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  • Listen to how startup founders messed up, Fuckup Nights is back in Cape Town

    FuckUp Nights (FUN) has returned to the Mother City, with co-working space Cape Town Office announcing yesterday that it will be hosting the fifth chapter of FuckUp Nights (FUN) in Cape Town, on Monday, 4 September. In a press release to Ventureburn yesterday, Cape Town Office founder and director Lizelle van Rhyn said the event will be held at Bob’s District Six, 46A Canterbury St, Zonnebloem, from 18h00 to 21h00, doors open at 17h30. "This is the fifth FUN instalment in the Mother City after a self-imposed winter interval, and for this one we are collaborating with CoCreate2Accelerate, a programme in Cape Town initiated by the...

  • Unicef Innovation Fund opens call for VR and AR startups to join its latest cohort

    An innovation fund of the UN Children’s Fund, Unicef has opened a call for startups developing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) tech to apply for its next cohort by 17 September. The Unicef Innovation Fund is offering equity-free seed funding of between $50 000 and $90 000 to promising startups from around the world developing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications that have the potential to significantly improve children’s lives. Unicef Innovation Fund will offer selected startups equity-free funding of up to $90 000 To qualify, startups should be registered private companies in one of the Unicef's programme countries and have...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [21/08/2017]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or catch 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...

  • XTC 2018 deadline extended to 31 August

    Tech entrepreneurship contest the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) has announced an extension of the application deadline to 31 August. Tech startups interested in entering the fourth annual edition of the contest will have two more weeks to apply, the initial application date was set for Tuesday this week (15 August). In a press release, the organisers said the deadline had been extended because a record number of applications had been submitted. XTC now in its fourth annual year, will see the top ten entrepreneurs showcase their startups at CES Las Vegas The challenge is headed by entrepreneur Richard Branson and Consumer Technology Association...

  • Zero-equity Swedish accelerator, THINK, calls for international applications

    THINK, a Swedish-based zero-equity accelerator, has opened a call for applications from early-stage tech startups from around the world. Applications close on 27 August. Those startups that are selected to join the three-month global accelerator will benefit from the accelerator's international network of mentors, access to investors, free office space in Helsingborg (near Malmö) tailored coaching and access to $300 000 worth of services from companies including IBM, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Hubspot among others. THINK has two tracks that startups can choose to apply for. THINK Accelerate is aimed at early-stage tech startups with a focus on software as a service (SAAS), platform...

  • Second season of Santam’s Safety Ideas campaign seeks smart security solutions

    Do you have a workable concept or idea on vehicle, business and home safety? Entries for the second Santam Safety Ideas campaign are now open until 29 September. The initiative, which generated over 15o entries in its first season last year, is run by insurance company Santam, Stellenboch-based incubator Launchlab and innovation company Innovus. The campaign aims to encourage SA innovators to develop innovative safety and security solutions. Low-cost security solutions startup Jonga clinched R150 000 in incubation support last week after winning the first season of the campaign. Read more: Cape Town-based security startup Jonga wins Santam Safety Ideas campaign In all 15 to 20 finalists will be selected...

  • Seedstars World launches call in Lagos in search of Nigeria’s next top startups

    Global seed-stage startup competition Seedstars World today launched a call for applications to search for Nigeria’s next top seed-stage startups. With the support of sponsors Orange, Merck, Enel and the local host Seedspace Lagos, Seedstars World will be holding a dynamic pitch event on 25 August in Lagos, Seedstars World said in a press release today. Seedstars World is travelling to more than 75 countries this year to identify the best seed-stage entrepreneurs and provide them with an opportunity to win up to $500 000 and network with investors and mentors from around the world. Previous participants have raised over $61-million collectively, providing employment to more than...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [14/08/2017]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or catch 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...

  • International investment in get\Worth lifts funding in Cape startup to R18.5m

    Barely six months after it launched a web platform looking to disrupt online car sales, Cape Town auto industry startup get\Worth has announced an international investment that has increased its total committed funding to R18.5-million. Get\Worth co-founder Jamie Surkont said in a press release issued today that the investor was attracted by the startup's "unique product" that solves many of the challenges when selling a car. However Surkont did not wish to disclose the details of the investment in the press release. When contacted by Ventureburn he responded by email saying that R18.5-million, is the amount committed so far in total to the business since...

  • Here are SA’s Inspiring Fifty women in technology for 2017

    Non-profit organisation Inspiring Fifty, an initiative of the Dutch Consulate General in Cape Town together with Inspiring Fifty Netherlands, has announced the names of its 50 inspiring women in technology in South Africa. It follows a call the Dutch Consulate General put out in April for nominations for those who can serve as role models to attract more female champions in the technology-related fields. At the close of applications at the end of June, the consulate general had received 252 nominations. Read more: Over 100 nominations received so far for inspiring SA women in tech initiative Project manager Chantal Louw said in a press release this week...