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  • Here are the 9 startups that’ll compete for Seedstars World’s SA crown

    With its three pre-selection events in Cape Town, Durban, and Soweto done and dusted Seedstars World has confirmed the nine startups that will be competing at its final event in Johannesburg. The nine startups, together with an as yet unnamed wildcard, are competing for a variety of prizes. The biggest of those will see the ultimate winner flown to Switzerland to compete at the Seedstars World Global Summit. Whoever claims South Africa's top spot this year will have some seriously weighty expectations on their shoulders. The 2015 winner, recruitment app Giraffe, went on to claim the global title and...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [27/06/2016]

    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...

  • $100m fund launched for impact startups in Africa, Latin America, and Asia

    Capria, a global business accelerator for impact fund managers, on Thursday announced the launch of a US$100-million fund targeting early-stage impact businesses across Africa, Latin America, and Asia. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn the fund plans to invest in at least 15 impact funds over the next five years, significantly expanding Capria Network’s global reach. By 2025, Capria says it hopes to unlock over US$500-million in local and global capital to invest in businesses that will "cumulatively serve more than 5 million low-income people across diverse emerging economies". The fund, which is meant to address the fact...

  • This infographic for entrepreneurs is actually great advice for a successful life

    Being an entrepreneur can be a profoundly rewarding experience. For many, it's a chance to break away from a mundane corporate life and do something truly innovative. But it can also be incredibly challenging and, at times, horribly lonely. As rewarding as leaving corporate life behind might seem, it comes with serious risks, and those can weigh pretty heavily on any entrepreneur's mind. Small wonder then that many entrepreneurs suffer from anxiety and depression. But even for those who aren't clinically diagnosed the road to success can seem more like a mountain traverse. But when everything finally does pull together,...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [20/06/2016]

    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...

  • Why doing things that don’t scale is vital to your startup’s survival [Infographic]

    The ability to scale: it's one of the main differentiators between a startup and a small business, but does everything in your startup have to scale? While the intuitive answer may be "yes", there's actually a lot to be said for doing things that don't scale. One of the foremost advocates for this approach is Y Combinator founder Paul Graham. In an essay penned in 2013, Graham points out that a lot of what allows a startup to grow comes from its founder doing things that don't scale. "Startups take off because the founders make them take off," he...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [13/06/2016]

    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...

  • This infographic shows you how to build a stellar pitch deck

    Ah, the art of the pitch. It's probably the subject you'll see more articles dedicated to on entrepreneurial sites than any other. Small wonder too: a great pitch aimed at the right investor can get you the funding you need to accelerate and grow your startup. And, depending on what kind of pitch you're doing, a great pitch deck can make a massive difference. It can help you stick in the mind of potential investors and illustrate what sets you apart from your potential competitors. But how do you go about building a great pitch deck? According to this...

  • Do you love startups? Ventureburn is looking for a startup writer

    Ventureburn.com is seeking a talented and driven web-savvy startup writer who is passionate about the online media and all things startups. We’re looking for someone young, dynamic and dedicated to become part of our exciting startup company based in Cape Town, on a full-time basis. Go ahead and tell your friends, family and followers. Applicants to mail their CV and cover letter to matthew@creativespark.co.za. Job detail: Writing tech-savvy news & feature stories, including conducting interviews with some of the top and emerging entrepreneurs in South Africa, as well as the rest of the continent. Subbing, headline writing Managing contributors and topics...

  • PriceCheck launches tech, ecommerce awards

    We haven't heard much from PriceCheck since it was bought out from Naspers by original founder Kevin Tucker and Silvertree Capital in November last year. That, however, looks set to change with the price comparison service launching its own ecommerce and technology awards showcase. Coinciding with the company's tenth birthday, the awards, set to run later this year, will apparently be aimed at recognising outstanding South African tech and ecommerce businesses, and contributions to the industry. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, PriceCheck felt that the occasion of its tenth birthday represented a prudent opportunity to shed light...