuwa said the bank is committed to being at the leading edge of innovation,...

  • Africa regional conference to spotlight future financing solutions

    Over 500 financial representatives from more than 45 countries will next month come together for three days to tackle various issues affecting African businesses when secure financial messaging service Swift hosts its African Regional Conference (Arc) in Abidjan in the Ivory Coast on 16-18 May. The conference will take on the theme of "Financing for the future" and will also look at how African countries can diversify their economies to promote more sustainable growth. "Holding the Swift African Regional Conference in Côte D’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast) illustrates the strength and stability of the country’s economic and business environments and the dynamic role it is playing in Africa’s development," said the...

  • Dubai authority opens call for fintech startups to join acccelerator

    The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is calling for applications for its Fintech Hive. Applicants have until 28 May to apply. The 12-week programme aims to accelerate startups within the early and growth stages by providing them with insights and exposure to top financial institution executives. Selected participants will have the opportunity to develop and test their products and solutions in collaboration with senior financial representatives. These include representatives from the DIFC Authority, Accenture, Citi, HSBC, Standard Chartered, Visa, Emirates NBD, and Mashreq. "The FinTech Hive at DIFC will connect innovators in financial services technology with the banks, financial institutions and service providers within our dynamic ecosystem...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [17/04/2017]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or catch 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...

  • Mastercard’s Start Path is searching for innovative startups

    Global payments company Mastercard is searching for new startups to join its Start Path Global 2017 Class. Applications for the programme close on 23 April. The programme is accepting startups from SA as well as across the world who are operating within the banking and payments sector. Eligible startups need to have raised significant seed funding or series A investments. Other criteria for eligible startups are: Startups must demonstrate advantage over competitors. Participants must target a sizeable market opportunity. Eligible startups must have established an experienced team. Mastercard's Start Path aims to provide innovative startups with much-needed support and investment "Fintech startups around the world...

  • The Foschini Group and startups: an unlikely combo

    Ventureburn and Splash conducted an interview with The Foschini Group's (TFG) CIO, Brent Curry, which revealed many insights into what TFG and startups are producing. It's also particularly important to note his insights as they might be a way for entrepreneurs to bring their product to a large market. To date, TFG has partnered with tech startups such as Wumdrop and Pargo which brought about TFG's Deliver 2 Me service while also allowing customers to choose a convenient collection point for their items. "We know that exceptional tech talent usually prefers working in the edgier startup space, rather than at a big corporate...

  • French South African Tech Labs now recruiting

    Having received a combined R10-million in investment since its launch last year, the French South African Tech Labs (FSAT Labs), in Cape Town, is seeking its first cohort of digital entrepreneurs. Applicants have until 15 April to apply. The FSAT Labs has served as an incubator and accelerator for both SA and French entrepreneurs, placing a strong emphasis on black entrepreneurs. FSAT Lab COO Alexia Vettier told Ventureburn that the French government is helping the FSAT Labs through the French embassy as well as the French tech network. "Indeed, Cape Town has become a French tech hub since 2016 thanks to Methys, a French private company, that...

  • Entersekt wins Best Mobile Security Technology Award

    Security solution Entersekt has clinched the award for Best Mobile Security Technolgy for the second time at the 2017 Banker Africa Southern Africa Banking Awards. Entersekt uses an innovative push-based authentication solution along with digital certificate technology to protect customers from online fraud. The awards programme is open to all banks and financial institutions within SA and celebrates outstanding performance within the financial services industry. "We are particularly pleased to have been recognised for the work we do in the fintech space. As an innovator in push-based authentication and app security, it is important for our peers to acknowledge the evolution and relevance of our products and services," said Entersekt's...