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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.
  • Crowdsourcing newcomer gets R2m cash injection

    Delvv.io, a new player in the South African startup space, has raised funding of R2-million to accelerate its efforts at using the crowd for market research. Entering an increasingly competitive market, Delvv.io aims to redefine how the clients and agencies get feedback during the creative process. According to press release sent to Ventureburn, the global market research industry, valued at US$45-billion, is dominated by a handful of incumbents who have not kept pace with changes in demographic shifts, media consumption habits and online technologies. Traditionally, the process to test an advertisement takes 60 days and can cost upwards of...

  • Medical startup TechnoVera takes #Hack.Jozi crown

    Medical startup TechnoVera on Thursday took top honours at the 2016 #Hack.Jozi competition, walking away with R1-million in funding. The startup beat out some 400 entrants to take the prize, with its idea for smart lockers that reduce the average waiting time for patients collecting chronic medication at primary healthcare collection facilities. Headed up by Neo Hutiri, TechnoVera aims to reduce the waiting time for chronic medications at public healthcare facilities down to three minutes -- the process can currently take anywhere from three to five hours. This isn't the first competition TechnoVera has done well in either....

  • Investors are hungrier than ever for African startups

    There's never been a better time to be an African startup looking for investment, with the amount of invested capital in the continent more than doubling from 2015. At least that's according to data from the 2016Venture Finance in Africa research, conducted by VC4Africa. The research, which saw the organisation collect data from 462 ventures from 41 African countries (see chart below) and 140 Africa-focused investors from 25 countries around the world, shows that US$73-million was invested in 224 ventures who took part in the survey. With an average investment of US$326 000, that's significantly higher than US$27-million invested...

  • Digital coupon startup SnapnSave hits 130k downloads

    Digital coupon startup SnapnSave this week announced that its apps have been downloaded more than 130 000 times. According to a press release sent to Memeburn, the startup has so far paid over R500 000 in cash back to its users, with some racking up R2000 in savings. What makes SnapnSave different to other couponing services is that people using it are only required to take a photo of their till slip to prove that they've bought the discounted items. That's important for a couple of reasons: first it means that SnapnSave isn't beholden to the retailers and second...

  • 3 of Africa’s top fintech startups heading to Switzerland for global showcase

    Three African fintech startups will be winging their way to Geneva in September after they were named the winners of the 2016 Innotribe Startup Challenge for Africa. The event, which took place this week in Mauritius this week, forms part of SWIFT’s African Regional Conference (ARC). Winners of this year’s challenge received a US$10 000 cash prize and invitations to attend Sibos, SWIFT’s annual global financial services conference, taking place from 26-29 September in Geneva. The startups will have the opportunity to share the stage with FinTech experts, providing great insights on innovation happening across Africa to...

  • 2 days left to apply for Telkom FutureMakers InnoTech Programme

    If you've got a startup that's still in the 'concept' stage and want to make it a reality, you might want to take a look at the Telkom FutureMakers InnoTech Programme. You'd better hurry though as applications for the intensive ‘from concept to market’ process, run at the Woodstock Bandwidth Barn, Telkom’s Cape Town FutureHub close on Friday, 20 May. InnoTech begins in June 2016. The first eight weeks are your ‘Pitch Deck Journey’, addressing your business fundamentals and getting you pitching-strong. Those businesses that progress through phase 1 will go through an MVP bootcamp before entering phase 2,...

  • This competition is giving R2.5m in seed-funding to innovators

    If you're working on an idea that you think will change the world, then you might want to have a look at the GAP Innovation Competitions. The competitions -- organised by the Gauteng Accelerator Programme and hosted by the Innovation Hub in Pretoria -- are looking for innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs that are working on novel ideas that will improve the efficiency of government service delivery, increase the competitiveness of the local economy and enhance the quality of life of ordinary citizens. Categories are in the ICT, Medical, Biosciences and Green economy. Winners of GAP 2016 will share over R2.5...

  • BBC teams up with Nigerian innovators to broaden African appeal

    The BBC, as part of its Connected Studio initiative, has announced collaborations with two teams of Nigerian innovators as it looks to increase the number of young Africans engaging with its content. The teams: Codulab, a small company based in Lagos, and a collaborative team of Nigerian innovators (Team Timerail), have been chosen for the next stage of the digital innovation programme from BBC Connected Studio and the BBC World Service. In January this year, a briefing session for 100 people within the tech community of Lagos was held in partnership with the Co-Creation Hub and was streamed live...

  • Startups from around the globe can apply for this Korean accelerator

    When most people think tech business in South Korea, they picture a handful of tightly controlled companies. But as we discovered a couple of years ago, it's doing everything in its power to shed that image and position itself a startup nation. Its latest move on that front has seen the government launch an initiative that will invite 40 startups around the world for three months of all expenses paid acceleration in Seoul. Participating startups on the ‘K-Startup Grand Challenge’ programme will be given office space in a purpose built US$160 million ‘Startup Campus’ near Gangnam, Seoul. The campus...

  • Flickswitch inks partnership with Airtel

    Mobile SIM card management startup Flickswitch on Wednesday announced a partnership with mobile operating giant Airtel to launch an enterprise SIM management service in Kenya. The deal is one of the most important in the company's ongoing efforts at expanding into Africa. Founded back in 2007, the Cape Town-headquartered company was, as of the end of 2015, recording R22-million in annual turnover, generating R1-million in profit. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, Flickswitch complements Airtel Kenya’s bouquet of Machine to Machine (“M2M”) solutions by providing an online portal for enterprises to manage their mobile connectivity. The...