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All posts by Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter

Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter
Nur is an enigma with a passion for creating words. He recently entered a love affair with technology and chorizo sausages. He travels a lot -- you catch him, if you can, at a Silicon Cape event every now and again.
  • This conference wants to connect South Africa’s JAVA coders

    If JAVA is your game, you might want to check this one out. Set to take place on 21 and 22 July in Johannesburg, The I Code Java 2016 Conference is a bid to train and connect Java developers to each other and open up new opportunities in the tech industry. Now in its second year, the conference cites JAVA's popularity as a coding language -- close to 90% of Fortune 500 companies use it -- as a major reason for its existence. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the conference is a mix of practical applications...

  • New mentorship programme aims to empower disabled entrepreneurs

    There's not a whole lot of tech in this one, but we thought it was worth sharing anyway. South African entrepreneurial organisation The Hope Factory has launched a programme aimed specifically at empowering disabled entrepreneurs. The programme, which will be based in KwaZulu-Natal, is meant to help the physically disabled develop personal and business skills to grow and improve their businesses. The 10 entrepreneurs selected for it come from a variety of different fields. "As a Business Mentor, walking hand-in-hand with an entrepreneur on their journey to success and prosperity, through the highest high’s and low’s and ever...

  • iKhokha merchants can now get cash advances

    Mobile app and card-reader startup iKhokha on Monday announced that merchants using its devices and platforms can now get cash advances to help grow their businesses. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the new feature is designed to assist small business owners who can't access capital through more traditional means. "We have always wanted to help solve the real challenges which face South African entrepreneurs and we know from working closely with them that their number one issue is access to capital," says iKhokha managing director, Matt Putman. "The majority of our merchants do not qualify for a formal...

  • AfricaWorking: corporates announce plan to give 250k youth entrepreneurship, employability skills

    A number of companies, including Barclays Africa; Emerging World; FranklinCovey; Knod; Microsoft; Safal Group; and Syngenta, this week came together to announce AfricaWorking -- an initiative which aims to provide some 250 000 youth across the continent with entrepreneurial and employability skills. Starting in Kenya and South Africa, the initiative aims to work across the continent by 2020. "Most large corporations are looking at youth skills development in one form or another, because it’s crucial to their business," says Lutz Ziob, Dean of the Microsoft 4Afrika Academy. "The idea behind AfricaWorking is to bring these corporations together, align our efforts,...

  • DataProphet hopes to leverage Yellowwoods investment for international expansion [update]

    Machine learning startup DataProphet says it hopes to use its recent investment partnership with Yellowwoods Capital Holdings to expand its international offering. The partnership, which saw Yellowwoods acquire a significant portion of the company, is the latest from a private equity company which has a pretty strong record in the South African business space. Previous investments include Hollard Insurance, Clientele Limited and Nando’s, amongst others. As part of the deal, DataProphet will act as the advanced analytics partner for the group. "This investment is a testament to the team we have built, to our capabilities and ultimately to the field as a...

  • CiTi, Media24 partner to build developer talent

    The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi), has announced a partnership with Media24 aimed at building developer talent in the Western Cape. Called The Hub @ Media24, the partnership is the latest initiative to come out of CiTi's CapaCiTi programme, which aims to close the gap between unemployed young people – many with tertiary education – and the shortage of technology, specifically coding, skills in the Western Cape. Launched on 1 June, the The Hub @ Media24 was officially launched on 1 June 2016 and is located in the Bandwidth Barn Woodstock, CiTi’s business accelerator and incubator. The initial...

  • Santam, SA Innovation Summit to host blockchain hackathon

    This is interesting. South African insurance giant Santam is set to host a 24-hour blockchain hackathon at the SA Innovation Summit, which takes place from 23 to 24 September. The hackathon will, amongst other things, investigate using a digital asset/token or currency (such as Ripple XRP or bitcoin) as a potentially cheaper payment method than conventional methods. “It is exactly this kind of forward thinking that ensures SANTAM’s success an industry leader and we’re very excited about the greater-good outcomes resulting from this hackathon for all stakeholders in the insurance industry,” said Dr Audrey Verheaghe, Chairperson of the summit. The...

  • This accelerator wants to ‘supercharge’ Somali startups

    When you think of likely spots for startup accelerators, Somaliland is pretty low down on the list. If the self-declared state is known for anything, it's trying to gain recognition as separate entity to Somalia. But if a company called Innovate Ventures has its way, the world could soon be taking Somali startups very seriously. In partnership with VC4Africa and Oxfam, the organisation this week announced the launch of The Innovate Accelerator, which will be based in Hargeisa, Somaliland. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the 10-week programme aims to "support and invest in the next wave...

  • MMI Holdings’ Exponential Ventures, Anthemis Group to invest in financial wellness startups

    This is interesting. MMI Holdings (MMI), together with advisory firm Anthemis Group (Anthemis), on Thursday announced a partnership that will see it pump millions of Euros into financial wellness startups around the globe. MMI has provided the initial €30-million (± R520-million) commitment while leaving room for other likeminded firms to join the initiative. The investment partnership will operate on the principle that by supporting companies that improve the financial wellness of individuals and SME’s, investors can achieve ‘profit with purpose’ and help to create a prosperous and inclusive global growth economy. To that end, the partnership’s investment will primarily...

  • These are FNB’s 2016 Business Innovation Awards finalists

    FNB has announced the finalists of its 2016 Business Innovation Awards, supported by Endeavor. The finalists are competing for an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the prestigious Endeavor International Selection Panel (ISP) in Boston. The awards aim to recognise true innovation excellence, whilst emphasising the importance of business scalability – a significant driver of sustainable employment opportunities. The finalists are: Trevor Wolfe and Remon Geyser of delvv.io Melvyn Lubega and Andrew Barnes of Go1 Graham Rowe and Richard Johnson of Guidepost Paul De Kock, Dennis Marketos and Paul Marketos of IsoMetrix Erik Oosthuizen and Gareth Farrow of Kliq Holdings David Shapiro and...