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  • MoboFree hits 3.3 million African users, credits success to ‘social first’ approach

    MoboFree, a mobile social marketplace that allows African customers to buy, sell, rent and swap stuff with trusted parties has officially reached 3.3 million registered users after just two years since launch. The bulk of its users are based in Nigeria, followed by Ghana and Zimbabwe. "From the get-go we are a person oriented marketplace. Instead of adding in a social element to our service as an afterthought, we have focused on the social aspect of selling and purchasing from the very beginning and have made it an integral part of the MoboFree experience." – said Neringa Kudarauskiene, CEO and co-founder...

  • Amadeus announces partnership with SAP to improve customer experience

    Global travel distribution system, Amadeus, announced a strategic technological agreement with SAP, which seeks to deliver a cloud-based corporate travel solution, including online booking, expense and mobile capabilities. The new technology partnership will see the integration of SAP Cloud for Travel and Expense solution with Amadeus e-Travel Management. This allows SAP to create a unified user interface with a single end-to-end offering for corporate direct clients and resellers. "We are delighted to be partnering with Amadeus for our first Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) agreement in the travel sector,” said Chris Willcocks, Director of Cloud and Line of Business at...

  • She Leads Africa launches competition to empower tech savvy ladies

    She Leads Africa, an initiative empowering women in the continent's entrepreneurial tech scene, is launching a business pitch competition seeking talented women in West Africa. The platform seeks to connect promising individuals to mentors, business funding and new market opportunities. This is one of many She Leads Africa's programmes that aims to help female entrepreneurs gain business fundamentals, connect to an active business network, and increase their access to financing. With a special focus on -- but not limited to -- tech, the competition will take place in September when it will screen applications across West Africa to identify the top...

  • Evernote competition looks to Africa for new in-house app dev

    African developers, listen up. Popular productivity app Evernote, in partnership with The African Technology Foundations (ATF), has announced that it is searching for talented app developers and designers in Africa who are building amazing products with Evernote API through its Evernote Platform Awards competition. For South African developers, Evernote and ATF will be hosting a Developer Engagement Event on 8 July at the Bandwidth Barn to brief applicants on the competition and selection criteria. The event will also include a presentation from the Evernote team on the Evernote API -- as applicants have to integrate the Evernote platform and open...

  • Lamudi puts a real estate agent in your pocket as it launches Android app

    Africa Internet Holding-backed real estate startup, Lamudi, has launched an Android version of its mobile app. People looking to buy, rent or sell real estate on-the-go in over 28 markets around the globe, now have access to over 400 000 property listings in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. The news follows the roll out of the iOS app which launched last week which is available in a handful of countries. The apps are said to be designed to meet the growing demand for mobile services in developing markets. In Africa and Asia, mobile accounts for more than...

  • Samsung showcases Solar Powered Internet Schools in Senegal

    Less than 25% of Africa's rural areas have access to reliable electricity supplies, says Samsung Electronics. This affects many individual's access to basic services such as education and healthcare. In this light Samsung has launched its Solar Powered Internet Schools Initiative (SPIS) -- independent classrooms that aim to increase accessibility to education and connectivity in remote areas of Africa -- at The Dakar Financing Summit for Africa's Infrastructure, held in Senegal. These SPIS classrooms were actually first launched in 2011 with installations in five African countries namely: SA, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan. The announcement at the summit aimed to...

  • PayPal finally extends services to Nigeria, 9 other emerging markets

    Online payments have picked up steam across the world, but certain countries, mostly due to lack of telecommunications infrastructure and the threat of fraud, have seen the rollout of such services slow to non-existent. This week though, PayPal, one of the world's leading internet payment companies, has officially opened up its services in Nigeria and nine other countries -- markets that according to Reuters, are often fraught with fraud. The full list of countries PayPal is expanding to offers up potentially 80-million new users for the payments giant. The full list includes: Nigeria Cameroon Ivory Coast Zimbabwe Belarus Macedonia Moldova Montenegro Monoco Paraguay Nigeria's 170-million plus population has an estimated 60-million internet...

  • SA businesses should gear up for stricter revised BEE codes

    South African businesses will have to go the extra mile in the next few years to maintain their codes in relation to the Department of Trade Industry's (DTI) Revised Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) plan. Though the business process might become more complex, there are existing tools that can help simplify the process. The BEE plan seeks companies to adhere to certain standards that would see the economic development of those previously disadvantaged under the Apartheid government. Saul Symanowitz, Divisional Manager at Sage Pastel BEE123, says that companies should rethink their approach to Preferential Procurement if they want to avoid dropping empowerment...

  • From gadgets to data: win a business starter kit with Microsoft!

    Still running your business using Windows XP? Or do you just need some equipment to keep you connected? We can help. We've teamed up with Microsoft to give away bundles of software, data and gadgets to help your business move forward. Three winners will receive a prize worth R25 000, containing: A Dell Venue 8 tablet, HP Pavilion x360° notebook, Nokia Lumia 520, plus 3 gigabytes of data per month as well as a Microsoft Office 365 licence How to enter: All you have to do is tweet us @Ventureburn using #GetToModern and tell us what your business would do with...

  • SleepOut embarks on ‘Zanzibar to Lagos African Tour’ to connect with community

    Offering a digital marketplace can be a challenging endeavour -- particularly when it comes to connecting with the very users who populate your platform. With this in mind, African accomodation marketplace SleepOut, which allows users to find, book and offer accommodation, will be touching base with its community of hosts and travellers across Africa on its 'Zanzibar to Lagos African Tour' for a 12-week period starting in June. The SleepOut team, comprising CEO Johann Jenson, CTO Paul Schwarz and Ayako Bertolli (Head of Photography), will visit 10 destinations in sub-Saharan Africa accompanied by travel photographers and "local accommodation experts" to not only...

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