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  • Western Cape seeks to recognise region’s most exciting entrepreneurs

    For a third time running, the Western Cape Premier's Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (PERA) is again looking for the Province's top entrepreneurs. This year, the total value of the prizes for the event has been increased to a total of R1 880 000. Ranging from various categories that include Best Job-Creating Business, Best Emerging Tourism and Best Green Business, PERA seeks to acknowledge and recognise the Province's most exciting entrepreneurs and encourage job creation. The Overall Winner will receive prize money, an overseas trip and an engraved trophy. The 12 category winners will receive prize money and an engraved plaque. The category runner...

  • Study: fewer than half of SA’s SMEs use cloud services

    According to a report by research firm World Wide Worx, the number of SMEs in South Africa using cloud services has jumped 10% since last year, to 39% in 2015. This statistic is expected to increase in the future as more and more businesses start to realise the benefits of online services. Arthur Goldstuck, the MD of World Wide Worx and principal researcher for the SME Survey 2015, says that this is a good sign for companies looking to overcome traditional obstacles: "For the first time, we are seeing a real take-up of cloud services, which indicates that more and more SMEs...

  • CiTi InnoTech incubator calls for SA change-makers

    The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative’s (CiTi) is calling for South African tech startups to apply for its new incubator programme InnoTech. Running from August 2015 to March 2016, InnoTech looks to stimulate the creation of new businesses and support the expansion and growth of existing companies through the uptake of technology and innovation capability. The programme is also looking to attract BEE candidates. However, CiTi reassures that all entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply. The InnoTech programme was first introduced after CiTi entered a multimillion rand partnership with the country's telecommunications giant, Telkom, in May this year. The partnership forms part of the...

  • Pivot East 2015 crowns 5 best mobile startups in East Africa

    Going on its fifth year, regional pitching competition and conference Pivot East 2015 has revealed the top mobile startups of East Africa this week. Ranging from mobile categories in entertainment to enterprise, four of the winning companies hail from Kenya and one from Rwanda. Apart from the recognition, the five winners will receive a 12 months free service of up to 10 000 Kenyan Shillings per month in Angani credits, while all the other finalists will receive a three-month free service for up to 5 000 Kenyan Shillings per month in Angani credits. As listed in the announcement, below are the winning...

  • Nigerian VC fund 440 announces Deal Weekend Lagos

    This August, Nigeria-focused venture capital fund 440 will host a 24-hour event called Deal Weekend Lagos where startups will compete to receive equity investment of between US$100 000 and US$250 000. The event has so far confirmed the following investors: Kresten Buch of 88mph, Chika Nwobi of L5Lab, Elo Umeh of Twinpine Mobile and Bastian Gotter of iRoko. Buch, who's also the co-Founder of 440, explains that the initiative generally looks to support small teams that lack experience and the network necessary to quickly grow their businesses. He adds: "The selected startups will be at the frontier of the evolving mobile/web industry...

  • My Business Expo gears up for small business showcase in Port Elizabeth

    Small business is big business, according South Africa's National Small Business Chamber (NSBC). Committed to supporting SMEs across the country, it's inviting business to showcase and learn about the evolving industry in Port Elizabeth on 13 August at My Business Expo. Aiming to be the largest of its kind in world, the seventh extravaganza of its kind hopes to see thousands of entrepreneurs, small businesses and industry-related players from all over the Eastern Cape. My Business Expo also incorporates Business Start-up Expo, Access to Finance Indaba and My Business Seminars. "There are a host of learning opportunities to be had at the...

  • Efinity case study: how an ecommerce ‘star was born’ in 24 hours

    Like many of us, Angie Mokoena has a passion project that has great potential as a small business. What has been standing in her way is the triad of familiar reasons why more of us don’t convert our great ideas into viable start-ups -- finances, know-how and time. Last year, Angie launched an image consultancy to help others appreciate themselves and enhance their self-confidence. She is a firm believer in beauty on a budget, and that you don’t have to spend vast amounts of money to look great. With her natural flair for design and eye for detail, she hoped to...

  • ZipZap partners with Microsoft to turn your mobile into a PoS solution

    ZipZap, the mobile PoS solution from Paycorp, has partnered with Microsoft Mobile to offer businesses and retailers the ability to accept payments using Windows Phone devices. According to a recent press release, ZipZap's mobile PoS together with a Lumia smartphone will help merchants accept all card payments, issue e-receipts via SMS or email, and view a detailed transaction history via the app or the online merchant portal. Business-to-Business (B2B) lead at Microsoft Mobile Veran Maharaj says that Microsoft is committed to reinventing productivity and business process: Together with Paycorp, we are able to offer businesses a mobile payment solution that is not...

  • Designer marketplace Hello Pretty revamps site for mobile-friendly audience

    South African designer marketplace Hello Pretty has recently relaunched its website geared for the country's mobile-friendly designer folk. Head of strategy and social Lee Geldenhuys explains in a recent media release that the online shop receives over half of its traffic, and that a responsive site simply became a no-brainer. "We look to global ecommerce trends for inspiration, and while over a third of the site visitors are international, we’re most excited to see how South African consumers respond," explains Geldenhuys. Launched in 2012, Hello Pretty has spurred an impressive community of designers, crafters and the like. Today, it boasts over 19...

  • Innovate much? SA Innovation Summit competitions might be just for you

    The SA Innovation Summit is back this year, showcasing some of the country's most exciting talents and ideas in Cape Town. While the eighth event of its kind will host a range of speakers and exhibit the latest innovations from across different industries, it's also inviting inventors, entrepreneurs and companies to pitch their ideas and businesses. There will be two competitions at the SA Innovation Summit this year: The PwC Pitching Den and The Inventors’ Garage. There are two categories for the PwC Pitching Den catering for startups as well as emerging companies with tech-enabled solutions. Startups have a chance to...