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  • 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...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [10/04/2017]

    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...

  • RiseUp takes 6 startups to Silicon Valley

    Startup network, RiseUp took six startups to Silicon Valley from 4 April to 13 April. The programme exposes startups from the Middle East and Africa to the tech hub, allowing them to integrate with other startups, resulting in acceleration and growth. The programme is organised in partnership with Voyaj and TechWadi as well as the World Bank. "We cater an experience where startups have an opportunity to get exposed to new markets, connect with global industry leaders, network with investors, the global media, and most importantly gain know-how that will help them build better businesses," said RiseUp's founder, Con O’Donnell in a press release. RiseUp aims...

  • Philippines’ Acudeen Technologies wins Seedstars World

    The Filipino startup, Acudeen Technologies was crowned the Seedstars World Global Winner for 2017 on 6 April 2017, taking home the grand prize of USD$500 000 in investment. Acudeen beat startups from 65 countries at the pitching competition, held at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne. The company was crowned the winner for its solution that turns SMEs' invoices into cash by discounting their receivables. This solution provides SMEs with working capital that they wouldn't normally get from banks. Founder of Acudeen technologies, Mario Jordan "Magellan" Fetalino III elaborated on his win in a press release to Ventureburn. "Seedstars was an incredible experience. Much more...