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  • Hollard, Yellowwoods invests R20m in SA insuretech Naked

    Hollard insurance group announced today that together with private investment group Yellowwoods, it has invested in South African insuretech startup Naked to the tune of R20-million. The insurance group said in a press release from Hollard said the startup -- which is set to enter the market in the first quarter of 2018 -- aims to transform the insurance business model to give customers a faster, fairer and more flexible insurance experience. The startup is being led by actuaries Alex Thomson and Sumarié Greybe (pictured above), formerly partners in EY’s insurance advisory business, who have spent the last decade advising many of South Africa’s largest...

  • Meet the Top 10 finalists of Cell C’s Hangman innovation competition

    The top 10 finalists of Cell C's R1-million innovation competition and reality show, Hangman, have been revealed. The show which premiered earlier this month on 8 October is hosted by Maps Maponyane and is broadcast on e.tv on Sundays at 11.50am. The finalists were selected by a panel of judges consisting of: economist Iraj Abedian, billionaire Quinton van der Burgh, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Bonang Mohale, and entrepreneur Connie Mashaba.whittled down from an initial group of 45 contestants. The Cell C Hangman winner receives a R1-million investment prize The eventual winner will walk away with a R1-million investment prize. "It was not an easy...

  • Zim startup Road Rules wins €5 000 at Innovating Justice Challenge semi-finals

    Road Rules, a Zimbabwean provisional (learner's) driver's license test app, has been announced as the overall winner of the Hague Institute for Innovation Justice Challenge's (HiiL) Innovating Justice Challenge Southern African regional finals. Road Rules founder and CEO Tawanda Chikosi, beat six other legaltech startups to win €5 000 at a Boostcamp held two weeks ago in Johannesburg. As part of the prize, Chikosi will also attend HiiL's Justice Entrepreneur School (JES) this December. Through the challenge HiiL holds 10 regional finals. Those startups selected from each regional final will then be able to join the school and compete at the global final for a chance to join the...

  • Students app, wedding platform among 10 startups selected for Harare Seedstars

    A platform that allows couples to plan and manage their wedding and an app that allows university students to share projects, ideas, and opportunities. These are just two of the 10 startups selected by Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets, to pitch at Seedstars Harare 2017 this Friday (27 October). The pitching event will take place at Impact Hub Harare. The 10 startups will battle it out for an opportunity to represent Zimbabwe at the Seedstars Summits in Mozambique later this year in December and Switzerland in April next year. Seedstars Harare will take place on 27 October at Impact Hub Harare This will...

  • Livestock Wealth wins R1.3m at SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards

    Livestock Wealth, which uses crowdfarming to  allow anyone to become a beef farmer, last night grabbed a first prize of R1.3-million at the 2017 SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards for their GrassBeef platform. Over R9-million was awarded to 24 startups at a ceremony held last night in Johannesburg. The awards are held by the SAB Foundation in collaboration with Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). RailPro, a transport solutions startup developing vehicles that drive on both road and rail grabbed the second prize of R750 000. Chemstart, a mini-science kit developed for high school learners and cashmere wool processor Ivili Lloboya jointly won the third place prize...

  • African startups have just one day left to apply to attend EU-Africa startup fair

    Want an all-expenses paid trip to Abidjan to showcase your startup? You better hurry. There is less than a day left to apply to attend the Startup Fair at the sixth EU-Africa Businesss Forum. The European Commission will foot the travel and accommodation costs for 50 Africa based tech entrepreneurs (up to two people per startup) looking to pitch to investors and showcase their services and technology during the EU-Africa Business Forum to be held next month in Abidjan on 27 November. 50 winners will get an opportunity to showcase their innovations at the EU-Africa Business Forum Startup Fair Emma Fau Startup Europe Africa Network (SEC2Africa)...

  • South African innovator Siya Xuza among confirmed speakers at Misk Global Forum

    One of South Africa's leading young innovators, 28-year-old Siya Xuza, is among a long list of confirmed speakers at a global conference for thought leaders set to take place next month in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Xuza -- who will attend alongside speakers such as LinkedIn co-founer Allen Blue and former Italian president Matteo Renzi -- has won several science awards and in 2010 he was awarded a Fellowship to the African Leadership Network. In 2011 he also became the youngest member to ever sit on the African 2.0 Energy Advisory Panel. The Harvard engineering graduate founded Galactic Energy Ventures, an investments holding company developing and...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [23/10/2017]

    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...

  • HearX and ColonyLive grab wins at Accenture Innovation Index Awards

    Healthtech startup HearX and messaging platform Colony Live last night won awards at the 2017 Accenture Innovation Index Awards. The winners were announced at a ceremony held in Johannesburg yesterday. HearX was selected as the winner in the Small Enterprises Concept category while Colony Live won in the Emerging Enterprises Concept category. Three other tech startups had been shortlisted across the two categories. These are ThisIsMe, SolarTurtle and CrashDetech. Read more: Here are the five startups shortlisted for the Accenture Innovation Index Awards "All participants were assessed based on their level of advancements in innovation --from the ability to modernise their products and solutions, to how...

  • SA fintech startup ThisIsMe, Easy Equities tie for top spot at African Fintech Awards

    SA fintech startup ThisIsMe has clinched joint top spot at the African Fintech Awards, with Easy Equities. It follows  two days of intense pitching battles and an extensive voting process involving the public. The awards were hosted at the Finance Indaba held last week. ThisIsMe helps clients to comply with Know Your Customer (KYC) and FICA legislation via an online platform, while Easy Equities allows one to invest in the stock market at a fraction of the cost of traditional stock brokers. 'ThisIsMe is growing globally into Africa and other markets and we are constantly enhancing our technology' In a press release ThisIsMe co-founder David Thomas...