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  • EDGE Campus launches Qurio, plans to disrupt education

    EDGE Campus, the Stellenbosch-based education software startup, has just announced the launch of Qurio-- a free mobile and web product designed to help simplify assessment processes for teachers across the African continent. The product goes live at the 2013 African Education Week. As important as assessment has been in helping educators to better understand how and when to intervene, the process is too often "tedious" and "proves to be a logistical and practical nightmare." According to the startup's research, educators in the Western Cape are spending between 25% and 50% of their time assessing learners in one form or another....

  • Rocket Internet boasts crazy growth for Nigerian Amazon clone Jumia

    German serial web company copiers, Rocket Internet, is reporting that its Nigeria-based Amazon wannabe, Jumia, will move to a new 90 000 sqft warehouse in Lagos which will house 500 employees and "create the largest ecommerce campus in West Africa." Jumnia has now served more than 500 000 customers since its launch, one year ago and is reporting approximately 100 000 unique visitors a day -- making it Nigeria's fourth most visited website according to Rocket Internet (and 18th according to Alexa). The ecommerce site, together with partners Kaymu, Vamido and hellofood, has secured U$35-million in funding from Millicom...

  • Startup Blitz: Dream Mobile, low-cost handsets for the African consumer

    The rising African consumer-market is on the verge of blooming, and waiting to be tapped into. At the center of it all is the mobile device: a vessel that empowers the consumer by connecting them to the internet, and gives them access to the world's information and, let's not forget, (paid) content. Recognising this potential is startup Dream Mobile, a manufacturer of low-cost smart handsets for the African market. Its Dream Phones are packed with functionality and power at a really competitive price. For example its Dream A2 phone retails for R1 699 (around US$169) and sports a similar...

  • Every1Mobile closes R18m angel round, announces 3 million monthly visits

    Every1Mobile (E1M), the company that specialises in building mass audiences via mobile in sub-Saharan Africa, announced that it has raised R18-million in angel investment. The company that runs its core operations from Cape Town, operates nine mobile sites covering education, health, jobs and entertainment aimed at the 15 to 35 age group. E1M, headquartered in the UK was founded in 2010. It uses the power of its mobile-enabled social networks to attract organisations that...

  • The Barn enterprise development programmes entries close today

    Applications for the Bandwidth Barn entrepreneurial course programmes are closing today. The Barn focuses on providing an ecosystem to support both start-up and growth orientated SMMEs in the ICT and Creative sectors by offering business development programmes. The Entrepreneurial Development winter programmes are closing for the June intake and kick-off. The two programmes that now up for grabs are VeloCITI-Y and VeloCITI. VeloCITI-Y is designed for the idea stage entrepreneurs and aims to assist a potential entrepreneur in determining concept feasibility along with your capability in taking that first leap to commit and launch your business. The programme officially...

  • Teen science wizz represents Africa at Google Science Fair

    The Google Science Fair claims to be the biggest online science fair in the world. It's tagline "90 ways to change the world," represents the 90 regional finalists of 2013. Among these, are 16-year-old South African Samantha Heyward who explores the pros and cons of Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation and a Kenyan team which looks if heat and tomatoes can produce electricity. Google's annual Science Fair aims to encourage young scientists and innovators between the ages of 13 and 18 across the globe. Through initiatives like these, Google attempts to foster the "next generation of scientists and engineers." Among...

  • Startup Blitz: Wabona, online streaming service for African film and TV

    The online streaming space is heating up in Africa, fueled by a huge desire for African media content from consumers inside and out of the continent. The latest 'Netflix for Africa' competitor is Wabona - a startup that proudly focuses on Sub-Saharan content, empowering content creators, as well as facilitating a distribution platform for the African diaspora. Wabona is a graduate from startup accelerator 88mph's Cape Town 2013 programme, and was one of the most charismatic pitching teams at its demo day. Mich Atagana spoke to founders Simbarashe Mabasha and Simukayi Makuna about Wabona's subscription model, competitors, licensing issues and the...

  • Startup Stock Exchange: global market for startup investing set to launch

    On 10 June 10, 2013, the Startup Stock Exchange (SSX) will open its marketplace for startup investing and funding. On SSX, investors of any level can buy shares of vetted startup companies, and shares are traded freely -- investors can buy or sell anytime and control their own account. For startups and small businesses, SSX is a compelling way to raise funds. SSX continues the trend of online angel investing, set by services such as Seedrs (UK), SeedInvest and AngelList (US). When SSX opens investors will be able to buy shares in two companies. Underling SSX's parallels with a stock exchange...

  • Samsung Africa reaffirms commitment to education at eLearning Africa 2013

    Samsung Africa reiterated its commitment to battling the education challenges the continent faces by showcasing several solutions at the eLearning Africa 2013 conference. The tech giant also pressed organisations across Africa to reassess the ways in which they can contribute to providing education and skills development to the youth of the continent. “Every company can help in some way to solve the education problems that we are faced with in Africa, which affects all of us and ultimately impacts our future success and sustainability on the continent”, says Ntutule Tshenye, Business-to-Government and Corporate Citizenship Lead at Samsung Africa. “For example, at...

  • Startup Blitz: Zapacab talks taxis and being South Africa’s Uber

    Ever wished you could just snap your fingers and a taxi would magically appear in front of you? Well, a South African-based startup is working on a similar solution: one that involves a smartphone app that lets you 'zap' a cab. Founded by Paul Donner and Rupert Sully, Zapacab is a high-tech taxi-hailing service that allows passengers to request a ride and track the cab's progress towards their location in real time. The startup, which is currently working towards a public launch, is funded by accelerator 88mph and is an African developed mobile service based on a similar model to...