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  • Deputy minister to launch domain name registration platform today

    Those who register South African companies can now register domain names at cost price through the Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC), with the launch today of a new platform by Telecommunications and Postal Services Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. Ndabeni-Abrahams is due to launch the Domain Name Registration Platform (currently the service is available through the CIPC's eservices platform) at the Radisson Blue Gautrain Hotel in Johannesburg this morning. In a media statement the department said the .ZA Domain Name Authority (Zadna) and CIPC have collaborated to develop a system that integrates company registration and domain name registration. The partnership makes it easier and more convenient...

  • CiTi, CPGR sign agreement to launch OneBio incubator in Cape Town

    The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) has signed a collaboration agreement with the Centre for Proteomic and Genomic Research (CPGR) to launch a biotech incubator, OneBio. CiTi announced yesterday that it had signed the agreement with CPGR, together with the head of SingularityU Cape Town chapter Michael Fichardt and entrepreneur and venture builder Nick Walker. CiTi senior ecosystem manager Claire Jowell said in an email yesterday to Ventureburn that the incubator will be launched at the end of this year, but said no date has been set yet. Jowell said the incubator is looking to take in eight to 10 biotech startups, every six months. OneBio...

  • Tips every small business owner should consider [Sponsored]

    Starting your own business is exciting. Designing a product, getting in touch with potential clients, making some moolah and even contributing to job creation is all part of the deal. But as good as it may feel being an entrepreneur, what many small business owners will agree, is that it is definitely not as easy as riding a bike – the road is much bumpier. And you’ll probably end up asking yourself, “am I doing this right?” on more than one occasion. Do not fret though, there are ways to avoid decisions that could ruin your chances. Have a plan of action Planning...

  • Here’s all you need to know about the 2018 Ecobank Fintech Challenge

    Is your fintech startup ready to work with one of Africa's biggest banks, one with operations across 36 countries on the continent? Then you have until 23 May to apply for the 2018 Ecobank Fintech Challenge. The challenge is open to any African startup. Through the challenge, Ecobank aims to showcase, collaborate with and support Africa's most promising fintech startups. The 2018 Ecobank Fintech Challenge will see selected startups receive mentoring from leading experts as well as access to Ecobank's banking ecosystem. The 2018 Ecobank Fintech Challenge spans six focus areas, applications close on 23 May The challenge winners will also be provided with the...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [23/04/2018]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or brush up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. 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 week’s, please let us know in the comments below or send us an email. Not all of the events are free and some will require booking in advance. Please click on the event names to find out...

  • Rise Cape Town launches female tech entrepreneur initiative Rise Scalarator

    Absa-owned fintech innovation hub Rise Cape Town has launched a new initiative dubbed Rise Scalarator, which aims to assist five female tech entrepreneurs from the Western Cape scale their startups. The initiative aims to assist black South African tech entrepreneurs who have developed a minimum viable product scale their startups. Applications for the programme close on 9 May. Applications for the Rise Scalarator programme close on 9 May The programme, which was co-created with Cape Town-based accelerator 88 Business Collective, is set to kick off with a 12 week bootcamp in June and will run until November. In a statement, the programme's project manager and 88 Business Collective...

  • Meet the 10 startups, scale-ups selected for Webber Wentzel’s Ignite incubator [Updated]

    South African law firm Webber Wentzel has announced the selection of 10 startups and scale-ups to join its Ignite legal incubation programme. In a statement yesterday, Aalia Manie, project lead and partner at the firm, commented that the legal firm is thrilled at the "exceptional quality" of the applications received and the level of interest shown in the programme. In a subsequent email today, Manie said she could not immediately disclose the number of applications without the permission of her team members. The 10 companies are: The 10 will receive support that includes legal services valued at up to R100 000, focused mentoring and support which will...

  • The Sun Exchange in $25m ICO to allow investors to earn income off solar projects

    SA startup The Sun Exchange, a blockchain-based solar micro-leasing marketplace, will launch an initial coin offering (ICO) next week to allow investors to earn an income off small solar projects. It aims to raise $25-million in the ICO. The ICO will also help seed, what the startup calls "the world’s first crowd-sourced default insurance fund for clean energy projects in emerging markets". The Sun Exchange Solar Project Insurance Fund (SPIF) will be established shortly after the close of the token sale. The SPIF will help safeguard Sun Exchange solar cell owners against costs associated with potential solar project defaults. In a press release today the startup said...

  • Here are three reasons why you should apply for the Global Pitch competition

    The Global Pitch competition, which bills itself as the biggest worldwide online pitching competition, will close applications in just under five days (22 April). The pitching competition -- run by DealMatrix, a Austrian web platform specialised in scouting, matching and workflow management for the venture ecosystem -- is aimed at startups from around the world seeking investors. DealMatrix aims to provide startups with access to its international network of over 50 partners who include corporates, venture capitalists, angel investors, accelerators, and incubators. The top 100 startups will be announced on 4 May, while finalists will be announced on 16 May, with final online pitches set...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [16/04/2018]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or brush up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. 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 week’s, please let us know in the comments below or send us an email. Not all of the events are free and some will require booking in advance. Please click on the event names to find out...

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