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  • Start-Up Chile opens applications to accelerator programme, increases funding

    Global accelerator Start-Up Chile has opened applications to its seven-month accelerator programme Start-Up Chile Seed. The accelerator made the announcement yesterday in a blog post on its site, stating that interested entrepreneurs have until 30 January to submit applications. In the same post the accelerator added that this year, it will provide programme participants with $40 000 in equity-free funding, $10 000 more than what it was providing entrepreneurs last year. When the government launched the programme in 2010 it initially offered $40 000 grants to participants. The government subsequently lowered this to $30 000 for recent cohorts. Start-Up Chile has increased the amount of funding it provides to...

  • Three trends to watch out for in the smart parking space in 2018 [Native]

    The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which kicked off yesterday and runs until Friday (12 January), is 0ne of the world's biggest trade shows and is a window into upcoming tech and trends, This year the conference will feature a focus on Smart Cities. Scheduled events include a Smart Cities Marketplace, so expect to see a lot of new tech innovation around public safety, energy consumption, mobility and parking assistance. The conference's organisers, the Consumer Technology Association predicts global spending on smart cities will reach $34-billion by 2020. With such a big market up for grabs, major companies like Ericsson and Deloitte -- which will be...

  • Just under a day left to apply to London-based The Collective Global Accelerator

    For some entrepreneurs, it's more than just about generating revenue. There are some who get into it to make an impact and to change the world. Think you're part of that crop? Then you have just under a day to apply to London-based The Collective Global Accelerator (CGA) which this year is looking for innovators with solutions that are making an impact towards creating stronger communities within urban areas. Applications to the global accelerator close tomorrow (10 January). The Collective Global Accelerator will run between 4 June and 1 July To be eligible for the programme, entrepreneurs have to be between 20 and...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [8/01/2018]

    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...

  • Applications to the Spark* South Africa 2018 Accelerator Programme now open

    Spark* International, an initiative of Australian international development non-profit YGAP, has opened applications to its Spark* South Africa 2018 Accelerator Programme. The five-day programme will take place in Johannesburg between 15 and 20 April. Interested entrepreneurs have until 4 March to apply and can do so here. The accelerator is aimed at South African entrepreneurs who are looking to scale and are currently making an impact in education, health and job creation. Selected Spark* entrepreneurs will be advanced into a growth track where they will get access to grants worth up to $AUD25 000 Spark* aims to find, accelerate, support and connect startups. Since the...

  • Tony Elemu Foundation launches call for 2018 entrepreneurship programme

    The Tony Elemu Foundation (TEF) has opened applications to the fourth cohort of its $100-million Entrepreneurship Development Programme. The Nigerian foundation announced the call on Monday on Twitter. The programme kicks off in May and runs until December. Interested entrepreneurs have until midnight on 1 March to submit their applications (apply here). Application is open to African citizens who are over 18 years old and are based in Africa. Applicants must be running a for-profit business that is no more than three years old. Participants of the Entrepreneurship Development Programme will each get $5 000 in seed funding The foundation will select a total of 1000 entrepreneurs to...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [2/01/2018]

    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...

  • Here’s how India and China’s best parking apps are tackling parking [Native]

    With a combined population of around 2.7 billion people, China and India are the two most populated countries in the world. That translates to a lot of cars on the road and plenty of parking challenges. How then are these countries dealing with this through tech? Ventureburn has previously looked at apps that South Africans are using to find and pay for parking, but how do they stack up against Indian and Chinese solutions? Read more: Struggling with parking? These four apps could get you out of that jam China EasyParking: Launched in 2015 by Beijing based TingJianDan Information Technology Company, EasyParking links drivers to commercial...

  • Rocket Internet to Spur incident, five of Ventureburn’s interesting reads of 2017

    It was a busy year again for Ventureburn -- with Bitcoin going crazy, Google opening an Africa accelerator, entrepreneurs coming forth with bizarre solutions to Cape Town's drought and Spur founder Allen Ambor telling how he didn't take nonsense from no one. Here then are five of Ventureburn's more interesting reads of 2017: Former Rocket Internet man tells how he cloned firms, from Cape Town to Bangkok (30 August): Cape Town born Tauriq Brown always wanted to be an international businessman. He may claim to be an entrepreneur. But the 28-year-old former Rocket Internet employee is just one of the hundreds employed by massive venture-builder companies to clone and...

  • Meet the five Chivas Venture 2018 South African finalists

    Chivas Regal has announced the five SA finalists that have been selected to pitch next month at the local finals of its $1-million global social entrepreneurship competition the Chivas Venture. “Each of these finalists are proof that sustainability, enterprise and profit can be a strong force for good,” Chivas Regal marketing manager for South Africa Shelley Reeves said in a press release. The finalists were selected from over 600 applications -- with South Africa drawing the highest number of entries among the 30 participating countries -- and will next month get to pitch in front of a panel of judges for an opportunity to represent the country at the grand...