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  • What you need to know about investing in tech startups

    There are plenty of innovative technology startups out there offering incredible opportunities for investors. Despite this, the profits generated by such startups are not always guaranteed, and neither is their success rate. Thus, when an investor thinks of investing in these startups, a wide array of factors will need to come into play. These include the expertise of the founder as well as the scalability of the startup. Figuring that out may seem like tedious work, but it is much better than burning your money in a startup that will prove to be unsuccessful. Expertise, Network and Skill set of...

  • MMI Holdings’ Exponential Ventures, Anthemis Group to invest in financial wellness startups

    This is interesting. MMI Holdings (MMI), together with advisory firm Anthemis Group (Anthemis), on Thursday announced a partnership that will see it pump millions of Euros into financial wellness startups around the globe. MMI has provided the initial €30-million (± R520-million) commitment while leaving room for other likeminded firms to join the initiative. The investment partnership will operate on the principle that by supporting companies that improve the financial wellness of individuals and SME’s, investors can achieve ‘profit with purpose’ and help to create a prosperous and inclusive global growth economy. To that end, the partnership’s investment will primarily...

  • Airbnb for home dining raises seed funding to build up its global community

    Singapore-based BonAppetour, an ‘Airbnb for home dining’, has raised a seed round worth US$500 000, it announced today. The investment comes from entrepreneur and investor Wong Toon King and telecommunications infrastructure contractor firm Prasetia Dwidharma. BonAppetour helps travellers find local hosts who invite them to enjoy home-cooked meals. It adds an online social layer to having people over for dinner and gives visitors a chance to connect with a local culture through food and hospitality. The startup was founded in 2013 and started building a community in tourist havens across Europe, such as Paris, Rome, and Barcelona. The team curates its...

  • BREAKING: New VC fund hits SA tech space

    The South African venture capital (VC) space is heating up, with the latest entrant, Niveus Ventures, announced on Tuesday. The entrepreneur-led fund is backed by Niveus Investments, a subsidiary of Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI:Johannesburg), and is aimed at African tech startups looking to go global. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the fund will provide entrepreneurs with financing that fills the gap between angel funding of less than R1 million, and capital from listed firms or private equity groups that range between R100 - R200 million, which is typically difficult for a younger business to secure. Heading up the team...

  • Entrepreneurs, investors: innovating and funding startups in SA

    A recent panel, entitled Unleashing Entrepreneurial Innovation in South Africa, at the Road to the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, yielded some interesting remarks from its participants about SA startups, entrepreneurs, and investors. The panel consisted of moderator Nic Haralambous, founder of Nicharry; Greg McDonald, fund manager at Edge Growth; Ian Merrington, CEO of Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi); Antonia Norman, CEO of Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship; Toro Orero, managing partner at Draper Dark Flow. Innovation and copying in SA Haralambous posed the first question to the rest of the panel, asking there are a lot of innovative ideas and if funding...

  • 10 things we just learned about the Berlin startup scene

    Berlin is one of Europe's startup hot-spots and is often held up as an example of the cool and at-ease-with-itself contemporary Germany likes to project. That's all well and good. Being home to large number of startups can give you serious kudos as a city. After all, entrepreneurship is key to building a country's future. But what about the people who work at those startups? What kind of salaries are they earning? How do they feel about the positions they're in? And do they face similar problems to people in other startup hubs around the globe? Well, thanks to a...

  • MoveThisStuff: the startup helping you find the right mover for your budget

    Moving, whether it's down the road or to the other side of the country, can be pretty damn stressful. Quite aside from the pain of leaving somewhere you may have come to regard as your home, there's the hassle of finding movers who'll treat your stuff with respect. One company trying to make the second of those things a little easier is MoveThisStuff. Headquartered in Johannesburg, the startup helps people find movers based on factors including how far they're moving, what kind of stuff they're looking to move, and what kind of movers they're looking for. Once they've put...

  • Entrepreneurs, want a high-funded crowdsourced product? Make a board game

    Over the past decade or so, board games have been making a serious comeback in the mainstream. These aren't your typical Monopoly or Cluedo titles, which is now a cliche to say, but in-depth, strategic, and beautifully crafted products of enjoyment. Looking at the list of most-funded projects on crowd-funding website Kickstarter yields some interesting results. Sure, there's a range of electronics, video games, and even music, but in between those are board games. Those collections of cardboard and plastic tokens can net you a tidy funding amount. You many have an 'original idea' for one; maybe it'll be the next...

  • Internet Solutions launches startup package

    Pan African telecoms service provider Internet Solutions recently announced the launch of IGNITE, a suite of technology solutions specifically aimed at startups. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the IGNITE package allows smaller, up-and-coming companies access to ICT infrastructure which rivals that afforded by big business. This infrastructure, it says, includes fast, easy, and affordable access to internet, billing, employee management and communications services. With the right digital tools, we believe that SMEs can be just as efficient, connected and productive as corporates with large ICT budgets, if not more so,” says Tony Koutakis, Executive Head: IGNITE....

  • This app is bringing on-demand home repair to Cape Town

    There's not much you can't get on-demand these days: taxis, take-out, flowers and now -- thanks to freshly launched app -- home repairs. Called getTOD, the app aims to service homeowners looking for a quick, safe and reliable way to find repair serviceman, such as plumbers, electricians or locksmiths. A bid to become an Uber of the home repair space, getTOD claims to connect users with service providers who meet their particular need using location based tracking and supplier availability in real time. This, it says, removes the need to waste time searching the internet or a telephone directory...