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  • Understanding the value of reputation management in insurance [Sponsored]

    The digital world is relentless when it comes to a brand's online reputation. Negative reviews can impact how clients interact with your products, can undermine sales, and can halt foot traffic for brick-and- mortar establishments. About 89% of people say that reviews have a direct influence over their purchasing decisions, with the majority noting that they will refuse to interact with a business if they found negative information online. Why is it difficult to manage online reputation? Due to the sheer numbers of people who use social-media platforms, information, even negative information, spreads like wildfire. One negative review can be retweeted to thousands...

  • Less than 10 days left to apply to pitch at the Nairobi Innovation Week

    Want to pitch at the Nairobi Innovation Week (NIW) 2018? You have until next week Wednesday (31 January) to register with NIW.Startups to take part in the event. In all 100 startups will be selected to participate. The fourth edition of Nairobi Innovation Week will be held between 5 and 9 March. Application is open to idea stage, early stage and growth stage African startups. Startups will be selected on four main criteria, namely ingenuity, scalability and impact, traction and team composition. The selected startups will be announced on 29 February. Nairobi Innovation Week will run between 5 and 9 March Startups selected for the NIW.Startups...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [22/01/2018]

    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 next...

  • Tshimologong announces launch of BCX Innovation Programme for tech startups

    Think your tech startup is innovative enough to become a global disruptor, but just needs that extra boost? Then you have until this Tuesday (23 January) to apply to the BCX Innovation Programme. The programme, which will be held at Wits University's Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, is part of the BCX and Telkom Innovation Programme. In a press release today announcing the launch of the initiative, Tshimologong incubator and accelerator manager Tanye ver Loren van Themaat described the BCX Innovation Programme as "an exciting opportunity to grow and develop innovative digital startups that are in prototype stage". BCX Innovation Programme participants will get the...

  • Digital Health Cape Town Announces Finalists for Accelerator Programme

    South Africa’s first dedicated digital health accelerator, Digital Health Cape Town (DHCT), has announced the top finalists for their inaugural Accelerator Programme designed to foster local eHealth innovation. In a press release today, the accelerator said the selected finalists have each developed innovative ehealth solutions that address real-world problems. The successful participants are: Udok: The startup headed by Petrus Van Niekerk, provides digital solutions that allow doctors to interact remotely with patients, facilitate treatment and monitor care. Vula Mobile: Vula is a referral platform developed by Dr William Mapham, which links health workers to specialists in tertiary hospitals. HealthAtHome: Developed by Dr Anuschka Coovadia, the solution aims to provide...

  • WhereIsMyTransport, Facebook to run hackathon series in five African cities

    SA mobility startup WhereIsMyTransport has partnered with Facebook for Developers to tomorrow host the the Connect Hackathon Series in five cities across the continent. In a press release today, WhereIsMyTransport said the first event is set to take place at the Global Entepreneurship Network's 22 on Sloane campus in Johannesburg from tomorrow (19 January) until Sunday. Hosted across four additional cities including Kampala, Dar es Salaam, Kigali and Nairobi, the Connect series will bring together diverse developers and startups looking to build innovative location-aware applications to address the challenges and opportunities of moving people and goods in the region's cities. The first Connect...

  • Tsiba college makes 30 more scholarships available for business degree students

    Cape Town based Tsiba Education college has made 30 additional scholarships available to help what it says is the "critical" national shortage for funded spaces at South African universities. In a press release Tsiba Education said in the 14 years the college has offered its accredited BBA business degree, its graduate success rate has consistently remained double the national average with a 93% employment rate. The course is valued at R55 000 a year. Tsiba will open its doors in Pinelands, Cape Town from 23 to 26 January to offer 30 additional scholarships to students for its BBA business degree Tsiba Education said in the 14 years the college has...

  • Partech Ventures announces launch of Africa fund, having secured €57m so far

    Silicon Valley fund Partech Ventures has announced the launch of its Partech Africa fund, which has secured over €57-million commitments so far. In a press release today Partech Ventures said it aims to raise €100-million to invest in early-stage African startups, with the average deal sized expected to range between €500 000 and €5-million. The fund will operate out of Partech Ventures's new offices in Dakar. Partech Ventures, founded in 1982 in Silicon Valley, claims the fund is the first technology fund of such size from a top tier international venture capital (VC) fund to be exclusively dedicated to the tech ecosystem in Africa. The fund will invest in...

  • Unicef looking to invest in blockchain startups, announces call for funding

    Have you developed a functional, open-source blockchain prototype or do have one that you are willing to make open-source? The UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) on Monday (15 January) opened a call for applications from blockchain startups to the Unicef Innovation Fund. Applicants have until 28 February to apply for the funding. Unicef is looking to invest between $50 000 and $90 000 in blockchain startups that develop software solutions on open blockchains, including smart contracts, tokens, mining, data analytics and other distributed ledger tech. The UNICEF Innovation Fund will provide selected startups with between $50 000 and $90 000 in equity-free funding In order to be considered for...

  • Acsa, Tshimologong Precinct launch hackathon challenge on airport security

    Have an idea for a disruptive security access solution? Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) and Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, have partnered to launch a security access management hackathon in which three winners will each receive a seven months of business incubation. Aimed at streamlining the company’s security access, the Acsa Access Management Challenge, hopes to find a security solution utilising a Single Sign On (SSO) approach that is both unique and able to have a significant impact on the market. In a press release today Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct community manager Itumeleng Dhlamini says that the hub welcomes the collaborative project with Acsa and is...