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  • 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...

  • Silicon Cape, TechWomen aim to showcase ‘pipeline of women tech leaders’

    Silicon Cape, the South African entrepreneurial initiative, will this week host an event organised by TechWomen, an Initiative of the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs aimed at empowering, connecting, and supporting the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East. The event, which is themed “Supporting the Next Generation of Women Tech Leaders”, aims to showcase how organisations in Silicon Cape are developing a pipeline of women tech leaders of the future. As well as the showcase, speakers at the event include the...

  • Jumia partners with First Bank of Nigeria so shoppers can pay in installments

    "Those days of saving up all you had only to buy one single product are over," Jumia boasts. Nigerian ecommerce has always had a knack for being adaptive. Some unique implementations we've seen are cash-on-delivery, the popularity of scooters and the establishment of marketplaces that seeks to bring small merchants online. Nigerian online shoppers can now pay for their products via monthly installments. This comes after the major Rocket Internet-backed Jumia partnered with one of the country's biggest banks, First Bank of Nigeria. The deal is only available to customers with a First Bank Naira Card, though people can still sign...

  • Fintech startup Azimo is tapping into West Africa’s remittance market

    As you may know by now, the remittance scene in Africa is quite a big topic with a bunch of startups both locally and abroad keen to disrupt this space. After the UK-based company raised a nice US$10-million last year, online money transfer startup Azimo just announced that customers across Europe can now send money to recipients in eight West African countries. Michael Kent, CEO of Azimo, explains that, given the increasing rates of immigration, the market is huge: Together these eight countries have a combined population of over 100 million people and GDP of US$80-billion. The World Bank estimates that nearly...

  • Kenya’s M-Kopa wins $1.5M, plans to build university institute

    Solar energy in Africa is really hip and happening. The pay-as-you-go solar energy startup from Kenya, M-Kopa, has just won the 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize worth US$1.5-million. Jesse Moore, Managing Director and Co-Founder of M-Kopa Solar says that the company is soon to power over a million homes living off-the-grid: We are honoured to win the Zayed Future Energy Prize. The prize brings global attention to M-KOPA Solar’s business model, which has brought clean, affordable solar power to 150 000 homes in East Africa in less than three years. We believe that the ‘wireless energy’ revolution is just beginning and...

  • The Green City Startup looking to fund over R1M eco-friendly startups in Jozi

    In partnership with the City of Johannesburg, Resolution Circle and the University of Johannesburg, green entrepreneurs are encouraged to partake in The Green City Startup challenge. And oh boy, will they been keen to do so! Twenty applicants will be selected to receive mentorship from Resolutions Circle and the University of Johannesburg's tech incubator. An awards panel of serial entrepreneurs and distinguished researchers will select eight finalists. Each finalist will receive R250 000, to demonstrate the viability of his or her idea. Ultimately, two winners will be chosen later this year when they will receive R1-million to further their ideas. As you've...

  • Intel, She Leads Africa introduce workshops to empower female entrepreneurs

    In collaboration with the computing giant, Intel, women empowerment initiative She Leads Africa is starting the year off with the introduction of workshops on technology and entrepreneurship in Nairobi, Lagos and Johannesburg. This initiative follows a busy 2014, which saw the organisation take eight women-led startups to pitch at Diaspora Demo Day in the US last year, among other things. Read more: She Leads Africa announces top 10 young women entrepreneurs The first workshop session will be led by Intel, which will focus on building one's minimal viable product. The second session will be led by She Leads Africa and will teach...

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