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Competition

  • Meet South Africa’s 12 selected startups for Seedstars World 2015

    After rounding up Cape Town's top five tech startups earlier this month, global startup competition Seedstars World will host a total of 12 exciting tech companies from around the country. The event will take place on 17 July and the companies will pitch for a chance to travel to Switzerland, where they will compete for up to US$500 000 in equity investments at the Seedstars World final event. South Africa is the only country where Seedstars World is hosted in two cities. Gregory Pepper who's the initiative's regional manager for Africa explains why: After identifying the best entrepreneurs from the Western Cape,...

  • These are the 11 startups from Cape Town to pitch at Seedstars World

    Renowned startup competition Seedstars World kicked off its African chapter in Maputo, Mozambique last month. Cinema booking site Moovi walked away with a ticket to Switzerland where it will stand a chance of winning up to US$1.5-million in investments. This week, it's up to South Africa's Cape Town to show the world what it's startups are made of. The 11 startup teams from Cape Town will pitch 30 June after which five will be invited to Johannesburg to compete against the top companies from Johannesburg at the grand final for South Africa 17 July. Regional manager for Africa Marcello Schermer says...

  • Innovate much? SA Innovation Summit competitions might be just for you

    The SA Innovation Summit is back this year, showcasing some of the country's most exciting talents and ideas in Cape Town. While the eighth event of its kind will host a range of speakers and exhibit the latest innovations from across different industries, it's also inviting inventors, entrepreneurs and companies to pitch their ideas and businesses. There will be two competitions at the SA Innovation Summit this year: The PwC Pitching Den and The Inventors’ Garage. There are two categories for the PwC Pitching Den catering for startups as well as emerging companies with tech-enabled solutions. Startups have a chance to...

  • 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...