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  • 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...

  • Efinity competition offers R75k worth ecommerce solution for startups

    Backed by a package worth R75 000, South African ecommerce fulfilment service Efinity is having a competition to help put your business in the cloud within 24 hours. Launched last year by Naspers, Efinity is said to support small and medium businesses, as well as the larger operations. Efinity’s services are currently used by pure play etailers like Spree, but they also enable bricks-and- mortar SA businesses to enable their ecommerce offering. Heading new business development at Efinity is Nic Robertson, who stresses the massive opportunity that ecommerce solutions present to retailers in South Africa: "Never before, have brands and businesses had...

  • WWF SA crowns MellowCabs, WIMT, Leaper Innovate 2015’s Climate Solvers

    Three clever climate friendly startups from South Africa have just been announced the winners of the 2015 South African Climate Solver Awards by WWF SA (World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa). Eco-friendly public transport vehicle startup MellowCabs, public transport app Findmyway by Where Is My Transport (WIMT), and Leaper Innovate's hydraulic energy storage system called Eco MC2 are recognised for their efforts to reduce carbon emissions or boost access to energy. WWF International senior adviser on climate innovation Stefan Henningsson explains that while South Africa shows a history of strong innovation and entrepreneurship, it shows little support for clean-tech innovators...

  • Maverick Awards seeks to inspire youth-driven entrepreneurial revolution in SA

    A second time running, the inaugural Maverick Awards for South African Youth Entrepreneurship Excellence seeks to recognise and acknowledge the success of young, dynamic and innovative entrepreneurs in the country. The award ceremony -- which will take place in early June -- is designed to showcase potential young, high impact–high growth entrepreneurial talent, and provide a platform for new role models that will serve to inspire a youth-driven entrepreneurial revolution in the country. Last year's 21 young finalists have collectively accumulated revenues of R415-million, while having created 647 permanent jobs in their enterprises. Among the 2014 winners were distinguished and adept entrepreneurs: Bevan Ducasse,...