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Competition

  • Startup competition Seedstars World partners with SA’s Standard Bank

    Global startup competition Seedstars World has announced a strategic partnership with Standard Bank in South Africa. A third time in South Africa, Seedstars World is on a mission to place the spotlight on entrepreneurs from emerging markets. Over the past few years we've seen interesting companies recognised through this initiative like the South African fire detection startup, Lumkani, and mobile payments outfit GustPay. The shortlisted entrepreneurs will pitch in Cape Town 30 June, followed by the final round 17 July in Johannesburg. The winner will be invited to Switzerland in March next year to represent South Africa at the...

  • SA’s fire detection startup Lumkani named finalist in Index Awards 2015

    Lumkani, the South African startup behind the innovative fire detecting device, is a finalist in the globally renowned design competition Index: Award 2015. Lumkani and the other finalists had to meet vigorous criteria to be chosen as finalists. The most important being their strength and creativity in improving people’s lives, as well as their overall rank across the INDEX: Award criteria of form, impact, context. Ranging from body, home, work and play, other finalists include Foldscope by Stanford engineers Manu Prakash and Jim Cybulski, language and text translation platform Duolingo, the Ambulance Drone by Dutch designer Alec Momont, the Google...

  • Enter your app into the MTN Business App of the Year Awards

    Entries for the annual MTN Business App of the Year Awards are now open. This year the awards will be focusing on categories rather than platforms, which is a change to form since the event first started back in 2012. MTN Business's competition has crowned many successful apps over the years, with startups like SnapScan and Wildlife Tracker to the big guys like FNB's banking app, Health ID from Discovery and DStv's Supersport app. Entries for the awards will close on the 26 June and can be submitted on the MTN App of the Year website. The final ceremony will take...

  • Seedstars World coins cinema booking site Moovi Mozambique’s top startup

    Global seed-stage competition for startups Seedstars World has kicked off its African tour in Maputo, Mozambique this week where cinema booking site Moovi walk away as the winning company. The inaugural event covers a total of 50 countries worldwide and managed 11 startups from Mozambique to pitch alongside Moovi. Runner-up Mozambikes provides branded bikes for rural areas while online shopping startup Compra came third. Online booking sites seems to be hot in Africa as of late. This week Nigeria's Hotels.ng announced an international investment worth over US$1.2-million. Moovi will be flown to Switzerland in February 2016 for the final event where it...

  • Major startup event DEMO Africa 2015 extends applications

    The deadline for one of the continent's biggest startup events applications to DEMO Africa 2015 has been extended. The application window which was scheduled to close on 30 May has been extended for a month with the new deadline set for 30 June. The decision to extend the deadline is a result of an upcoming roadshow. These mini DEMO Africa events will offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet with the organisers, to receive feedback on their application and to refine their profiles before the selection committee makes a final decision. The first of these campaigns will be held on the 3 June at...

  • PwC Vision to Reality 2015 is looking for SA’s top up-and-coming companies

    PwC Vision to Reality competition is gearing up for its second programme to help find and promote South Africa's top 10 up-and-coming companies that are tech-enabled. Last year, mobile transacting startup WiGroup walked away as South Africa's top company in the industry. Online security startup Entersekt got second place while animation studio Triggerfish received third prize. Other notable companies in the top 10 were GoMetro, Euphoria Telecom and Mellowcabs. Similar to last year's Vision to Reality competition, the top 10 up-and-coming companies will enter PwC's mentorship programme with access to local and global industry leaders and strategic advisors providing them with...

  • Startups be pitchin': here’s what happened at Sparkup Live 2015

    Another year, another Sparkup Live event. After 100 applications were vetted, five finalists were chosen to pitch in front of an audience of investors. From travel to tyres, the pitchers held their own as they faced Angel investors Ernst Hertzog from Action Hero Ventures, Groupon SA co-founder Wayne Gosling, and Paul Rutherford who's from MIH Internet. The three dragons investors all got first dibs at the pitchers' brains and equity shares, with the audience encouraged to throw swathes of cash whenever they felt confident. Organiser of the event Tracy Gander told Ventureburn last month that the live investment scenario is a...

  • Here are Africa’s 5 Innotribe Startup Challenge finalists

    Fifteen fintech startups from all over Africa just competed for a chance to travel to Singapore later this year where some of them will stand a chance of winning US$50 000 and a hell of a lot of exposure. Only five made the cut. This was the first time the Innotribe Startup Challenge was hosted in Africa. It also happens to be that out of all the countries, the competition received the third most of its applications from South Africa, with the United States and the United Kingdom making up most of the pile. Read more: Innotribe Startup Challenge announces Africa’s...

  • She Leads Africa is looking for entrepreneurs to scale across the continent

    She Leads Africa is again helping drive leadership, commerce and innovation among the continent's savvy women. A second time round, the Entrepreneur Showcase is the female empowerment initiative's flagship that encourages entrepreneurs to compete for US$15 000 in cash prizes, media features in international news outlets, and exclusive meetings with top investors. Specifically, the organisation said in a media release, it's looking for entrepreneurs looking to grow and scale their businesses across Africa Last year, She Leads Africa was also responsible for taking eight women-led startups to pitch at Diaspora Demo Day in the US, among other things. "We decided to...

  • Ghana’s social events startup Suba wins #MWA2015 app competition

    Social events startup Suba emerged as winner of the Mobile West Africa 2015 App Developer Competition recently. Out of five finalists Suba was voted the top app by delegates to the Mobile West Africa 2015 conference held in Lagos, Nigeria. The winning startup got an iPad Air courtesy of appsafrica.com, high-end smartphone from Innjoo and gift card from SureGifts. Read more: SureGifts is Nigeria’s premier gift card startup targeting the corporate world In all, five startups emerged as finalists -- four from Nigeria and one (Suba) from Ghana. Suba pitched first at the final. Founded by Nelson Klutse and Eric Hackman, Suba was...