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  • Seedstars World looks for best startup in Dakar

    Startup competition for emerging markets, Seedstars World, is making its way to Dakar, Senegal this November, during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Up to 10 startups will be chosen to pitch and stand a chance of winning up to US$500 000 in equity investment at next year’s finale, which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland. Other opportunities up for grabs include an equity deal worth US$500 000 for the best travel startup by lastminute.com Group and best fintech seed-stage company by a yet-to-be-announced financial institution. On top of that, European-based satellite companies Inmarsat and AP-Swiss are providing a grant worth US$50 0000 for...

  • ARTICLE RETRACTION: Digital All Stars 2015: 13 South African tech entrepreneurs on the rise

    Digital All Stars is a new series of articles on Ventureburn and Memeburn, which recognises and celebrates achievement in a variety of digital fields that includes entrepreneurship, media & marketing, technology innovation, general business and education. Our aim with the Digital All Stars Series on Ventureburn is to celebrate entrepreneurial achievement in South Africa, and the African countries in which Ventureburn is popular in, which includes Kenya and Nigeria. Creating lists to recognise achievement is, in itself, a fraught exercise, so we aim to ensure accuracy by consulting with many experts in the wider industry to ensure that...

  • Survey: 96% of SA startups lack government support

    According to a new study done by online accounting and payroll provider Sage, 96% of startups in South Africa say they have had no assistance -- financial or otherwise -- from national government in building their businesses. These figures echo the findings of the Ventureburn Startup Survey earlier this year, which revealed that a mere one percent of startups relied on government for funding. The Sage study further found that startups are incredibly hard working, if not overworked. More than half (54%) of the businesses surveyed have not taken a holiday last year, and that 70% put in more time than...

  • Entries open for 2015 South African Small Business Awards

    Entries for the 2015 South African Small Business Awards, which aims to celebrate successful small business in South Africa, are now open. Taking place for the past seven years, the awards are hosted by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) and sponsored by FNB, Adams and Adams, and Vodacom. Mike Anderson, the CEO of the NSBC, says that in addition to recognising the achievements of small business owners, the awards also set out to inspire business owners and entrepreneurs to keep striving for success. Read more: Awards to recognise South Africa’s top township entrepreneurs “Entry into the South African Small Business Awards...

  • New venture Over the Rainbow likens business stages to colours

    Africa's Women of Influence 2015 finalist Lesley Waterkeyn is launching Over the Rainbow, a new social enterprise aimed at entrepreneurs. The venture is co-created by education specialist, Sandy van Dyk, who is co-authoring Over The Rainbow, 7 steps to a sustainable business with Waterkeyn. Waterkeyn is on the Cape Town board of the global Entrepreneurship Organisation (EO), which requires businesses to have a yearly turnover of R10-million before acceptance, and therefore out of reach for most South African businesses. "There's a significant gap in our entrepreneurship ecosystem, and I see the need for a bridge to an organisation like EO," adds Waterkeyn. According to...

  • Meet Seedstars World’s 11 top startups of Ethiopia

    The startup competition for emerging markets, Seedstars World, has made it to Ethiopia for the first time, revealing 11 of the East African county's best startups. Invited to pitch in Addis Ababa next week for a chance to win up to US$500 000 in equity investment at next year's finale, the Ethiopian crop of companies ranges from a mobile game studio to a crowdfunding platform and an elearning company. Seedstars World kicked-off its seven-month Africa tour in May this year with a mission to visit 12 different countries around the continent. These include Mozambique, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal,...

  • Less than third of SA businesses have fully-integrated payroll, HR solutions

    Less than a third (22%) of South African businesses have a payroll and human resources (HR) solution that is fully integrated with their financial or enterprise resource planning system. These findings, the ITWeb HR & Payroll Survey 2015 suggests, show that local companies are missing out on significant opportunities by not streamlining their operations. The survey, backed by ERP consulting and implementation firm, Synergy Group and African payroll and HR solutions group, Sage VIP, covered South African organisations of various sizes and from a cross-section of industries. The CEO of Synergy Group, Ashley Regenass, reveals that 82% of the respondents believe it's...

  • Tech4Africa announces Startup Day presented by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs

    South African entrepreneurial platform Tech4Africa is adding a new event to this year's schedule, named Yet Another Startup Event (YASE). Taking place 9 October after the main conference, YASE will take a "by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs" approach. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the founder of Tech4Africa, Gareth Knight, says YASE will be run by those who have entrepreneurial experience. He found there had been a boot in startup events over the past few years, but most weren't being run by entrepreneurs. What’s been interesting for us is that when we analysed the landscape, very few of them seem to...

  • 5 startups chosen at DEMO Africa to pitch in Silicon Valley

    One of the continent's most-talked about startup events, DEMO Africa 2015, recently concluded with five startups chosen as the winning teams to pitch in Silicon Valley. Out of a total of 650 applications received from startups across the continent, 30 startups made it to the demo stage to pitch their businesses. As revealed on the DEMO Africa website, below are the top chosen startups for 2015. Simbapay Nigeria's Simbapay offers people the ability to make fast, convenient and cheap money remittance to Africa. The platform also enables the diaspora to pay merchants directly from abroad using the popular mobile money service, M-Pesa...

  • Seedstars World competition heads to Kenya for next leg, partners with CfC Stanic Bank

    After naming duty-free shopping startup Airshop the winner of its round in Abidjan, the Seedstars World competition will next be taking place in Nairobi, Kenya on 2 October. The competition will be looking for the best startup in Kenya that will go on to compete for a US$500 000 equity prize in Geneva, Switzerland. For this leg of the competition, Seedstars World has partnered with Kenyan financial institution CfC Stanic Bank. The partnership will allow for the Kenyan winner to attend the finals in Geneva, Switzerland. CfC Stanic Bank will also explore potential options for participating entrepreneurs with regards to partnerships...

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