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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.
  • 702, CapeTalk Small Business Awards offer over R1m in prizes

    South Africa's 702 and CapeTalk Small Business Awards have kicked-off. Nominated small businesses from across the Western Cape and Gauteng will stand a chance to win their share of over R1-million in prizes. The annual initiative is part of a collaboration between radio broadcasters 702 and CapeTalk and online accounting and payroll provider Sage One. With its mission to recognise local small businesses' achievements and provide them with the support they need to grow, Small Business Awards encourages listeners to nominate the most impressive companies recognised over the last year. Last year, 702 awarded Book Express the regional winner. Founded in...

  • This incubator is on the look-out for talented black entrepreneurs

    The Riversands Incubation Hub is on the lookout for talented black entrepreneurs to join its accelerator programme. The hub, which has been built specifically to encourage black entrepreneurship and is funded by Century Property Developments and The Jobs Fund, officially opened in March 2015. To be eligible for the full incubation programme, businesses need to: Be 51% black-owned Be viable and operating with a potential for growth Be entrepreneurial and ability to execute on ideas Suit the Hub model and markets Satisfy the Hub’s ratio of cost and risk to benefit Create economic opportunity for the surrounding area. Read more:...

  • These companies will make any business feel like a startup

    So your business has been around for a few years now. Things aren't as much of a panic as they once were and the general chaos of startup life seems to have settled into something more generally manageable. Thing is, with the average lifespan of businesses dropping all the time, it takes a hell of a lot of hard work to build something with a lasting legacy. But even if you find yourself comparing your business to companies that have been around for decades, you can rest easy in the knowledge that there are companies that make them look...

  • Emerging markets mobile micro-insurer BIMA scores $38.4m in funding

    Emerging markets-focused provider of mobile-based micro-insurance BIMA has raised US$38.4-million in Series C funding from its existing shareholders. According to BIMA, the capital will be used to fuel new market entry across the regions as well as scaling its ‘Pay-As-You-Go’ distribution model, in which the company sells direct to the consumer. The company says that the investment will also support innovation and product development with a focus on expanding the MFI offering and development of BIMA’s mobile-delivered health services. Read more: Micro-finance: the fuel or fall of entrepreneurship in emerging markets? According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, BIMA provides...

  • Seed Academy launches ebook to guide entrepreneurs through funding process

    Access to funding is a massive issue for South African startups. In fact, the 2015 Ventureburn Startup Survey showed that many entrepreneurs consider it their biggest obstacle to growth. News that Seed Academy has launched an ebook aiming to guide entrerpeneurs through the funding process should therefore probably come as welcome. Called The Essential Guide to Funding in South Africa, the guide was developed in response to the findings of the incubators own survey, launched earlier this year. “It is clear from Seed Academy’s first startup survey, and after training hundreds of entrepreneurs, that raising funds is the most...

  • Barclays Africa launches accelerator for health and fintech startups

    Barclays Africa today announced the launch of its Tech Lab Africa accelerator programme aimed a startups in the health and fintech spaces. The programme, which will bring in a crop of 10 startups, is just the latest example of a big financial institution trying to ramp up its efforts in the entrepreneurial space. “In order to compete, Barclays Africa needs to connect, shape and scale with these new industry players. We are looking for big, fresh ideas that promise to shake things up - be this in the financial services industry, the health sector, or anywhere else,”...

  • These are DEMO Africa’s top 30 startups for 2015

    From entertainment marketplace Bozza Media in South Africa to Nigeria's elearning company Flippy Campus, DEMO Africa has just revealed its top selected 30 tech startups to pitch in September 2015. The pan-African startup competition launched in 2012 on a mission to showcase the continent's talent while providing opportunities for both investors and tech entrepreneurs. Hailing from all over the continent, finalists is said to have gone through a rigorous screening processes with the final vetting and adjudication done by a pan-African panel of judges comprised of entrepreneurs, VCs and academia. Read more: Say hello to DEMO Africa’s top 40 tech startups of...

  • Endeavour South Africa accelerator celebrates success rate at JSE

    The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), in association with Endeavor South Africa, recently showcased the success rate of its early-stage, black-owned businesses -- some of which have doubled their number of employees over two years. Endeavor is an initiative which supports over 1 000 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from nearly 700 companies across the 23 markets where it operates. Over the last 10 years, it has identified and supported more than 60 high-growth entrepreneurs. It's also developed the Excelerator programme, which works with black-owned businesses. Selected founders for the Endeavor Excelerator Programme in 2012 gained access to a business road map, an advisory board,...

  • Organic online shop Faithful to Nature bags R10m from Silvertree Capital

    Are you a fan of organic products? Well, finding them at the right price at the right time might soon just become a tad easier for South Africans. South African online shop Faithful to Nature, which specialises in organic products, has completed a round of funding from Silvertree Capital valued at over R10-million. The deal, which was facilitated by global boutique investment advisory firm U-Start, includes financial investment to grow marketing spend and expand operations beyond consumer-focused online sales. In addition, Silvertree and other companies within the Silvertree portfolio will support Faithful to Nature on topics including online marketing, IT systems, logistics...

  • Lean Startup Machine to hit Jozi for third time

    "Fail fast. Succeed Faster." That's the mantra of Lean Startup Machine, the popular global startup workshop. Following two South African events last year, the 48 hour workshop is returning to Johannesburg this July. The event, which runs from the 31 July to 2 August, is meant to help startups systematically discover whether their product has a profit-promising market before any wastage occurs. According to co-organiser and mentor of Lean Startup Machine Tefo Mohapi, the programme is aimed at “everyone ranging from MBA students to employees who have side projects, but have been struggling to get them off the ground.” To...