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  • Seedstars World lists 10 startups to compete in Côte d’Ivoire

    International pitching competition, Seedstars World, returns to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The event will take place on 29 august at Colab Abidjan. The startups will be competing for an opportunity to win up to US$1-million in the Seedstars World final in Switzerland, with the main prize being US$500 000 in equity investment. "We honestly think the best way to have an impact in emerging countries is by investing and promoting entrepreneurship in emerging markets. We look forward to seeing how the Ivorian startup scene has evolved in a year and we are excited to discover the new startups in Côte d’Ivoire," said associate for...

  • Bottles: delivering a ‘cold one’ to your door

    In a nation that loves to braai and enjoy a good beer, cider or glass of wine, some consumers tend to make reckless decisions and get behind the wheel, especially when the party runs dry. A solution is available though, in the form of Bottles. Bottles is an on-demand alcohol delivery app which delivers drinks to your door in under 60 minutes, saving you the trouble of leaving the party. "Towards the beginning of 2015, we were at a braai in Durban with friends, and as fortune would have it, we ran out of drinks," Vincent Viviers, the co-founder of Bottles, told Ventureburn...

  • LaunchLab, Nedbank on hunt for next big thing in fintech, big data

    LaunchLab in partnership with Nedbank has launched a Fintech and Big Data Challenge which commenced on 16 August 2016 and will continue to 23 September with the final event take place on 20 October of this year. The challenge will seek to find innovative ideas that will alter the way consumers bank in Africa. LaunchLab along with Nedbank will search for new businesses that address new ways to use mobile technology in the sector, as well as new ways to incorporate gamification to better client engagement with products. The challenge will also focus on platforms related to money transfers and fundraising initiatives, such as crowdfunding...

  • What to expect when Seedstars World heads to Accra

    The next leg of Seedstars World will take place in the capital of Ghana, Accra, on Sunday 21 August 2016. The event, which will be hosted at Impact Hub Accra, will see ten startups pitch in front of a panel of esteemed judges such as Associate for Seedstars World Selam Kebede and Executive Secretary for African Entrepreneurs Hub, Mansa Ayisi-Okyere. Other judges include Director of EDEL Technology Consulting, Ethel Cofie; Investor relations for Ghana Angel Investors Network Leticia Browne and Director of GhanaThink Foundation, Ato Ulzen-Appiah. This leg of Seedstars World is possible due to the support of Impact Hub Accra and other...

  • Tech hubs in Africa have doubled in more than a year

    The amount of tech hubs in Africa has more than doubled in a year, according to a report by GSMA analyst Victor Du Boucher. The report found that there are now 314 active tech hubs operating on the continent of Africa. The majority of these hubs are found to be operating out of South Africa, with 58 hubs, while Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and Morocco followed with 28, 27, 23 and 21 hubs respectively. This is a large uptake from the previous year. Boucher expanded on the wider definition of 'tech hubs'. "For the purpose of our landscaping exercise we have been looking at all kinds...

  • DEMO Africa to host masterclass in partnership with World Bank

    A source of technical and financial assistance to developing countries, World Bank, is hosting a masterclass at DEMO Africa. The class will deal with ways in which startups can be scaled with the right team. Titled 'Venture Growth Strategies – Scaling Your Business with the Right Team,' the class aims to improve the knowledge and understanding of how to develop a thriving business while growing the team with essential members. Attendees will also learn how to set up long-term and short-term goals and successfully execute them, as well as how to use legal agreements and various compensation mechanisms. They'll also be taught the...

  • Healthcare app Kangpe declared winner of Lagos Seedstars World competition [update]

    Healthcare platform, Kangpe, has been crowned the winner of the Seedstars World pitching competition in Nigeria. The event took place on 11 August at Seedspace Lagos. Kangpe is a mobile app which allows users to access over 500 doctors, around the clock health care, and tips. "I am a trained doctor and as soon as everyone would hear this they would always ask me for advice. I saw a real need for people to have access to doctors, even in the most rural of areas," says founder of Kangpe, Femi Kuti, in a press release. The Lagos Seedstar World finalists had five minutes to impress the...

  • Phandeeyar launches as first tech accelerator in Myanmar

    Myanmar's (Burma) first ever tech accelerator, Phandeeyar, began accepting submissions for the programme on 17 June. Phandeeyar emerged from the Code For Change hackathon which focused on creating tech solutions for small and medium businesses. "We got a really acute sense of both the opportunity and the level of talent in the start-up community but also of the challenges they face," said David Madden to Myanmar Times. "We want to invest in this next generation of entrepreneurs who are going to build the products and services that are going to power the digital leapfrog," Madden continued. The programs selected for the accelerator receive US$25...

  • 3000 Kenyan women receive ecommerce training through Jumia

    Nigerian ecommerce store, Jumia, in collaboration with SheCares International, is awarding 3000 Kenyan women the chance to undergo ecommerce training. This programme looks to empower them within the digital market. The individual women were selected by the SheCares foundation at the inaugural Globel Women's summit by Cabinet secretary for public service, youth and Gender affairs, Sicily Kariuk. The event was hosted in partnership with Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). "In a world that is going virtual, it is crucial that all actors in society have the training and tools they need to exploit the marketplace of tomorrow. This program is tailored to train these ambitious,...

  • Behind AlphaCode: a catchup with the financial services club

    Ventureburn recently caught up with the head of marketing and operations for AlphaCode, Paige Robertson, at their latest roundtable. Since being named one of the top 11 co-working spaces globally, they've also increased their memberships, constantly bringing in new businesses. At AlphaCode's recent roundtable discussion, it was all about taking your business to Silicon Valley. "Many of our CT businesses are more mature and further developed than our Johannesburg-based businesses and so we try and curate the content for our events based on the people attending," said Robertson. Philip Joubert, co-founder of Offer Zen was one of the members in attendance who spoke...