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Competition

  • Funding platform U-Start seeking SA entrepreneurs for showcase in Italy

    Earlier this year, we took an in-depth look at U-Start, the international funding platform with an emerging market focus. Headquartered in Italy, the platform is running a search for six of South Africa's top startups to showcase to investors in Milan. U-Start's online platform connects entrepreneurs with international investors. Startups that are keen to enter, are urged to contact U-Start to gain complimentary access to the U-Start platform and instructions on how to apply for the competition. 15 of the most investment ready startups in the seed and growth stage of their business will be chosen to present to a local...

  • Win a copy of Richard Branson’s book ‘Screw Business as Usual’

    If you're looking for business advice, super entrepreneur Richard Branson seems like a good place to start. In his book 'Screw Business as Usual', the Virgin founder touches on the revolution in standard practice, discussing how doing the right thing may be profitable -- as well as better for humanity. The book has been called a must read for anyone from entrepreneurs to social activists, and explains why priorities need to shift from just making money to making a difference. Branson explains that he has "written this book for those who, at the same time as wanting to develop...

  • 5 Ghanaian startups recognised at inaugural TopApps Awards

    Ghana, a strong West African tech startup region, played host to the first ever TopApps Awards ceremony, held in Accra last week. The ceremony recognised leading web and mobile applications in 10 categories and were decided through a mix of public voting and deliberation by judges. Of the 65 nominees, MEST incubator startup Dropifi walked away as overall winners, followed by 233Law, winner of two categories. Dropifi The team behind Dropifi are re-imagining one of the web’s oldest and most resolute elements, the “Contact us” form. The Dropifi solution consists of a website plug-in, optional QR code (for print-outs) and an analytics tool....

  • Innovative competition sees startups compress a pitch into a tweet

    Pitching your startup isn't easy. You've got to be concise and able to say what you do and why you should be given funding in as few words as humanly possible. But, forget about elevator pitches, what would happen if you had to do it in a 140 characters or fewer? That's exactly what angel investment group AngelHub decided to find out when it held its recent #Twitch competition. The competition saw...

  • Startup Knight competition to reward innovation, major sponsors in tow

    Software-based tech startups check this out. Startup Knight, a competition courtesy of Byte Orbit, will be hosted in Cape Town later this month and is backed by major companies such as Microsoft, Nokia and 8ta. The winning startup can look forward to software packages from Microsoft to run their business for three years as well as US$60 000 worth of Azure Services. Business incubator, Bandwidth Barn will be providing office space for six months, and Nokia has come on board as a product sponsor. In addition, 8ta will be providing a 3G data modem loaded with its 60Gig + 60Gig...

  • Design like a machine? Get your original infographic featured on Ventureburn

    Some of the biggest names in tech have... um... interesting beginnings. Motorola was originally the name of a car radio, Facebook started in a dorm room and Google began its life as a research project. Think you can tell their stories better than a boring Wikipedia page? We’re looking for a talented designer to create an original infographic that shows how major players in the tech industry went from hopeful startups to household names....

  • [Update] Meet the South African finalists for TNW’s Startup World

    Congratulations to Pashash for winning the South African leg of the competition in Cape Town last night. Good luck in San Francisco! Here we go Africa. The African leg of the The Next Web's Startup World competition kicks off in Cape Town today. The startup scene has been abuzz with the announcement that four African cities have been included in Startup World's inaugural tour. The competition will be held in 36 countries...

  • Virtual Firehouse wins Startup Weekend Cape Town 2012

    Virtual Firehouse walked away with the honours from this year’s Startup Weekend Cape Town following a frenetic 54 hours in which entrepreneurs and innovators gathered to pitch and develop their business ideas in the hope of creating the next big thing. Startup Weekend is a global initiative which started in 2007 in Colorado, USA and over 500 events have been held in 90 countries to date. It was hosted in Cape Town for the second year running. Winners in the competition are provided with support from mentors, funders and industry giants such as Microsoft and Google. This year’s event took place...

  • Tech Trailblazers Awards: startups from emerging markets encouraged to apply

    The inaugural Tech Trailblazers Awards is calling all innovative tech startups to apply, especially those in emerging markets. The competition has a strong focus on finding "green" startups that help companies or data centres save money while saving the planet, but there are also categories for big data, cloud, infosecurity, mobile, networking, storage and virtualisation. A separate emerging markets category is open only to countries based outside of the Middle East, North America,...

  • Cash up for grabs with Africa’s largest Hack Boot Camp for Trade Transparency

    Have you ever wondered why certain items seem to cost way more than they do in the US and Europe? RLabs, Department for International Development (DFID) and Mxit Reach will be hosting the first Trade Transparency Project hackers’ boot camp in Cape Town, South Africa on the 3 – 5 September 2012. The aim is to provide consumers with information on how trade-related costs and trade barriers such as tariffs affect them...