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  • Googler Ory Okolloh joins Omidyar Network in support of government tech

    Omidyar Network today announced that Ory Okolloh has joined as a director, investments within the philanthropic investment firm's government transparency initiative. Okolloh will help drive the organisation's work that supports innovative tech organisations focused on providing information and tools to citizens, so they can participate in the governing process. Okolloh was formerly a policy manager for sub-Saharan Africa with Google and co-founder and executive director of Ushahidi, the open source project which allows users to crowdsource crisis information. "Ory is a well-established leader in the technology and transparency communities," said Omidyar Network Partner Stephen King. "She will help spur Omidyar...

  • 88mph leverages BlackBox Connect to pull in serious and global entrepreneurs

    Seed accelerator 88mph isn't content just offering entrepreneurs funding and mentorship with its upcoming three-month acceleration programme in Nairobi. Now its sweetening the deal for startups who apply before 31 May with a chance to visit Silicon Valley for two weeks. One lucky startup will participate in the Blackbox Connect Summer 2013, a two-week "immersion" programme for founders based outside of the USA taking place from 15-26 July in Atherton, California. The programme is effectively an exchange: startups live and collaborate with other entrepreneurs from around the globe while based in the Atherton mansion. The two weeks will be chock full...

  • PriceCheck takes top honours at BlackBerry awards

    PriceCheck has been awarded International App of the Year at BlackBerry Live, the annual international partner conference, in Orlando. The Naspers-owned price comparison app beat out more than 100 000 competitors to take the title. The awards (formerly the Wireless Achievement Awards), are reportedly intended to celebrate how BlackBerry technology helps to power innovation and brings ideas to life. “We are proud to have won this award after competing with so many great BlackBerry® 10 apps from around the world,” says PriceCheck GM, Andre de Wet. “This award proves that South Africa has world-class talent when it comes to mobile software...

  • Dropifi becomes first African investment for Silicon Valley’s 500 Startups

    Dropifi, a smart widget that allows companies to better analyse incoming “contact us” messages, announced today that it has joined the sixth batch of companies to be taken up into the 500 Startups Accelerator Programme. As we noted last year, the team behind Dropifi are re-imagining one of the web’s oldest and most resolute elements, the “Contact us” form. The Dropifi solution consists of a website plug-in, optional QR code (for print-outs) and an...

  • GustPay wins South African leg of worldwide competition

    SeedStarsWorld is putting on the world's biggest startup competition. The event which touts itself as the an "exclusive worldwide competition", is held in 20 countries through 2013 to discover the best startups in emerging markets and regions with vibrant startup communities. The competition travels from country to country giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to gain a spot in the finals. The event format gives entrepreneur exactly six minutes to pitch their business idea in front of a jury made up of local and international judges. Winners are then chosen to compete in the global phase next year. The South African leg of...

  • Rocket Internet’s Foodpanda receives $20-million worth of funding

    The online food delivery space is heating and Rocket Internet's latest pride and joy Foodpanda looks to be leading the way. The Berlin-based online food delivery platform has just landed "more than US$20-million" funding from a group of investors including Investment AB Kinnevik and Phenomen Ventures. According to the company this new round of funding will help it move forward in its current global expansion plans. Focusing on emerging market countries, Foodpanda currently operates together with affiliate brand Hellofood in 27 countries on four continents and reaches about three billion people worldwide. In the last few months, Foodpanda and...

  • BootstrapLabs and MAD Incubator launch BootstrapAccelerator Asia

    Silicon Valley-based BootstrapLabs, and Malaysia-based MAD Incubator have partnered to create BootstrapAccelerator Asia, a Southeast Asia-focused tech startup accelerator with a Silicon Valley fast track for its most promising candidates. A partnership of this type is a first in the region. As Southeast Asia is experiencing steady growth, more investors are turning to the region which plays host to a population of one billion. “What is developing in Southeast Asia is thrilling. MAD Incubator...

  • Location startup Waytag shortlisted for Global BlackBerry Achievement Awards

    The Waytag location naming and sharing app for BlackBerry 10 is a finalist in this year's BlackBerry Achievement Awards in the Mobile Innovation of the Year category. Waytag is one of 15 apps selected as a finalist. Winners will be announced at BlackBerry Live in May. Waytag, active in the fast-growing mobile markets of South Africa and Nigeria, enables users to more easily find businesses and people in areas that do not have...

  • iROKO-partnered gaming company Kuluya now valued at $2M

    Hot off the back of its website redesign, online Nigerian gaming company Kuluya has raised another small seed-stage investment valuing the company at US$2-million. Users can now place bets, challenge other players to a game, and make money through competitive cash games. This redesign shifts the website from an advertising play to a hybrid commerce platform. Kunle Ogungbamila, Head of Kuluya says: “Without a doubt, we have the best team of designers and animators in the country, who have grown the company to a $2M valuation in six months. Our goal is to become one of the most successful media companies...

  • International Girls in ICT day: breaking stereotypes, inspiring careers in tech

    We've written our fair share in support of more women in tech, and we've been pleased to witness the emergence of new initiatives that support the development of female entrepreneurs. The latest push comes via the South African Girls in ICT event. Now in its fourth year, the event in partnership with HP aims to inspire girls to consider a future in technology, with more than 130 schoolgirls expected to attend a conference with leading women in the local ICT sector. "South Africa needs to actively encourage young girls to consider technology as a career option if the country is going...