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  • 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...

  • GoMetro launches in Eastern Cape, brings relief to commuters

    As promised, GoMetro is rolling out its traveller information system to railway commuters in the Eastern Cape. The Cape Town startup has a partnered with Metrorail Eastern Cape to become a digital resource for the 40 000 train users of East London and Port Elizabeth. GoMetro's service delivers train schedules, updates, announcements and other important information to commuters' mobile phones. Commuters can also access a trip planner, fare calculator as well as general...

  • Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs get special fundraising opportunity

    Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa), the large African entrepreneur and investor community, launched an opportunity for promising African entrepreneurs to raise capital. Entrepreneurs selected to be a part of VC4Africa's June 2013 Cohort will receive three months of targeted coaching, personal introductions to angel investors and principals at key investment firms. Application closes Wednesday 12 June and selected entrepreneurs will be announced on Wednesday 19 June. Entrepreneurs who apply must have a solid...

  • Googler Ory Okolloh joins Omidyar Network in support of government tech

    Omidyar Network today announced that Ory Okolloh has joined as a director, investments within the philanthropic investment firm's government transparency initiative. Okolloh will help drive the organisation's work that supports innovative tech organisations focused on providing information and tools to citizens, so they can participate in the governing process. Okolloh was formerly a policy manager for sub-Saharan Africa with Google and co-founder and executive director of Ushahidi, the open source project which allows users to crowdsource crisis information. "Ory is a well-established leader in the technology and transparency communities," said Omidyar Network Partner Stephen King. "She will help spur Omidyar...

  • 88mph leverages BlackBox Connect to pull in serious and global entrepreneurs

    Seed accelerator 88mph isn't content just offering entrepreneurs funding and mentorship with its upcoming three-month acceleration programme in Nairobi. Now its sweetening the deal for startups who apply before 31 May with a chance to visit Silicon Valley for two weeks. One lucky startup will participate in the Blackbox Connect Summer 2013, a two-week "immersion" programme for founders based outside of the USA taking place from 15-26 July in Atherton, California. The programme is effectively an exchange: startups live and collaborate with other entrepreneurs from around the globe while based in the Atherton mansion. The two weeks will be chock full...

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