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  • Fintech company Entersekt shows phenomenal growth

    Over the past twelve months, fintech company Entersekt has handled over one billion transactions, with 60-million of those coming from South Africa. The company handles mobile solution and authentication solutions, with offices in Africa, Europe, and North America. "Our growth is testament to Entersekt's solid operational and technical expertise, and it also reflects a growing recognition worldwide of the immense benefits of digital banking and secure online channels," says CEO of Entersekt, Schalk Nolte, in a press release to Ventureburn. Read more: 3 key startup lessons from Entersekt’s Dewald Nolte "The financial services sector is recognising the importance of providing seamless and secure online security...

  • Startup Grind Cape Town to host David Campey, Roger Norton at next talk

    The first Startup Grind Cape Town event, which takes place on 19 January, will feature Lean Iterator co-founders David Campey and Roger Norton. The pair will be talking about the accelerator, which focuses on teaching entrepreneurs about lean business models, as well as taking questions from the audience. According to the accelerator's website, the company "differs from a traditional accelerator model. We focus on moving you rapidly through iterations of your idea, instead of trying to just make you grow up faster." Read more: Start Here: a book for entrepreneurs by Roger Norton Tickets for the event will be R60 per person for...

  • Golf startup Tagmarshal announces further expansion into US market

    Golf technology startup Tagmarshal will further its expansion into the US markets. This comes after the company received an undisclosed second round of funding, lead by Germany investor Christian Vollmann and joined by five EU and SA-based investors. "We have a proven product and a growing list of customers that are not only getting results and significant ROI, but are happy to recommend and refer their networks," says CEO and co-founder of Tagmarshal, Bodo Sieber, in a press release to Ventureburn. "This speaks volumes for the effort our team has put into working closely with some of the industry's best courses, focusing on advancing the...

  • Ventureburn wants to know about your tech startup

    Ventureburn is dedicated to featuring and writing news about startups in emerging markets. In fact, it's our passion to inform our readers about new startups, entrepreneurs doing great things, entrepreneurs not doing such great things, and events. Even with all of our networks and contacts, sometimes there are startups that fall through the cracks. In this case, we'd love to know about them. If you think your startup (or someone else's) has some interesting news then please let us know. The company needs to be tech-based, or using technology in an interesting way, and be situated in an emerging market (such as...

  • Call for nominations: Digital All Stars’ top green startups

    There are an incredible amount of startups in SA who are tackling natural resources, harnessing power, or even changing the way cars work. For Ventureburn's next Digital All Stars piece, we will be focusing on the top green startups in South Africa. We are looking for candidates who are using tech, or who are are tech-focused, with green startups. These can range from solar solutions to redefining how car emissions work. Now is your chance to submit whoever you think would fit the criteria. In order to do so, please email editor@memeburn.com with the subject "Digital All Stars green startup nomination". The email...

  • Watch: Ventureburn chats to OfferZen founders about their ‘Journey’ in Silicon Valley

    Several years ago, the now founders of OfferZen went to Silicon Valley to create their own startup. Along the way, brothers Philip and Malan Joubert acquired an exceptional amount of knowledge about startups that they wouldn't have otherwise learned here. Ventureburn's editor, Graham van der Made, had a chance to sit down with the Jouberts to pick their brains about visas, finding a place to live, and pitching competitions. Read more: Watch: Ventureburn chats to OfferZen founders about Silicon Valley, Silicon Cape Watch the full video below:

  • 2017 applications now open for Street Business School

    The Street Business School, a Johannesburg-based institution for entrepreneurs, is taking applications for 2017. Ten students are selected for the programme per annum. Their studies will be fully funded and they'll have an existing business to "take and break" over the period of three years. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the school "offers practical opportunities to aspiring entrepreneurs by giving selected candidates the chance to build startups and gain commercial business experience in a real-world setting". "We have launched Street Business School, the first-ever school for entrepreneurs, with the aim of creating more opportunities for young South Africans. We...

  • Cognition.online launches tutor booking, paying platform for students

    Edutech startup Cognition.online, which facilitates the booking and paying of tutor services in SA, has gone live. Cognition.online was also announced as the winner of the Samsung Launching People - Mixed Talents competition. "It allows parents and students to find tutors in their area by subject specialisation, book lesson times and pay easily. Tutors can accept bookings via the app and receive their payment from Cognition.Online. Parents and tutors are free to negotiate fees and both tutors and pupils can be rated by the system," says the director of brand and marketing & communications at Samsung South Africa, Michelle Potgieter, in a press release...

  • Smorgasbord is the food startup incubator you’ve been waiting for

    Coming into full force next year, Smorgasbord is an organisation dedicated to supporting and incubating food startups. Smorgasbord is dedicated to building and sustaining the food and beverage sector in SA through their platform dubbed Feasts. This platform will give aspiring entrepreneurs in the food industry a way to showcase their products and skills. These Feasts will be running throughout the major hubs of SA such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Bloemfontein and Pretoria. Furthermore, Feasts will be running throughout the new year from 25 March all the way through to November 2017. The team behind Smorgasbord have also aimed at getting...

  • Watch: Ventureburn chats to OfferZen founders about Silicon Valley, Silicon Cape

    The founders of OfferZen are no strangers to creating companies. The brothers had previously ventured to Silicon Valley where they not only founded Journey, but also went through an incredible learning process. Ventureburn's editor, Graham van der Made, had a chance to sit down with Philip and Malan Joubert to ask them about the differences between Silicon Valley and Silicon Cape, advice for entrepreneurs, and bootstrapping as opposed to receiving funding. Watch the full video below and keep an eye out for part two of our chat with the OfferZen brothers.