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  • Blockchain-based agritech startup, nine others shortlisted for Seedstars Gaborone

    An agritech startup that uses the blockchain and at least two healthtech platforms are among 10 startups shortlisted to pitch at tomorrow's Seedstars Gaborone pitching event at the University of Botswana Stadium. Seedstars World made the announcement in a press release yesterday, saying the pitching event will see the 10 early-stage startups compete for an opportunity to represent Botswana at the Regional and Global Seedstars Summits. In addition the winning startup will stand a chance to win up to $1-million in equity investments at next year's Seedstars Summit to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Seedstars Gaborone pitching event will be held at the University of Botswana Stadium...

  • SA startup Cape awarded Best Wi-Fi Startup at Wi-Fi Now Europe at the Hague

    Cape Town and San Francisco based startup Cape has been awarded Best Wi-Fi Startup of 2017 at Wi-Fi NOW Europe at a ceremony held yesterday in The Hague, in the Netherlands. In a press release yesterday, Cape co-founder Ross Douglas (pictured with fellow co-founders second from the right, above), who received the award on behalf of the company, said the startup is "honoured" to be recognised its peers for the innovation it is bringing in the Wi-Fi industry. Cape, which was founded in 2015 as Asimmetric but changed its name to Cape in November last year, beat Mist Systems from the US and Spain's...

  • Here are eight facts you should know about venture capital in South Africa

    The value of venture capital (VC) investments rose by a whopping 134% to R872-million in 2016 over 2015, while ICT makes up 17% of the value of deals. These are just two insights revealed the 2017 VC survey by the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (Savca). Savca CEO Tanya van Lill said in the report, which was released in September, that the introduction and improvement of Section 12J tax deductible investments had driven greater flow of capital to VC and from a broader base of individual investors. In 2016 the SA Revenue Service (Sars) recorded R1.8-billion raised by 49 investment vehicles registered...

  • Wrike – project management software for entrepreneurs [Partner Content]

    The world wide web has enabled people from all over the world to start a business. From the US to Japan, a growing number of entrepreneurs are starting and growing their own ventures, giving themselves more opportunities to realise their dreams. With the increasing popularity of the internet and successful online businesses, entrepreneurs have found that using the right project management solution to manage their daily business operations to be a key decision. There are literally hundreds of project management tools available on the market that claim to be the best project management software for entrepreneurs. Some have more of a rightful...

  • Last few hours to complete Ventureburn’s Tech Startup Survey backed by Telkom

    Startups have just hours left to complete the second annual Startup Survey — the Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey powered by Telkom Futuremakers — and stand a chance to win a business startup hamper powered by Telkom, BCX and Trudon or an iPhone 8, as well as and other great prizes. Ventureburn, in partnership with Telkom Futuremakers and analytics company Qurio launched the survey on 2 October. The survey closes at midnight (12am, 1 November). As of today 12pm 275 questionnaires have been completed in full, shows data from Qurio. A further 136 surveys were incomplete. ‘The Ventureburn Startup Survey will prove crucial in providing data on the challenges faced by South Africa’s tech...

  • Zim startup myRunner wins ticket to pitch for up to $1m at Seedstars Summit

    The team of Zimbawean startup myRunner has won themselves a ticket to represent their country at next year's Seedstars Summit in Switzerland and compete for up to $1-million in equity investment and other prizes. The announcement was made today in a press release by Seedstars World, following a pitching event held last Friday (27 October) at Impact Hub Harare, where 10 selected startups were invited to present their ideas in front of the local jury panel. Read more: Students app, wedding platform among 10 startups selected for Harare Seedstars MyRunner's platform allows users to book their bus tickets and track their location. The Seedstars Summit, which is set to take place...

  • Two days left to apply to join Liquid Telecom’s entertainment Launchpad

    Internet service provider Liquid Telecom is on the hunt for the best African entertainment startup to join its Cape Town-based Liquid Launchpad -- and startups have until Wednesday (11.59pm on 1 November) to apply. The winning startup will get a six-month membership at the MEST Incubator in Cape Town where they will learn how to scale-up across Africa. Five selected startups will get a chance to pitch at AfricaCom, with the winning startup entering the Liquid Launchpad The call is open to startups that are developing innovations in entertainment technology, including: augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), gaming, and music technology. Five shortlisted startups will be announced...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [30/10/2017]

    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...

  • Enter the 2017 Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey and win an iPhone 8, more!

    Ventureburn, in partnership with Telkom Futuremakers and analytics company Qurio, is proud to announce the launch of the second annual Startup Survey -- the Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey powered by Telkom Futuremakers. We are looking again to uncover the nuts and bolts of the startup sector and answer questions like: What are the major challenges facing the country’s entrepreneurs? What do South Africa’s startup founders look like? What sectors are startups more prevalent in? What types of funding are startups securing, and where are they getting their money from? Why are people flocking to startups to work there? Where is the most startup activity happening...

  • Here are the six Attacq Smart Cities Innovation Challenge winners

    Stellenbosch business incubator LaunchLab has announced the six winners of the Attacq Smart Cities Innovation Challenge at a pitching event held at the incubator last night. The announcement was made last night by LaunchLab on the incubator's Twitter account. The winner are: storage space market-place Sxuirrel, bike-share scheme Poynt Bikes, access control developer Appmit, Drop Car Wash, Hydrogen Fueled Drones, and grocery delivery service Yshop. The six winners will receive a share of R100 000 in seed funding as well as LaunchLab incubation support to the tune of R80 000. Attacq Smart Cities Innovation Challenge prize includes LaunchLab support and a share of R100 000 The challenge was launched in...