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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.
  • EventRoom: the Cape Town startup that wants to be the Airbnb of events

    If you want to book a table at a restaurant, a hotel room, or a cab, you can do so with a few swipes on an app. If you want to book a venue for an event though, you still have to do a lot of your own searching. In Cape Town at least, one startup is looking to change that. Founded by sisters Moira Johnston and Nicky Rosin (the two left careers in law and accountancy to start the company) EventRoom sees itself as the Airbnb of event venues. Its primary aim is to streamline and simplify the...

  • Two SA startups to battle it out in international pitch competition

    South African companies Newtech Rail and Adfire Creative M3dia’s iMORPH3D app will compete in the international Get In The Ring finals in Colombia later this year. This comes after the two startups battled it out against seven other African startups in a pitching session in Johannesburg recently. The Get In The Ring competition made its debut last year in South Africa and is part of the Dutch House of the Future programme. Today it has participants from 64 countries, connecting more than 3 000 entrepreneurs to thousands of funders and millions of fans. The competition is brought to Africa by The...

  • Publicis celebrates 90th birthday with support for 90 startups

    Publicis, one of the biggest agency networks on the planet, has announced plans to provide mentoring, support, and funding to 90 entrepreneurial projects around the world. The initiative, called Publicis90, is part of the company's 90th birthday celebrations and is open to startups doing innovative things in the digital field. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, Publicis90 is not limited to established startups and is also open to students and employees within the Publicis network of agencies. The Publicis90 platform will be open for submissions until 28 February 2016. Projects will be pre-selected by region (Africa, Asia-Pacific,...

  • Kenyan Hellofood users can now order KFC, Ocean Basket online

    Hellofood, the online food ordering and delivery service operated by Foodpanda, has announced that its Kenyan users can now order KFC and Ocean Basket from the service. In a press release, the company says the chains add to over 270 restaurants from which customers can order food across Nairobi and Mombasa on its online marketplace. "With full automation, the restaurant owners are able to monitor orders made, pending, shipped and cancelled through a seller centre portal," the company says, adding that all deliveries are made within an hour. Read more: Hellofood is now Rocket Internet’s fastest expanding venture Duncan Muchangi...

  • Investors’ roadshow to showcase African talent, adventures

    German and Mauritian-based investors' roadshow Invnture is launching its first trip this coming March, showcasing startups and adventures that South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe have to offer. Filled with pitches as well as cultural activities, the roadshow is meant to change the way investors think about companies by giving them an "on-the-ground" experience. The roadtrip will introduce investors to over 25 investment-hungry startups, that range from tech, tourism, agriculture and the mining industry. It will be targeting companies valued between US$50 000 and US$500 000. For a price tag of €7 800 (nearly US$8 500), participants will also be treated to a...

  • The Creative Counsel incubator to support transformation in SA

    South Africa's largest advertising and marketing agency The Creative Counsel (TCC) has launched an incubator to support transformation in the industry. Five black-owned startups in media, marketing, digital, mobile industries will be supported and mentored by the agency's management team. In a recent press release, co-CEO of TCC Ran Neu-Ner notes that the group will not take equity in participating businesses. “We believe successful black-owned businesses are the true measure of transformation. For as long as the advertising industry continues to find sophisticated methods of fronting and recycling the few black managers in the industry, economic transformation will not be achieved,”...

  • OfLocal: the site aiming to curate the best of your town

    Ever wanted a website that can tell you about the best places to eat in a city and where to find the best photographers? Well then you'll probably get some use out of OfLocal, a site which aims to curate the best of South African towns and cities. Launched in November, the site relies on user-generated content in the shape of lists which are published, shared and voted for by the consumer. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, local business owners are able to create and publish their own personalised lists, as well as share the lists that...

  • Western Cape Funding Fair calling for businesses seeking funding

    The Western Cape Funding Fair, to be held next year in May, is calling for local businesses seeking funding of between R2-million and R20-million. The initiative aims to stimulate local economic growth by connecting businesses that require funding with suitable investors, as well as to educate applicants on best practices to follow to turn ideas into bankable business plans. A second year running, the Funding Fair is also adding a R20-million-plus category for medium and large businesses. “The Funding Fair is a unique public and private partnership that aims to assist entrepreneurs to unlock the economic potential of our province," said Alan...

  • Microsoft 4Afrika introduces PR toolkit to help startups build their brands

    A one-stop resource for Africa's entrepreneurs who seek to up their PR game have launched. The 52-page interactive document, by the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, aims to help small business owners create maximum impact with their communication strategies. Microsoft's Perry Kamel, who heads the SME arm in Africa, says the team set out to create a customised resource that meets the exact communication of local small businesses. She added in a press release: Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more, and hence these series of toolkits are doing exactly that -- helping not...

  • Data startup WhereIsMyTransport scoops up 2015 Global Grand MobiPrize

    South African data startup WhereIsMyTransport (WIMT) has been awarded the 2015 Global Grand MobiPrize. The award further establishes the company's role as an activist against climate change. Having taken place in New Delhi, India, the awards ceremony is part of the Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation (SMART) initiative at the University of Michigan in the US. SMART seeks to honour businesses that have both environmental and economic impact through sustainable transportation and new mobility. WIMT is behind a platform for smart urban transport in the emerging regions of the globe. It aims to connect cities, operators, and commuters for...