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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.
  • Investec backs SA tech entrepreneurs with Seattle trip

    This one should be right up our audience's alley. Investec, along with global entrepreneurial networking organisation E-Nnovate, is set to take a group of South African technology entrepreneurs to Seattle, to expose them to that city's world-leading startup ecosystem. This is the first time in the initiative's 1.5 year history that it'll be organising a trip to Seattle, although it previously taken entrepreneurs on global exposure trips to Israel and Silicon Valley. Seattle, USA, located in the Pacific Northwest, is home to 2 000 active tech start-ups, and is ranked in the top ten entrepreneurial ecosystems in the world,...

  • Fintech startups, the big players are coming for you

    If you've got a technology startup that plays in the financial space, you need to know something: the big guys are coming for you. In some cases, they may want to buy you, or your technology, out before you have a chance to seriously disrupt them (it's one reason so many banks now sponsor fintech incubator and accelerator programmes). But they're also looking to out innovate you and use their weight of resources to shut you out of the market. And it's not just the banks either. The largest financial technology incumbents are also out to ensure their survival,...

  • #Hack.Jozi: 10 projects looking to bring innovative change to SA’s biggest city

    #Hack.Jozi, the startup bootcamp aimed at rewarding innovative Joburg-based technology entrepreneurs, has announced its 10 finalists. Whittled down from a field of 100 shortlisted entrepreneurs (themselves drawn from more than 400 entries), the 10 finalists are in the running for more than R5-million in prizes. Now in its second year, #Hack.Jozi is a joint initiative between City of Johannesburg and the JCSE (Joburg Centre for Software Engineering) at Wits University and looks to encourage ideas that could have a positive impact on the city. The top one hundred entrants, all startup entrepreneurs, attended a special entrepreneurship and business...

  • $229k up for grabs in African StartUp Cup competition

    When the African StartUp Cup, currently underway in Ghana, wraps up today, three winning ventures will walk away with US$229 000 worth of prizes. The prizes consist of IBM Global Entrepreneur services, access to Microsoft technologies (AZURE cloud services, MSDN, Office, Bizspark & Visual Studio), Amazon’s Cloud Services, Rackspace StartUp Programme, dotco Internet free domains, and all-expense paid trips to RiseUp Summit in Egypt and 2016 World StartUp Cup in Washington, DC. Startups from Morocco, Algeria, Sudan, Uganda, and Ghana are competing for the prizes in a competition which forms part of the World StartUpCup. Alongside the competition, the programme...

  • SA Innovation Summit to foster Swiss collaboration

    The SA Innovation Summit is one of the country's biggest entrepreneurial and innovative showcases and will this year feature an official partnership with Switzerland’s Swiss Start-up Summit. The Summit also this week reveled that it had brought on the Swiss embassy as an international partner. SA Innovation Summit Director, Dr Audrey Verhaeghe, says the partnership is expected to support local innovators by providing global inspiration, knowledge, systems and funding. “The ultimate goal of the Innovation Summit this year is Innovation Acceleration - scaling and impact for SA-owned ideas,” says Dr Verhaeghe. “What better way to help us bring this...

  • These 15 startups are vying for victory at African Utility Week

    From 17 to 19 May, leading players in the African water, energy, and electricity spaces will converge on the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) for African Utility Week. Joining them will be 15 startups -- ranging from an Aquaponic farming outfit and a geyser switch company to makers of data gathering software -- for the conference's Innovation Hub. The finalists will each receive a free exhibition stand within the Innovation Hub area for the duration of the three-day exhibition and showcase their developments or inventions through live presentations. Four of the entrants have also earned speaking slots in...

  • These are the 3 winners of SA’s Total Startupper Challenge

    In 2015, petro-chemical giant Total AMO jumped on the entrepreneurial bandwagon with its “STARTUPER OF THE YEAR BY TOTAL” campaign. Running in countries across countries in the Africa and Middle East region, the competition sought to help young entrepreneurs get their ventures off the ground, with a R1.2-million prize pool on offer in South Africa. Three companies emerged out of the 10 finalists to this competition. They are: Nkazimulo Applied Sciences, Kwa-Zulu Natal Bathabile and Roderick Mpofu entered their startup, Nkazimulo Applied Sciences, which is a company that assists high school learners with gaining a closer relationship with science concepts....

  • Start-Up Tel Aviv South Africa aims to reward top female tech entrepreneurs

    If you're one of the very small minority of female technology entrepreneurs in South Africa, you might want to check this out. The Israeli embassy has launched a competition aimed specifically at female-led startups in the seed stage, with the final prize being a week in Tel-Aviv to consult with some of the city's best entrepreneurial minds. The all-expenses-paid trip will take place in September 2016, during the exciting and innovative DLD Festival. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the competition judges are looking for "one woman who is actively involved in an innovative company that has...

  • LeWeb founders announce new startups

    Long-time Burn Media readers know how important LeWeb is to Burn Media. It was at the Paris-conference, after all, that the first lines of code for our flagship site Memeburn were written. So when we receive news that conference founders Loic and Geraldine Le Meur are launching their own startups, we're bound to sit up and take notice. Both startups launch in May at exclusive events in Paris and both are aimed at continuing LeWeb's original vision of helping out entrepreneurs. Geraldine is launching The Refiners, a cross-border accelerator aimed at helping foreign startups thrive in Silicon Valley (co-founded...

  • #Hack.Jozi: 100 shortlisted entrepreneurs receiving mentoring

    The #Hack.Jozi Challenge, now in its second year, has whittled down entries from some 400 entrepreneurs to around 100 contestants looking to use technology to improve life in Johannesburg. The 100 entrepreneurs are currently undergoing the first training and mentoring leg of the challenge. Within the next week or so, the top 100 projects will be narrowed down to 20 candidates with the final 10 announced in late April. Following a series demo days, the final three winners will be announced on 19 May. The #Hack.Jozi Challenge is a boot camp for start-up entrepreneurs that was...