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  • Joburg’s JEDI programme wants to educate 1k digital interns this year

    The City of Johannesburg recently held an induction ceremony for the first 250 digital interns of the total 1 000 it plans to train this year under its JEDI (Joburg Educating Digital Interns) programme. Launched in February this year, the coding ninja programme will run over 10 months, offering four months of bootcamp type technical training and six months in-service training within the city and some of the country’s leading digital enterprises. Zolani Matebese, the head of broadband at the City of Johannesburg, says that the City’s investment is significant not only in terms of financial outlay, but that it has...

  • Startup Picnic invites Jozi entrepreneurs for casual get-together

    The South African summer is slowly coming to an end. And in an effort to make the most of the little we have left, the organisers of Startup Picnic have decided to host a little get-together for startups. In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), Startup Picnic is inviting entrepreneurs to its casual networking bash in Johannesburg, South Africa. This follows a successful event last year in November. Read more: Startup Picnic initiative to celebrate GEW with beers and a braai in SA GEW is one of the world’s largest celebrations of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring...

  • Seed Academy offers free two-day course for grassroots entrepreneurs

    Seed Academy, the South African school for entrepreneurs is offering a two-day course for grassroots entrepreneurs in Gauteng, called Roots. Corporates and other businesses are also given the opportunity to support these micro businesses. The course can apparently be customised in different languages and aims to provide micro and small businesses with knowledge of key business principles and insight into what is required to establish and operate a successful company. "Job creation is at the forefront of the government’s mandate. We are helping government achieve their objective by empowering entrepreneurs in both rural and urban areas," says Lara Rosmarin, CEO of...

  • Omidyar Network provides two-year tax grant to Tax Justice Network Africa

    Omidyar Network has announced a two-year grant, worth over US$450 000, to the Tax Justice Network Africa (TJN-A) in order to support the Nairobi, Kenya-based nonprofit's work in promoting equitable tax systems on the continent. Established in 2007, the Tax Justice Network Africa is described as a pan-African initiative that sets out to promote socially just, democratic and progressive taxation systems on the continent. "TJN-A has established itself as the preeminent African organisation working on tax justice on the continent," said Omidyar Network Director, Investments Ory Okolloh in a press announcement. In a mission to raise awareness on tax inequities in African...

  • GIST Tech-I Competition seeking top innovators as deadline approaches

    The South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNSP) is encouraging tech and science entrepreneurs to apply for the annual international GIST Tech-I Competition. The US Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Competition is looking for applicants from 86 countries around the globe, with the aim of helping entrepreneurs with training and mentorship, networking opportunities and access to capital. Last year, David Gluckman from Lumkani -- South Africa's innovative fire-detection startup -- won the overall competition. Mixon Faluweki from Kenya walked away with the award for his idea of charging your mobile phone using a bicycle. Read more:...

  • My Business Expo is calling for all keen SMEs in Johannesburg

    The National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) is gearing up to host its 7th My Business Expo in Johannesburg, South Africa. In an effort to help give small-to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that edge to punch above their weight, the expo will incorporate the Business Start-up Expo as well as the Access to Finance Indaba. The latter will see industry experts deliver growth solutions, ideas and strategies small business need to succeed. “There are a host of learning opportunities to be had at the My Business Expo,” says Mike Anderson, the founder and CEO of the NSBC. "In particular, the range of seminars...

  • Terragon Group to unveil innovative Africa-focused mobile ad tech at MWC

    The major African digital ad agency, Terragon Group, is unveiling its latest technology offering at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain this week. The product will enable advertisers to reach Africa's massive mobile audience, even through non-internet platforms. Called Adrenaline, the technology leverages channels such as USSD based balance enquiry, Call-Me-Back messages, End of Call Notification among others. “We identified that more innovation can be fostered through integration of available non-internet based mediums which we tied to the advert network of one of our businesses, Twinpine Limited," explains CEO Elo Umeh says in a presser. "We combine and integrate...

  • 5 Yuppiechef philosophies you can learn from

    Apart from having found the recipe to build a cult around kitchenware in Southern Africa, the quirky online appliance store, Yuppiechef, is known for its exceptional customer care and cunning culture. From culture to remarkability, Paul Galatis from Yuppiechef speaks about the company's work philosophies key to their success during Creative Spark's Thought Leader Fridays event.

  • MEDO’s startup truck starts off in Cape Town to educate local entrepreneurs

    It's 2015, and MEDO (Micro Enterprise Development Organisation) is back with its mobile office for South African entrepreneurs. Called Treppie, its mobile truck sets out to give entrepreneurs the opportunity to chat with the MEDO team who helps companies achieve their Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment goals. The initiative this year starts its trip in Cape Town where it plans to travel through urban, suburban and rural areas on a mission help smaller and medium South African enterprises to grow. This presents a great opportunity for big businesses to jump start these aspects of their businesses -- especially considering the...

  • CiTi announces Ian Merrington as new CEO

    The Cape Innovative and Technology Initiative (CiTi) -- which is responsible for projects like the Bandwidth Barn and CapaCiti -- has just announced the appointment of former COO Ian Merrington as the new CEO. Merrington has a strong background in advertising and consultancy, as well as being Group Financial Director of BBDO and COO of iKineo. CiTi Chairman Greg Reis notes that “Since its inception in 1998, CiTi has been able to build upon the passion and talents of a number of executives who have each worked towards the vision of developing Cape Town and the region as a global technology...