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  • Tsiba college makes 30 more scholarships available for business degree students

    Cape Town based Tsiba Education college has made 30 additional scholarships available to help what it says is the "critical" national shortage for funded spaces at South African universities. In a press release Tsiba Education said in the 14 years the college has offered its accredited BBA business degree, its graduate success rate has consistently remained double the national average with a 93% employment rate. The course is valued at R55 000 a year. Tsiba will open its doors in Pinelands, Cape Town from 23 to 26 January to offer 30 additional scholarships to students for its BBA business degree Tsiba Education said in the 14 years the college has...

  • Partech Ventures announces launch of Africa fund, having secured €57m so far

    Silicon Valley fund Partech Ventures has announced the launch of its Partech Africa fund, which has secured over €57-million commitments so far. In a press release today Partech Ventures said it aims to raise €100-million to invest in early-stage African startups, with the average deal sized expected to range between €500 000 and €5-million. The fund will operate out of Partech Ventures's new offices in Dakar. Partech Ventures, founded in 1982 in Silicon Valley, claims the fund is the first technology fund of such size from a top tier international venture capital (VC) fund to be exclusively dedicated to the tech ecosystem in Africa. The fund will invest in...

  • Unicef looking to invest in blockchain startups, announces call for funding

    Have you developed a functional, open-source blockchain prototype or do have one that you are willing to make open-source? The UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) on Monday (15 January) opened a call for applications from blockchain startups to the Unicef Innovation Fund. Applicants have until 28 February to apply for the funding. Unicef is looking to invest between $50 000 and $90 000 in blockchain startups that develop software solutions on open blockchains, including smart contracts, tokens, mining, data analytics and other distributed ledger tech. The UNICEF Innovation Fund will provide selected startups with between $50 000 and $90 000 in equity-free funding In order to be considered for...

  • Acsa, Tshimologong Precinct launch hackathon challenge on airport security

    Have an idea for a disruptive security access solution? Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) and Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, have partnered to launch a security access management hackathon in which three winners will each receive a seven months of business incubation. Aimed at streamlining the company’s security access, the Acsa Access Management Challenge, hopes to find a security solution utilising a Single Sign On (SSO) approach that is both unique and able to have a significant impact on the market. In a press release today Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct community manager Itumeleng Dhlamini says that the hub welcomes the collaborative project with Acsa and is...

  • Call for submissions for $1m Al-Sumait Prize for African Development

    One lucky African entrepreneur or innovator with a cutting edge health solution stands the chance to win up to $1-million in prize money, with the launch this week of the Al-Sumait Prize for African Development. The Kuwait Foundation of the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) on Monday (15 January) opened a call for nominations for the health category award in the 2018 Al-Sumait Prize. Applicants have until 30 June to apply. The winner of the Al-Sumait Prize for African Development will get $1-million Nominations are open to innovators or organisation who have developed innovative solutions to Africa's health challenges. The Al-Sumait Prize for African Development is awarded annually and aim...

  • Ripple’s Stefan Thomas to give keynote address at the Blockchain Africa 2018

    The producer of the well-known “What is Bitcoin?” video, Ripple chief technology office Stefan Thomas, will give the keynote address at this year's Blockchain Africa Conference, which takes place in Johannesburg on 8 and 9 March. The announcement was made in a press release today by the event's organiser Bitcoin Events. Ripple provides enterprise blockchain solutions for global payments. Thomas is also known for his open-source software projects, such as BitcoinJS, are widely used in the industry serving millions of cryptocurrency users. Since joining the San Francisco-based company in 2012, he co-created the Interledger protocol (ILP), an open protocol for moving value across  ledgers in the same way...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [15/01/2018]

    Looking to start 2018 off by getting things rolling? 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 next week’s, please let us know in the...

  • $500 000 Challenge Fund aims to disrupt Benin’s tourism industry

    Sèmè City, an emerging tech district in Benin, has launched a call for applications to the Challenge Fund, an initiative that aims to build a sustainable tourism industry in Benin. Selected innovators can access up to $500 000 in funding, as well as access to incubation and training. The authority launched the call last month, together with the World Bank and Benin's National Agency for Promotion of Heritage and Tourism Development. The challenge is open to all Africans working on innovations that include virtual reality, socio micro-networks, soft mobility, renewable energy and accessibility among others. Applications close on 31 January, while winners will be unveiled during the Innovate, Undertake, Mobilize...

  • Applications for Challenge of Invention to Innovation competition now open

    The Next Einstein Forum (NEF), an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Science in partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung, has launched applications to it its Challenge of Invention to Innovation competition (Ci2i). The announcement was made yesterday. The competition aims to reward research-based innovation in science, tech, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as well as draw attention to the impact of African researchers and entrepreneurs. The competition is open to African scientists, innovators and startups. Teams led by non-Africans will also be considered if at least one of the co-founders or executives is African. The Challenge of Invention to Innovation competition aims to reward research based innovation in Africa The competition...

  • Top SA tech personalities on the books every entrepreneur should read in 2018

    If there's one thing that all successful entrepreneurs have in common it's that they are all avid readers. But with so many books out there, which ones should you pick up and read in 2018 -- to grow your business? Ventureburn asked four top personalities in the South African tech startup ecosystem what their top reads are and why they reckon every entrepreneur should read them -- from recently released titles. Bob Skinstad: Former Springbok rugby player and Knife Capital partner Principles, Ray Dalio: It's an outstanding account of a very wealthy man's life, including the hard work to get there, the redesign of...