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  • Rwanda’s Think tech incubator calls for Africa’s savvy entrepreneurs

    Based in Kigali, Rwanda, and brought to us by Tigo and Millicom, the Think tech incubator has now opened its doors and is looking for savvy entrepreneurs to fill its office space. Selected tech entrepreneurs from across the African continent will undergo a six-month incubation programme that would support the startups in developing their digital solutions. Tigo Rwanda General Manager, Tongai Maramba says, “We are excited to welcome the first batch of talented entrepreneurs at Think. We are calling on tech entrepreneurs across the continent with solid ideas for digital innovation for Africa. Tigo is looking forward to invest...

  • Carmudi zooms in on Africa’s mobile generation with new Android app

    Since it launched mid-2013, Carmudi has shown to be one of Rocket Internet's fastest expanding startups. The online car classifieds startup has launched an app across 17 countries in Africa and the Middle East to leverage some of the world's largest mobile markets. Carmudi lists more than 200 000 vehicles and, through the app, people can browse or buy cars on-the-go. Africa and the Middle-East is often referred to as the fastest growing mobile region. To give you an idea, in Africa and Asia mobile accounts for more than 30% of all internet usage. Carmudi notes that smartphone usage...

  • Scale your ideas with Stellenbosch’s LaunchLab acceleration programme

    Innovation hub, The LaunchLab, is currently looking for participants in its latest entrepreneurial programme starting 21 July and finalising 25 October. Situated in Stellenbosch, South Africa the hub offers a range of programmes and workshops centered around tech and innovation. Entrepreneurs who enter will stand a chance to win R15 000 (US$1 500) and will hopefully gain the essential skills to scale their businesses. Some of the themes covered in the programme include testing the market viability of an idea, building a strong team, choosing a business model, drafting a business plan, and of course, pitching your idea to potential...

  • Rising Star Awards announces SA’s finalists in business talent

    The Rising Star Awards recently named its finalists with the goal of highlighting South Africa's top youth in business. There were eleven categories ranging from ICT to Mining & Industrials, with a total of five finalists in each. Laura Barker, MD of BlackBark Productions -- organisers of the Rising Star programme, says, "The Rising Star Programme serves as a platform to recognise and connect young talent who demonstrate exceptional capacity to achieve great success and contribute in an inspirational manner to the future progress of business and society." Barker further explains that the Rising Star Programme will see to further foster...

  • SA devs create innovative stock-tracking app in SunGard Competition

    Last month, more than 500 SunGard developers in 30 cities around the world took part in the SunGard Global Coder Cup. With the aim of creating new tech solutions for the financial service industry, a team from Cape Town was chosen to represent the Sub-Saharan Africa region in the international final. The final round will see additional teams from North America, Europe, Asia Pacific India and North Africa. The Cape Town finalists created an innovative app which allows users to track stock shares that are trending. They did this using tools such as MongoDB, Google Predictions, Twitter Bootstrap and...

  • Jumia opens up online marketplace in Nigeria to empower offline SMEs

    After celebrating its 2nd year anniversary, ecommerce store Jumia Nigeria has now announced the launch of its online Marketplace where third-party merchants can leverage its online presence to sell goods and services. This comes two weeks after it launched the Kenyan equivalent. The Rocket Internet-backed venture says that this marketplace bridges the gap between consumers and access to products. It's one step closer to building Jumia's vision of having a massive impact on the Nigerian economy. The online shopping company has recently partnered with the major telecom MTN and is now operating in Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, Cote d'Ivoire and...

  • My Company – My Startup 2014 to enhance young entrepreneurs’ skills

    My Company - My Startup 2014 is a joint initiative between AIESEC Azerbaijan and AIESEC University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, which aims to enhance entrepreneurship skills among South African students and the greater region. After a successful implementation in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the My Company - My Startup 2014 Project is coming to Cape Town. Selected by a team of eight international professionals, the project will see 60 Bachelor students participate in an intensive three-week entrepreneurship training programme. At the end of the training sessions, students will be divided in four teams and build their own startup companies in...

  • Address discovery startup OkHi dubbed Seedstars Nairobi winner

    Seedstars World startup competition recently concluded OkHi as the regional winner in Nairobi, Kenya. OkHi has developed an app that aims to solve emerging markets' concern by lack of physical addresses, both professionally and personally. Explaining how the OkHi app works (iOS and Android), the site says that you create a free OkHi address on your phone in 30 seconds, then share it securely via WhatsApp, SMS or email, and finally, relax as OkHi does the hard work getting people to you fast. Runners up include mobile music streaming platform BiGxGh and StudySearch, which is a course matching service...

  • Meet SpaceWays, Rocket Internet’s latest startup for all your on-demand storage needs

    The massively popular international tech startup incubator, Rocket Internet, has just dropped a new name onto its list of world-hungry startups, called ShapeWays. SpaceWays is an on-demand storage service that recently launched in London, UK. Rocket Internet says that SpaceWays is perfect for anyone in need of more space -- cheaply and conveniently. For instance, students wanting to store their belongings while on exchange abroad, or people keen to store there winter wardrobe. Moreover, it's looking to get into the business storage space as well. For £6 per month (around US$10), SpaceWays provides customers with a large heavy-duty box...

  • Got apps? Apply for the MTN Business App of the Year Awards before it’s too late

    The popular mobile payment startup, SnapScan, was the overall winner of the MTN Business App of the Year Awards 2013 and was soon acquired by Standard Bank. Entries for this year's Awards will close on Monday 7 July so get your app signed up so you can get free recognition and possible success for your hard work. The core ideas behind the Awards is to promote and celebrate locally developed apps that innovate and solve real world problems. In this way, recognition from the country’s premier app awards can help developers gain market share and respect for their sharp...

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