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  • Angolan food delivery platform Tupuca wins Seedstars pitch on second attempt

    Online food delivery platform Tupuca, which currently serves 20 000 customers, has been selected the best startup in Angola by Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets. The announcement was made in a press release yesterday by Seedstars World and follows a pitching competition that took place at Thomson Group International's office in Angola's capital Luanda last Friday. Eight selected startups were invited to present their ideas in front of the local jury panel. As a part of the prize Tupuca will be participating at the Seedstars Summits in Mozambique in December and Switzerland later this year to represent Angola. Tupuca has so...

  • SA analytics startup Syenap honoured by CIOReview magazine top-20 listing

    SA startup Syenap, which provides data analytics to improve customer experience management, has been selected by global magazine CIOReview as one of 20 most promising CEM solution providers of 2017. In a press release, Syenap CEO Elad Segev (pictured above with CIO Kerry Nel) said the recognition by the internationally respected publication is a proud achievement for the company. CIOReview said in its review of Syenap that the Johannesburg-based company "brings the power of real-time analytics to retailers’ fingertips with powerful tools that can record and scrutinise the data, including details like the number of shoppers frequently visiting not only the stores but also certain areas within the...

  • SA shopping community SnapnSave reports R40m in sales to brand partners

    SnapnSave, which claims to be South Africa’s number one cashback coupon app, has reached a milestone having delivered over R40-million in retail sales, 50 million impressions and seven million engagements for brand partners including Reckitt Benckiser, Tiger Brands, Nestle and SAB. In a press release earlier this month the SA company said it expects these numbers to treble in the next 12 months. Snapnsave founder Mark Bradshaw claims one in eight South African smartphone users have already used a digital coupon. "Historically, the challenge in SA has been that digital coupons have been limited to specific retailers. SnapnSave till-slip technology allows shoppers to get cashback wherever they...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [16/10/2017]

    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...

  • Here are the winners of the 2017 MTN Business App Of The Year Awards

    The sixth edition of the MTN Business App of the Year Awards was held last night in Johannesburg. Although the overall winner for the night was Shyft, a Standard Bank project, a few startups managed to grab some accolades, including Hey Jude, OrderIn, EcoSlips and IntergreatMe. On-demand delivery platform Zulzi was also crowned South Africa's favourite app after it got 48 000 votes, clinching the People's Choice category. MTN Business App Of The Year Awards are organised around 12 categories The app development competition aims to celebrate local apps that drive disruption and change. The competition is organised around 12 categories. Here are the...

  • Kenyan startup Lori Systems wins TechCrunch Battlefield Africa

    Nairobi-based logistics platform Lori Systems won the inaugural edition of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa which was held in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday. The Kenyan startup came first in the productivity and utility category and was selected as the Best of Show winner after pitching against 15 other startups to win a $25 000 prize. Lori Systems will also get an all-expenses paid trip for two to San Francisco where it will compete at Disrupt SF 2018. Lori Systems was founded by Josh Sandler (pictured left) in 2016. It connects and coordinates cargo owners with transporters across Africa. TechCrunch Battlefield Africa saw 15 startups compete for the...

  • Fintech startup Wala secures equity investment from Newtown Partners

    Newtown Partners, a seed-stage venture capital firm founded by Llew Claasen and Vinny Lingham, announced an investment of an undisclosed sum into Wala, a Cape Town-based blockchain-enabled fintech platform. In a statement last week, Newtown Partners marketing partner Inge Lok said the investment will help Wala bring about its aim to provide zero-fee financial services which include insurance, transactional banking, remittances and loans to around 3.5 billion unbanked consumers. Wala is planning a roll-out of its Wala Financial Platform in emerging markets in Africa Wala's financial services community currently has one million consumers in over 100 countries. The startup has also been testing a...

  • AIF opens entries for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 Awards

    The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has opened entries for the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2018 Awards. The application window will be open until 10 January 2018. The top ten selected African innovators will get a share of $185 000, including a grand prize of $100 000 and a second prize of $25 000. A special prize for social impact worth $25 000 will also be awarded. In addition, seven IPA nominees will each get vouchers worth $5000. Entries are open to all Africans, including those living in the diaspora. The AIF has encouraged female innovators to apply following the record number of entries submitted...

  • Three days left for aviation innovators to enter AVI Afrique 2017 Awards

    South African aviation innovators have until 13 October to enter the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) AVI Afrique 2017 Awards competition. The contest has been split into five categories, namely student innovator, emerging innovator, professional innovator, organisations (including research and educational institutions), and the media. The AVI Afrique 2017 Awards grand prize is the OR Tambo Cumulus Award worth R20 017, entries close on 13 October This year's grand prize, which ATNS has renamed the OR Tambo Cumulus Award in commemoration of Oliver Reginald Tambo, is worth R20 017. The second-place and third-place winners will get R15 000 and R10 000 respectively. "As an...

  • Apply for residency at Johannesburg-based startup campus 22 ON SLOANE

    The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) has opened applications for a 12-month residency at 22 ON SLOANE, its first physical startup campus, set to launch in November. The application window which opened yesterday will close on 9 November. 22 ON SLOANE is scheduled to be officially opened next month on 10 November with residents taking occupancy from early January 2018. The Johannesburg-based campus aims to assist entrepreneurs with a "360-degree turnkey solution" which will help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into viable businesses. GEN claims 22 ON SLOANE, located in Bryanston, Johannesburg, is the largest startup campus in Africa Residents will get support around product development, business models, funding opportunities...