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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.
In business, to be a success does not mean you have to be an extraordinary person. The truth, it turns out, is that you can actually achieve great success by doing seven very ordinary things.
For Triggerfish CEO, Stuart Forrest, this is a proven fact because by his own admission he is "very ordinary". Triggerfish Animation, a Cape Town based film and entertainment company, is the producer of the animated feature films "Adventures in Zambezia" and "Khumba".
Speaking at this year's Net ...
As a startup journalist I am always looking for interesting startups to chat to. I want to write about them and tell you how they are going to save the world, or not. As part this year's Net Prophet event, an annual gathering of 2 000+ geeks and one of the bigger tech conferences on the South African calendar, the Silicon Cape Initiative decided to do give some startups a little press time.
It's a pretty nifty idea: get a ...
Can you come up with an idea, build a business and launch that business in 48 hours? That's what the folks at Launch48 try to do a monthly basis. Take a bunch of aspiring entrepreneurs, give them a space to work for 48 hours and see that they come up with.
According to the initiative since its inception in 2009 "Launch48 has helped over 50 startups, with alumni going on to accelerators such as 500 Startups, Seedcamp, Springboard, and Oxygen ...
Last year the first ever DEMO Africa conference was held in Kenya featuring 40 startups from around the continent. Now, months later, African tech entrepreneur Jon Gosier and the AppsAfrica team have released a mini documentary showcasing a rarely seen part of the tech world, the startup ecosystem of Africa.
"Inside DEMO Africa", features interviews with key players in the African tech ecosystem, from entrepreneurs to angel investors, venture capitalists, philanthropists, incubators and government officials.
The conference, which is part ...
Things are looking good for Rocket Internet companies. Namshi, a Middle East-based online fashion store from the German Incubator, has secured funding to the tune of US$13-million from growth equity firm Summit Partners.
The online store, which launched in 2012, follows the same template as most of the company's fashion outlets, including South Africa's Zando and Zalando in Germany. The Middle East iteration is touted as the "fastest-growing" online store for fashion and lifestyle and serves customers in six countries: the ...
It's obvious that Africa really is pushing an entrepreneurial agenda at the moment. Africa 2.0 is an entrepreneurship competition aimed at bringing together startups in a workshop format following the Startup Weekend model.
Africa 2.0 is a Pan-African organisation made up of more than 300 people from Africa and the Diaspora. According to the collective, it shares a vision for Africa and "a commitment to finding and implementing sustainable solutions capable of leapfrogging the development of the continent".
Startups pitch ...
Nigeria's tech scene is on fire. The country has seen some amazing things happen in its tech space in the last few months, with its tech neighbourhood and state-backed innovation hubs.
Now it's time for the country's entrepreneurs to do their bit. Techpreneurs of iROKOtv and Nollywood fame, Jason Njoku and Bastian Gotter, have decided to launch a company to fund tech companies in Nigeria.
SPARK, is a one million dollar project created to support and develop aspiring Nigerian tech ...
Leave it to the Kenyans to figure out a way to connect to the internet no matter where you are and without electricity. Currently attempting to raise a whooping US$125 000 on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, BRCK is an Ushahidi initiative that hopes to solve internet connectivity issues in remote areas.
The device is "the easiest, most reliable way to connect to the internet, anywhere in the world, even when you don’t have electricity," says open source information and mapping company Ushahidi. ...
In bid to foster Nigeria's growing entrepreneurial landscape, a new innovation hub has launched. Its aim, it says, is to "help Nigerian entrepreneurs create successful businesses". The new hub, called Information Technology Developers Entrepreneurship Accelerator (iDEA) launched in 2013 and is a not-for-profit organisation aiming to accelerate the development of the technology industry in Nigeria.
The aptly named Lagos-based hub launched with four developers sessions facilitated by tech industry bigwigs: Google, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Nokia. The companies, as part of ...
Running your own business is hard work, especially when that business has been named Digital Agency of the Year six years running. Gloo, founded in 2005, is not what one would typically call a startup, as it's a service-based business rather than a product-driven one.
The company is one of the most successful advertising agencies in South Africa and was recognised as such last year when it was named overall "Ad Agency of the Year" by AdReview Awards.
In our new entrepreneur ...