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  • Applications now open for Apps Africa Innovation Awards

    One of Africa's leading technology news portal, AppsAfrica.com has opened its entries to find the best innovations suitable for the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards. The event, which saw much success last year, crowned 10 winners from over 200 entries and 21 countries. AppsAfrica provides strategic operational planning services for mobile and tech ventures launching in Sub-Saharan Africa. Their AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards celebrate those ventures which provide winners with global publicity and networking with over 500 industry peers and investors attending the awards ceremony. "Our mission is always to promote and honour the fantastic innovation across the mobile and tech ecosystem in Africa. We...

  • Dadaab refugees learn app development through iHub

    Innovation hub, iHub, in partnership with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), have joined to offer refugees of Dadaab in Garissa County, Kenya mobile application development training. The first phase of training will only see 90 refugees take part in the development program in four main camps which will compromise of theoretical and practical aspects of android programming. According to iHub, the curriculum will consist of: Knowing how to make a profit distributing the app on the Google Play Store Using simple programming language to develop applications Understanding the business opportunities for developing an app Understanding development, platform tools and the mobile ecosystem Understanding and...

  • Pitch Day 237 selects 4 startups for second leg of Activation Bootcamp

    The second leg of  Pitch Day 237, organised by the African Centre for Technology, Innovation and Ventures Spaces (ActivSpaces) alongside Cameroon Angels Network (CAN), has come to an end. ActivSpaces is a tech hub which aims to progress the state of technology in Cameroon through an intense six-month incubator programme called the Activation Bootcamp. CAN is the first angel investor network within the country which seeks to invest in all sectors and industries who have an interest in technology. The event saw 12 startups pitch to startup investors for seed capital, eventually being whittled down to four: Kemi Store  - An online store that lets...

  • Improving agriculture through Aerobotics

    South Africa's agricultural lands have always been one of the backbones of the economy. According to South Africa.info, the agricultural sector is roughly responsible for 8.5 million jobs both directly and indirectly. It's without a doubt one of the largest contributors to job creation. Which is why it's so important to have proper systems in place in the sector. Aerobotics, a drone company started in December 2014 by James Paterson and Benji Meltzer, focuses on agriculture in SA and has found a way to better the sector with innovative drone technology. Paterson was raised on a fruit farm where, at a young age, he...

  • WDB Seed Fund set up to help solve funding woes

    Newly formed WDB Seed Fund seeks to develop an urgent response to the scarcity of funding for startups in their early growth stages. The fund is made up of for-profit social enterprise, Seed Engine, WDB Investment Holdings, an organisation driven to impact the lives of other women in rural communities in SA, as well as Grovest, an SA VC company. The WDB Seed Fund also offers investors tax advantages, as well as Broad-Based Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) points, for those who wish to invest. This is because the investment would be utilised for enterprise and supplier development initiatives. The fund has also been established...

  • Tunisian smart prosthetic gains recognition at Microsoft Imagine Cup

    When you hear about amazing developments in technology and science, you seldom think of "Africa" sadly, and more about developed Western and Eastern nations. However, the runner-up in Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2016 is proving otherwise. Tunisia's Night's Watch is a technology startup founded by students Amir Ben Said, Soumaya Tekaya, Mohamed Zied Cherif and Mohamed Assil Mekki, from Espirit University. Their Smart Hand project took home second prize in the Imagine Cup 2016 World Citizenship Category, being cheaper than most prosthetics. The prosthetic doesn't require any surgical integration, while also being incredibly customisable with a mobile application. The idea for a more affordable smart-prosthetic...

  • The Solaris initiative: locally sustainable biofuel for jets

    Human nature is to progress, to continually improve on existing structures. Project Solaris is an example of that nature. A joint initiative started by Sunchem SA and SkyNRG, it's already making progress in the world of biofuel. Two years ago, Sunchem SA and SkyNRG launched the project in Limpopo with the aim to roll it out on a wide scale and be the go-to for locally sustainable jet biofuel production. Today, they've achieved that goal. "The Solaris crop yields about 2.5 MT ton (sic) of oil per hectare. This is significantly more than traditional oil crops," said Solaris' Project Manager Samantha Hampton in...

  • Siyavula, the edtech startup enabling learners through feature phones [updated]

    Update: Facts and quotes have been amended. Our apologies to Mark Horner and Siyavula for the errors. Education has been preached about as the way to a better life, "get good grades, go to a good school, then off to a better university where you'll get a degree and make lots of money". In our country, it's especially hard to follow that path. According to the 2014 education statistics, 28.3% of learners who passed their matric exam only qualified for a Bachelor's programme, 31.3% qualified for a Diploma programme and 16.1% qualified for a Higher Certificate programme. These stats prove why more...

  • 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...