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  • Rising Star Awards announces SA’s finalists in business talent

    The Rising Star Awards recently named its finalists with the goal of highlighting South Africa's top youth in business. There were eleven categories ranging from ICT to Mining & Industrials, with a total of five finalists in each. Laura Barker, MD of BlackBark Productions -- organisers of the Rising Star programme, says, "The Rising Star Programme serves as a platform to recognise and connect young talent who demonstrate exceptional capacity to achieve great success and contribute in an inspirational manner to the future progress of business and society." Barker further explains that the Rising Star Programme will see to further foster...

  • SA devs create innovative stock-tracking app in SunGard Competition

    Last month, more than 500 SunGard developers in 30 cities around the world took part in the SunGard Global Coder Cup. With the aim of creating new tech solutions for the financial service industry, a team from Cape Town was chosen to represent the Sub-Saharan Africa region in the international final. The final round will see additional teams from North America, Europe, Asia Pacific India and North Africa. The Cape Town finalists created an innovative app which allows users to track stock shares that are trending. They did this using tools such as MongoDB, Google Predictions, Twitter Bootstrap and...

  • Jumia opens up online marketplace in Nigeria to empower offline SMEs

    After celebrating its 2nd year anniversary, ecommerce store Jumia Nigeria has now announced the launch of its online Marketplace where third-party merchants can leverage its online presence to sell goods and services. This comes two weeks after it launched the Kenyan equivalent. The Rocket Internet-backed venture says that this marketplace bridges the gap between consumers and access to products. It's one step closer to building Jumia's vision of having a massive impact on the Nigerian economy. The online shopping company has recently partnered with the major telecom MTN and is now operating in Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, Cote d'Ivoire and...

  • My Company – My Startup 2014 to enhance young entrepreneurs’ skills

    My Company - My Startup 2014 is a joint initiative between AIESEC Azerbaijan and AIESEC University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, which aims to enhance entrepreneurship skills among South African students and the greater region. After a successful implementation in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the My Company - My Startup 2014 Project is coming to Cape Town. Selected by a team of eight international professionals, the project will see 60 Bachelor students participate in an intensive three-week entrepreneurship training programme. At the end of the training sessions, students will be divided in four teams and build their own startup companies in...

  • Address discovery startup OkHi dubbed Seedstars Nairobi winner

    Seedstars World startup competition recently concluded OkHi as the regional winner in Nairobi, Kenya. OkHi has developed an app that aims to solve emerging markets' concern by lack of physical addresses, both professionally and personally. Explaining how the OkHi app works (iOS and Android), the site says that you create a free OkHi address on your phone in 30 seconds, then share it securely via WhatsApp, SMS or email, and finally, relax as OkHi does the hard work getting people to you fast. Runners up include mobile music streaming platform BiGxGh and StudySearch, which is a course matching service...

  • Meet SpaceWays, Rocket Internet’s latest startup for all your on-demand storage needs

    The massively popular international tech startup incubator, Rocket Internet, has just dropped a new name onto its list of world-hungry startups, called ShapeWays. SpaceWays is an on-demand storage service that recently launched in London, UK. Rocket Internet says that SpaceWays is perfect for anyone in need of more space -- cheaply and conveniently. For instance, students wanting to store their belongings while on exchange abroad, or people keen to store there winter wardrobe. Moreover, it's looking to get into the business storage space as well. For £6 per month (around US$10), SpaceWays provides customers with a large heavy-duty box...

  • Got apps? Apply for the MTN Business App of the Year Awards before it’s too late

    The popular mobile payment startup, SnapScan, was the overall winner of the MTN Business App of the Year Awards 2013 and was soon acquired by Standard Bank. Entries for this year's Awards will close on Monday 7 July so get your app signed up so you can get free recognition and possible success for your hard work. The core ideas behind the Awards is to promote and celebrate locally developed apps that innovate and solve real world problems. In this way, recognition from the country’s premier app awards can help developers gain market share and respect for their sharp...

  • Stellenbosch University launches Smart Mobility Lab to develop traffic solutions

    There's a lot of room left for R&D in the field of South Africa's transport industry. With a step in the right direction, Stellenbosch University has recently launched its Smart Mobility Laboratory (SSML) that's seeking to establish a platform for the development of innovative, cost-effective solutions within the field of Intelligent Transport Systems. The laboratory will set out to provide outcome-based research which means it's gearing up to develop applications within developing countries that will help understand and remedy issues within the field of intelligent transport. Think new technologies that can be used to help understand and manage congestion...

  • Nigerian hotel booking startup Jovago partners with TripAdvisor

    The Nigerian hotel booking startup, Jovago, has recently partnered up with global travel service TripAdvisor. This partnership will help leverage the massive traffic seen on TripAdvisor while making the travelling options more comprehensive, if not simpler, for those using the service. "TripAdvisor is delighted to partner with Jovago to offer travellers a diverse selection of hotels across Africa," said Adrian Hands, Senior Director, Account Management, EMEA at TripAdvisor. "The partnership helps make booking these hotels as easy as clicking a button, whether travellers are on their desktop or mobile." This partnership means that travellers visiting TripAdvisor's site will gain direct access...

  • 12-year old whiz kid impresses Sanlam competition despite being underage

    Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year seeks out talented entrepreneurs who are striving to become leaders in their respective fields. This year's competition has discovered Sam Berger, a 12-year old computer whiz kid that is developing apps for businesses, among other impressive feats. One such app that Berger has created is a patented geyser app designed for home insurance companies in South Africa. The app uses QR codes to confirm whether geysers are in or out of guarantee. The app, according to the Berger family, could potentially save insurers 25-30-million rand a year. "The app results in the client...