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Conferences

  • After the Dragons: how one big TV investment changed SA Florist [T4A]

    Ecommerce store, SA Florist may not have received the largest investment from Dragons' Den South Africa, but it was one of the more interesting stories. For one, all five of the Dragons came in on the deal, a rarity on the show. Founders Nicholas Wallander and Fraser Black were also made to sweat for it, going through one of the longest pitches in the show's global history. Prior to the show, the ecommerce site had quietly chugged along for a couple of years as a neat little money turner for its partners. It had one full-time employee and did about R1-million...

  • Nic Haralambous: entrepreneurship is an addiction and there’s no cure [T4A]

    Entrepreneurship is addictive and it's as difficult an addiction to get over as any other. That was the message from Nic Haralambous during his keynote at the Cape Town edition of Tech4Africa. Despite the best intentions of his parents, who wanted him to have a steady career, Haralambous told the audience that he could never imagine doing anything else other than running his own business. This despite the fact that his experiences have left him as bruised and battered as any harmful drug. The son of Cypriot immigrants, the former Motribe founder turned online men's outfitter has been running businesses in...

  • These are DEMO Africa’s top 30 startups for 2015

    From entertainment marketplace Bozza Media in South Africa to Nigeria's elearning company Flippy Campus, DEMO Africa has just revealed its top selected 30 tech startups to pitch in September 2015. The pan-African startup competition launched in 2012 on a mission to showcase the continent's talent while providing opportunities for both investors and tech entrepreneurs. Hailing from all over the continent, finalists is said to have gone through a rigorous screening processes with the final vetting and adjudication done by a pan-African panel of judges comprised of entrepreneurs, VCs and academia. Read more: Say hello to DEMO Africa’s top 40 tech startups of...

  • From YDE to Uber Flavour: Paul Simon’s journey as an ‘accidental entrepreneur’

    There is no better place for a South African to spend a cold Thursday evening than sitting at Townhouse Lodge listening in on an entrepreneur flooded fireside chat hosted by Giullaume De Wet at Startup Grind Cape Town. This month the man in the spotlight was none other than Mr YDE, or as he would prefer to be called today, Mr Uber Flavour, Mr &Threads or just Paul Simon really -- a man worthy of a standing ovation. Simon is not your, traditional entrepreneur (if there is such a thing). His story is one about a series of uncalculated decisions that...

  • Forging Enterprise conference to celebrate SA small business this May

    In an effort to celebrate 20 years of small business promotion in South Africa, the Forging Enterprise National Small Business Conference 2015, led by Osiba Management, will be held at the CTICC in Cape Town from 26 to 28 May. Running with the theme Technology and Innovation for Inclusive Growth, the conference will focus on how tech and innovation enhances economic inclusion through fostering successful and growth-oriented Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The conference will be featuring speakers such as the first ever minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu. The conference programme will also allow several entrepreneurs to share their...

  • Soweto to host its first tech, digital conference in April

    Soweto -- Johannesburg, South Africa’s south western township -- is about to host its first ever technology and digital conference. The Soweto Innovation Week will take place at the beautiful Soweto Theatre from 8 to 10 April. Hosting the event in Soweto is in itself a bold statement from the organisers as tech innovation is all too often viewed as an exclusively city phenomena. Gabriel Ramokotjo, President of Internet Society Gauteng Chapter and one of the organisers, points out the importance of hosting an innovation conference in Soweto: Historically disadvantaged communities, the youth and women are not participating in the technology industry...

  • Groundbreaking health tech company LifeQ finally launches globally

    Industrialised by the Stellenbosch South African-based health tech startup HealthQ, global technology LifeQ is officially being launched at one of the world's biggest tech events -- CES 2015. The technology will be shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show where people can learn about how physiological monitoring and bio-mathematical modeling can be applied to better understand and manage physiology. We here at Ventureburn have been keeping our ears pierced to the ground over the past few years ever since HealthQ first impressed us with its open-source metabolic chamber in 2012. Now, after staying under the radar for some time, the LifeQ...

  • Here are the speakers for eCommerce Africa Confex

    The eCommerce Africa Confex, set to take place early next year, has announced its speaker list, with BidorBuy CEO Jaco Jonker and Yuppiechef director Paul Galatis set to take up keynote slots. Jonker will be sharing the steps to your first online sale during his presentation. He will provide a layout of the basic steps required in order to make your first sale and the importance of getting to market quickly. Galatis meanwhile will discuss unconventional approaches to winning loyalty, inspiring passion and earning love from your customers. Paul will share his thoughts and anecdotes from a journey of...

  • Balance the hype and potential with the reality on the ground [U-Start Africa]

    “Build a business not a product”, “build the right networks”, “think long term and exercise patience” and “be amazing while you do it” -- these words by Keet Van Zyl of Knife Capital and Rapelang Rabana of Rekindle Learning at the recent U-Start Africa conference summed up both the event and the entrepreneurial experience for me. Every successful entrepreneur that I have met in the last five years, has in their own way -- most times through trial and error -- worked on a sustainable approach to their business venture. This was a pretty constant refrain throughout the conference, with...

  • U-Start Africa: SA entrepreneurship is in a very good space

    After radio host and entrepreneur Kieno Kammies' introduction, the annual U-Start Conference kicked-off today at the Cape Town City Hall. Stefano Giudotti and Zachariah George opened with remarks on how far U-Start has come -- which is actually a great deal since its initial entrance into South Africa. Founded in Italy in January 2012, U-Start is a global boutique advisory firm offering an online platform which is the entry point to U-Start Services, facilitating the connection among local entrepreneurs and international investors. I attended their conference in Italy two years ago for Perk and found it very beneficial. I was impressed...