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  • HP opens up SMB Forum to help SA business with tech solutions

    HP South Africa recently announced the HP SMB Forum which, together with Intel and Microsoft, aims to further the interests of local small business by strengthening their relationships with tech and other professional services. According to Microsoft’s recently concluded economic impact report entitled Ahead of the curve: Lessons on technology and growth from small business leaders, SMEs are more willing to embrace new solutions and are better positioned to encourage job growth. Tracey Newman, SME Lead for Microsoft SA says, "We feel that the small to medium business market is critical to the economic success of South Africa as a...

  • #GetToModern: Win with Microsoft to move your business forward

    Believe it or not, there are still many businesses sticking with Windows XP. To help keep you up with the times, we're giving away some awesome prizes. With compliments from Microsoft, you can get your hands on one of these bundles worth R30 000: HP 250 (PC) + Nokia Lumia 520+ 3 months free Office 365 + Vodafone K4305 USB Modems @ R569 on MyGig 3 Lenovo Thinkpad Tab 2 + Nokia Lumia + 3 months free Office 365 @ R649 on Mofaya MyGiG 3 How to enter: All you have to do is tweet us @Ventureburn using #GetToModern and simply tell...

  • Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship lends hand to African startups

    At the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship (BCOE) in Johannesburg, South Africa fifteen entrepreneurs from Liberia recently took part in a foundation course that covered the essential fundamentals of running a startup. Apart from scratching up on accounting and business planning, more importantly, entrepreneurs were taught the art and science of breaking the rules to capture the imagination of customers and investors alike. This is part of a broader programme to further the aspirations of the African continent's entrepreneurs. In addition to insights from the Virgin Group of Companies and its British billionaire founder, Sir Richard Branson, there were practical...

  • 3 quick tips on how to be a lean startup [Video]

    Welcome to the second episode of our brand new YouTube show VentureTV -- a show for entrepreneurs where we'll share tools, tips and insights to help you run your startup better, or anything we think will add value to your startup journey. You've probably heard of The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, potentially the quintessential book on the principles of being lean in the startup world. Recently, Daniel Marcus of Magnetic wrote a great piece on what he learned from reading Ries' book, and seeing how Lean Startup Machine is taking place in Cape Town this weekend we thought it was...

  • Africa grabs prestigious awards at Ericsson’s 2014 app competition

    Two computer science students from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, have won €25 000 (about R355 000) for the WorkMode app they developed for the Student category for Ericsson’s applications 2014 competition. Rijnard van Tonder and Jacques Marais, both MSc students in Computer Science at SU, competed against 158 entries from 142 teams in the Student category. They developed an app that helps workers collaborate by allowing them to see the real-time work context and tasks of colleagues. The idea behind WorkMode is to allow employees to see the work of other employees, their tasks, and in which context these tasks...

  • Kenya’s health management software ZiDi bags ICT innovation award

    Kenya's ICT Authority has named health management software ZiDi as a 2014 Innovation Award Winner in the Health Care Delivery sector. ZiDi is a monitor service that automates a range of things like stocktaking, personnel administration, financial management and service delivery in health centers. The application is developed by MicroClinic Technologies with support from Microsoft's 4Afrika initiative. The software has been implemented and is being trailed in six health centers across Kenya which together sees over 3 000 patients daily. ZiDi was founded by Hoffman Moka Lantum and Mary Matu in 2012 with the aim of tackling the administrative...

  • Jovago extends hotel booking services to Zanzibar, Djibouti and Malawi

    Online hotel booking service Jovago is continuing its expansion across Africa as it heads to Zanzibar, Djibouti and Malawi. Founded by Africa Internet Holding (AIH), Jovago wants to become the leading online to offer easy and transparent hotel booking. The company kicked off the launch at the luxury Sheraton Djibouti. Sagal Mohamed, commercial director of the Sheraton Djibouti hotel commented, "We are very happy to be working with Jovago; it is a superb initiative that will open the doors of Djibouti to the rest of the world. We are proud that the Sheraton is leading the way in bringing the...

  • 10 online tools to help you run your startup better [Video]

    Welcome to the first episode of our brand new YouTube show VentureTV -- a weekly show for entrepreneurs where we'll share tools, tips and insights to help you run your startup better, or anything we think will add value to you on your startup journey. Ventureburn receives a lot of requests from startups about which online tools they should be using to run their business the best way they can. In this episode, managing editor Mich Atagana shares 10 tools that we can't live without at Ventureburn and neither should you -- from storage to newsletter management, these tools are...

  • Jumia bags another award: named best Nigerian ecommerce site of the year

    It seems like Jumia is making a habit of winning. The Nigerian online retailer was awarded the Best ecommerce Website of the Year at the Beacon of ICT awards in Nigeria last week. This follows last year's honour for the Rocket Internet-backed startup, when it became the first African company to win The Best New Retail Launch of the Year award at the 2013 World Retail Congress in Paris. Beating other popular competitors such as OLX and Konga to the chase, Jumia was congratulated for using innovative techniques to help Nigeria's expand ecommerce market. While the company is hailed as the Amazon of Africa,...

  • Jumia partners with African Fashion Week Nigeria, empowers local designers

    Rocket Internet's ecommerce flagship and one of Nigeria's biggest online retailers, Jumia Nigeria, is partnering with African Fashion Week Nigeria in order to promote and empower the country's fashion industry. In a recent press release, the popular ecommerce outfit noted that it was committed to lending a hand to Nigeria's fashion industry and its designers by showcasing their products online, and thus giving them the opportunity to increase their reach and access new markets. Jumia Nigeria currently features more than 20 000 fashion items online, and by partnering with African Fashion Week, has found a way of extending its offering even...

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