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  • AIF opens entries for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 Awards

    The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has opened entries for the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2018 Awards. The application window will be open until 10 January 2018. The top ten selected African innovators will get a share of $185 000, including a grand prize of $100 000 and a second prize of $25 000. A special prize for social impact worth $25 000 will also be awarded. In addition, seven IPA nominees will each get vouchers worth $5000. Entries are open to all Africans, including those living in the diaspora. The AIF has encouraged female innovators to apply following the record number of entries submitted...

  • Three days left for aviation innovators to enter AVI Afrique 2017 Awards

    South African aviation innovators have until 13 October to enter the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) AVI Afrique 2017 Awards competition. The contest has been split into five categories, namely student innovator, emerging innovator, professional innovator, organisations (including research and educational institutions), and the media. The AVI Afrique 2017 Awards grand prize is the OR Tambo Cumulus Award worth R20 017, entries close on 13 October This year's grand prize, which ATNS has renamed the OR Tambo Cumulus Award in commemoration of Oliver Reginald Tambo, is worth R20 017. The second-place and third-place winners will get R15 000 and R10 000 respectively. "As an...

  • Apply for residency at Johannesburg-based startup campus 22 ON SLOANE

    The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) has opened applications for a 12-month residency at 22 ON SLOANE, its first physical startup campus, set to launch in November. The application window which opened yesterday will close on 9 November. 22 ON SLOANE is scheduled to be officially opened next month on 10 November with residents taking occupancy from early January 2018. The Johannesburg-based campus aims to assist entrepreneurs with a "360-degree turnkey solution" which will help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into viable businesses. GEN claims 22 ON SLOANE, located in Bryanston, Johannesburg, is the largest startup campus in Africa Residents will get support around product development, business models, funding opportunities...

  • Meet the 2017 Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards finalists

    The SAB Foundation in collaboration with the Technology Innovation Agency has selected 24 finalists for the 2017 Social Innovation Awards and Disability Empowerment Awards. The winners of the two awards will get over R9-million in prize money at an awards ceremony which will be held later this month on 23 October. Of the 24 finalists, 18 have been shortlisted for the Social Innovation Awards while six have been selected for the Disability Empowerment Awards. "We've been overwhelmed by the creativity and quality of the entries this year and it was quite a task to narrow down the nominees. Each of the finalists...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [09/10/2017]

    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...

  • $1-million prize for fintech startups in Edge 196 Global Startup Challenge

    Edge 196, an initiative of NRI Startup India, is on the hunt for fintech startups through its Global Startup Challenge with a $1-million investment prize up for grabs. Edge 196's Global Startup Challenge is run across 26 global clusters spanning 196 countries. Applications to its fintech vertical are now open and will close between 12 and 14 November for its three African clusters. Winners are expected to be announced two weeks after the respective deadlines. Edge 196 Global Startup Challenge 2017 will see 26 finalists get $50 000 in investment funding In order to be considered for the challenge, applying startups should not...

  • OfferZen expands offering, now includes designers and data scientists

    Job platform OfferZen has announced the addition of more areas of expertise in its offering. Founded by brothers Malan and Philip Joubert in 2015, the talent marketplace initially focused on the recruitment of software developers, but will now include user interface and user experience (UI and UX) designers, data scientists, product managers and more. In a press release to Ventureburn, OfferZen stated that it aims to become the single source of tech talent for companies. OfferZen was initially a curated job platform for programmers "Since our launch, we've had to turn away thousands of excellent people in many of these roles. Now employers will...

  • Meet the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2017 finalists

    AppsAfrica.com, a tech portal and advisory service, yesterday announced the shortlisted finalists for the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2017. Entries for the annual awards, now in their third year, were opened in August, attracting over 300 submissions from across 31 countries.  AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2017 winners will be announced at an awards party in Cape Town on 6 November Winners will be announced at an event which will be held in Cape Town on 6 November. Read more: Entries now open for AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2017 "The AppsAfrica Awards were originally set up three years ago to celebrate the best in mobile and tech across the...

  • 2U concludes $103m deal to acquire SA startup GetSmarter

    US listed company 2U has concluded the acquisition of edtech startup GetSmarter for $103-million. GetSmarter's acquisition by 2U was announced in May. In a press release sent to Ventureburn today, GetSmarter said the deal would accelerate growth and enable it to offer in demand career opportunities. "We now have an even stronger base from which to realise our full potential globally, which will only further enhance confidence in the broader South African technology ecosystem," GetSmarter CEO and founder Sam Paddock (pictured left) said in the release. GetSmarter R1.4-billion acquisition is one of the biggest for a South African startup GetSmarter, which was founded in 2008 by brothers...

  • Here are the five startups shortlisted for the Accenture Innovation Index Awards

    Business consultancy firm Accenture has announced the finalists of the 2017 Accenture Innovation Awards. At least five of the selected finalists are startups. The startups will get to present at an exclusive invitation-only Accenture Innovation Conference to be held on 17 October in Johannesburg. Accenture's Innovation Index aims to provide an in-depth analysis of South Africa's state of innovation with the intention of rewarding innovative and disruptive enterprises. The 2017 Accenture Innovation Awards finalists will present at the Accenture Innovation Conference on 17 October A statement on Accenture's site states that over 70 businesses registered on the index. The five startups have been shortlisted in the emerging enterprises and small...