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  • New fund launched for startups in the app space

    If you're an aspiring app-builder, you may want to check this out. Technology accelerator mLab Southern Africa, in partnership with the Technology Innovation Agency, this week announced the launch of a fund aimed at assisting startups in the local mobile, sensor or wearable app startup space. That support will come in the shape of early stage grants of up to R500 000 being made available to early-stage startups. "This partnership fills a huge gap in the digital innovation value chain by bringing much needed early stage funding to mobile app start-ups and innovators who need funding to...

  • This crowdsourced phrasebook app wants to help South Africans understand each other

    South Africa, like our ever globalising world, is made up of a really diverse bunch. It's colourful but often messy. This is where Aweza steps in. It's a novel app that wants to help people better communicate and understand each other. Developed in Cape Town, Aweza is a phrasebook app which essentially pairs pictures with common phrases. It relies on crowdsourcing and gamification techniques to ensure correct pronunciations of South Africa's 11 languages. Pretty cool, right? But for the guys currently behind this project -- Glen Stein, Jeanne Fourie and Farrel Strul -- it's more than an educational product. It's about...

  • Rush wants to change the way South Africans move their stuff from A to B

    Powered by WeChat, Rush is a new platform that's looking to forever change the way South Africans move stuff their from A to B. Launching today, the Rush app lets you compare a number of couriers, their prices and service delivery, in real-time. "A combination of an Uber and Hippo.co.za," the startup's CEO, Glenn Whittaker, likes to refer to the startup as. By aggregating numerous courier services, Rush enables users to choose their preferred brand based on reputation, price or delivery time. So far, the startup has boarded a handful of couriers such as Courier  IT, The Courier Guy, Globeflight, RTT and SkyNet, which collectively reach...

  • AIG startups in Nigeria get zero data app deal

    This week, online marketplace Kaymu becomes the latest member of the Africa Internet Group (AIG) network of companies to get zero data apps on the MTN network and this follows previous announcement of similar services for ecommerce giant Jumia and hotel booking platform Jovago. This is how it works. MTN is offering these startups zero-rate data usage and this means that current and prospective users of the services offered by these companies, on the MTN network, can do so for free on the network without incurring any data costs. The network and the companies believe the partnership would not only accelerate...

  • ReMe app wants to revolutionise loyalty programmes in South Africa

    An app that seeks to help businesses build and retain customer loyalty has launched in South Africa. ReMe, as it's called, provides users access to a virtual loyalty card reward system by linking them to an array of retailers and restaurants based on their interests, tastes and brand preferences. Michael Zahariev, the co-founder of ReMe, notes in a recent press release that although the app can be applied to national chains and franchises, it should be particularly attractive to smaller businesses: “Loyalty programmes are expensive to build and implement, particularly programmes which have the goal of large-scale customer engagement," Zahariev adds....

  • Don’t fancy queuing for petrol? This app’s got you covered

    If you're looking for evidence that South African entreprenurs are embracing the idea of the on-demand economy in a big way, look no further than FillApp. The app, built by software development house Cybatar, labels itself as "the first online filling station in Africa" and promises to "change the South African fuel retail industry forever". The Pretoria-based startup has been running a prelaunch customer development campaign through its website since August and claims to have acquired more than 900 users who "are ready to start using the services". FillApp is essentially Uber, but for petrol and gives people the option...

  • On-demand delivery startup WumDrop takes home 2015 MTN App of the Year Award

    Last night, major South African telecom MTN announced the winners of the annual App of the Year Awards. Ranging from big business to lean startups, winners in a number of categories were recognised, including the prestigious Business App of the Year Award. Some local apps that shone at the annual competition include WumDrop, Vula Mobile, EskomSePush and M4JAM. The judging panel consisted of industry experts Jonathan Hoehler, Kobus Ehlers, Liron Segev, Nafisa Akabor, Tanya Kovarsky, and Andile Khumalo. WumDrop, an application allowing users to summon a courier at R12 per kilometer, took home the award for the Best Enterprise App & Best Overall App of 2015....

  • Zapacab relaunches as white-label solution to save SA taxi companies from Uber

    Uber's disruptive nature in South Africa's taxi sector is more heated than ever before. So much so that it just prompted the relaunch of a white-label product which taxi companies can use to compete with the San Francisco-based multi-billion dollar company. "Taxi companies need to be able to compete with Uber, as currently they are unable to," says Mark Allewell who -- together with undisclosed partners -- bought the Zapacab IP from the original founders. Zapacab offers independent South African taxi companies to create their own branded mobile app so they can compete with the likes of Uber. "There is a huge...

  • 10 apps that could improve your startup’s day-to-day productivity

    Are you still using paper or sticky notes to try to stay organised in your work? You don’t need to do that anymore – now you can boost your business productivity with a high quality business app. These eight apps will help to increase your business efficiency. Give them all a try and let us know which ones work best for you. Evernote Why would you ever take notes again by hand when you can use Evernote? This free app saves your notes onto your phone or the cloud, so that you can access them from anywhere you like. The...

  • IBM hopes to catalyse South Africa’s growing app economy

    The so-called app economy is expected to create trillions of dollars of opportunities globally over the next few years, including in Africa, where a highly mobile market is poised to leapfrog directly into the era of apps. With organisations already starting on their journey to become fully mobile, digital enterprises, the opportunities for app developers are endless. In South Africa, Cape Town is already making a name for itself as a hotbed of social app development, while Gauteng is evolving into a centre for enterprise app development. IBM is working increasingly closely with incubators and innovation hubs across SA to...