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  • Here are the five startups shortlisted for the Accenture Innovation Index Awards

    Business consultancy firm Accenture has announced the finalists of the 2017 Accenture Innovation Awards. At least five of the selected finalists are startups. The startups will get to present at an exclusive invitation-only Accenture Innovation Conference to be held on 17 October in Johannesburg. Accenture's Innovation Index aims to provide an in-depth analysis of South Africa's state of innovation with the intention of rewarding innovative and disruptive enterprises. The 2017 Accenture Innovation Awards finalists will present at the Accenture Innovation Conference on 17 October A statement on Accenture's site states that over 70 businesses registered on the index. The five startups have been shortlisted in the emerging enterprises and small...

  • 10 spots up for grabs for the 2018 San Francisco Entrepreneur Delegation

    Heavy Chef, Startup Safari and Startup Grind have partnered to send 10 South African entrepreneurs to San Francisco for the annual Startup Grind Global Conference to be held in February next year. The 2018 San Francisco Entrepreneur Delegation will depart for Silicon Valley on 8 February. The week-long trip will see the delegation attend the Startup Grind Global Conference taking place between 12 and 14 February next year. Successful applicants will win free flights, accommodation, workshop facilitation, entry into the Startup Grind Global Conference, and a daily allowance. The San Francisco Entrepreneur Delegation will depart Cape Town on 8 February Members of the...

  • Gifted Mom wins Seedstars Douala, will represent Cameroon at Seedstars Summit

    Healthtech startup Gifted Mom was last week selected as the winner of Seedstars Douala, It will now represent Cameroon at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland, where it could stand to win $1-million in investment funding. Gifted Mom was up against 10 other startups at the pitch event held last Friday (29 September). The startup develops last-mile mobile health solutions to increase maternal engagement. The startup aims to democratise health information access in emerging markets through an artificial intelligence-based remote medical platform. Judges at the event included representatives from Microsoft, AppsTech, ST Digital and Seedstars World. Gifted Mom beat Save Our Agriculture and VIKI...

  • Libryo secures $1-million seed round, eyes expansion

    Cape Town and London-based legal platform Libryo has secured a $1-million seed round which it aims to use towards expansion. A press release sent to Ventureburn today states that the funding will be used to grow Libryo's team, product development and for expansion into new markets in Africa, Europe, North America and Australia in the next 18 to 24 months. "To have received the backing of these notable investors and programmes is a real validation of our product and the service that we offer our customers, as well as the huge market opportunity we see," Libryo co-founder and CEO Peter Flynn (pictured right) said...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [02/10/2017]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or catch up on some of your skills? Well, you've come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we've rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • Less than two days left to apply to join MAN Truck and Bus Impact Accelerator

    South African startups in the transport and logistics sector have until Sunday (1 October) to apply to join the join the six-month long MAN Truck and Bus Impact Accelerator. In an announcement on its website, the truck manufacturer said the programme -- which aims to scale social ventures in transport and logistics -- will kick off at the Global Social Business Summit in Paris this November. The programme will then see participants travel to Munich, Mumbai, Cape Town and San Francisco with a final pitch day scheduled for Munich in June next year. To be considered for the programme startups must be able to prove that...

  • Applications open for second cohort of Techstars Anywhere Accelerator

    Global entrepreneur network Techstars has opened applications for a series of accelerators situated worldwide, including its virtual Techstars Anywhere Accelerator programme. Interested applicants have until 15 October to apply to join the Techstars Anywhere Accelerator which will begin next year in January with a demo-day scheduled for 19 April 2018. Only 10 startups will be selected to join the second cohort. The 13-week long Techstars Anywhere Accelerator programme is mostly conducted online The Techstars Anywhere Accelerator is built on the same #domorefaster model as Techstars' other regular accelerator programmes. The accelerator is aimed at entrepreneurs who cannot travel or relocate to attend an accelerator programme. The...

  • Seedstars World launches call for applications from Angolan startups

    Seedstars World has launched a call for Angolan startups to apply to take part in the global seed-stage startup competition. Applications are open until next Thursday (October 5). The event is carried out by main sponsor TGI (Thomson Group International), local ambassador organization KiandaHUB, as well as various local and regional partners such as Enel Green Power, Merck, Orange and Microsoft 4Afrika, 7mobile, SOBA, and Thomson Art House, Seedstars World said in a press release yesterday. "As an Investment firm focused in Angola for over a decade, we are very happy to see and be part of organisations like Seedstars coming into the...

  • Illuminum Greenhouses wins Airbus BizLab E. Africa pitch event

    Kenyan agritech startup Illuminum Greenhouses was yesterday selected as the winner of global aerospace accelerator Airbus Bizlab's AEROmobility inaugural pitching event for East Africa. The startup pitched against 11 other startups from Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone to grab the 10-day all expenses paid trip to France and Germany, where it will meet with experts from Airbus as well as investors. Illuminum Greenhouses pitched an integrated solar-powered smart farming solution called Farmshield. The system leverages the power of the Internet of Things (IoT), using sensors that are controlled by a user via SMS. Judges at the event included representatives from the aerospace...

  • French South African Tech Labs opens calls for applications to second cohort

    Cape Town-based incubator and accelerator French South African Tech Labs (FSAT Labs) has opened calls for applications to its second class of entrepreneurs, with applications set to close on 20 October. To apply, interested tech entrepreneurs have to fill in an application form, build a pitch deck, and e-mail the submission documents to FSAT Labs. Selected startups will be invited to a pitch competition at Africarena Conference 2017, where the top three pitches will win entry into FSAT Labs' six-month programme set to kick off in early November. The programme aims to help the selected entrepreneurs turn their ideas into minimum viable products and ultimately sustainable...

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