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  • Startup Blitz: Supernice on improving brands’ digital engagement

    "Innovate. Touch. Create." are the words that Supernice stands for. While aiming to create "not just another app," the startup wants to create fun, engaging and rewarding brand experiences. Our new Startup Blitz, puts Supernice founder Daren Fuchs under the spotlight. Simply put, the startup promotes better user engagement for brands to connect the online with the offline world. This is done by designing digital widgets ranging from web, mobile to touch and gesture-based applications focused on improving interactive digital experiences. So far Supernice's portfolio includes applications for Adidas and The Bubbleheads as well as an environmental awareness iPad game called POP...

  • MEDO offers ‘trip-of-a-life-time’ to ICT entrepreneurs

    Between MEDO(Micro Enterprise Development Organisation) and BT (British Telecom) Global Services, 11 entrepreneurial businesses have the opportunity to get training as well as exposure to business and investment partners at the International Trade Programme this November. Entrepreneurs, who have small businesses operating within the Information, Communication and Technology sectors, are invited to apply for the next International Trade Programme. All entries will be evaluated and the selected entrepreneurs will be placed on the programme. Those who triumph during ‘bootcamp’ will go on the next trade visit to the UK in November 2013. Apart from exposure and the "trip-of-a-life-time," chosen applicants...

  • Startup Blitz: OrderIn, online food ordering made simple [Video]

    It's 9pm. You're in a lazy mood, but you're hungry. You don't know what to get. You could get the tried and tested pizza from down the road that you love so much, or the budget gatsby from around the corner. But you're not feeling either, you're stumped. In a haze of confusion you revert to habit and start dialing the pizza-place, but then you remember about that online food ordering service you saw on Ventureburn - OrderIn - and everything changes. You go to the website and type in your address. You see that the gatsby shop is...

  • Microsoft 4Afrika included in Obama’s Washington Fellowship programme

    During US president Barack Obama's visit to South Africa last weekend, he announced the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. This fellowship is the new flagship programme under the president’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Part of this programme is Microsoft's 4Afrika initiative, which offers internships across the continent. The Washington Fellowship initiative is an annual programme and will commence next year and will put more than 500 young African leaders through leadership training and mentoring in the United States. This will "also create unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to use their new skills to propel economic growth and...

  • Jobs portal SEEK pumps $20-million into Private Property’s classifieds empire

    Australian jobs portal SEEK has invested US$25-million (R205.53-million) in One Africa Media (OAM), previously named Private Property Holdings. The deal will help the South African-based classifieds company expand its operations in Africa. A significant portion of the group is owned by Tiger Global Management, the New York-based venture capital fund that already partners with SEEK in other ventures across Asia and Latin America. OAM is best known for its Private Property real...

  • Mobile Payment Solution ‘Flous’ to hit Egypt, world’s first Arabic mobile wallet

    MasterCard, National Bank of Egypt (NBE) in conjunction with mobile network Etisalat, are bringing the mobile payment wallet, "Flous" to Etisalat Egypt's subscribers. Using the Etisalat network, Flous can be deployed on any mobile phone and is being rolled out in phases. Phase one allowing subscribers to transfer money between each other, to load cash onto their phones or take cash out at either Etisalat branches (over 100) or over 300 NBE branches. “Etisalat connects people from around the world, and we have developed some of the world’s most advanced networks by constantly adding value to the infrastructure. Mobile phones can...

  • Startup Blitz: TaxTim, a helping hand to simplify filing your tax return online

    Tax season is upon us once again. For many South Africans this means wading through daunting SARS IRP5 forms all the while hoping we are filling them out correctly. For others, it means paying a professional to do this for them, at a nominal fee of course. Enter TaxTim, a simple, fast and convenient way to file your income tax return online, all with step-by-step help from the little man himself: Tim. Asking you one question at a time in "plain language", TaxTim helps you complete your SARS forms for the small fee of R199. TaxTim is the brainchild of South African...

  • wiGroup: the total mobile POS package

    Mobile payments and transactions is a huge market, especially in South Africa and Africa where people are more likely to have an internet-connected phone than a credit card. The number of apps that facilitate transactions is staggering. Because of this, entering the space is tough for any competitor. Taking this into account, one company is trying to drive innovation rather than join the noise by creating a platform that links apps to retailers. This is wiGroup. Calling itself a mobile technology business, wiGroup is bridging the gap between retailers and app developers with a platform that connects them at the...

  • Venture Talk: Is innovation in Africa good or bad?

    Innovation in Africa -- good or bad? In our first Venture Talk, Mich Atagana chats to Sarah Rice, Head of Communications at Mxit, Rapelang Rabana, founder of Yeigo Communications, and Brett Commaille, co-founder and CEO of AngelHub about the current innovation scene in Africa. The group's discussion looks at what role the current innovation hype plays in Africa's startup scene. Generally, Africa's startup industry is still young and full of excitement. Is it...

  • EDGE Campus launches Qurio, plans to disrupt education

    EDGE Campus, the Stellenbosch-based education software startup, has just announced the launch of Qurio-- a free mobile and web product designed to help simplify assessment processes for teachers across the African continent. The product goes live at the 2013 African Education Week. As important as assessment has been in helping educators to better understand how and when to intervene, the process is too often "tedious" and "proves to be a logistical and practical nightmare." According to the startup's research, educators in the Western Cape are spending between 25% and 50% of their time assessing learners in one form or another....