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  • BeSpecular CEO wins Innovator Recognition Award from MTN

    The CEO of tech startup BeSpecular, Stephanie Cowper has been awarded the Innovator Recognition Award at the inaugural MTN Women In ICT Awards "Partnering for Change" awards. According to the MTN website, the "category recognises women that have introduced new methods, ideas, or products that are contributing in one way or the other to the delivery of a bold, new, digital world." The BeSpecular app works by allowing volunteers with sight to help the visually impaired. Users can take a photo of an object or situation, upload it, and have it identified by those who are able to assist. Since the app's launch on both iOS...

  • Fintech startup My Treasury helps users with savings rates

    Having launched at the end of September, My Treasury, is a free-to-use startup service which provides financial savings solutions based on a few questions. The startup is founded by Michael Kransdorff, Simon Shear, and Daniel Rubenstein. The platform uses a complex algorithm with the system scouring 670 different savings rates at eight institutions. These institutions include the likes of Standard Bank, Absa, Nedbank, FNB, and Investec. Users are asked to fill in questions pertaining to their savings range as well as how much they'd like to save. The algorithm takes the users answers and offers them saving solutions based on what they've answered. My...

  • Domestly adds AppsAfrica Award to its trophy cabinet

    Cape Town-based startup Domestly has this week won the Best Disruptive Innovation Award at the AppsAfrica Awards 2016. This comes after the company won the overall MTN Business App of the Year accolade in August 2016, and an expansion into Gauteng a month later. The Awards, which took place in Cape Town Monday night and recognises entries from over 25 countries, "celebrate the enormous growth in mobile, technology and entrepreneurship in Africa". Speaking in a press release, Domestly noted that these small wins are enabling the company to grow across the country. "It is achievements and recognition like this that have allowed us...

  • 20 startups to pitch at fourth Angel Fair Africa

    From 10 to 11 November, 20 startups from nine African countries will pitch at Angel Fair Africa. The event will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The pitching event is spread across two days. Day one will feature pre-revenue startups, while day two will consist of startups in later rounds of capital funding. The pitches will include Rita Kimani of Farm Drive; Tito Munhequete of Izy Shop; Ugwem Eneyo of Solstice; Josephat Mandara of TIME Tickets and Joanna Bichsel of Kasha. "Africa shows promise to be the economic growth jewel of the next 20 years. As people become more mobile and connected, leaders...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [31/10/2016]

    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...

  • SAP launches first Co-Innovation Lab in Africa

    Software solutions company SAP has launched its first Co-Innovation Lab (COIL) in Johannesburg, being a first for Africa. COIL has been created in order to create collaboration between SAP, software partners and entrepreneurs. "We are committed to provide the Digital Platform, leveraging IoT, Big Data, a Digital Core, Cloud Computing and Business Networks to enable capabilities relevant to growth in Africa," said managing director of SAP Africa Brett Parker in a press release. "We are confident that the introduction of the first African SAP Co-Innovation Lab, with its ability to enable and, tangibly showcase the innovation and inventions by Africans, for Africans, will enable...

  • The Sun Exchange wins at African FinTech Awards

    Crowd-lending solar energy project startup The Sun Exchange placed first in the Bitcoin & Block Exchange category at the African FinTech Awards (AFTA). Three finalists per category were given only seven minutes to pitch why their company deserved the respective award. Companies had to touch on their innovation, brand, user interface, performance and results to win the judges over. Finalists were then chosen by judges, as well as by public vote. BitPesa snagged the Public Award in the same category. The panel of judges comprised industry professionals such as the chief digital officer of Wealth Migrate, Jay Thomson; CEO of Meniga, Georg Ludviksson and CEO of Curve, Fred Baumhardt. It...

  • Tickets now available for fintech VentureTrain event

    Tickets are now available for the latest idea to get startups talking, the VentureTrain. The theme of this journey will be fintech and will take place from 17 to 18 November. The event aims to bring entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, thought leaders, and more together in order to share their knowledge and debate entrepreneurship in SA. VentureTrain will be happening on the Shosholoza Meyl Premier Classe Train and will depart Johannesburg Park Station and head for Cape Town. The event is created by SiMODiSA, which was founded by managing director, Matsi Modise. There have been two previous VentureTrains, but this is the first one to be advertised publically. Tickets will...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [17/10/2016]

    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...

  • Thomson Reuters Lab launches at Bandwidth Barn in Cape Town

    Mass media firm Thomson Reuters has Friday announced the launch of its Thomson Reuters Labs at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock, Cape Town. The company notes that the Labs will "engage with the region’s vibrant innovation ecosystem and dynamic startup community to fuel growth and empower success for Thomson Reuters customers worldwide". According to the press release, the Lab will have two primary functions, namely innovation and partnership. "Thomson Reuters Labs is an engine of innovation for our company, leveraging creative partnerships to deliver real solutions for our customers," explains the company's VP for Thomson Reuters Labs, Mona Vernon. "Through our growing Labs...