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  • On the road: Silulo Ulutho Technologies talks empowering people through tech

    While we're seeing tech companies popping up across Africa, Silulo Ulutho Technologies isn't aiming to become the next must have app -- it's starting from the ground up. Mich Atagana travels to Khayelitsha to chat about the IT training initiative with co-founder Luvuyo Rani. The company provides communities based in townships or rural areas with the opportunity to scratch up on their IT skills to be better prepared for their professional careers. She also speaks to Senior Trainer Luvuyo Soji about the specific types of courses the centres have to offer. Generally though, the initiative focuses on computer education,...

  • PlayLogix aims to fast-track SA startups with Startup Build Pack

    Incubator slash dev lab, PlayLogix, recently announced its Startup Build Pack. This programme is said to provide entrepreneurs with real tangible support focused on product creation -- not just PR and business advice. There are so many incubators popping up across Africa but early stage tech startups still has a very high failure rate. In South Africa this has become increasingly popular. PlayLogix aims to set itself apart from other dev labs and incubators by focusing on product development with a more hands-on approach. While PlayLogix builds tech products, it also supplies business support and strategy to help focus...

  • Enterprise Mobility Africa Summit 2013 aims to engage, inform, network

    The 2013 Enterprise Mobility Africa (EMA) Summit will be taking place on the 25th and 26th of November in Johannesburg. The summit's agenda will explore the impact of mobility solutions across a range of industries, as well as the opportunities, and downfalls, they may create. The two-day event will see thought leaders from the IT and mobility sectors coming together to address industry challenges such as big data and the mobile platform, and mobility as an enabler for enterprises to become more networked. The conference will focus on four key areas: Integrating M2M systems and devices into operations Networks and devices:...

  • Startup Blitz: listen to friends, coaches, music in water with Stroke Tech

    This week's Startup Blitz features hardware startup Stroke Tech. Founders Thys Pretorius (CEO) and Matt Pretorius (Sales and Social Media) applied bone conduction technology -- which sends sound to the inner ear through the bones of the skull -- to a modern use: water sports communication and entertainment. Currently Stroke Tech has two prototypes, a communication device which allows a swimmer/surfer/kite boarder et al, to hear instructions from a coach, or listen to their friends all the while keeping their ear channels obstruction-free thanks to audio being transmitted by the tech used as far back as during World War 2. The...

  • African Development Bank pumps $150-mil into reliable power for Zambia

    Electrical problems are prevalent for most of Africa, in some countries like Nigeria, people and businesses rely on generators to get the power they need, in a country like Zambia, they depend on hydro-power. This reliance on hydro-power is problematic for Zambia though, especially for small businesses, because if there is a drought there can be severe economic risks. In a bid to help divide the load of power production in Zambia, and increase availability, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a loan of up to US$150-million to finance a new 300MW coal-fired power plant, as well as...

  • PHPSouthAfrica: for the developer who cares about the craft

    If you have a tech startup, more often than not you are looking for a developer, or you are a developer and would like to network with your peers and perhaps get some help with a particularly buggy piece of code. If so then, listen up. Aimed at proficient developers, new developers and people who care about developers, with a core focus on coding 'Craft' as both skill and passion, PHPSouthAfrica is a two day conference that hopes to help you with your developer needs. "PHP is one of the most popular web programming languages used today to power...

  • Startup Blitz: Secret Agent connects brands to consumer feedback at POS

    This week's Startup Blitz features Michael Metelerkamp from Secret Agent -- a platform that connects brands with customer feedback in the form of location-based surveys, mystery shopping, photo contests and retail audits. On the brand side, Secret Agent compiles customer feedback on stores into a neat, visual report. This means that a manager doesn't have to get 50 reports on 50 stores, but can rather get one report, with photos and multiple choice questions answered. On the other side, people can join the Secret Agent platform as agents themselves to earn extra cash. Depending on your location,...

  • Tech4Africa to showcase latest mobile, web and emerging technologies

    Tech4Africa is an annual event that's said to be the premier mobile, web & emerging technology conference, bringing global perspective to the African context. The event aims to introduce, inform and inspire attendees by focusing on topics ranging from mobile, tech startups and other innovative tech. Content and topics of discussion will range from a variety of current trends and emerging technologies in Africa and abroad. These topics will include mobile development, mobile money and new databases like MongoDB. IBM's second event for startups in South Africa will also be introduced. IBM SmartCamp for startups and entrepreneurs will help...

  • Startup Blitz: Shift ONE helps entrepreneurs with digital marketing

    On this week's Startup Blitz we have CEO and Founder Dylan Kohlst├Ądt from Shift ONE -- an agency that focuses on helping entrepreneurs with all things digital marketing. According to Kohlst├Ądt, entrepreneurs often have great ideas, but aren't as strong when it comes to marketing. That's where Shift ONE comes in, and can help with everything from website design to SEO, social media and content creation. Valuing early-stage entrepreneurs' tight budgets, Shift ONE will tailor packages on a month-per-month basis, to get the most out every Rand. Clients who have worked with Shift ONE include Bandwidth Barn, Web Africa and PostNet. ...

  • A win for social startups: Malaysia’s Joota secures $700K funding round

    Joot Ventures Sdn Bhd, the company that developed Joota, a social content network, today announced that it has secured a total of USD 700K funding from two investment sources -- US$500K from Interactive E Solutions JLT of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and, US$200K from an undisclosed individual angel investor. The new cash infusion will boost the startup's finance product development and support its global marketing moves. The news shows that social startups still manage to attract investment, at least in Malaysia. Overall, social ventures appear to have lost some sheen in recent times. Prior to the latest funding rounds Joota managed...