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  • Crazy about startups and all things tech? Ventureburn might have the job for you!

    Ventureburn is looking for an experienced journalist to further help cement the site in becoming South Africa, and Africa's, go-to publication for all things startups. If you're well-grounded in the local ecosystem and can argue the pros and cons between angels, VCs and bootstrapping, you're probably the person we're looking for. If you love networking with some of the industry's brightest minds and tell the stories of those up-and-coming, this should be your dream job. Ventureburn offers insightful and original thought leader pieces, ‘how to’ and resource articles, and the latest news for startups and entrepreneurs specifically aimed at Africa and...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [25/01/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch 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...

  • Seedstars Africa entrepreneurship summit to kick off in Morocco

    Startup initiative for emerging markets Seedstars World will host its first ever Africa summit in Casablanca, Morocco late this January. Seedstars Africa seeks to connect entrepreneurs, investors and entrepreneurship ecosystems from around the continent with the world. The initiative has partnered with Moroccan startup organisation StartupYourLife to bring together 300 startup talents, investors, speakers and mentors from over 20 different countries across Africa and Europe. “We have gathered some of the most experienced, influential and active ecosystem leaders, investors and entrepreneurs from Africa, the Middle East and Europe for a promising three-day event full of learning, inspirational speeches, and key insights...

  • Startups, try doing things that don’t scale [Infographic]

    Startups are often defined as lean businesses that can scale, reaching new markets easily far and wide. While this might be the case, it doesn't mean that all startups should scale in everything they do. In an essay by Y Combinator founder Paul Graham, he argues that startups should focus on doing things that don't scale. According to Graham, startups should, for instance, approach their first customers physically to make a sale happen. Graham recalls how Stripe used to physically set up its service onto other startup founders' computers at the Y Combinator incubator, instead of just blasting out hundreds...

  • Sw7, AlphaCode open applications for fintech accelerator

    Applications have opened for the Sw7 and AlphaCode fintech accelerator. The partnership looks to create the first Fintech Accelerator in Africa. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the programme will take place at the AlphaCode premises in Sandton, Johannesburg. It will start on 27 January and continue over the course of 12 weeks. Microsoft's BizSpark Plus will be lending its support to the programme as well. Sw7 co-founder Odette Jones says the company has been running a closed recruitment round for a few weeks and have accumulated a number of strong applicants. "We are processing these and will be opening...

  • More startups should leverage big data during festive seasons, says FNB

    Big data doesn't just benefit big business. According to head of analytics for FNB Business, Yudhvir Seetharam, more startups are leveraging the power of big data to predict consumer trends and increase profitability during busy holiday seasons. "From a customer demand perspective, businesses often plan ahead by identifying the peak time for sales and the products that customers spend most of their money on," Seetharam says in a recent press release. Read more: What can big data do for small startups? For example, he points out, business owners usually analyse historical data to figure out peak and off-peak times for sales, and use...

  • Entersekt CEO on finding the perfect funding partner [video]

    Finding the right investor is a huge step for any startup. As we know by now, nothing comes for free, which means that hauling in the right funding partner should be is as much a capital decision as it is strategic. Ventureburn speaks with Schalk Nolte, the CEO of the authentication startup Entersekt, about finding the right funding partner. He takes us through the early days of Entersekt, when the company finally had a proof of concept and wanted to go to market. Nolte -- coming from a engineering industry -- tapped into his strong network and convinced Ramzi Mansour from...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [30/11/2015]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch 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...

  • Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme 2016 calls for mentors

    The Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP), a supporter of African-owned businesses, is looking for mentors for its inaugural startup programme. The initiative is founded by Nigerian entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropic billionaire Tony O. Elumelu. The Tony Elumelu Foundation launched TEEP in January 2015 and looks to identify and support the growth of 1 000 African-owned businesses annually. This will be achieved with a US$100-million philanthropic programme, which includes the a highly designed framework of training, mentoring, funding, and networking for these startups. The 1 000 entrepreneurs -- from 51 African countries -- chosen for this year's programme went through a 12-week online...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [23/11/2015]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch 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...