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  • Startup Knight is on a crusade for SA’s top savvy tech startups

    With steed, steel and savviness at hand, South African software development company Byte Orbit recently announced its annual startup competition -- Startup Knight. A third time round, the Startup Knight is on an epic crusade that seeks to empower aspiring tech entrepreneurs and visionaries in South Africa. Cantering with the theme "Technology that Enables", the event is seeking honourable applicants from around the country who are focused on innovations which enable SMEs to operate more efficiently, more competitively or achieve scalability. The competition is divided into two phases, namely the Startup Phase which requires entrants to have a working prototype, and...

  • Calling all Kenyan startups to attend Ventureburn Meetup

    Ventureburn Managing editor Michelle Atagana will be jetting into Kenya on Tuesday, 23 September, and is looking to meet-up and chat with Kenyan startup founders. In an effort to profile all the awesome startups that we’ve been writing about, we’re calling all technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers to come and hangout with Atagana, at the popular iHub, Nairobi. Kenya is the darling of Africa's tech and startup community. We've written extensively about the Kenyan and East African tech ecosystem and we just can't seem to get enough! We’ve covered the South African and West African ecosystem too, but now...

  • Cape Town gets Africa’s first taste of Startup Weekend Education action

    Africa's first ever Startup Weekend Education event took place this past weekend in Cape Town. There were five teams involved, with other high profile speakers from companies also in attendance, including Dapt.io's Roger Norton and Breadbin Interactive's Brett Simpson. The idea of the Startup Weekend Education revolves around a simple schedule. During the 54-hour event, developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts group and discuss ideas, build teams and products, and launch startups. The startups in question were a gaggle of elearning ventures, all hoping to be the next big thing. The weekend began with a pitching session and...

  • Millicom, Kalixa join forces to offer payment service provider for Africa, Latin America

    The mobile payment sector is currently experiencing an exponential boom on the African continent, perhaps this is why mobile payment firm Kalixa will be partnering with Millicom, an international telecommunications and media company, to develop a payments sevice provider for Africa and Latin America. The joint venture melds the strengths of the two companies, including Millicom's extensive reach across Africa and Latin America and Kalixa's wide range of payment services, "including issuing, acquiring and acceptance solutions to over 8,000 merchants across 100 markets", notes the presser. Initially, the venture will seek to roll out in the second half of 2014, and...

  • SA’s MySidekick wants to be the shopping assistant in your pocket

    MySideKick is a new app for South Africa's shoppers. The free app claims to give easy access to specials, promotions, sales, products and coupons of some of the country's major retailers based on your location. Recently launched by entrepreneurs Leonard Brewer, Mark Pratt, Charles Guise-Brown, Ian Banneman and Corinne Lategan, the startup wanted to develop an app that saves South African's time and money. So far, a number of leading retailers have already linked onto the network and form part of the MySidekick App ecosystem, including BT Games, Edgars Club, Incredible Connection, Midas, Spar KZN, Tiger Wheel & Tyre...

  • Aqua snatches up SA software company Applogix

    South African digital agency, Aqua Group, has just confirmed the acquisition of nine-year-old software company, Applogix. The deal will help Aqua strengthen its role as a strong digital competitor with a focus on the ever growing mobile and ecommerce market. “The acquisition of Applogix is a strategic move that demonstrates our commitment to providing our clients with a fully-integrated digital service,” says Brent Shahim, CEO of Aqua. “ gives us the ability to bring clients powerful strategic and technological solutions at a level that other agencies cannot provide," Shahim explains. "It also allows us to move beyond digital as...

  • DHL records 1000% growth in sub-Saharan Africa in less than 3 years

    The notable red and yellow German logistics company DHL Express recently announced a massive growth milestone of 1000% within the last three years in sub-Saharan Africa. This impressive growth is mostly attributed to its third party business partnership strategy. In the press release, DHL Express notes that it's increased its service points from 300 to over 3 300. Apart from the DHL outlets, the company has also partnered with key business owners or resellers including electronic stores and travel agencies across Africa. “It’s really a win-win approach. We having given these small shop owners a unique business opportunity to grow...

  • uAfrica announces Kalahari, Yuppiechef, Zando among SA’s best ecommerce sites of 2014

    One of Southern Africa's leading ecommerce companies, uAfrica, today announced the winners of the six award categories highlighting the best in the online retail space at the eCommerce Awards held at the eCommerce Conference 2014. The eCommerce Conference is designed to help people keep up to date with the latest trends in ecommerce, present the best the world of ecommerce has to offer, and of course, to be able to network and share business ideas with industry colleagues. As part of this annual culmination of industry thought leaders and SME business owners, uAfrica also host the eCommerce Awards which acknowledges...

  • Want to win R25K? Enter Ventureburn’s ‘Startup Battle’

    What makes a good business? Is it the idea? Or perhaps the market gap? Maybe it is the business model or timing. There are many different elements that make a good business. Every day in Africa a startup is launched or an idea is born. If there is a problem and it has a tech fix, someone in South Africa is working on it. We want to you to tell us why your business is great and why this idea could do with a cash injection. Ventureburn is hosting a startup battle powered by Ford in connection with Social Media Week...

  • uAfrica announces top 30 websites in SA ahead of eCommerce Awards

    In the run-up to the 2014 South African eCommerce Conference, which will be held on 4 September in Johannesburg, uAfrica has just announced the top 30 shortlisted sites. Apart from announcing the top ecommerce store in South Africa, the event promises to excite and inspire attendees with a line up of international and local speakers who will be covering topics pertinent to the ecommerce industry. Currently in their ninth year, the eCommerce Awards received over 116 000 eCommerce survey responses, the results of which will be published at the eCommerce conference. “The information gathered from the eCommerce survey gives us a...

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