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  • 20 startups to pitch at fourth Angel Fair Africa

    From 10 to 11 November, 20 startups from nine African countries will pitch at Angel Fair Africa. The event will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The pitching event is spread across two days. Day one will feature pre-revenue startups, while day two will consist of startups in later rounds of capital funding. The pitches will include Rita Kimani of Farm Drive; Tito Munhequete of Izy Shop; Ugwem Eneyo of Solstice; Josephat Mandara of TIME Tickets and Joanna Bichsel of Kasha. "Africa shows promise to be the economic growth jewel of the next 20 years. As people become more mobile and connected, leaders...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [31/10/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch 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...

  • SAP launches first Co-Innovation Lab in Africa

    Software solutions company SAP has launched its first Co-Innovation Lab (COIL) in Johannesburg, being a first for Africa. COIL has been created in order to create collaboration between SAP, software partners and entrepreneurs. "We are committed to provide the Digital Platform, leveraging IoT, Big Data, a Digital Core, Cloud Computing and Business Networks to enable capabilities relevant to growth in Africa," said managing director of SAP Africa Brett Parker in a press release. "We are confident that the introduction of the first African SAP Co-Innovation Lab, with its ability to enable and, tangibly showcase the innovation and inventions by Africans, for Africans, will enable...

  • The Sun Exchange wins at African FinTech Awards

    Crowd-lending solar energy project startup The Sun Exchange placed first in the Bitcoin & Block Exchange category at the African FinTech Awards (AFTA). Three finalists per category were given only seven minutes to pitch why their company deserved the respective award. Companies had to touch on their innovation, brand, user interface, performance and results to win the judges over. Finalists were then chosen by judges, as well as by public vote. BitPesa snagged the Public Award in the same category. The panel of judges comprised industry professionals such as the chief digital officer of Wealth Migrate, Jay Thomson; CEO of Meniga, Georg Ludviksson and CEO of Curve, Fred Baumhardt. It...

  • Tickets now available for fintech VentureTrain event

    Tickets are now available for the latest idea to get startups talking, the VentureTrain. The theme of this journey will be fintech and will take place from 17 to 18 November. The event aims to bring entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, thought leaders, and more together in order to share their knowledge and debate entrepreneurship in SA. VentureTrain will be happening on the Shosholoza Meyl Premier Classe Train and will depart Johannesburg Park Station and head for Cape Town. The event is created by SiMODiSA, which was founded by managing director, Matsi Modise. There have been two previous VentureTrains, but this is the first one to be advertised publically. Tickets will...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [17/10/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch 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...

  • Thomson Reuters Lab launches at Bandwidth Barn in Cape Town

    Mass media firm Thomson Reuters has Friday announced the launch of its Thomson Reuters Labs at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock, Cape Town. The company notes that the Labs will "engage with the region’s vibrant innovation ecosystem and dynamic startup community to fuel growth and empower success for Thomson Reuters customers worldwide". According to the press release, the Lab will have two primary functions, namely innovation and partnership. "Thomson Reuters Labs is an engine of innovation for our company, leveraging creative partnerships to deliver real solutions for our customers," explains the company's VP for Thomson Reuters Labs, Mona Vernon. "Through our growing Labs...

  • Universal Technology Holdings acquires 51% of MiBRAND

    Business solutions based company Universal Technology Holdings (UTH) has acquired 51% of MiBRAND, an app focusing on specials for consumers. The acquisition will allow MiBRAND to receive both funding and infrastructure for expansion. "Using our investment and new found resources we will be focused on increasing our global footprint, starting with the launch of our mobile development branch in Asia," says the co-founder of MiBRAND, Salvatore Barras, in a press release to Ventureburn. Since the app's launch in July, it has received over 2500 downloads, the developer claims. It also went on to win the People's Choice Award at the MTN App of the Year awards. The startup...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [03/10/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch 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...

  • Uncovered: Ventureburn lists South Africa’s fintech ecosystem [update]

    Financial technology, or Fintech as the buzzword goes, is a hot topic in the international startup industry. Companies launching in this space are usually looking to disrupt banking institutions, the way money is handled, or empowering those without access to cashless payment systems. In SA, these startups cover a broad range of industries, from Blockchain to Lending, and even Remittance. It's an industry that has gained phenomenal traction with the likes of PayFast, FinCheck, and BitX making waves in SA. Ventureburn has created an infographic on all of the companies that we know about and categorised (in a broad sense). Of course,...