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  • AfriLabs welcomes 11 new hubs to its Pan-African network

    AfriLabs, a network of over 50 technology innovation hubs on the continent, has announced the addition of 11 new incubators and accelerators. In an announcement last week AfriLabs head secretariat Anna Ekeledo said the organisation is constantly looking to partner with tech hubs and other stakeholders of technology-related businesses to develop better-enabling policies, access to the right tools, environment and finance to scale in Africa. A key aim of AfriLabs, which was set up in 2011, is to create an ecosystem of major hubs to support the development of startups across the African continent. The 11 new hubs joining the AfriLabs network are: nHub (Nigeria) -- According...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [5/06/2017]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or catch up on some of your skills? Well, you've come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we've rounded them up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list,...

  • Young Investors Programme readies students for work in financial services

    The University of the Western Cape (UWC) School of Business and Finance (SBF) has launched an initiative to ready business-minded students for a career in financial services. The university launched the Young Investors Programme (YIP) was launched on 5 May after a group of UWC B.Com Honours Finance students approached the SBF after experiencing problems adapting to the workplace. Keagan Martin, one of the students behind the initiative and a UWC BCom Finance Honours 2016 graduate, said after going for job interviews he and fellow students discovered that their level of industry knowledge was not quite as advanced as they had wanted it to be and so came up with the...

  • Startups to take 1GIANTleap from idea to concept in 12 weeks with new programme

    Want to get help developing your new business idea? Startups have until this Monday (5 June) to apply to the 1GIANTleap programme which aims to help entrepreneurs to leap from idea to proven concept in just 12 weeks. The 12-week programme, an initiative of business support organisation Edge Growth, takes place from 8 June in Johannesburg. The programme, which was first run in 2014, begins with a selection process where entrepreneurs are tested on various qualities, business ideas, personal circumstances and their commitment to serving customers both online and offline. "One of the risks you run as an entrepreneur is to create something...

  • Naspers invests $80m in Indian startup

    Internet and media group Naspers announced this week that it had invested $80-million in online food ordering and delivery platform Swiggy in its Series-E funding round. During the five rounds of funding, Swiggy has all together raised $155.5m. Swiggy launched in 2014 in Bengaluru, India. Today the platform covers eight cities, namely: Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune and Kolkata. The platform has over 1,000 employees across all functions such as sales, marketing, technology and customer service with 13,000 delivery executives. Speaking to Ventureburn, Swiggy's marketing vice-president Srivats TS said the funds would help the startup to double its technology headcount and increase...

  • SA’s FinChatBot expands to France with a layover in Kenya

    FinChatBot, a chatbot for financial services, has recently expanded into France, attracting interest from the Kenyan market. Founded last year after a market study conducted by startup incubator Far Ventures, FinChatBot allows businesses to engage with their customers in real-time via their preferred communication channel. FinChatBot CEO Antoine Paillusseau spoke to Ventureburn recently on the company's latest development in France and Kenya. "We were introduced to a potential client (in Kenya). When we met them they were quite excited about the product. We haven't signed any contract yet, we're still busy discussing with them, but our solution had a lot of interest." Although the chatbot service has courted...

  • PitchDrive aims to help 15 African startups raise collective €20m in Europe

    Fifteen African startups will get the chance to raise a collective €20-million in Series-A funding from European funders when startup tour PitchDrive gets off the mark in the coming weeks. The three-week tour, which is set to begin on 14 August, is an initiative of Nigerian technology innovation centre Co-creation Hub (CcHUB) which has partnered with Google for Entrepreneurs. The tour kicks off at Google's Campus in London, before heading to TQ Amsterdam, Factory Berlin and then to the Impact Hub in Zurich, Switzerland, before concluding at NUMA Paris. Startups will get to explore the various markets the tour passes through and get the chance to pitch in front...

  • SA Startup AIR makes it as finalist in Citibank Tech for Integrity Challenge

    Always In-touch Real-time (AIR) founder Prashant Paima is waiting eagerly to hear whether his online security service startup has been chosen as the winner of this year's Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge (T4I) after taking part in a pitching event in Abu Dhabi earlier this month. The Johannesburg-based startup is competing against 102 other startups from around the world who are pitching in events in six different cities (see the list here). The challenge kicked off in Abu Dhabi on 14 and 15 May and ends with Hyderabad, India on 12 and 13 June. The overall winner will be announced next month, following the conclusion of the...

  • Nigerian startup Tuteria wins Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Award

    Nigerian online tutoring network Tuteria took home a cash reward of £25,000 after winning the top Engineering Innovation prize at the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa competition. Tuteria connects students to qualified tutors closest to them. Customers can find any skill they want to learn using the mobile app, they simply set their budget and wait for the nearest tutor to contact them. The platform also uses a rating system and allows customers to book lessons by paying for them through an upfront payment system. Once the tutors are paid after the lesson has been confirmed, Tuteria takes a commission of 15% to 30% for each paid lesson. 'Godwin Benson’s invention changes way Nigerians, Africans share knowledge' Tuteria founder Godwin Benson...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [29/05/2017]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or catch up on some of your skills? Well, you've come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we've rounded them up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list,...