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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.
  • Ecommerce startup Mergims named Rwanda’s top startup

    A mobile application that connects migrants to merchants, called Mergims, was selected as the best startup in Rwanda by Seedstars World. Seedstars World is a global pitching competition which invites and celebrates startups from emerging markets. So far in Africa, South Africa's mobile job-finding platform Giraffe and transport industry app MyQ in Nigeria have been selected to pitch on the international stage. The Rwanda event, was held in Kigali at the klab incubator. Mergims was selected out of a pool of 10 startups which were invited to compete in the country's iteration of the global pitching competition. The startups pitched in...

  • BitX, Zazoo deal enables people to spend Bitcoin via virtual cards

    Bitcoin exchange startup BitX has signed an exclusive deal with Zazoo, enabling people to spend cryptocurrency online using virtual card system VCpay. Part of JSE-listed Net1, Zazoo is responsible for a range of product offerings including mobile banking, third-party payments, cryptography and smart card technologies. One of Zazoo's products is VCpay, which enables customers to create a new virtual prepaid MasterCard number for every purchase they make. This is said to help secure their identities and accounts from fraud. In a press release, CEO of BitX Marcus Swanepoel said: “The gap between the speculative trade in digital currency and users’ ability to...

  • Duty free shopping startup named top dog at Seedstars Abidjan

    Duty free shopping startup Airshop has been named the regional winner of Seedstars World in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The global competition for startups from emerging markets recently hosted a total of 10 local company founders to pitch at the Orange Technocentre in Abidjan. Startups competed for a shot at the grand prize of US$500 000, which will happen at the finals in Switzerland. Other investments and prizes up for grabs are a US$500 000 equity investment by lastminute.com group for the best travel startup as well as a US$50 000 grant for the best space startup. Abidjan's top startup Airshop is a platform...

  • 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...