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  • Seedstars World heads to Nairobi, Kenya

    Following the success of their previous events, Seedstars World now heads to Nairobi, Kenya on 7 October 2016 to find the best startup in the country. The Kenyan leg of the  tour, backed by CfC Stanbic Bank, will try to find the best entrepreneurs Kenya has to offer. These entrepreneurs will compete for an opportunity to attend the final pitching event in Switzerland in 2017. Eligible startups need to be less than two-years old, have raised less than US$500 000 and already built a viable product which solves local issues and ideally already has traction. They also need to have the ability to scale...

  • Chivas Regal’s The Venture competition looks for SA’s top social entrepreneur

    Chivas Regal's global pitching platform, The Venture, enters its third year. Launching on 15 September 2016, the competition aims to find the best social entrepreneur to represent SA. The campaign -- titled "Win The Right Way" -- will see social entrepreneurs compete for a prize of US$1-million in financial investment as well as global exposure and mentorship. The pitching competition will take place in the form of a 10-part televised series which airs globally. Selected participants will have 60-seconds to pitch their innovative idea to a panel of judges who will whittle down the competition to five finalists. These final contenders...

  • Lagos Startup Week to kick off with over 600 attendees

    The Lagos Startup Week is set to begin on 24 September 2016. This free five-day event aims to celebrate everything that makes an entrepreneur or an SME, with over 600 attendees already registered to join. It will consist of presentations and competitions including how to navigate "The New Media Era," best practices for digital marketing, and much more. One of the key offerings at this year's Lagos Startup Week includes a session titled "From University Research to Real World Innovation." This session will give students and researchers of Tertiary Nigerian institutions the opportunity to pitch their research projects to the investors...

  • FNB opens submissions for Business Innovation Awards

    The FNB Business Innovation Awards, with support from EndeavorSA, is looking for the most creative and inspiring entrepreneurs with potential to scale and grow their businesses. The awards are aimed at businesses that have potential to change the way their industries operate both locally and internationally. Entrants must have a strong capacity to be able to grow their business but also to add social value by way of job creation. Other factors that will be considered by the judges include: Social responsibility Ability to sustain the environment Brand reputation The company's quality of governance Stakeholder relations Goodwill factors Entrants will undergo EndeavorSA's tough selection...

  • UCT Upstarts Idea Auction aims to ‘Re-Educate Education’

    29 students have gone through a gruelling five-month journey to turn their ideas into viable business models. These ideas were, in turn, auctioned off at this year's UCT Upstarts Idea Auction at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town. This year's theme, 'Re-educate Education,' revolved around students thinking of innovative ways to disrupt the education sector within South Africa. Guests included UCT Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price; the director of Bertha Centre for Social Innovation Francois Bonnici; the founding director of the Hasso Plattner d.school Richard Perez along with a representative from Standard Bank, among others. "We believe our currency is opportunity," said Gina Levy at this year's...

  • ATTACQ Retail Ideas Programme launches at universities across the country

    The ATTACQ Retail Ideas Programme in partnership with LaunchLab has begun at universities across the country. Entrepreneurs are invited to pitch their retail business ideas for a chance to win a share of R100 000 in seed funding as well as R150 000 in LaunchLab incubation support. The programme takes place on selected campuses of all major SA universities and will be running until 23 September 2016. The final judging round will take place on 19 October 2016, though a venue has yet to be set. The Retail Ideas Programme is looking for entrepreneurs whose innovative ideas address the following: Payments within ATTACQ...

  • Cocreate2Accelerate concludes with positive results between SA and Holland

    The innovative initiative, Cocreate2Accelerate was created to foster better relations between Dutch and SA entrepreneurs. It was born from the minds of Consul General Bonnie Horbach and Dutch entrepreneur Kevin Weijers. The challenge set forth for Cocreate2Accelerate was to successfully address the issues five SA businesses had: Retro Epic, Sea Monster, Polymorph, &Innovation and Green Fingers Mobile were the selected businesses to be partnered with respective entrepreneurs. Eligible companies had to be four to ten years old, facing challenges accelerating or expanding their businesses, while eligible dutch entrepreneurs had to have a keen understanding of the journey of an entrepreneur and be in a...

  • Seedstars World returns to Tanzania

    Seedstars World heads to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on 24 September as part of the lead-up to the Seedstars World final pitching competition in Switzerland in 2017. The criteria for possible candidates are as follows; the startup needs to be less than two years old, have raised less than US$500 000 in funding and have built a viable product which has existing traction within the relevant market.  The startup also needs to show possible regional and global scalability. "The startup ecosystem in Tanzania has been growing exponentially and so does the quality of the startups themselves. We are looking forward to see...

  • Tshimologong Precinct: Johannesburg’s new tech hub

    The Tshimologong Precinct has finally opened its doors, offering opportunities in startup incubation, digital skills training as well as research and training in general. The new precinct, which opened up in Braamfontein, was spearheaded by the University of Witwatersrand and Johannesburg's Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE), and also backed by the national government, private sector and civil society. The person behind the initiative, Professor Barry Dwolatzky, is also the head of the JCSE at the University of Witwatersrand. Tshimologong, a seSotho phrase for "place of new beginnings", has taken old nightclubs and small retail outlets and turned them into integrated computer labs and...

  • Medical startup AikoCorp wins Seedstars World Mali pitching competition [update]

    Update: added in additional quotes The Bamako leg of Seedstars World in Mali has found its winner, AikoCorp. The startup is an SMS service for sending medical lab results to patients. This year was the first time ever that the global pitching competition visited Mali during its world tour which took place at the Impact Hub Bamako. "It was an amazing experience to have Seedstars World organise the event in Bamako. I saw a group of amazingly enthusiastic entrepreneurs who will show the world that we have amazing talent in the country," says CEO and founder of Impact Hub Bamako, Mohamed Keita, in...