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  • Ghana is next destination for Seedstars World [update]

    The next leg of international pitching event, Seedstars World, is heading to Accra, Ghana, on its way to the finals in Switzerland. This round takes place with the support of local ambassador Impact Hub. "Impact Hub Accra is at the centre of an exciting and growing startup ecosystem in Ghana, we offer a wide range of opportunities for dynamic startups to grow and scale, such opportunities includes global partnership with organisations such as Seedstars," said community manager at Impact Hub Accra, Victor Ofoegbu, in a press release to Ventureburn. Startups wanting to participate will need to be less than two years old, raised...

  • Radio 702, Cape Talk, Sage One 2016 Small Business Awards nominations now open

    Nominations are now open for the 2016 Small Business Awards, held by Radio 702, Cape Talk, and Sage One. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the prize pot, sponsored by Sage One and worth R1-million, will be split between the overall winners and runners-up in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The winners in each region will receive an advertising package of R250 000 on 702/Cape Talk. From Sage, they’ll receive a laptop with free access to their Accounting and Payroll software as well as a training course or seminar of their choice and a year’s worth of software support. The runners-up...

  • Sage Summit 2016 to host over 15 000 entrepreneurs

    What began as a small business venture 30 years ago has now become the meeting point for millions of entrepreneurs from across 23 countries. This year's Sage Summit will look to inspire new and old entrepreneurs alike. The Sage Summit 2016 looks to break last year's figures, with expectations to double capacity.  The event which will also host some of the world's leading brand ambassadors and entertainers will seek to employ their knowledge and passions to those in attendance. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn: "For the first time, Sage Summit will have a dedicated series of events for...

  • Demo Africa to showcase 11 South African finalists

    DEMO Africa, a flagship initiative of Lions@Africa, helps connect startups across the continent to relevant markets, offering them an opportunity to bring their dreams to life. This year's event sees 11 South African startups representing the nation out of a total of 30 finalists. Demo Africa, which saw 723 applicants, began in Nairobi, before moving to Kenya, Lagos and Nigeria. For the first time ever, the event will take place in Johannesburg. The 723 applicants were whittled down to 131, coming down to the final 30. Eleven of the finalists are South African, while six are Nigerian, five are Kenyan, three represent Ghana....

  • Kenya’s Chezo Serious Gaming Hub aims to solve water problems in Africa

    Gaming has changed the lives of many as well as developed into something more than just a form of entertainment. It's become a form of learning and even social change. The Chezo Serious Gaming Hub will launch in Kenya -- backed by VIA Water -- and is a project designed to seek and support initiatives geared at solving water problems around the African continent. It aims to bring together gaming experts from the Netherlands and Kenya to inspire and incubate local startups. Other partners for the hub includes iHub, an incubator for technological growth in Kenya; Upande, a company specialising in web mapping and geographical information systems; Deltares,...

  • Food for thought: UN launches accelerator for hunger

    Life is hard and can become unimaginably difficult if you're left weak and malnourished. World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics show that about 795 million people don't have enough food to lead a healthy life. Of those 795 million people, most of them live in developing countries. It is with these facts that the United Nations (UN) World Food Program (WFP) has launched the Innovation Accelerator which focuses on food relief, progressing towards ending hunger by 2030. The project, based in Munich, Germany, was started by Ertharin Cousin, who has over 25-years of national and international non-profit leadership experience. The WFP in collaboration with experts...

  • Seedstars World seeks out Lagos startup candidates

    Internation pitching competition, Seedstars World, continues their tour around the world in search of the world's most innovative startups. This time, the event is headed to Lagos, Nigeria on 11 August. "Lagos has proved itself, time and again to be the leading innovation hub of the continent. The startups who participated on our event last year were phenomenal and we are very excited to come back this year, as we know for sure the bars have been raised and there will be even more amazing startups coming our way" said Associate for Africa, Selam Kebede, in a press release to...

  • Millenials lazy, uninspired? New studies find the opposite

    Being a millenial often means being associated with some negative terms: lazy, uninspired, reckless, and the most common of all, "lost".  Recent data suggests otherwise, especially when it comes to venturing into the risky world of startups. A survey, conducted by Buzz Marketing group, polled 1623 millenials and found that even though they have a great passion for starting their own businesses, there weren't many resources available. Even so, millenials continued to conquer their difficulties. According to the BNP Paribas Global entrepreneurs Report for 2016, millenials "stand out by creating an increased number of companies, both in the new economy and traditional sectors". The report added that they...

  • BlackBOX TV declared winner of Seedstars Maputo

    Seedstar World's Maputo event took place on Friday 15 July and saw ten startups battle it out for their space at the final in Switzerland. BlackBOX TV, a broadcasting service which allows you to stream content without an internet connection, emerged as the overall winner of the Mozambique leg of the tour.  They also received the acknowledgement of 'Most Promising Seed-stage Startup of Seedstars World Mozambique 2016'. The competition was by no means easy, as BlackBOX TV beat out other competitors such as Mola Play, a mobile app that uses peer-to-peer connectivity to send and receive payments, Vamobi Net, a startup which aimed...

  • Here are the pros and cons to starting your own startup

    Movies depict a grand view of an entrepreneur, a view of a life that's filled with bright ideas and enthusiastic men and women. The dedication to their dream unrelenting and somewhat childlike in a sense that they show the world anything is possible. The true grit and sacrifice of an entrepreneur cannot really be summed up in an hour and forty minutes. Pertinent observations arose in a 2015 Barclays study on the psychology of entrepreneurs, conducted in partnership with The Psychometrics Centre at the University of Cambridge. "Does a certain 'type' of person become an entrepreneur, no matter what – or does the political...