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  • Watch: Ventureburn chats to OfferZen founders about their ‘Journey’ in Silicon Valley

    Several years ago, the now founders of OfferZen went to Silicon Valley to create their own startup. Along the way, brothers Philip and Malan Joubert acquired an exceptional amount of knowledge about startups that they wouldn't have otherwise learned here. Ventureburn's editor, Graham van der Made, had a chance to sit down with the Jouberts to pick their brains about visas, finding a place to live, and pitching competitions. Read more: Watch: Ventureburn chats to OfferZen founders about Silicon Valley, Silicon Cape Watch the full video below:

  • 2017 applications now open for Street Business School

    The Street Business School, a Johannesburg-based institution for entrepreneurs, is taking applications for 2017. Ten students are selected for the programme per annum. Their studies will be fully funded and they'll have an existing business to "take and break" over the period of three years. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the school "offers practical opportunities to aspiring entrepreneurs by giving selected candidates the chance to build startups and gain commercial business experience in a real-world setting". "We have launched Street Business School, the first-ever school for entrepreneurs, with the aim of creating more opportunities for young South Africans. We...

  • Cognition.online launches tutor booking, paying platform for students

    Edutech startup Cognition.online, which facilitates the booking and paying of tutor services in SA, has gone live. Cognition.online was also announced as the winner of the Samsung Launching People - Mixed Talents competition. "It allows parents and students to find tutors in their area by subject specialisation, book lesson times and pay easily. Tutors can accept bookings via the app and receive their payment from Cognition.Online. Parents and tutors are free to negotiate fees and both tutors and pupils can be rated by the system," says the director of brand and marketing & communications at Samsung South Africa, Michelle Potgieter, in a press release...

  • Smorgasbord is the food startup incubator you’ve been waiting for

    Coming into full force next year, Smorgasbord is an organisation dedicated to supporting and incubating food startups. Smorgasbord is dedicated to building and sustaining the food and beverage sector in SA through their platform dubbed Feasts. This platform will give aspiring entrepreneurs in the food industry a way to showcase their products and skills. These Feasts will be running throughout the major hubs of SA such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Bloemfontein and Pretoria. Furthermore, Feasts will be running throughout the new year from 25 March all the way through to November 2017. The team behind Smorgasbord have also aimed at getting...

  • Watch: Ventureburn chats to OfferZen founders about Silicon Valley, Silicon Cape

    The founders of OfferZen are no strangers to creating companies. The brothers had previously ventured to Silicon Valley where they not only founded Journey, but also went through an incredible learning process. Ventureburn's editor, Graham van der Made, had a chance to sit down with Philip and Malan Joubert to ask them about the differences between Silicon Valley and Silicon Cape, advice for entrepreneurs, and bootstrapping as opposed to receiving funding. Watch the full video below and keep an eye out for part two of our chat with the OfferZen brothers.

  • Swedish startup accelerator programme is looking for global applicants

    Swedish-based Fast Track Malmö is looking for startups from around the world to participate in its startup accelerator. It will be based in Malmö, Sweden and will be held at the Minc startup hub. Interested startups will need to have a product that is scalable globally and use tech in some way. Those who are accepted will receive between R450 000 to R750 000 to run the startup and free office space with access to around 300 people and 40 companies. The startups will also have access to mentors, investors, angels, and a global network of resources. Fast Track Malmö is a joint project by Minc, ALMI...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [5/12/2016]

    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...

  • Startup Genome calls for global startup survey respondents

    Global startup exposure company Startup Genome, is looking for entrepreneurs to complete its 2016 Global Startup Ecosystem survey. According to Startup Genome, they "assess each and every response and team up with governments, investors, and other partners to drive positive change in your city". All of the answers will be compiled and released in 2017. The company has also stated that those who complete the survey will "get access to rewards such as free and discounted services from Zendesk, Foundersuite, Olark, Amazon AWS and others". SA startup industry initiative, SiMODiSA is a partner of Startup Genome. The survey can be completed here. Feature image: Kevin Gill via Flickr.

  • Seedstars World’s Marcello Schermer talks African Startup Revolution at TEDxVienna

    Marcello Schermer is the regional manager for Seedstars World in Africa, which has allowed him to witness the birth and growth of a number of startups. Recently, he gave a talk at TEDxVienna about the African Startup Revolution. In his talk, Schermer talks about iHub and it's influence on startup hubs, Rwanda the Switzerland of Africa, as well as a range of startups on the continent. If you want to know more about startups in Africa, watch the video below from someone who can easily be considered a wealth of startup information.

  • Plan My Wedding secures investment at Shark Tank SA

    Wedding platform startup Plan My Wedding has secured a R400 000 investment from Sharks Gil Oved (co-founder and CEO of the Creative Counsel) and Dawn Nathan Jones (former CEO of Euro Car), each receiving a 25% equity stake. Plan My Wedding is an online wedding platform founded by Chelsea Evans and Jason Newmark, helping couples plan their entire wedding through the platform. The platform allows couples to diarise relevant dates, provides them with practical guidance, budgets, tools and checklists. Users will also have their own personal dashboard which offers a wide variety of service providers to choose from. The platform also features a 24-hour support...