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  • Zero-equity Swedish accelerator, THINK, calls for international applications

    THINK, a Swedish-based zero-equity accelerator, has opened a call for applications from early-stage tech startups from around the world. Applications close on 27 August. Those startups that are selected to join the three-month global accelerator will benefit from the accelerator's international network of mentors, access to investors, free office space in Helsingborg (near Malmö) tailored coaching and access to $300 000 worth of services from companies including IBM, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Hubspot among others. THINK has two tracks that startups can choose to apply for. THINK Accelerate is aimed at early-stage tech startups with a focus on software as a service (SAAS), platform...

  • Second season of Santam’s Safety Ideas campaign seeks smart security solutions

    Do you have a workable concept or idea on vehicle, business and home safety? Entries for the second Santam Safety Ideas campaign are now open until 29 September. The initiative, which generated over 15o entries in its first season last year, is run by insurance company Santam, Stellenboch-based incubator Launchlab and innovation company Innovus. The campaign aims to encourage SA innovators to develop innovative safety and security solutions. Low-cost security solutions startup Jonga clinched R150 000 in incubation support last week after winning the first season of the campaign. Read more: Cape Town-based security startup Jonga wins Santam Safety Ideas campaign In all 15 to 20 finalists will be selected...

  • Seedstars World launches call in Lagos in search of Nigeria’s next top startups

    Global seed-stage startup competition Seedstars World today launched a call for applications to search for Nigeria’s next top seed-stage startups. With the support of sponsors Orange, Merck, Enel and the local host Seedspace Lagos, Seedstars World will be holding a dynamic pitch event on 25 August in Lagos, Seedstars World said in a press release today. Seedstars World is travelling to more than 75 countries this year to identify the best seed-stage entrepreneurs and provide them with an opportunity to win up to $500 000 and network with investors and mentors from around the world. Previous participants have raised over $61-million collectively, providing employment to more than...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [14/08/2017]

    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...

  • International investment in get\Worth lifts funding in Cape startup to R18.5m

    Barely six months after it launched a web platform looking to disrupt online car sales, Cape Town auto industry startup get\Worth has announced an international investment that has increased its total committed funding to R18.5-million. Get\Worth co-founder Jamie Surkont said in a press release issued today that the investor was attracted by the startup's "unique product" that solves many of the challenges when selling a car. However Surkont did not wish to disclose the details of the investment in the press release. When contacted by Ventureburn he responded by email saying that R18.5-million, is the amount committed so far in total to the business since...

  • Here are SA’s Inspiring Fifty women in technology for 2017

    Non-profit organisation Inspiring Fifty, an initiative of the Dutch Consulate General in Cape Town together with Inspiring Fifty Netherlands, has announced the names of its 50 inspiring women in technology in South Africa. It follows a call the Dutch Consulate General put out in April for nominations for those who can serve as role models to attract more female champions in the technology-related fields. At the close of applications at the end of June, the consulate general had received 252 nominations. Read more: Over 100 nominations received so far for inspiring SA women in tech initiative Project manager Chantal Louw said in a press release this week...

  • African tech startups have three weeks left to enter DEMO Africa 2017

    African tech startups have until 31 August to apply for this year’s edition of DEMO Africa. It follows the extension of the application window from 30 April to 31 August 2017 by the organisers Lions@frica. a partnership between non-profit organisations and tech companies. While the DEMO Africa 2017 event had initially been scheduled to take place between 6 and 7 September, it will take place between 23 and 24 November in Johannesburg. The programme aims to link tech startups with investors and technology buyers and by doing so connecting African tech startups to the global ecosystem. Startups with innovative working scalable products in energy, health, education, agriculture,...

  • Startupbootcamp announces 10 finalists joining its first Africa-based accelerator

    Accelerator programme Startupbootcamp Cape Town earlier this evening announced the 10 startups that have been selected to take part in its first ever accelerator programme in Africa. The announcement was made at the end of the last selection day at the PwC offices in Cape Town. Startups were judged by mentors on criteria that focused on skills, leadership and commitment, vision, solutions and scalability. Additionally, judges also considered the growth, competitive advantage and timing of each startup's products. 409 African startups applied to join Startupbootcamp's first accelerator programme on the continent The 10 were selected from a pool of over 518 applications from 43 countries - of which 409 applications were from Africa,...

  • Launchlab and Attacq launch Smart Cities Innovation Challenge

    Stellenbosch-based incubator Launchlab and JSE-listed investment company Attacq have teamed up again to launch the Smart Cities Innovation Challenge, with the pitching platform opening on 31 August. LaunchLab will host a workshop on 17 August in Stellenbosch to detail current focus areas for the challenge in location technologies, transportation, security, black screen technology and technology. Finalists in the smart cities innovation challenge will get Launchlab incubation support Entrepreneurs who attend the workshop will get the opportunity to interact with experts from Attacq to get a better understanding of the challenge and can receive feedback on their business ideas. Following the pitching session, those entrepreneurs with the top ideas...

  • Entries now open for AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2017

    Think you are one of Africa’s best mobile and tech ventures? Submissions for the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2017 are now open and will close on 10 September. The awards are held by AppsAfrica.com, a news portal and advisory service, in collaboration with Mobile Monday South Africa and Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF). To qualify, applicants must have launched services in at least one African country. Applicants can apply for awards under any one of 12 categories, namely: best disruptive innovation, best social and messaging, best African app, enterprise solutions, news and entertainment, education, fintech, social impact, brand campaign, mobile commerce, changing Africa and the outstanding industry. The...