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  • Applications for GCIP-SA competition and business accelerator now open

    Applications are now open for the 2018 Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for startups in South Africa (GCIP-SA). The programme is part of a global initiative that aims to address environmental and economic challenges as well as issues around energy through the promotion of clean technology innovation. This year's competition will focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste beneficiation (including e-waste), water efficiency, green buildings, green transportation and environmental protection. Applications for the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMMEs in South Africa close on 2 May The programme, which for the past four years been run as a donor-funded project, was this year incorporated into...

  • SMME IoT, SqwidNet partner to connect 1m devices in next 3 to 5 years

    Internet of Things (IoT) strategy provider SMME IoT has signed an agreement with IoT network provider SqwidNet to connect one million devices within the next three to five years in South Africa. The partnership will provide SqwidNet with an opportunity to provide its modules and devices to the existing network of partners that SMME IoT services. SqwidNet CEO Reshaad Sha believes the partnership will help the company expand into other sectors In a statement today (15 March), SqwidNet CEO Reshaad Sha (pictured above) said the company operates across a range of sectors, including the finance, human resource management and technology fields. "We are confident...

  • Savca announces inaugural industry awards in line with 20th anniversary

    The Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (Savca) has announced the launch of the inaugural Savca Industry Awards. The annual sector accolades form part of the organisation’s 20th anniversary celebration and will recognise portfolio companies involved the private equity and venture capital sector in the region, Savca said in a press release today. All investee companies that are headquartered in Southern Africa and are currently benefiting from these types of investments, or that have had investors exit within the last 12 months, are eligible for consideration by the judging panel. Judges will comprise business leaders and captains of industry, with the...

  • GSMA opens third round of its Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund

    The GSM Association (GSMA) has opened applications for Round 3 of the Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund. GSMA announced the opening of applications for the sector-agnostic fund yesterday (12 March) in a statement on its website. Interested applicants have until 15 April to submit their pitches. Successful applicants to GSMA's Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund can get up £250 000 in funding GSMA's Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund provides selected startups working with mobile tech in Africa and Asia Pacific with up to £250 000 equity-free funding, technical assistance and the opportunity to partner with mobile operators to scale their products and services into sustainable businesses with socio-economic impact. The fund's startup portfolio...

  • MIT, Mastercard Foundation in $200 000 financial inclusion competition launch

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) -- through the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship -- has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation to launch the 2018 edition of the Zambezi Prize for Innovation In Financial Inclusion. Through the prize MIT and the Mastercard Foundation aim to uncover early-stage African startups that are involved in promoting and championing innovation in financial inclusion on the continent. Applications for the competition, which opened yesterday, are set to close on 1 June, with finalists to be announced on 18 August. This year's competition is organised around nine challenges. These are: low financial literacy, limited access to financial institutions, low...

  • Here are the winners of the 2017 Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey

    Ventureburn is proud to announce the seven startup founders and startup employees who have been randomly selected as prize winners after completing the 2017 Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey powered by Telkom Futuremakers. The results of the survey were publicised in November. Those who completed the survey, stood the chance to win five free advertising packages on Trudon and a Telkom business in a box prizes, as well as an iPhone 8. There were 298 participants in the survey, of which 260 were startup founders. Six winners were in December randomly selected by the survey's data analytics partner Qurio. In all 289 participants took part in the Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey powered...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [12/03/2018]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or brush up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. 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 next week’s, please let us know in the comments below or send us an email. Not all of the events are free and some will require booking in advance. Please click on the event names to find out...

  • AWIEF partners with SANbio for Season 2 of FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme

    The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has partnered with Nepad's Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) to implement the second season of the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme in South Africa. Applications for the programme opened last Monday (5 March) and will close on 20 April. The FemBioBiz programme aims to develop leadership, tech and business skills in female-owned businesses in the SADC region -- namely in Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe -- to support deal-making and businesses acceleration in the biosciences arena. "This programme creates a platform for peer learning and will empower women to lead in health and...

  • Here are the four South Africans joining Endeavor’s Entrepreneur programme

    Four South African entrepreneurs from two startups, payments platform i-Pay and shopping rewards solution Retail Engage, have been selected to join Endeavor's Entrepreneurs programme at the 77th International Selection Panel (ISP) in Dubai. The announcement was made by Endeavour in a statement on Friday. The four, Thomas Pays, Mitchan Adams, Lyle Eckstein, and Andrew Weinberg, are part of 22 entrepreneurs from eight countries to have been selected at the event which was held late last month. Other than the four, one other African entrepreneur from Tunisia, Expensya's Karim Jouini, was selected to join the programme. The 22 bring the total number of entrepreneurs that Endeavor...

  • Anzisha Prize applications now open, organisers launch tour, talks across Africa

    Applications for this year's edition of the Anzisha Prize are now open. Organisers of the programme have also announced the launch of the Anzisha Prize Tour which will see Anzisha fellows host speaking engagements and events in five African countries. Launched in 2011, The Anzisha Prize -- an initiative of the African Leadership Academy in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation -- seeks to encourage innovation among youth across the continent. The programme is open to African social and for-profit entrepreneurs under the age of 22. In addition, applicants have to be committed to grow their enterprises into job-creating companies.  The Anzisha Prize Tour,...

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