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  • Anzisha Prize 2014 calls for entries to promote Africa’s young entrepreneurs

    In an effort to uncover and nurture Africa's best young entrepreneurs, entries for the Anzisha Prize for 2014 has opened this week. The competition is part of a bigger picture to group organisations and media brands all over the continent and find, celebrate and support the most innovative social and business entrepreneurs younger than 22. Hosted by the African Leadership Academy and in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, the Anzisha Prize has been celebrating initiative and innovation for the last three years. Finalists this year will share a total cash prize of US$75,000 and will also join the Anisha...

  • WeChat partners with DStv to drive second screen user engagement

    Social messaging app, WeChat, has partnered with South Africa's popular satellite television service, DStv, to further user engagement using methods such as second screen integration of the local reality TV show Big Brother Mzansi Secrets. This is part of the Tencent-owned company's mission to take over South Africa's Instant Messaging (IM) scene and live up to the claim of being the world's fastest growing social app. WeChat has been extensively pushing its service in and around South Africa recently. Though it likes to distinguish itself from other IM services as an all-in-one unique social app, WeChat is competing with...

  • Meet the 7 finalists fighting for $20K in Nigeria’s TechCabal Battlefield

    There's nothing like a good contest right? From hackathons to code jams, many young bright programmers and entrepreneurs love to fight it out for a top prize and bragging rights. For the up and coming in Nigeria, there's a new contest on the block from TechCabal -- the first ever TechCabal Battlefield, where the next wave of tech entrepreneurs will compete for "the biggest Nigerian technology startup prize ever -- US$20 000, courtesy of Stanbic IBTC Bank and iROKING." The competition started with 92 startup applicants (all of which could not be older than two years) that were reduced to a...

  • Rocket Internet continues its African onslaught with Jumia Uganda

    Jumia, the Rocket Internet-driven "Amazon for Africa," today announced that it will extend its services to Uganda. Jumia also operates in Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, and the Ivory Coast. As with these countries, Ugandans can order goods and pay in cash once the items have been received -- "a made for Africa" method which is called ‘Cash-On-Delivery’ (COD). Co-founder of JUMIA, Jeremy Hodara says that after launching in other North, East and West African territories in less than one and a half years, the company "saw the same potential" in Uganda. Jumia's growth has been remarkable. Midway through last year, the...

  • U-Start competition calling all SA entrepreneurs to action

    Are you a South African startup seeking some international exposure? This might be for you. The U-Start Business Plan Competition, which will be taking place in Italy, aims to match cross-border investment groups with startups from Southern and Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa. It's basically like the ultimate high-profile dating company for entrepreneurs, VCs and the like. Three small companies will be chosen to represent Africa at the event in May this year, and you could be one of them. Don't want to miss out on all the fun, listen up. The local U-Start Business Plan Competition will...

  • The Bandwidth Barn entrepreneurship training targets post matrics

    Unemployment remains a huge problem in South Africa. For the youth of the country -- specifically those leaving school -- entrepreneurship can offer opportunities where there were none before. This is the idea behind the latest programme to come from Cape Town-based tech incubator The Bandwidth Barn. The new three-day programme, called the Post Matric Entrepreneurship Skills Training Programme, is geared towards unemployed "school leavers," and aims to empower them with entrepreneurial skills so that they can forge their own future. The objective is to not only give unemployed matrics the skills and opportunity to create their own employment and...

  • IBM study identifies African businesses’ need to adopt technology

    A recent study by IBM titled Setting the pace in Africa: How IT leaders deliver on the potential of emerging technologies has revealed that 36% of businesses in Africa could be considered as prioritizing and rapidly adopting technologies. This forward-thinking approach to business is crucial for Africa's future economic growth, it argues. The survey looked at 180 Africa-based IT leaders across 29 industries in countries such Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Morocco. This gives us a bird's eye view of what the current playing field of business and technology in Africa looks like. Though certain industries are expected...

  • Tech4Africa joins XooXity to create first SXSW-like tech festival in South Africa

    SXSW, the annual music, film and interactive conference and festival has long been the pinnacle of live shows combining the arts. Getting to Austin, Texas though, is not always possible, financially and logistically. That's why XooXity (pronounced Zoo City) is joining forces with the already established Tech4Africa conference to bring all the glory of a multi-genre, electronic mashup festival, with a tech twist, to South Africa. Named after the book Zoo City by Lauren Beukes, XooXity will have multiple music stages, state of the art stage design, visuals, installation art, film and other creative elements to accompany the tech conference,...

  • Zando celebrates 2nd birthday, records over 1.5-million site visits monthly

    One of South Africa's leading ecommerce stores and arguably the country's most popular online fashion shop, Zando, is today celebrating its birthday and showing off two years of impressive growth. Since launching in 2011, the Africa Internet Holding affiliate is ranked number five in the Google Zeitgeist ranking of SA brands in 2013 together with other popular local ecommerce brands such as OLX and competitor Spree. Today, Zando offers over 20 000 products online with more than 1.5-million site visits per month. Zando delivers fashion accessories directly to customers' doorsteps with secure online payment options or Cash-On-Delivery (COD) in...

  • PayGate wants to simplify online retailers’ security and payment solutions

    Whether small or big, your online business is always susceptible to fraud or data breaches. As a report suggested last year, cyber attacks don't discriminate. Security rules and regulations have thus become more strict over the years and cumbersome for many businesses. PayGate is one of those payment services that sits on the right side of the security fence that wants to simplify this aspect of running a business. Quite often overlooked, Harvey explains why having a secure online payment solution is necessary. Businesses have to adhere to certain standards and practices specified by the Payment Card Industry Data...

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