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  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [08/02/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • 23 tips to guide you through your next VC deal [Infographic]

    Raising capital is often seen as one of the biggest challenges startups have growing up. And rightfully so, getting your hands on runway capital is tricky business, though it doesn't have to be. Y Combinator founder Paul Graham once jotted down the top characteristics of venture capitalists, coining it the Hackers Guide to Investors. Although Graham's pointers are nearly a decade old, he does make a few good ones you can take learn from. For instance, he explains that while money is important, it's not as important as the expertise that comes with it. "What separates the great investors from the...

  • You can now buy stuff on RunwaySale using an RCS card

    This week RunwaySale announced a partnership with RCS, which means that its customers can buy goods from the online store using cards from the consumer finance group. Although RCS cards can be used at some 20 000 retail locations around the country, means that RCS cardholders will be able to buy online for the first time. "A while ago we identified that online retail was a fast growing market segment. We understood that this convenient form of shopping was on a sharp incline and presented a great business opportunity," says Regan Adams, COO of RCS. "So we developed...

  • Ghana’s church management service reaps international honours

    A Ghanaian online church management, called Asoriba, has been recognised by Seedstars and Microsoft Bizspark recently in Casablanca, Morocco. Asoriba is a cloud-based church management software that allows easier administration of churches and members, faster communication and seamless payment for churches. "Asoriba impressed the jury with its huge market of 2.5 million unconnected churches in Africa alone and its significant traction with churches both in Africa and abroad. They also have an outstanding team that allows them to execute on their mission in a unique way," said Marcello Schermer, Regional Manager for Seedstars Africa. Founded by Saviour Enyam Dzage (pictured above) and...

  • Ecommerce Africa Confex aims to double in size, reflect industry growth

    Ecommerce Africa Confex is aiming to reflect the growth of the global industry and is aiming to be twice as big as it was during its inaugural 2015 event. The event, which kicks off at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 17 February and runs until the 18th, has a speaker lineup which includes Internet Solutions founder Ronnie Apteker, Emilian Popa, Principle of Digital Growth Africa & Middle East, and Joe Falter, CEO and Founder of Hellofoods.com. This year the agenda will focus on four key themes: the e-volution of e-commerce, understanding the customer, the three P’s of...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [01/02/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • 18 mistakes every startup should seriously avoid [Infographic]

    Many estimate that between 25% and 30% of all startups fail within their first year. The reasons why they are unique to each company, though there are 18 very common causes that we all should avoid. In 2007, founder of the successful Y Combinator incubator in the US, Paul Graham, jotted down a list of notorious things startups tend to do that end up leading to their awful defeat. Now, the folks at Funders and Founders have illustrated this beautiful infographic for all of us to remember. Read more: Fail fast, succeed faster: Lean Startup Machine finally kicks-off in Joburg Graham wrote: In...

  • Crazy about startups and all things tech? Ventureburn might have the job for you!

    Ventureburn is looking for an experienced journalist to further help cement the site in becoming South Africa, and Africa's, go-to publication for all things startups. If you're well-grounded in the local ecosystem and can argue the pros and cons between angels, VCs and bootstrapping, you're probably the person we're looking for. If you love networking with some of the industry's brightest minds and tell the stories of those up-and-coming, this should be your dream job. Ventureburn offers insightful and original thought leader pieces, ‘how to’ and resource articles, and the latest news for startups and entrepreneurs specifically aimed at Africa and...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [25/01/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • Seedstars Africa entrepreneurship summit to kick off in Morocco

    Startup initiative for emerging markets Seedstars World will host its first ever Africa summit in Casablanca, Morocco late this January. Seedstars Africa seeks to connect entrepreneurs, investors and entrepreneurship ecosystems from around the continent with the world. The initiative has partnered with Moroccan startup organisation StartupYourLife to bring together 300 startup talents, investors, speakers and mentors from over 20 different countries across Africa and Europe. “We have gathered some of the most experienced, influential and active ecosystem leaders, investors and entrepreneurs from Africa, the Middle East and Europe for a promising three-day event full of learning, inspirational speeches, and key insights...