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  • Evernote competition looks to Africa for new in-house app dev

    African developers, listen up. Popular productivity app Evernote, in partnership with The African Technology Foundations (ATF), has announced that it is searching for talented app developers and designers in Africa who are building amazing products with Evernote API through its Evernote Platform Awards competition. For South African developers, Evernote and ATF will be hosting a Developer Engagement Event on 8 July at the Bandwidth Barn to brief applicants on the competition and selection criteria. The event will also include a presentation from the Evernote team on the Evernote API -- as applicants have to integrate the Evernote platform and open...

  • Lamudi puts a real estate agent in your pocket as it launches Android app

    Africa Internet Holding-backed real estate startup, Lamudi, has launched an Android version of its mobile app. People looking to buy, rent or sell real estate on-the-go in over 28 markets around the globe, now have access to over 400 000 property listings in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. The news follows the roll out of the iOS app which launched last week which is available in a handful of countries. The apps are said to be designed to meet the growing demand for mobile services in developing markets. In Africa and Asia, mobile accounts for more than...

  • Samsung showcases Solar Powered Internet Schools in Senegal

    Less than 25% of Africa's rural areas have access to reliable electricity supplies, says Samsung Electronics. This affects many individual's access to basic services such as education and healthcare. In this light Samsung has launched its Solar Powered Internet Schools Initiative (SPIS) -- independent classrooms that aim to increase accessibility to education and connectivity in remote areas of Africa -- at The Dakar Financing Summit for Africa's Infrastructure, held in Senegal. These SPIS classrooms were actually first launched in 2011 with installations in five African countries namely: SA, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan. The announcement at the summit aimed to...

  • PayPal finally extends services to Nigeria, 9 other emerging markets

    Online payments have picked up steam across the world, but certain countries, mostly due to lack of telecommunications infrastructure and the threat of fraud, have seen the rollout of such services slow to non-existent. This week though, PayPal, one of the world's leading internet payment companies, has officially opened up its services in Nigeria and nine other countries -- markets that according to Reuters, are often fraught with fraud. The full list of countries PayPal is expanding to offers up potentially 80-million new users for the payments giant. The full list includes: Nigeria Cameroon Ivory Coast Zimbabwe Belarus Macedonia Moldova Montenegro Monoco Paraguay Nigeria's 170-million plus population has an estimated 60-million internet...

  • SA businesses should gear up for stricter revised BEE codes

    South African businesses will have to go the extra mile in the next few years to maintain their codes in relation to the Department of Trade Industry's (DTI) Revised Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) plan. Though the business process might become more complex, there are existing tools that can help simplify the process. The BEE plan seeks companies to adhere to certain standards that would see the economic development of those previously disadvantaged under the Apartheid government. Saul Symanowitz, Divisional Manager at Sage Pastel BEE123, says that companies should rethink their approach to Preferential Procurement if they want to avoid dropping empowerment...

  • From gadgets to data: win a business starter kit with Microsoft!

    Still running your business using Windows XP? Or do you just need some equipment to keep you connected? We can help. We've teamed up with Microsoft to give away bundles of software, data and gadgets to help your business move forward. Three winners will receive a prize worth R25 000, containing: A Dell Venue 8 tablet, HP Pavilion x360Ā° notebook, Nokia Lumia 520, plus 3 gigabytes of data per month as well as a Microsoft Office 365 licence How to enter: All you have to do is tweet us @Ventureburn using #GetToModern and tell us what your business would do with...

  • SleepOut embarks on ‘Zanzibar to Lagos African Tour’ to connect with community

    Offering a digital marketplace can be a challenging endeavour -- particularly when it comes to connecting with the very users who populate your platform. With this in mind, African accomodation marketplaceĀ SleepOut, which allows users to find, book and offer accommodation, will be touching base with its community of hosts and travellers across Africa on its 'Zanzibar to Lagos African Tour' for a 12-week period starting in June. The SleepOut team, comprising CEO Johann Jenson, CTO Paul Schwarz and Ayako Bertolli (Head of Photography), will visit 10 destinations in sub-Saharan Africa accompanied by travel photographers and "local accommodation experts" to not only...

  • DEMO Africa competition extends application deadline for startups

    Your startup still has time to enter the DEMO Africa competition. One of Africa's biggest startup pitch events is keeping its application process open for another week from 15 June to 22 June. The annual event last year saw over 500 applicants of which 40 were chosen to pitch at the conference. Executive producer Harry Hare explains why DEMO Africa has decided to extend the application deadline. "From experiences, there is always a last minute rush by start-ups to comply. By extending the deadline, we want to give more time for innovators to ensure that their efforts do not...

  • IBM seeks Global Entrepreneur of the Year through its exclusive SmartCamps

    The IBM Global Entrepreneurial Initiative has been gaining traction in Africa over the last three years. The goal of the initiative -- comprising the IBM Global Entrepreneur Programme and SmartCamps -- is to build relationships with quality startups and ultimately help accelerate them to market in a quick, cost effective manner while boasting a sustainable and profitable business model. 2014 is set to be IBM's biggest so far. The IBM Entrepreneurial week was held online and in over 40 locations around the world and was a success according to the company, including both face-to-face and virtual mentoring sessions, as well as...

  • AfroCab launches mobile taxi-hailing platform in Nigeria

    This is somewhat surprising, there's another taxi app making a play on the African continent, this time specifically in Nigeria, and the app's name is AfroCab. Not dissimilar to Tranzit or EasyTaxi, AfroCab offers commuters a way to call for a cab with the push of a button on their mobile phones. Interestingly, users can set their own price prior to calling for the cab, to which the app suggests a fare that most closely matches the request. There are no payments made through the app, but rather AfroCab works on a cash-basis, so commuters simply pay the driver at the...