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  • Startup Blitz: Ninja Invoice provides quick, agile invoicing system

    This week on Startup Blitz, Mich Atagana chats with Gerhard du Toit and Justin Zwart. They are both co-founders of Ninja Invoice -- a company that provides an invoicing platform aiming to make quoting and invoicing frustration-free. Specifically targeting freelancers and SMEs, Ninja Invoice hopes to stand out from the rest of the competition with its simple and intuitive system. Like ninjas, the invoicing process promises to be quick, and setting-up an invoice or quote is also very customizable for any business. The company prides itself on aiming to be as affordable and easy-to-use as possible. Ninja Invoice offers the...

  • Boost partners with mapIT to further increase mobile marketing in Africa

    Norwegian company Boost Communications today announced a partnership with South African mapping company mapIT. The latter claims that, using innovative mapping technologies, Boost will be able to further improve its mobile marketing and advertising aspirations in Sub-Saharan Africa. mapIT is one of TomTom's divisions that aims to offer businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the globe "high quality digital maps with accurate and extensive coverage of Africa and across the globe". Boost Communications will utilize mapIT LBS (Location Based Server) platform, called deCarta, in order to extend its general range of location services to mobile applications. Account Manager of...

  • Vulcan Labs aims to be a programming tech hub for Western Cape town Somerset West

    Vulcan Labs, a new web and mobile development company based in Somerset West, is positioning itself to aid the local developer community through access to industry expertise. Founder Angus Miller sees Vulcan Labs' role as that of a tech collective or incubator for developers, “We are very excited to be a part of the booming tech scene in the Western Cape and look forward to adding value through workshops, hosting of tech innovation meetings, events and knowledge sharing.” Vulcan Labs specialises in building solutions using programming language Ruby on Rails, a much sought-after platform which allows for a functioning...

  • New online media buying platform sets Africa in its sights

    With rising levels of internet penetration on the mobile continent, the number of Africans accessing the web is growing by the millions. The latest tactic to reach that audience seems to involve a focus on highly connected mobile devices along with a strategy that relies on logical math, not intuition. Newly launched Elastic Media Africa, a platform developed by the South African-based Amorphous Group, is placing its bets on an algorithm which it claims is a first in the country. Its 'real-world algorithm' is designed to combine the available ad space with factors like the desired target audience reach,...

  • Online banking security company Entersekt, wins Frost & Sullivan Award

    Online banking security company Entersekt, has today been awarded the 2013 South African Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Leadership for its innovations in providing easy-to-use and secure mobile banking solutions. Transakt, as its app is called, offers an alternative method to online banking that claims to eliminate fraud and enhance transaction convenience of both the bank and customer. Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Lehlohonolo Mokenela notes that Entersekt has received accreditation from the world's largest payments networks American Express, MasterCard, and Visa and is the first and only company in Africa to earn all three of these certifications....

  • VC4Africa offers African entrepreneurs coaching, investor introductions

    Getting access to Africa's investor network has potentially gotten a whole easier with Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa) and its initiative called Cohorts. The month long (or longer) accelerator programme gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to receive coaching, as well as access and personal introductions to the VC4Africa investor network - potentially Africa's largest network of SME investors - to aid the raising of funds. In what VC4Africa calls a "new opportunity for Africa's most promising entrepreneurs to raise capital" the Cohorts are divided by month. There was the June Cohort (which will still give coaching up to September), but...

  • Startup Blitz: Zomato is a complete restaurant discovery service

    On this week's Startup Blitz we get a peek into Zomato, a restaurant discovery service that recently launched its Cape Town offering. Zomato offers comprehensive information on restaurants listed on its platform including menus, pictures, map co-ordinates, contact details, specials et al -- anything you would need to know before dining at a restaurant. Furthermore there are filters available to users so they can streamline searches down to say restaurants with a bar, or delivery services. You can even filter by cost, location, Wi-Fi and more. Zomato is the most complete online restaurant guide around. Zomato is currently active in eight...

  • HelloFood plans world domination with Brazil success

    More from the Rocket Internet camp, its online food delivery service HelloFood is taking over as a top food delivery service in Brazil surpassing its competitor Jánamesa. The move signals the consolidation of HelloFood as "a leading player in the contested Brazilian market" says Rocket. According to the online business builder, "HelloFood with its affiliated brand foodpanda is the largest group of online food ordering platforms worldwide". HelloFood, together with its affiliate brand Foodpanda, helps restaurants to increase sales through online and mobile platforms (iOS and Android) and provides them with constantly evolving technology and analytics. For consumers, hellofood offers an...

  • Gust Pay launches social currency component to its offering

    Mobile payments startup Gust Pay launched a new version of its Gust Finder app for iOS this week. The app rewards you with a Free Coffee when visiting participating Gust Coffee Club merchants. So here is how the rewards work: simply choose any coffee from the menu when you are within 100 meters of a partner location by showing your Gust Finder deal confirmation screen to the merchant. The app has a map, list and Augmented Reality view to help you discover new coffee shops and restaurants. Shake your device and you'll get suggestions for nearby places to visit. Gust Finder...

  • Startup Blitz: Magnetic is an end-to-end business management platform

    On this week's Startup Blitz we take a look at Magnetic-- the startup that's offering simple tools to manage your business internally. This end-to-end management platform is integrated into your business activities to reduce training costs and increase visibility in your company. Ventureburn's Mich Atagana chats with Magnetic's Jan Pickard, Korak Kuhnert, and Daniel Marcus to give us a better idea of what this startup's all about and where the team currently stands. Currently based in Cape Town, Magnetic's cloud-base management tool will let any business help manage its customers, projects and easily access files, calendar and internal information. Customer...