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  • View the full 2017 Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey presentation

    The 2017 edition of the Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey powered by Telkom Futuremakers, has uncovered a host of detailed insights into the South African startup landscape. From sources of funding and racial breakdowns to the most successful sectors, the survey covered a variety of topics. We have plenty of articles on Ventureburn, but find our comprehensive report embedded below. More information on the Ventureburn Startup Survey: A picture of two worlds - black tech startups struggling, finds new survey White males in Western Cape the most successful startup founders - survey Slowing economy is biting into startups' profit reveals Ventureburn survey Startups hold unrealistic view...

  • Infographic: the 2017 Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey

    The 2017 Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey, powered by Telkom Futuremakers, has delivered plenty of insights into the South African startup landscape. The survey, following on from 2015's seminal survey, saw over 250 South African startup founders respond. But what should you know? You can view all the articles here, but we've also prepared an infographic for your convenience, outlining a selection of findings. Check it out below. More information on the Ventureburn Startup Survey: A picture of two worlds - black tech startups struggling, finds new survey White males in Western Cape the most successful startup founders - survey Slowing economy is biting into startups' profit...

  • MEST launches incubator spaces in Lagos, Cape Town

    Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), a Pan-African entrepreneurial training programme, seed fund and incubator, has today announced it will launch an incubator space in Lagos and Cape Town. In a press release, MEST said it will officially open the MEST Incubator Lagos today (21 November) led by general manager Atawodi-Edun in Ikoyi. MEST Incubator Cape Town, is set to officially launch on Thursday (23 November) at the Woodstock Exchange. Both incubators will serve as an extension of the MEST Accra headquarters. These facilities will offer entrepreneurs support, mentorship and resources as well as co-working facilities. MEST has a presence across Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and...

  • RiseUp Summit 2017 to focus on how innovation can improve human experience

    RiseUp, a movement that supports startups across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by connecting them to resources, is set to hold its third annual RiseUp Summit in Cairo, Egypt between 1 and 3 December. This year's edition of the RiseUp Summit is themed "Innovation to Improve Human Experience". In a press release to Ventureburn, organisers of the summit said the three-day summit will feature over 150 speakers, 150 exhibiting startups, 200 investors, up to 50 pitches and 20 workshops. The summit is set to bring together key players in the MENA ecosytem and give them an opportunity to meet and pitch...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [20/11/2017]

    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...

  • Healthtech accelerator Digital Health Cape Town opens call for applications

    Digital Health Cape Town (DHCT), a new healthtech accelerator set to launch at the end of January next year, has opened applications to its accelerator programme. In a press release sent to Ventureburn today, the accelerator stated that its accelerator programme aims to develop and scale local healthtech innovations into sustainable businesses. Applications to the programme are open to established healthtech startups that develop solutions around patient engagement, care coordination, population health, clinical decision support and behavioural health. Interested startups have until 5 December to apply, with the first cohort members to be selected by a panel that will include representatives of the Technology Innovation Agency...

  • Here are the 20 startups that will pitch at Seedstars Africa Summit Mozambique

    Seedstars World, a global community for tech entrepreneurs in emerging markets, will hold its third annual Seedstars Africa Summit in Mozambique next month between 12 and 14 December. Following a tour of local startup ecosystems across 20 African countries, Seedstars World selected 20 of the most promising startups to pitch at the regional summit in Maputo. The 20 startups were selected during Seedstars World's year-long tour of African startup ecosystems "During 2017 we got to witness growing ecosystems, better startups and more involvement from public and private partners," Seedstars World regional manager for Africa Claudia Makadristo said in a statement. "We are very...

  • Misk Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launch Misk Grand Challenges

    Two philanthropic organisations, The Misk Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, yesterday announced that they have partnered to launch a new initiative, the Misk Grand Challenges. In a press release, the Misk Foundation stated that each of the philanthropic organisations will contribute $5-million towards the initiative. The Misk Grand Challenges will award 100 innovators and thinkers from around the world $100 000 each in seed funding grants to prove their concepts. Misk Grand Challenges winners will each get $100 000 in seed funding grants The initiative, which is aimed at youth, seeks to achieve three objectives. These are namely: empowering...

  • Edtech startup M-Shule selected to represent Kenya at Seedstars summit

    Kenyan edtech platfom M-Shule has been selected as best startup at Seedstars Nairobi and will represent Kenya at the Seedstars Summit set to take place in Switzerland in April next year. At the summit, the startup will get an opportunity to pitch for $1-million in equity funding. In a press release Seedstars World said 11 startups were invited to pitch at the event held last Friday (10 November) at Nailab in Nairobi. M-Shule pitched against 11 other startups to win Seedstars Nairobi A jury consisting of representatives from Jumia, GSMA, Novastar Ventures, Stanbic Bank Kenya and Seedstars World picked the winners. M-Shule was selected for its edtech platform...

  • Last day to apply to 2018 Merck Accelerator for health, biotech startups

    Early-stage startups that develop health and life-science solutions have until midnight today (Central European Time) to apply to join the global 2018 Merck Accelerator programme based in Darmstadt, Germany. The programme's website states that the accelerator is particularly focused around three main fields, namely healthcare, life-sciences and performance materials. In addition, startups working on bio-interfaces, 3D printing, sensors and precision farming will also be considered. Merk Accelerator participants will get up to €50 000 in funding Up to 12 successful applicants will benefit from up to €50 000 in funding in the form of a silent partnership agreement. According to Merck's FAQ page the accelerator will not take an...