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  • Special Podcast #16: Matthew Buckland in conversation with Vinny Lingham

    Earlier this week, Burn Media publisher Matthew Buckland and serial entrepreneur and investor Vinny Lingham joined forces for a fireside chat hosted by the Silicon Cape Initiative. The event, titled "Silicon Cape to Silicon Valley", was wide-ranging, covering everything from the opportunities available to startups in trying economic times and why the Western Cape is home to so many more startups than the rest of South Africa to what Lingham looks for when it comes to investing in a company. If you missed the event, don't worry. We've got your back. Ventureburn was on-hand to record the talk, which you can...

  • Incubator on the hunt for hot, black-owned startups in the Western Cape

    New Generation Mindset (NGM), a Johannesburg-headquartered enterprise development and social economic development consultancy, has put out a call for black-owned tech startups to join its incubation programme in the Western Cape. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, NGM isn't interested in quick-fix solutions. Instead, it says, you will find "a group of committed individuals dedicated to growing startups and developing sustainable enterprises in South Africa". Read more: The Creative Counsel incubator to support transformation in SA "Whilst funding is key for most start-ups, the group says, "without the necessary business knowledge, support and training, chances of survival...

  • Vinny Lingham, Matthew Buckland to chat ‘Silicon Cape to Silicon Valley’

    On Monday, 7 March Gyft founder and Dragon Vinny Lingham will join publisher and agency head Matthew Buckland for a fireside chat hosted by the Silicon Cape Initiative. The event, titled "Silicon Cape to Silicon Valley" will cover Lingham's entrepreneurial journey from his days as co-founder of companies such as Clicks2Customers and Yola, to his recent successes in Silicon Valley with the likes of Gyft, which he sold for a reported US$50-million and Civic, his new data protection service, which just raised US$2.75-million. As a co-founder of Silicon Cape who has also made it big in Silicon Valley, Lingham is uniquely...

  • i-Pay, PayU roll out new EFT system to SA online stores

    Online payment gateway i-Pay and Naspers-owned payment solution PayU's collaboration is rolling out to online stores. Named PayU EFT Pro, the service will be available to online stores who utilise PayU as a payments gateway. The two companies partnered in September last year in order to create automated EFT solutions for the online SA market. Clients who utilise this feature will make an EFT payment via their bank's online portal; the funds will then be paid directly into the merchant's bank account. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, i-Pay "guarantees the highest level of security when paying online," which should be an attractive feature...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [29/02/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • City of Joburg puts up R5m for community-changing startups

    The City of Johannesburg has, for the second year running, put up R5-million worth of startup support as part of its backing for the #Hack.Jozi Challenge. The challenge -- which acts a boot camp for startup entrepreneurs and aims to contribute towards fostering skills, innovation and entrepreneurship in the digital technology space -- comes out of partnership between the city and Wits University through the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE). “We aim to accelerate visionary entrepreneurs in the ICT sector," says Ravi Naidoo, Executive Director for Economic Development for the city. "This is important because ICT is central...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [22/02/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [15/02/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [08/02/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • 23 tips to guide you through your next VC deal [Infographic]

    Raising capital is often seen as one of the biggest challenges startups have growing up. And rightfully so, getting your hands on runway capital is tricky business, though it doesn't have to be. Y Combinator founder Paul Graham once jotted down the top characteristics of venture capitalists, coining it the Hackers Guide to Investors. Although Graham's pointers are nearly a decade old, he does make a few good ones you can take learn from. For instance, he explains that while money is important, it's not as important as the expertise that comes with it. "What separates the great investors from the...