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  • Spark International is calling for 15 savvy change-makers from Kenya, SA

    Spark International is calling for social entrepreneurs from South Africa and Kenya for its 2015 intake. Fifteen entrepreneurs will be chosen to partake in the Spark accelerator for a week either in Johannesburg, South Africa or Nairobi, Kenya. The chosen ventures will then have access to world-class entrepreneurship training, work with other change-makers and ultimately pitch at Demo Day in front of investors, philanthropists and other industry experts. Although the accelerator process only lasts seven days, Spark will continue to support entrepreneurs for three years, which will award them free access to legal, business, graphic design and research support. Through the...

  • The Green Pioneer Accelerator program rewards startups for sustainable ventures

    Green initiatives are plentiful in a world hellbent on preserving the Earth. After all, we don't exactly have another planet to live on if we ruin this one. So naturally, accelerator programs rewarding startups aiming to make our activities on the planet more sustainable have been launched, most notably is the Green Pioneer Accelerator program. Launched a month ago but making waves in the ever advancing industry, the Green Pioneer Initiative aims to reward businesses in the following five fields: alternative energy, energy efficiency, solid waste reuse and effluent treatment, clean water, sustainable agriculture and ecological building. This is great...

  • Rwanda’s Think reveals 4 promising African startups for acceleration

    Rwanda's Think accelerator (brought to the world by mobile network operators Tigo and Millicom), earlier this year called for applications to fill its first batch of African startups. Out of 150 applications, the initiative has finally settled on four exciting tech companies that will be given the chance to scale across the continent. The selected startups have access to US$15 000 in funding, the massive Tigo telecom's networks across the region, mentorship and further training in Kigali, Rwanda. In the announcement, general manager of Tigo Rwanda Tongai Maramba said all the finalists showed tremendous potential: The companies we have selected for Think...

  • Wallettec integrates BitPay for bitcoin PoS integration of SA merchants

    South African Point of Sale (PoS) startup Walletec has announced that it has integrated global bitcoin payment service, BitPay, in an attempt to grow the acceptance of the cryptocurrency in brick-and-mortar retail locations. The blog post stresses that by allowing customers to pay at the PoS, using bitcoin, will increase merchant sales and earnings. It also states that as the currency expands, merchants can earn money on bitcoin sales and save costs by reducing credit card payments. "Wallettec’s mission is to become a single interface point between the PoS or payment solution and any mobile/e-wallet solution," founder of Wallettec, Johan Meyer,...

  • A day at the iHub and a look at Kenya’s startups [Video]

    Kenya's tech space is without a doubt one of the most exciting ecosystems to witness in today's day and age. That's why Ventureburn recently took a trip up to Nairobi, Kenya to get a closer look at what's new and happening. At the center of this tech ecosystem sits iHub -- the meetup place for all technologists, investors and hackers in the area. Among other enthusiasts, Ventureburn Managing Editor Michelle Atagana had a chat with iHub Director of Operations Nekesa Were about what makes Kenya's entrepreneurial spirit so unique. Take a look at this edition of Venture Talk: Haven't...

  • Zimbabwean Wi-Fi startup SaiSai wins SWELL Innovation Award

    Wi-Fi distribution startup Saisai has been announced as winner of the SWELL Innovation Award at DEMO Africa. SaiSai will receive an all-expense paid trip to Silicon Valley as part of the SWELL Innovation Tour, which includes the exclusive participation in SWELL’s intensive soft landing programme in California. The Zimbabwean company provides a bandwidth redistribution wireless mesh network consisting of free access wireless hotspots in public areas, including public transportation. SaiSai explains that many companies have large periods of time when their internet capacity is not being used to full capacity. The startup's technology then uses this wasted data to securely feed extra...

  • Student admin startup Gradesmatch wins Ventureburn Startup Battle

    From B2B recycling through to travel agents and elearning, last week's Social Media Week Johannesburg saw five exciting tech startups go head-to-head for a chance to be crowned the ultimate winner of Ventureburn's Startup Battle. While competition was extremely tough, student administrative startup Gradesmatch was eventually dubbed the winner and walked away with R25 000 sponsored by Ford Motors SA. Apart from the cash prize, the winning company was also awarded a mentoring session with Sage Pastel Managing Director Steven Cohen, as well as some software packages from Sage. Developed by Afri-Acts, Gradesmatch is a mobile system designed to enhance the way in...

  • SA startup ApexPeak secures $23-million deal with Karu Exporters

    Hailing from South Africa and Singapore, ApexPeak recently secured a massive US$23-million deal, further establishing itself as a force to reckoned with. ApexPeak allows cash-strapped SMEs to sell their invoices in return for money. In a bid to take its services beyond the small business space, the company has included insurance clients, as well as South African citrus fruit grower Karu Exporters. The US$23-million export finance deal will see Karu receive monthly disbursements in various currencies until the end of 2014 to help it meet the export demand quicker. Setting itself apart from traditional banks, ApexPeak's partner Aztec claims to...

  • Cape Talk, Talk Radio 702 announce Small Business Awards winners

    The Cape Talk Small Business Awards and Radio 702 Small Business Awards winners have been announced, with leather goods manufacturer Research Unit taking home top honours and the Cape and textbook service Book Express claiming the Gauteng prize. In the Cape, the budding company lead confectionery maker Sweet Temptations Toffees and holiday rental service Perfect Hideaway in second and third respectively. Gauteng saw Scimatics Solutions -- tuition service -- and Tutuka Motor Lab -- an auto body repair centre -- follow Book Express home. Research Unit is a tiny company out of Cape Town, run by a husband and wife team....

  • Over launches Quick: the ‘fastest app’ to add text to photos

    We've covered Over numerously in the past, listing some inspirational uses of its software, but now the Cape Town startup is launching an all new app dubbed Quick -- a free app for adding text to images. Over's eponymous app found acclaim and massive popularity Stateside and allowed creative users to add filters, memorable quotes and tinker with the snap. So far it boasts over 9 million iOS downloads. Quick, as the company (and the name) notes, is more about getting your images out there, quickly. "People put text on photos to accomplish a myriad of tasks; selling things on Craigslist,...

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