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  • Nano credit startup MoDe wins Africa stage of IBM Global Entrepreneur

    If you were at Tech4Africa this year, you might already have heard the news. MoDe (Mobile-Decisioning), the Kenyan mobile nano credit startup, won IBM's inaugural SmartCamp in Africa. MoDe's innovative emergency airtime payments solution won over the judges and will now take on competitors in the regional finals of IBM’s Global Entrepreneur of the Year Competition in Sao Paulo in December. IBM will offer support and mentorship to MoDe in the run-up to the competition, as well as exposure to IBM's venture capital and partner ecosystem. IBM's first startup talent scouting foray into Africa adds to the 20 different locations...

  • RIM opens second BlackBerry apps lab in SA, further boosts entrepreneurship

    RIM recently opened its second BlackBerry apps lab in South Africa, this time in Cape Town, and hopes to both accelerate mobile apps development for its own platform and to create new job opportunities in the mobile space. The app economy is real and with RIM estimating four percent more revenue per app/per month than iOS and about 40% more revenue than Android, the BlackBerry platform appears attractive, especially in emerging markets where the smartphone maker has managed to weather its transition to BlackBerry 10 better. The first apps lab was launched at the University of Pretoria (UP), a BlackBerry Authorised...

  • Steeple: the virtual real estate broker

    If you're thinking about selling your house, give Steeple a look. Launched earlier this month, the online estate agency service for South Africans keeps commissions low by cutting out flesh-and-blood estate agents. Sellers send their property details and photos to Steeple and show potential buyers around themselves. Steeple will value the property, market it on online property websites, arrange viewings, obtain feedback, negotiate with buyers, and project-manage the sale -- all without visiting...

  • appening: The SA-born app that lets you know what’s happening

    Geo-location is a becoming a hotly contested space right now. The latest entrant in the space is South Africa's appening, a mobile event app that allows users to keep up to date with local events. The apps targets events to users in their specific areas pushing the information to their mobile phone or tablets. The creator of the app, Dale Amler, reckons "appening answers a question that we have all asked, what is there to do." Amler says the app can be used to find a wide variety of events: appening enables users to find a wide range of events,...

  • With CellSchool Mxit flexes its muscles as an online teaching platform

    Despite the recent turmoil at Mxit, it's good to see the instant messaging service continuing to attract interest from companies involved in South Africa's education sector. A free revision series designed to help this year’s Matrics ace their exams, has been developed on the Mxit platform. ‘CellSchool’, created by the EISH-Team in partnership with the Digital Media and Marketing Agency (DMMA), consists of short video lessons for six key subjects that guide Grade...

  • Howzit MSN partners with Ad Dynamo to help brands advertise in Nigeria

    Howzit MSN is partnering with advertising network Ad Dynamo to monetise its growing traffic in Nigeria. The partnership allows brands to reach Nigerian consumers that frequent Howzit MSN properties. Ad Dynamo now serves more than a billion contextual ads per month across over 28 000 websites. The South African ad-serving company has an extensive footprint in Africa, which made it an attractive partner for Howzit MSN. Howzit MSN, owned by Kagiso New...

  • Design like a machine? Get your original infographic featured on Ventureburn

    Some of the biggest names in tech have... um... interesting beginnings. Motorola was originally the name of a car radio, Facebook started in a dorm room and Google began its life as a research project. Think you can tell their stories better than a boring Wikipedia page? We’re looking for a talented designer to create an original infographic that shows how major players in the tech industry went from hopeful startups to household names....

  • Pitching 101: lessons from a Startup Weekend

    The power of the pitch cannot be denied, and for many entrepreneurs who participated in the recent Startup Weekend Cape Town event, the hard truths about what works and what doesn't hit home. The event is unique in many ways -- most of all is that entrepreneurs and innovators have to convince fellow participants that their idea is a winner, and thereby gain their support and buy-in for an intense 48-hour process to refine these startup ideas. Throughout the weekend the teams have the opportunity to develop and hone their business concepts with mentorship from seasoned industry experts. One such expert...

  • IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program extended to South Africa

    This is big. IBM South Africa today confirmed that its Global Entrepreneur Program will for the first time, be extended to entrepreneurs in South Africa. Startups that are privately held, have been in business for five years or less and are actively engaged in developing a software based product or service, are being called on to sign up for this global initiative. “The Global Entrepreneur Programme is focused on helping early stage entrepreneurs to capture emerging business opportunities, especially in fast growing industries such as energy, utilities, healthcare and telecommunications. We are looking to convert startups to speed-ups by providing...

  • Jump Shopping is now uAfrica.com, widens eCommerce scope

    Jump Shopping, the popular South African comparative shopping service, has been rebranded as uAfrica.com The company has been operating in the eCommerce space since 2004 and aims to cover all aspects of eCommerce. This includes price comparison through uPrice.co.za -- essentially a rebranded version of Jump Shopping -- as well as friendly domain name registration and management services through uWeb.co.za -- uAfrica.com is an accredited co.za domain registrar with Uniforum South Africa. The...