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Michelle Atagana: Managing Ed.
A fiery tweeter and digital native, Mich Atagana has been hanging around the internet since she was eleven, back in the days of Netscape. Later on, her interest lead to her graduating with a Masters Degree in New Media and Journalism, and her position as Managing Editor at Burn Media. She was named one of Mail & Guardian's top young South Africans in 2012, writes a column about technology in Africa for CNN, judges occasional startup competitions and spends her free time working on the final draft of her PhD. But Mich says she's just a girl, standing in front of a startup, asking them what their business model is.
Yup, you heard right. Money management platform 22seven has gone free according to an email from founder Christo Davel.
The move to take the platform free will start today.
"We’ll no longer charge a subscription fee for the current service," the email to users reads. The platform has been slowly moving toward making the service free since its inception. Previously users were charged R70 a month to access its money management system but this was later reduced to R25.
Nigeria's Co-creation Hub (ccHub) is kicking things up for the next two years with the launch of a US$500 000 seed fund to support early stage startups. Located in Lagos' up-and-coming tech neighbourhood, ccHub is a social innovation centre dedicated to providing a space and accelerating tech startups.
"We leverage a community of progressives -- software developers, organizations, government officials, businesses, academics who bring their creativity and knowledge into play in crafting novel ways to address the myriads of social ...
A war of words seems to have broken out on Twitter following the publication of our interview with entrepreneur Vinny Lingham yesterday. Lingham will be appearing as one of the dragons in South Africa's version of the popular entrepreneur pitching show, Dragons' Den.
In our interview, Lingham stated that he felt "very few people" in the South African tech investment landscape understood technology and how to go about making worthwhile investments in the sector. Lingham's comments, which were made largely on ...
The announcement of the judges for the South African version of Dragons' Den was pretty much the headline news of the week in the country's entrepreneurial space. The show is set to air in South Africa in the coming months, with 13 episodes of startups pitching to the Dragons for investment.
One said Dragon, Vinny Lingham, of Yola and Gyft fame, popped round Ventureburn’s Woodstock offices in the Silicon Cape for an interview. Lingham was very hush-hush about any of the ...
A little more than a year ago, I had breakfast with Keet Van Zyl, from Knife Capital. He told me he was about to launch an accelerator programme for "scale-up" companies.
My response: "Oh dear, not another one".
Knife Capital is a Southern African growth equity fund manager and advisor that focuses on innovation-driven ventures with proven traction. What the company wanted to do was prove that growth could be engineered through its Grindstone accelerator programme -- an entrepreneurial leadership academy of ...
There is no denying that Africa, and East Africa in particular, is currently buzzing with entrepreneurial activity. Adding to the buzz, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has signed a collaborative agreement with Microsoft East Africa Limited to grow entrepreneurship in the region.
The agreement sees Microsoft providing training and mentorship services to Ethiopia’s UNDP supported Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) for 200 000 entrepreneurs. These services fall under Microsoft's flagship entrepreneurship programme in Africa, the 4Afrika Initiative.
The initiative looks ...
We are all gaga for online shopping. It's true, South Africa's ecommerce space is currently growing at a rate of 30% annually and is projected to grow even faster as barriers to entry drop. Armed with this information, the tinkerers at Media24 eCommerce -- a division of Media24 -- today announced the launch of Efinity an ecommerce fulfillment service. According to the company, the service integrates with a retailers ecommerce site.
This move makes perfect sense for a company like Media24 ...
Built in Africa focuses on entrepreneurs, startups and technologies that hail from the continent and empower its citizens.
The miracle of birth is still a miracle, considering all that can go wrong in the nine months of pregnancy. But there have been huge leaps in medical technology, giving healthcare workers the ability to closely monitor the progress of an unborn child and mitigate the risks of complications. However, in rural parts of Africa, where under-trained midwives are the primary monitors of ...
Every year, Microsoft asks university students to imagine what they could do with technology through its Imagine Cup competition -- a skills-based challenge comprised of three key categories: Games, Innovation and World Citizenship. The idea is to create innovative and original software applications for Windows devices, of course.
The competition is open to students around the world and spans a period of one year, beginning with national and online competitions, and culminating at the World Finals. So here we are, ...
"Things don't work like that here," someone in the audience responds as Gareth Knight, founder of popular tech conference Tech4Africa, talks about the need to learn on your feet. There seems to be an underlying negativity when it comes to the tech ecosystem in Nigeria. There's a sense that it will always be a struggle and a hustle; one with no glorifying future in sight.
I am at lunch with three startups: one has a solid footing in the market and ...