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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.
  • Online business network introduces ‘Small Business Toolkit’ for SA SMEs

    South African online business network OpenTenders this week introduced its Small Business Toolkit which aims to connect entrepreneurs with relevant opportunities as well as encourage networking. Developed by South African entrepreneurs and founders of OpenTenders Madoda Khuzwayo, Sivu Maqungo and Mnive Nhlabathi, the trio have compiled over 5 000 pages geared to teach entrepreneurs and small business owners the basics of starting and running a sustainable business. The toolkit is divided into 10 chapters covering the following topics: how to register a business, drafting a business plan, legal compliance, marketing plan, finance, as well as a myriad of templates that entrepreneurs...

  • Startup competition Seedstars World partners with SA’s Standard Bank

    Global startup competition Seedstars World has announced a strategic partnership with Standard Bank in South Africa. A third time in South Africa, Seedstars World is on a mission to place the spotlight on entrepreneurs from emerging markets. Over the past few years we've seen interesting companies recognised through this initiative like the South African fire detection startup, Lumkani, and mobile payments outfit GustPay. The shortlisted entrepreneurs will pitch in Cape Town 30 June, followed by the final round 17 July in Johannesburg. The winner will be invited to Switzerland in March next year to represent South Africa at the...

  • Self-awareness is key contributor to entrepreneurial growth

    Most challenges around small business tend to revolve around figuring out the technical dynamics of the company or the market it's operating in, but too often than not, is the understanding of one's own character put under the microscope. Self-awareness -- a conscious knowledge of one's own character, feelings, motives, and desires -- contributes extensively to the success of an entrepreneurial business, says Busi Raphekwane who's a senior business mentor at South Africa-based incubator The Hope Factory. Founded in 2001, The Hope Factory is an established enterprise and supplier development, non-profit organisation. It's driven to develop black business owners, with...

  • Venture Bus opens for applications to build 40 impactful startups in Africa

    Ampion is back. This year, five Venture Bus tours will travel across a total of 14 African countries on a mission to join participants from the global entrepreneurial tech community to build impactful startups. Traveling through the East, West, North and Southern Africa from September to December, a group of developers, coders and designers will be supported by experienced mentors from leading tech centres in Africa and abroad to help build meaningful startups. Each bus route will climax at some of the continent's biggest tech conferences like DEMO Africa in Nigeria, AfricaCom in South Africa and Rwanda's Transform Africa Summit. Startups...

  • Seedstars World coins cinema booking site Moovi Mozambique’s top startup

    Global seed-stage competition for startups Seedstars World has kicked off its African tour in Maputo, Mozambique this week where cinema booking site Moovi walk away as the winning company. The inaugural event covers a total of 50 countries worldwide and managed 11 startups from Mozambique to pitch alongside Moovi. Runner-up Mozambikes provides branded bikes for rural areas while online shopping startup Compra came third. Online booking sites seems to be hot in Africa as of late. This week Nigeria's Hotels.ng announced an international investment worth over US$1.2-million. Moovi will be flown to Switzerland in February 2016 for the final event where it...

  • MEST incubator looks to Kenyan talent in regional expansion

    On a crusade to create a pan-African business incubator, Ghanian-based initiative Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) has announced that it's entering Kenya -- the third country its gaining a foothold in the growing tech ecosystem. Established in 2008, the MEST provides MBA-type training, investment and incubation to aspiring high tech entrepreneurs in Africa and with bridges to Silicon Valley. As mentioned in a press release, MEST has plans to have new locations and mentor networks established in the coming years in Nairobi, Lagos, Cape Town and Johannesburg, in addition to its flagship in Accra, Ghana. "2014 was the first year that...

  • Shopstar celebrates anniversary with over 2600 online stores registered

    South African ecommerce builder Shopstar is celebrating its second birthday. Since launching in May 2013, the company has achieved a variety of impressive milestones. Apart from being chosen as one of VC firm Knife Capital's accelerated startups for Grindstone 2015, Shopstar today boasts over 2 600 clients, with a combined revenue of R10-million last year. These range from big creative brands to small design startups. "At Shopstar our focus is not to just blindly develop technology. As our client base grows we are spending more and more time looking at how our merchants operate in the physical and virtual space," explains...

  • Ornico snaps up Fuseware to fuel African expansion

    Fuseware, the digital analytics agency tracking South Africa's social media landscape, has been acquired by local media and analytics company Ornico for an undisclosed sum. By leveraging Fuseware's expertise, Ornico now plans to further sink its cross-channel media monitoring services deeper into the continent. Established in 1984 as a company that monitored television advertising, Ornico has grown organically and expanded beyond South Africa. In 2008 it opened up shop in Nigeria which was followed by new offices in 2014 in Kenya and Ghana. “The acquisition has made Ornico a one-stop-shop for broadcast, print, digital and mobile monitoring and analysis,” said Ornico's...

  • These 16 inspiring social startups want to change the world for the better

    From mobile marketplaces for street vendors to prosthetics and electric scooters, 16 startups with a keen interest to tackle social and environmental issues have been chosen from around the world to pitch for a share of US$1-million from Chivas Regal's The Venture competition. Hailing from five continents, the startup finalists have been chosen to represent their respective countries. Fire detection company Lumkani will be representing South Africa. “Enabling the growth of social entrepreneurs has become a key focus for Chivas Regal through The Venture campaign. We are really excited to have Lumkani representing South Africa on a global stage and we...

  • 4 tech startups chosen for Savannah Fund’s latest accelerator class

    The Kenyan-based VC firm, Savannah Fund, has lifted the curtains on its latest class of accelerated startups from the African continent. From Bitcoin to forex enablers, there seems to be a growing trend in the financial tech sector across the African region. "We are excited to announce our fourth accelerator class selected from over 150 applications across Africa -- each startup will get between US$25 000 and US$30 000 investment, graduation and demo day set for end of July 2015," writes Mbwana Alliy in the announcement. "This class hails from Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Malawi and is an interesting mix...