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  • Efinity case study: how an ecommerce ‘star was born’ in 24 hours

    Like many of us, Angie Mokoena has a passion project that has great potential as a small business. What has been standing in her way is the triad of familiar reasons why more of us don’t convert our great ideas into viable start-ups -- finances, know-how and time. Last year, Angie launched an image consultancy to help others appreciate themselves and enhance their self-confidence. She is a firm believer in beauty on a budget, and that you don’t have to spend vast amounts of money to look great. With her natural flair for design and eye for detail, she hoped to...

  • ZipZap partners with Microsoft to turn your mobile into a PoS solution

    ZipZap, the mobile PoS solution from Paycorp, has partnered with Microsoft Mobile to offer businesses and retailers the ability to accept payments using Windows Phone devices. According to a recent press release, ZipZap's mobile PoS together with a Lumia smartphone will help merchants accept all card payments, issue e-receipts via SMS or email, and view a detailed transaction history via the app or the online merchant portal. Business-to-Business (B2B) lead at Microsoft Mobile Veran Maharaj says that Microsoft is committed to reinventing productivity and business process: Together with Paycorp, we are able to offer businesses a mobile payment solution that is not...

  • Designer marketplace Hello Pretty revamps site for mobile-friendly audience

    South African designer marketplace Hello Pretty has recently relaunched its website geared for the country's mobile-friendly designer folk. Head of strategy and social Lee Geldenhuys explains in a recent media release that the online shop receives over half of its traffic, and that a responsive site simply became a no-brainer. "We look to global ecommerce trends for inspiration, and while over a third of the site visitors are international, we’re most excited to see how South African consumers respond," explains Geldenhuys. Launched in 2012, Hello Pretty has spurred an impressive community of designers, crafters and the like. Today, it boasts over 19...

  • Innovate much? SA Innovation Summit competitions might be just for you

    The SA Innovation Summit is back this year, showcasing some of the country's most exciting talents and ideas in Cape Town. While the eighth event of its kind will host a range of speakers and exhibit the latest innovations from across different industries, it's also inviting inventors, entrepreneurs and companies to pitch their ideas and businesses. There will be two competitions at the SA Innovation Summit this year: The PwC Pitching Den and The Inventors’ Garage. There are two categories for the PwC Pitching Den catering for startups as well as emerging companies with tech-enabled solutions. Startups have a chance to...

  • 3 minutes with Eric Edelstein on his entrepreneurial journey thus far

    South Africa's popular flash sales site Daddy's Deals CEO and all-round serial entrepreneur Eric Edelstein last month at Creative Spark's Thought Leader Fridays took us through his journey as a tech and business junkie. Edelstein has a massive wrap sheet in the startup world. As both an angel investor and keen founder, he's behind the popular, Clicks2Customers, together with Gyft founder Vinny Lingham and also the network-for-entrepreneurs, Silicon Cape, among many other successful organisations. Some other major companies Edelstein backed as a early-stage investor include Springleap and Quirk. Apart from running Daddy's Deals, Edelstein spends his time dabbling with Bitcoin, chairing Entrepreneur...

  • Tanzanian water filter innovation claims prestigious prize

    Transitioning from being an successful engineer to a successful entrepreneur takes some doing. In an attempt to recognise and promote both innovation and business leadership in Africa, the Royal Academy of Engineering has awarded Tanzanian Askwar Hilonga for his innovative, low-cost sustainable water filter system. The so-called nano-filters aim to help community centres become water hubs by filtering and selling water that is accessible to some of the most isolated and under-serviced communities in the region. "This is a solution, now my community and the whole Africa have the possibility to stop typhoid, to stop cholera, and stop water bourne diseases by...

  • Today’s your last chance to enter the Ventureburn Startup Survey and win guaranteed prizes

    If you haven't completed the Ventureburn Startup Survey 2015, then you'd better get a move on. The survey, which comes with a guaranteed startup goodie bag and a chance at some very big prizes, closes at 4PM today. Since its launch in April, hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors and startup employees have completed the survey. Presented in partnership with First National Bank (FNB), investment advisory firm Clifftop Colony, and data gathering and analytics company Qurio, the survey aims to uncover the nuts and bolts of the startup sector. The survey will answer questions like: What are the major challenges facing...

  • PwC Vision to Reality 2015 is looking for SA’s top up-and-coming companies

    PwC Vision to Reality competition is gearing up for its second programme to help find and promote South Africa's top 10 up-and-coming companies that are tech-enabled. Last year, mobile transacting startup WiGroup walked away as South Africa's top company in the industry. Online security startup Entersekt got second place while animation studio Triggerfish received third prize. Other notable companies in the top 10 were GoMetro, Euphoria Telecom and Mellowcabs. Similar to last year's Vision to Reality competition, the top 10 up-and-coming companies will enter PwC's mentorship programme with access to local and global industry leaders and strategic advisors providing them with...

  • Lumkani launches #LetsStopFire crowdfunding campaign

    Cape Town, South African-based startup Lumkani has launched its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to help prevent the spread of fires in urban slums with its networked fire detector. After winning half-a-million rand from Chivas Regal's social entrepreneurship competition earlier this year, Lumkani will soon travel to Silicon Valley where it will pitch for a welcoming US$1-million. The team has developed a smart device which integrates with the mesh network of in-home fire detectors. This device sends text messages to community members with the location of the fire. Simultaneously, it stores GPS coordinates of the fire which we will send to the...

  • MTN is backing tech entrepreneurs through New Generation Mindset programme

    South African teleco giant MTN is going the extra mile to support innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. That's apart from the pan-African company's commitment to pour in US$400-million into Africa and the Middle East's startups, it's recently announced a multi-million rand innovation deal with the UCT Graduate School of Business. Now -- with the backing of the New Generation Mindset programme -- MTN Business is looking for young, black entrepreneurs in South Africa who want to contribute to the growth of South Africa's knowledge-based economy. Read more: MTN, UCT’s Graduate School of Business whip up R15m innovation deal "Our programme...

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