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  • 18 African startups to pitch at the Seedstars Global Summit

    Out of the hundreds of African startups that pitched for their spot at the Seedstars Global Summit, only 18 have made the cut. Partnering with VC4A to attract and monitor eligible startups across Africa, the 18 winners go on to pitch in front of an international crowd at the summit in April this year. "We couldn’t be more excited for these entrepreneurs and want this event to play a part in accelerating a pan-African innovation ecosystem and entrepreneurship community," Seedstars World stated in a press release. 18 African startups were selected to pitch at the Seedstars Global Summit The 18 startups, along with others...

  • m.Labs partners with major hubs across East-Africa

    Startup accelerator m.Labs has announced a partnership with major tech hubs that support SMEs within the digital and ICT sectors across East Africa. The partnership is in preparation for the Traction Camp Programme, a six-month regional acceleration programme which aims to provide startups with sufficient skills and knowledge to scale their business. Traction Camp will aim to provide startups with the ability to be global competitors, as well as to become growth-orientated business within the mobile and digital markets. The programme, supported by the World Bank Group's Infodev initiative, will collate the best entrepreneurs and startups across East Africa to attend the Traction Camp...

  • Techstars 2017: an accelerator by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs

    The Barclays SA acceleration programme, Techstars, has opened applications to up-and-coming entrepreneurs looking to scale their innovative startups in Africa and abroad. The 13-week programme set to begin 9 May 2017, at the Rise fintech hub in Woodstock Cape Town, and will put 10 startups through their paces fitting in 12 months of work into three. Startups selected for the programme will have an opportunity to learn, as well as expand their presence within the African continent via Barclays Africa Group's customers, technology teams and products. They'll also have a chance to scale on a global level through the various Rise sites situated...

  • Applications open for Global Entrepreneurship Network digital pitch competition

    The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) has invited African entrepreneurs to enter their digital pitching competition. Those selected will be given an opportunity to pitch before potential investors and other entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to submit a three-minute video on the GEN SA Facebook page which shows off their innovative product or service. Their idea can either be in the operational phase or the prototype stage. Entries for the competition are currently open and will close on 5 February 2017. The submitted pitching videos will be open to a public vote before the final selection of entrepreneurs is made. Once the final five are...

  • 70 semifinalists will compete at the Seedstars World Global Summit

    More than 4000 startups have attempted to make their way to the Seedstars World Global Summit, according to Seedstars World. The event takes place on 6 April 2017 at the Swiss Tech Convention Center in Lausanne in Switzerland. Startups from all over Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Africa, Middle East, Asia and Latin America, were chosen to represent their respective nations. However, from the thousands that applied, only 70 startups were chosen to participate for a chance to win US$500 000 in equity investments. The 70 finalists will have an opportunity to attend a two-day bootcamp where they'll receive mentorship from...

  • SA contestants chosen for semifinals of Mozilla Equal Rating Innovation Challenge

    Two South Africans, Tim Human and Dr Carlos Rey-Moreno, have been chosen to represent the nation at the Mozilla Equal Rating Innovation Challenge semifinal. Founder of RLabs, Marlon Parker, commented on the emerging trends across the semifinalists as well as his role as a judge. "Not giving people access to information creates a socio-economic divide, not just a digital divide. Every person on the planet needs to have hope, which is what the internet is for," said Parker in a press release to Ventureburn."It gives you information, it gives you a choice, it gives you an option. This is why I wanted to...

  • French African Fund to invest in top African startups

    Investment firms, AfricInvest and Bpifrance have announced a joint French-African Fund (FFA) which will aim to invest in top small and medium businesses within Africa and France. The FFA will be managed by AfricInvest, a pan-African private equity firm focused on mid-cap investments with almost €1-billion of funds under their management. They also have offices in six African countries and more in France. "The cornerstone of the strategy for the French African Fund -- the first cross-border fund between Africa and France -- rests in AfricInvest's ability to help French companies grow in Africa, and at the same time attract African companies to...

  • Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology is calling all SA tech entrepreneurs

    The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is looking for SA techies and entrepreneurs to join their next group of trainees. The programme aims to provide its trainees with hands-on software development training, an opportunity to start and grow their own business with access to global markets, as well as mentoring from executives from global software companies and the opportunity to solve real-world business problems. Thanks to the Meltwater Foundation, the next cohort of MEST trainees will also be eligible to receive seed funding of US$50 000 up to US$100 000. In addition to SA, recruitments will also be taking place in Ghana, Kenya, Cote d'Ivoire...

  • d.light raises US$10.5-million in funding

    Solar energy enterprise, d.light has raised a combined US$10.5-million in funding from Norfund (US$5-million in equity) and Beyond the Grid and the Shell foundation (US$5.5-million in grant funding). "Norfund invests in profitable and sustainable enterprises that contribute to economic growth and poverty alleviation. Access to energy is a key input for development, and we believe energy mix for the foreseeable future also will include off-grid solutions, in particular for rural households and businesses," said head of clean energy investments of Norfund, Mark Davis in a press release. "As the leading provider of off-grid solutions in emerging markets, d.light is a good...

  • JA Youth Enterprise Development Programme for women now accepting applications

    The Junior Achievement (JA) SA, a non-profit organisation, has opened its Youth Enterprise Development Programme, which is set to begin on 6 February 2017. Selected participants will be taken through the 20-week learning programme, which consists of three-hour theoretical and practical sessions taking place twice a week. The participants will be taught various aspects of running a successful business, namely business theory, market research, basic computer literacy, financial and business management as well as sales and marketing. Workshops will take place around SA at various community centres near Gauteng, the Western Cape as well as Limpopo. Those wanting to apply are required to...